Posts Tagged: Music
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'I Want You,' In Order of How Badly You Are Really Wanted

21. Utah Saints

20. Third Eye Blind

19. Martin Solveig

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Gerry Goffin, 1939-2014

"Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote the hits 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' 'The Loco-Motion' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' with his ex-wife Carole King, has died in his home in Los Angeles." He was 75.

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The Collage Artist

If Lana Del Rey were a Tumblr, she would be photos of Elvis, classic cars, movie posters, and vintage paperback covers, broken up by YouTube clips of singers performing string-slathered ballads on decades-old TV shows. Her early self-descriptions—“gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” “Hollywood sadcore”—seem to suggest meaning. But when you think about them too long, they dissolve into nothingness. That vagueness—the hand-waving in the direction of something that once meant something specific, but is now an archetype, hollow and half-obscured by a glow of glamor and nostalgia—is her artistic strategy. And it’s working: Lana Del Rey is appealing because she is a self-curated collage of references and images in which she [...]

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Dave Sitek, "God Damn Beauty"

A nice song from TV On The Radio's guitarist/multi-instrumentalist that becomes a very nice song once some horns show up.

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SLK, "Pour"

Siri, play me a song that sounds like the rain outside — actually, no, Siri, play me a song that sounds like wet shoes and cheap umbrellas. Wait, Siri: Play me a song that sounds like a cold damp head and an enormous cup of coffee. Siri wake up. SIRI. (Via)

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Washed Out, "Weightless"

Here is a snoozy song, almost as good as the one that Portlandia ruined, to tow you through a slow and beautiful day. Not that you need towing!

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La Roux, "Uptight Downtown"

Here is a new torso-wiggler that is somehow inspired by three decades at once. Maybe four! Is open homage is more palatable, or more something, when it's braided together from multiple strands? Or is it maybe not worth thinking about too much when a song is as easy and pleasing as this.

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FKA twigs, "Two Weeks"

A gorgeous and unsettling track from the woman who brought us the most memorable video of 2013.

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The Rise and Fall of Vincent Winfield

Two weeks ago, at the Eastern District Court of New York, federal prosecutors played a video of the rapper and alleged drug kingpin Ronald Herron, better known as Ra Diggs, driving around Boerum Hill, monologuing about his life and his environment. "This is not my 'hood like I'm from here. This is My Hood," Herron says, looking out the window as he drives. Herron throws his whole weight behind the last two words as the tall, brick buildings of the Gowanus Houses flash by in the background. "I am surveying my terrain."

The video was filmed in the fall of 2008 by a man named Vincent Winfield. Also known [...]

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Mutual Benefit, "Auburn Epitaphs"

Jordan Lee has reissued his 2011 EP,Cowboy's Prayer, which I missed and I imagine plenty of other people did too, because everyone misses everything. It's not clear anymore where we're supposed to be looking in the first place! Anyway, here is a song that sounds like a nice big room and feels like a handful of ibuprofen.

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GEMS, "Scar"

Here is a song, from D.C. band GEMS, that is perfectly situated to either smooth out a rough morning or correct an overly cheerful one. Maintaining! What else is music even for? (via)

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The Knife, "För alla namn vi inte får använda"

An excerpt, preview, chunk, from an upcoming "political activist cabaret" that The Knife is scoring. The European immigration debate is… not quite like ours!

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Caribou, "Can't Do Without You"

It's been four years since the last real Caribou album, and the next one is due in October (it's called "Our Love"). Here is the first song, which sounds terrible on my laptop and just lovely on my headphones. BE ADVISED.

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Mr Twin Sister, "Out of the Dark"

Twin Sister, the band that did this perfect song four years ago, would like you to know that it is now called Mr Twin Sister, thank you.

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Lia Ices, "Thousand Eyes"

The SoundCloud commenting phenomenon deserves a little more attention. The posts, which on popular songs are numerous, aren't comments so much as involuntary utterances: burps and farts and laughs and ooooohs; things that don't usually get written down. They're mashing the keyboard but they're not angry. Anyway, agreed on all counts: "Nice," "Thanks Nice song," "F I R E," "♡," "Wonderful track and sound ! I wish have thousand ears :) ♥ ♥ ♥." [Via CoS]

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Alex G, "DSU"

Do you ever want to hear an album that sounds like the good parts of being young? You know, cutting band class and hanging out behind Dunkin’ Donuts, trying to look cool while smoking Marlboro reds? Here’s the latest album from Alex G, a Philadelphia-based cat who Fader called last month the “Internet’s best secret songwriter.” You can find the rest of his music here.

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The Miscellaneous Genius of Jason Derulo

For an album with at least five potential hit singles, Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty is staggeringly weird. Its cartoonishly raunchy titular song, for example, is structured around a klezmer alto sax line sampled from a band called Balkan Beat Box. Two tracks later is the ultra-sweet pop anthem "Trumpets," which sounds like a Glee cover of itself, and which also maintains the album's forceful but basically unintelligible sense of sex: Is it weird that your ass Remind me of a Kanye West song?

Is it weird that I hear Trumpets when you’re turning me on? Turning me on Is it weird that your bra Remind me of a [...]

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The New Pornographers, "Brill Bruisers"

Iraq is falling into chaos and The New Pornographers just released a merry new song. Are you ready to give 2005 another try?

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Seinabo Sey, "Hard Time"

There's no central database for this, no Just One Chart, but at some point the majority of new music worth listening to will have been written by people born in the 1990s. It's possible that this moment is imminent. It's possible that this moment passed some time ago, and nobody had the heart to say anything. In any case: Here is a gorgeous new video from Swedish singer Seinabo Sey (est. 1990).

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow, "Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)"

Here is a beautiful wall of sound that takes about 20 disorienting seconds to really start to hear. But then: bliss!