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The Academy Disses Johnny Greenwood, LCD Soundsystem Tops ‘Pazz & Jop,’ and more!

JOHNNY GREENWOOD: There will be blood indeed The Oscars have snubbed Johnny Greenwood‘s striking There Will Be Blood score. LCD Soundsystem has won this year’s “Pazz & Jop” poll. Now that they own, CBS has announced a music-on-demand service for the site. EMI‘s widely-despised owner is considering a libel suit against Robbie Williams‘ manager. […]


Words by Aaron Richter The windfall of attention soon to hit Hot Chip is obvious. It has built steadily since the UK group’s debut, 2004’s Coming on Strong, and gained momentum with 2006’s The Warning, ignited by the top-of-its-game single “Over And Over.” This past year, Hot Chip set out to match the full-throttle intensity […]

1MM: Neurosis/Mastodon @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple

NEUROSIS: Still an enemy of the sun While we don’t subscribe to the theory that bands like Isis are simply ripping Neurosis off–well, some bands ‘borrow’ elements from both of them, but that’s besides the point–the Bay area vets certainly showed their followers how it’s done Thursday night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Words honestly […]

Slash Confirms STP Reunion, NKOTB Hang Tough, and more!

  STP: I don’t know, can he? Slash has confirmed STP‘s rumored reunion. New Kids on the Block has beaten *NSYNC to the comeback trail. Jimmy Page has explained Led Zeppelin‘s touring situation. Blur‘s bassist has filmed a documentary about Columbia’s cocaine business. Gui Borrato has remixed Goldfrapp‘s new single. Oregon’s attorney general is questioning […]

1MM: Mahjongg @ Southpaw, Brooklyn

MAHJONGG: Yes, we Can Can Can Photos by Claire Thornton and Aaron Richter There once was a time when Mahjongg was one of the most exhilarating live acts around, spewing polyrhythmic experimentations atop rattling bass lines and catchy lyrical non sequiturs, all abstract as fuck but with a keen ear for pop structures. This was […]

(Don’t) Blame Canada

GHISLAIN POIRIER: So cool he’s ice cold So the following video shows exactly why we love going to Montreal from time to time. That’s right: You’re watching thousands of people dancing to sub-zero (temperature wise) sets from Ghislain Poirier, Daedelus, and members of Spank Rock during the Ninja Tune portion of Montreal’s annual Igloofest. Way […]

Win Hot Chip’s new 12”!

In honor of self-titled‘s soft launch and our first “Story of the Week,” Hot Chip‘s ‘people’ have given us a pair of “Ready For the Floor” (the IMEEM player to your left has the song ready for sampling) 12-inches to share with our fellow vinyl hounds. The tracks include an “Extended Mix,” a “Soulwax Dub,” […]

Donna Summer Does G ‘n’ R!

AXL ROSE: Pre-cornrows As Pitchfork recently reported, Jason Forrest has Panther Tracks–his first Donna Summer disc in years–due out on March 24 through his Cock Rock Disco label. What they didn’t mention was the following Guns ‘n’ Roses remix, recently unleashed on Forrest’s Birthday Party Berlin site. Check it: Donna Summer, “Sweet Assed Child O […]

SMD Plot Spring Tour, Gnarls Barkley Get Odd(er), and more!

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO @ Studio B, Brooklyn  Simian Mobile Disco has announced a new tour and EP. Gnarls Barkley has revealed the name of their second record. Lightspeed Champion has covered the Strokes. N*E*R*D‘s back and working with Timbaland! U2‘s manager has pulled a Lars Ulrich. Rapidshare may be yanked off-line soon. John Paul Jones […]

Noise Pop Fest Snags Exclusive Ward/Deschanel Set

ZOOEY DESCHANEL: Almost indie San Francisco’s long-running Noise Pop Festival has announced its final lineup. Among today’s new additions are Quasi, Entrance, White Denim, The Rosebuds, Great Northern, Film School, Working For a Nuclear Free City, and the world premiere performance of She & Him (a.k.a. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) on Sunday, March 2, […]

Juno’s No. 1, DJ Premier Remixes Mark Ronson, and more!

THE MOLDY PEACHES: Realer than ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Juno‘s soundtrack has topped the Billboard charts, becoming Rhino’s first No. 1 record in the process. DJ Premier, the Go! Team, and the Loving Hand (better known as Tim Goldsworthy of the DFA) have all remixed Mark Ronson‘s Radiohead cover, “Just.” The European Union gets it; why […]

For Pete’s Sake

OVERANALYZE THIS: Babyshambles Babyshambles Shotter’s Nation (Astralwerks) Where, oh, where have all the rock stars gone? Those blithering drug-addled fuckups–tall and charismatic with a Chelsea-boot swagger one minute; pressing a crack pipe into a pet cat’s mouth the next. If our mainstream rock stars are arriving in the form of, say…Pete Wentz, whose biggest blunder […]

Obama Goes Disco Dancing With Daedelus

DAEDELUS: Let him show you the light [Photo by Jessica Miller] So Daedelus is working on yet another project, as if he wasn’t busy enough balancing Adventure Time, The Long Lost, and whatever solo productions he’s cooking up at the moment. It’s called FMB, a.k.a. Fire Magic Blood, and it features Shafiq and Taz of […]

DAFT OXFORD PUNKS: A Q&A Session With Vampire Weekend

By Arye Dworken Ask Vampire Weekend vocalist Ezra Koenig what he wants to do with his newfound life as New York’s Next Big Thing and he’ll simply say, “Write catchy songs.” Nothing more, nothing less. So, what’s all the fuss about Koenig’s band among blogs, message boards and, soon, magazine covers? Why is this seemingly […]


Photo/Text by J. Bennett Before we met Dax Riggs, we’re pretty sure we’d never heard anybody mention Obituary and the Fairport Convention in the same sentence–much less as reference points for their own music. For shorthand purposes, we’d been referring to Riggs’ solo debut, We Sing Of Only Blood Or Love (Fat Possum) as the […]

Shaken, Not Stirred With … Sunset Rubdown

SUNSET RUBDOWN: Raise your hands if you’re sure [Photo by Yannick Grandmont] Before blessing us with her wonderful pecan pie recipe, Camilla Wynn Ing, multi-instrumentalist for Montreal’s Sunset Rubdown, offers this simple advice: “Don’t wear black jeans when you make pie dough.” Sure thing, Camilla! She adds, “It’s good with whipped cream or vanilla ice […]

Radiohead Confirms First Leg of North American Tour

RADIOHEAD: Straight outta Oxford Radiohead has finally announced some actual venues for its North American tour behind In Rainbows. They are as follows:   5/5 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre 5/6 Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre 5/8 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre 5/9 Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 5/11 Bristow, VA – […]

I Was There: Swayzak

David “Brun” Brown of SWAYZAK @ Canal Room, 12/05 [Photo by Andrew Parks] In case you couldn’t already tell, what with the recent release of a Swayzak retrospective (You’ll Never Dance Alone Again) and a double-shot remix/rarities collection (Route de la Slack) , the London-based duo celebrated 10 years together last year. (Their first 12”, […]

QOTSA Sparks Make Out Sessions, Liam Gallagher Gets Married …

   Josh Homme: Just likes to watch Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton have staged a wedding so secret Noel didn’t even know about it. Queens of the Stone Age are asking fans to make out for a special V-day contest. Massive Attack is curating this year’s Meltdown Festival. The White Stripes have signed an exclusive […]