Odyshape presents the Fine 14 of '14 - the best songs of the year as voted by that Venn diagram of Christgau readers and our own readers.
They're finally here. No touching!
In which Nicky invites you to submit a ballot.
In which Michael Tatum hits "The Pause Button" and takes a break from writing about pop music.
Truly brief - just a few words of thanks.
In the conclusion to his three-part summer series, Jason Gubbels considers ten more landmark jazz releases of the 1980s.
Eight arms to hold you, Sinéad O'Connor says who's the boss, wake the town and tell the people about Jamaica's love of Air Supply, and Dollywood is way more than a wee bit gay - all in this week's wrap up of must-read links.
Michael Tatum explores the legacy of Ian Curtis and Joy Division in a revelatory 2008 compilation from Rhino Records.
For the first time in his life, Nicky Heisenberg actually does what's purported to be his job, and reps an album you may not have heard yet.
We need to talk about Ferguson. More importantly, we need to listen to what others have said about our many Fergusons past and present. James Baldwin, Gil Scott-Heron, Bayard Rustin, KRS-One, Amiri Baraka and Kendrick Lamar lead the discussion.
More summer fodder from Cam Bell.
Michael Tatum is back with the newest Downloader's Diary. This month features reviews on the newest releases from Spoon, Jenny Lewis, and Miranda Lambert.
If you’re an acceptable human being, you’ve gifted some portion of your life since Monday to Robin Williams - though he doesn’t need it now, and seems never to have. Whatever. Maybe we need it instead.
- Nicky Heisenberg
Back from the grave, so to speak - three punk-era comps via Soul Jazz Records, from proto- to post-, in this week's Listening Notes from Jason Gubbels.
Cam Bell is on vacation, so he reprises a metal top 10 list created a long time ago in a land far, far away.
What's more ridiculous, Miley Cyrus collaborating with Kathleen Hanna or that Sonny Rollins piece in the New Yorker? You be the judge.
Lucas Fagen celebrates a power pop milestone: the thirtieth anniversary of the Cars' Heartbeat City.
Howsoever inoffensive and professionally courteous, the mere existence of Tom Petty has to be - for some - metaphysical bete noire. At sixty-three, he hasn’t got much time left to cut his Dark Side of the Moon, his Music From Big Pink, his Astral Weeks, his Blonde on Blonde, his Statement Album maaaaan. And what kind of self-respecting rock icon (post-Help!, if we’re being fair here) should stake his reputation on blegh! a greatest hits comp? This is America, goddammit! Give us your tired, white, ponderous tomes! Give me Let It Be or give me death!
Paul Shapiro's Rhythm & Jews project drops a fourth album for Tzadik, 4/4 masters Spoon hit you clear and sharp, and Aussie boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer annoy the punk purists, in this week's Listening Notes from Jason Gubbels.
Cam Bell shares what he did on his vacation.