Be Careful About Loving Women Too Much Lest Other Guys Think You're Gay

When Pitchfork‘s Chris Dahlen wrote a tribute to Liz Phair’s landmark indie masterpiece Exile in Guyville as a review of its 15th anniversary rerelease in 2008, he led with this paragraph: You break all kinds of unwritten rules when you’re a guy who admires a girl. The white suburban kids who idolize gangster rappers are old [Read More...]

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Laura Marling and St. Vincent Release Spectacular Albums Tomorrow (Tuesday 9/13/11)

Seriously, two of the most gifted and groundbreaking women in pop music today are both releasing staggeringly good third albums of their careers. For the love of music stream Laura Marling’s A Creature I Don’t Know at the New York Times Magazine and St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy at NPR while you still can, if you doubt me. And/or support their amazing [Read More...]

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St. Vincent's "Cruel"

I cannot figure out what I love more, her brilliant music or her unique and remarkable theatrically controlled facial expressions. Her videos always mesmerize me, she’s positively electric on stage, and the songs get deep under the skin. She’s one of the best of our time. Support genius, pick up Strange Mercy. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Stream Laura Marling's "A Creature I Don't Know"

Laura Marling’s debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, recorded when she was only 17, is a masterpiece which instantly made her my favorite female folk singer bar none. If Bob Dylan’s 1960s work did not exist she’d be my favorite folk singer, period. Her exceptional follow up I Speak Because I Canonly added textures and nuances to [Read More...]

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Lykke Li’s Sadness Is A Blessing

My favorite new song of 2011 has a video (and it co-stars one of my three favorite contemporary Scandinavian actors, Stellan Skarsgård). It’s really well done: The whole terrific album on which this song appears can be found here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Kanye West “Monster” Muppet Remix

I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s “Monster” pretty obsessively for the last couple months, but just watched the song’s listless official video for the first time and found it really disappointing. Then I discovered this perfect visualization of the song: The only thing downside of the video is they do not include Nicki Minaj’s full, [Read More...]

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In Honor of Trent Reznor’s Academy Award Win

One of my favorite Nine Inch Nails songs, “Only”, from the album With Teeth. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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55 Years of Chart Topping Songs In 75 Minutes

Click here for two compilations which include all the US chart topping songs spanning 1956-present in short clips so you can catch up on the last 55 years of mainstream pop music in just an hour and fifteen minutes. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Stream Lykke Li’s New Album, Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li’s debut Youth Novels was one of my very favorite albums of the last few years. Her new one, Wounded Rhymes, drops next week. In the meantime, you can stream it here. A little bit of Lykke Li’s genius from the first album for the uninitiated: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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