I woke up, and it was a nightmare.
I woke up early — before the alarm — after four hours of sleep last night, and felt like I was late. Also, I somehow knew, and was terrified, that Pitchfork had awarded some record I’d never heard of a 9.9. Not remembered fear: the sensation struck as I was climbing out of bed, and in the moments of waking I imagined starting my computer, loading Pitchfork, and clicking on...
mbvnewmusic: Wolf Parade – Expo 86 Out June/July on Sub Pop I have a weird feeling that this record is going to be important to me. I grew up just across the Canadian border from Vancouver, where Expo 86 was held, and at some point began to think I had imagined the entire thing: seven years old and riding through pavilions on moving walkways and getting a soft cloth baseball cap with the...
Online Notebook: A question for the crowd →
This is so old by now. I’m not sure why I’m following the impulse to respond 2 weeks after the fact, but this came up in conversation yesterday, and the internet is 4 dimensional, so: chainofknives: … New Order can say, “Don’t use our song,” but they can’t stop you from using a cover. You have to pay them publishing no matter what, because they wrote the song, but you don’t...
Wye Oak | Tiny Desk Concert @ NPR If you’d told me that Wye Oak was going to come to my office for a short concert, but wouldn’t play a single song from The Knot, I would have been at least a little disappointed. Whatever, complainer. Three new songs and “Regret” from If Children, which is about health care, who knew?
New Wye Oak! (MP3 link, right-click) →
maura: Good Lord. This band just gets more astounding by the day. Jenn Wasner has one of the best voices in music right now, y/y? (thx ganzer) Voice, lyrics and charm. They played this at the npr office a couple of weeks ago, along with 2 other new songs and “Regret” from If Children, and I’ve been on pins since. In a good way. Worth noting: you can (and should) buy the...
0.0 = ∞ →
Fluxblog interviews Pitchfork’s Mark Richardson about the Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka Matthew Perpetua: Can you think of any other records that have a mandatory social element? I think this could be the only one, really. I mean, a lot of music is made expressly for dance floors. Mark Richardson: Right, yes, but even that, you *could* at least get the audio through your headphones if you...
elmartinez: Danish band Alphabeat brings back the 90’s. The band already took a stab (quite successfully) at 80’s pop, but this is a fantastic melding of 90’s House and Timbaland synth à la Justin Timblerlake’s “My Love.” Great pop, great hook. Album out in March, but no U.S. release. Alphabeat does Innerspace. This band has a ridiculously high BA (that’s batting average, not back...
The Hotrats “Up The Junction” (Squeeze...
tracey thorn's new song is absolutely... →
maura: just… wow. Agreed. The top-five-all-time voice, the piano, the strings, “the afternoon handovers by the swings.” It puts her decision to marry Ben Watt last year after dating (?) for 27 years in really lovely perspective.
barthel: Everybody Was In the French Resistance…Now!: “G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I’ve Got A)” The first songs from Eddie Argos’ “Fixing the Charts” side project is a response song to Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend.” It is sung from the perspective of the man being targeted, who it turns out is very happy with his current girlfriend, and doesn’t appreciate Avril harassing her. There is nothing...
Given the lack of major departure and avoidance of a complete face-plant — basically, it still sounds like a Spoon record — what’s the lowest possible score you can imagine Pitchfork giving Transference when the review posts next week?