Entries Tagged as 'track review'

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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Try some Cotton Candy

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

So, I was just browsing for records recently at Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, NC (an awesome record store, by the way) when I happened across a 7″ by a band called Cotton Candy. The clerk had written “Mark Robinson” on a sticker above the price tag, which is why I picked it up. Well, because […]

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Jarvis takes a swipe at The Killers, premieres new video

May 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Guardian is featuring Jarvis Cocker as its guest reviewer for Singles Club this week. Well, Jarvis and his kids. He’s given a predictable mix of pop, alternative, and hip-hop. But his take on The Killers’ “The World We Live In” is hilarious and spot on: The Killers – The World We Live In That […]

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New Trail of Dead streams at MySpace, Spin

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Trail of Dead streams at MySpace, Spin

Trail of Dead has posted a new song on its MySpace page, “Isis Unveiled.” Yeah, so the past two Trail of Dead records have been on the lacking side, but I’m open to the idea that the band can get things back on track (despite no re-enlistment of bassist Neil Busch…ugh). “Isis Unveiled” certainly helps […]

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Hot Chip covers Joy Division’s “Transmission”

January 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m not a very big fan of Joy Division covers. Like my compatriot over at Yo Noise, who can count the number of good Joy Division covers on one hand, I find them to be just one of those bands that can make you sound silly when you try to cover them. Needless to say, […]

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“My Life Would Suck without You” (and the money and fame)

January 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Not sure where About Today obtained this copy of Kelly Clarkson’s new single, “My Life Would Suck without You”, but it’s a stream-only affair. Musically, Clarkson has her tail between her legs after publicly dissing Clive Davis by insisting she knew best as to her musical direction. Whoops. The song is a blatant U-turn from […]

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Bloc Party “Mercury” video

July 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bloc Party “Mercury” video

I wasn’t too keen on A Weekend in the City, and from the sound of Bloc Party’s new single “Mercury”, streaming on the band’s official site, I’m not really itching to keep listening this time around either. I’m all for bands shifting and branching out and evolving, but Bloc Party seems to have lost the […]

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The Cure tries to drum up excitement for another letdown

May 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As was widely reported last week, The Cure plans to release four new singles on the 13th of each month leading up to the release of its (surprise, surprise) as-yet-untitled 13th studio album in September. First up on May 13th is “The Only One”, which is backed by the non-album b-side “NY Trip.” Each single […]

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Scarlett Johansson “Falling Down” video

May 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve been reading some ho-hum impressions of Scarlett Johansson’s debut single, “Falling Down”, and, after listening myself, I must say I’m sort of surprised by the complaints. It’s nowhere near as meh as people are saying. I was expecting it to be horrible based on some of the hyperbolic headlines. Granted, it’s not great. It’s […]

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Band of Horses Rides Again

August 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Band of Horses Rides Again

So it ain’t no Crying Game-like secret that Ben Bridwell and his (mostly) faithful sidekicks have got a new release, Cease to Begin, coming out on Sub Pop October 9th. By now you probably even know the track listing by heart (or at least as well as The Dirty Projectors know Damaged), but here it […]

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Mark Ronson’s Dylan – blonde on bland

August 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Not content to leave well enough alone (or in the case of his and Daniel Merriweather’s “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before” cover…let dead dogs lie), Brit and brass man Mark Ronson has given Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” the hot fuzz treatment. And while we’ll […]

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Duran Duran "Skin Divers" stream

August 22nd, 2007 · 35 Comments

Stream “Skin Divers” here. This is the highest quality leak from Duran Duran’s forthcoming Red Carpet Massacre. There’s been much debate about the band’s new direction, but to me “Skin Divers” is the most polarizing new song yet to surface. It’s a dark and sleazy club track and another Timbaland collaboration with the inevitable arsenal of repetitive, machinated […]

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REVIEW: Sian Alice Group, “Nightbird” 7″, The Social Registry

July 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Sian Alice Group, “Nightbird” 7″, The Social Registry

This is the second release in The Social Registry’s limited 7″ Social Club. Sian Alice Group’s “Nightbird” is an expansive pop experiment, interweaving ethereal vocals with a lush and layered musical backdrop. Sian Ahern’s voice is precariously poised on the edge of seductive otherworldliness and shadowy allure. The music has an amorphous vagueness to it […]

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Chin Up Chin Up “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything” Mp3

July 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on Chin Up Chin Up “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything” Mp3

Chin Up Chin Up is playing one of those sneaky, just-announced Spoon shows on Friday the 13th at Shuba’s in Chicago. Here’s the title track off Chin Up Chin Up’s latest record on Suicide Squeeze. Smart, jangly indie rock a la local predecessors The Sea and Cake, though less polished, Chin Up Chin Up operates […]

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Marilyn Manson "Heart Shaped Glasses"

June 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Marilyn Manson has never been accused of writing a good song; the man isn’t exactly famous for his tunes. But at least a few singles here and there over the years have had, you know, choruses and whatnot that were almost passably memorable. No such luck with his latest […]

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Arctic Monkeys “505” Mp3

May 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I think this song could make a believer out of anyone on the fence about this band. I imagine there are plenty of people put off by the hype and the accolades, and that’s a shame. The lyrics are just too insanely good to be ignored, and Alex Turner is too fucking young to be […]

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REVIEW: Jena Malone and Her Bloodstains, Greeneyed Monster 7", Social Registry

May 16th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Jena Malone and Her Bloodstains, Greeneyed Monster 7", Social Registry

The first release in The Social Regsistry’s new Social Club singles subscription is from actress Jena Malone, who has sustained her career with low-key roles in off-beat films like Donnie Darko, The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys, and Saved! With such an innocent, almost child-like onscreen presence, it’s hard to imagine she’d create music anywhere […]

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The Walkmen’s "Red River" stream from Spiderman 3

April 10th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Walkmen’s "Red River" stream from Spiderman 3

I am admittedly puzzled by Spiderman 3’s decision to go indie for the its latest soundtrack, since the franchise has successfully slummed through unlistenable nonsense like Nickelback and Hoobastank on previous compilations with enough fanfare to ignore the little guys. I guess some remotely tuned-in staffer decided it was time to cater to the Subterranean […]

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