Entries Tagged as 'stream'

Praise Be Unto D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah”

December 15th, 2014 · Comments Off on Praise Be Unto D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah”

Christians have been awaiting the second coming of Jesus Christ for more than two millennia, now. Comparatively, we had to wait just under 15 years for Black Messiah. Notoriously reclusive R&B superstar D’Angelo quickly and quietly released Black Messiah, the long-awaited follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo, to iTunes and Spotify last night, after teasing the album over the weekend by […]

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STREAM: Charli XCX “Kingdom” (Ft. Simon Le Bon)

November 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Charli XCX “Kingdom” (Ft. Simon Le Bon)

As part of the Lorde-curated soundtrack for Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, Charli XCX has teamed up with Duran Duran‘s Simon Le Bon for a dramatic piano ballad called “Kingdom.” She wrote the song with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij after they spent a drunken night at a Miley Cyrus concert. She recently told Pitchfork […]

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LIVE: J Mascis Strips Down for NPR

November 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on LIVE: J Mascis Strips Down for NPR

Even though his de facto method of transmission with Dinosaur Jr. is at ear-splitting volume, J Mascis proves his chops are not merely a byproduct of noise with an acoustic performance for NPR. Mascis runs through a medley of songs off his latest solo record for Sub Pop, the unsurprisingly solid Tied to a Star, […]

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STREAM: St. Vincent’s Complete Live Set at Pitchfork Music Festival

November 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: St. Vincent’s Complete Live Set at Pitchfork Music Festival

St. Vincent’s self-titled fourth record is without a doubt in my top ten for the year. Her music is an idiosyncratic mix of post-Bowie stylized weirdness, syncopated, dance-able rhythms, and off-kilter guitar bravado. There is no one in her league. Her lyrics are intellectual and articulate with the requisite amount of oddness to match the […]

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STREAM: Chromatics “White Light”

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Chromatics “White Light”

Johnny Jewel has been unearthing a slew of Chromatics jams lately on his SoundCloud page. Not sure to what end but since it’s been a minute since the last Chromatics full length, these scraps are making up for lost time. “White Light” is brocade of wispy synths, over-reverbed guitar, and the requisite ethereal vocals.

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Always Pay Your Sound Guy: Courtney Love Edition

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on Always Pay Your Sound Guy: Courtney Love Edition

Unless you have God-given perfect pitch, singing live is no easy feat. So many variables with which to contend. If you can’t hear yourself, you’re totally effed. So, I feel slightly bad about posting this, but at the same time I love these isolated tracks when they show up on YouTube because, you know, trainwrecks […]

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STREAM: Broncho “It’s On”

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Broncho “It’s On”

It’s amazing what the exposure from being featured on the closing credits of an episode of Girls can do for you. It’s not that Broncho’s (soft “ch”) blend of garage punk with obvious pop hooks wouldn’t stand up on its own, but being christened with Lena Dunham’s seal of approval is an automatic 7″ seller. […]

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STREAM: Bleeding Rainbow “Images”

February 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on STREAM: Bleeding Rainbow “Images”

Wow, the new Bleeding Rainbow is going to be amazing, if this first single is any indication. Much more aggressive than last year’s heavily MBV-influenced Yeah Right LP. I keep playing this over and over and cannot get enough. The new record, Interrupt, is out Tuesday via Kanine.

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Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2013 (better late than never edition)

February 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2013 (better late than never edition)

You think you’ve got game, and then you meet Drew Harkins and you throw the game away because you just can’t win. Deerhunter, Monomania (4AD) Pick your favorite review of this album: a.) Monomania is a willfully inscrutable/abstruse nocturnal garage pastiche of shopworn indie standards, pieced together meticulously from a post-nothing fakebook, delivered with mesmerizing […]

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Phife Writes “#dearDILLA” Letter

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

February would have been a big month for James Dewitt Yancey, better known as die uberproducer J Dilla, this year, were he alive. February marks both Dilla’s birthday — he’d have been 40 on Feb. 7 — and  release date of his magnum opus Donuts, released shortly after his untimely death in 2006. Since 2007, hip-hop […]

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STREAM: Tears for Fears Cover The Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start”

August 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tears for Fears have entered the studio to record the follow up to 2004’s reunion effort Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which didn’t find near the audience it probably should have. That Donnie Darko momentum didn’t quite have the legs the duo was counting on, but never a band to give a wit about time […]

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STREAM: Gauntlet Hair “Bad Apple”

June 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Gauntlet Hair “Bad Apple”

Though not as aggressive as the clanging, reverb-drenched racket of its debut, Gauntlet Hair returns with more cryptic post-goth. The duo’s sophomore LP, entitled Stills, is out July 16 via Dead Oceans. Despite being produced by Jacobo Portrait from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, it actually doesn’t sound like shit. [via Stereogum]

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STREAM: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

June 19th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

And just like that a new single appears. Arctic Monkeys have thrown a brand new single up on iTunes today. It definitely stays true to Queens of the Stone Age influence that has coursed through the last few records. And it’s certainly an odd choice for a single, ignoring the upbeat aggression of its early […]

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Laura Marling Performs “Master Hunter” on Jools Holland

June 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on Laura Marling Performs “Master Hunter” on Jools Holland

This YouTube comment sums it up nicely: “I am both in awe of her and utterly terrified of her when she performs.” Her new album Once I was an Eagle is staggeringly good and easily one of the year’s best.

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VIDEO: Queens of the Stone Age Animated Short for New Album … Like Clockwork

June 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Queens of the Stone Age Animated Short for New Album … Like Clockwork

This has been out a few weeks, but, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. First of all, the new Queens of the Stone Age album is so, so good and on constant repeat on all my devices that play music. “I Sat by the Ocean” would be the song of the summer in […]

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Arctic Monkeys Debut New Music at Northside Festival in Denmark

June 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on Arctic Monkeys Debut New Music at Northside Festival in Denmark

Arctic Monkeys debuted some new music at the Northside Festival in Denmark a few days ago. It’s fan-footage, but the sound is remarkably clear. “Mad Sounds” is a slow-burner with a heavy Velvet Underground influence. Ever since the band discovered Josh Homme and the American desert it has seemed to lose momentum state-side for some […]

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STREAM: New Future Bible Heroes “Living, Loving, Partygoing”

March 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: New Future Bible Heroes “Living, Loving, Partygoing”

Long-dormant Stephin Merritt disco-themed side-project has follow-up LP in the pipeline for Merge Records, and this is the first taste. Future Bible Heroes also features Christopher Ewen from Figures on a Beach and The Magnetic Fields’ own Claudia Gonson. Here are the specs on the release from Merge: Partygoing is available on vinyl in a […]

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Prince Showcases New Female Backing Band on Fallon

March 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on Prince Showcases New Female Backing Band on Fallon

Never one to disappoint in a live setting, Prince tore it up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday night to showcase his new, all-female backing band 3rd Eye Girl and his new single “Screwdriver.” He also played the ultra-deep cut “Bambi” off his second, self-titled LP from 1979. Jimmy Fallon announced a forthcoming […]

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STREAM: Survival Knife “Name That Tune” (ex-Unwound!)

February 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Survival Knife “Name That Tune” (ex-Unwound!)

When the sound board recording of Survival Knife’s first show appeared last March, forums and blogs exploded with links and opinions about Unwound’s Justin Trosper’s return to music. And I was one of them, scrambling for my copy like a giddy schoolkid. The band consists of two of Unwound’s original members, drummer Brandt Sandeno and, […]

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David Bowie Announces Second Single from The Next Day

February 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on David Bowie Announces Second Single from The Next Day

With his first album in a decade not out until March 12, 2013, David Bowie is already announcing his second single, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” which will precede the highly anticipated album, The Next Day, by two weeks. His first single, “Where Are We now?,” which sneaked up on the press without warning on […]

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