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“I Won”: Kanye and Future Rap About Their “Trophy Wives,” Kim and Ciara

“I put an angel in your ultrasound,” Kanye West brags in one of his verses on “I Won,” a new collaboration with Future that hit the web late last night. ‘Ye quickly follows up that bold claim with a pick-up line that should get some mileage this spring: “I want to dip that ass in gold.” It’s a visceral line, but then again, so is the one that came before: seemingly loving but still sort of problematic, much like “I Won” itself. Future and West spend the song declaring their love and adoration for their fiancées — R&B star Ciara and living brand/legitimate businesswoman Kim Kardashian — by referring to them as trophies they won. … Read More

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The 25 Best Music Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

As the wise bard Madonna once said, “Music makes the people come together,” and she was right. Music is a source of magic in the life of human beings on earth. Sometimes people want to live inside a song so much that they make documentaries, bringing some visual acuity to aural pleasure. The best examples of this particular genre take your favorite songs, or songs you haven’t even heard before, and show how music leaves a mark on us. We rounded up a wild collection of 25 movies, from Oscar winners to cult oddities to Ken Burns, that you can watch… Read More

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Dare We Dream That Weezer Will Make an Album That Doesn’t Suck in 2014?

I am not a sports fan, but I imagine my Weezer fandom is a lot like loving a Cleveland team: at one point they were good, so there’s always that small sliver of hope that they could be again. Weezer have not made a tolerable album in 12 years (2002′s Maladroit), which means they’ve made as many bad records as good ones. They’re currently recording a new album that reunites them with Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, the producer behind 1994′s Blue Album as well as their 2001 comeback, Green Album. And if teasers on social media are to be believed, this may be the return to form that reels old fans back in. Or it could be more false hope, another example of nostalgia as hype. Which is it? Let’s examine the evidence. … Read More

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10 Classic Album Covers Seen on Google Street View

For diehard music fans, visiting the exact location where your favorite album cover was shot is a necessary pilgrimage (this is true of even non-diehards: surely not every tourist who’s crossed Abbey Road with a long stride and a purpose has actually obsessively listened to the record). But thanks to Google and The Guardian, you no longer have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trekking to one particular set of geographic coordinates. Now, you can see these famous places from comfort of your own computer screen. As part of The Guardian’s Google Street View series, their “Street View Specialist” has pinpointed the exact locations immortalized on classic album covers, then set them against each other like poetic little windows into the past. … Read More

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It’s Time to Kill the Poptimism vs. Rockism Debate

It’s a rule of thumb that you can tell a debate has become really tired when it reaches the pages of the New York Times. So it goes with the rockism vs. poptimism discussion, which has been burbling in critical circles for the best part of a decade, but has finally reached the mainstream in the wake of Ted Gioia’s piece in the Daily Beast about the state of music criticism. … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Drake, Lana Del Rey, Parquet Courts

It was a busy week in the mainstream, with two new Drake tracks, some old-new Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae covering Bowie, Icona Pop partying with Ty Dolla $ign, Conor Oberst still trying to make fetch happen, and more. Some of them make the cut here. Let’s go. … Read More

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The 15 Best Nirvana Covers You May Not Have Heard

If you haven’t gathered as much from the rash of think-pieces and tributes (we suggest you read these instead), tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. While the many words you may read in the next few weeks about Cobain’s legacy demonstrate his importance to generations of listeners (and music journalists), it’s also pretty clear that Cobain and Nirvana are a heavy influence on the bands that followed in their footsteps — and even some of their contemporaries and predecessors. It’s a ballsy move to cover a classic Nirvana song, and there have been some famous artists who have tackled the obvious ones (particularly Tori Amos and Patti Smith, who have both recorded famous version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). There are also, however, plenty of musicians who came before and after Kurt Cobain who have successfully put their own spin on his words.  … Read More

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Kurt Cobain Reading List: The Essential Books, Interviews, and Photos

I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain.

In the 20 years since his suicide, we’ve searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his actions before that day. Two generations — Gen X and millennials — idolize this man, who, despite dying just as Web 1.0 was taking hold, has become one of the Internet’s most discussed musical figures ever. Every anniversary — be it Kurt’s birthday, his deathday, every Nirvana album, grunge as a genre — must be celebrated with a rumination on Kurt Cobain. To which I counter: does the world need so-called new thoughts on Kurt when so many great ones already exist? … Read More

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‘Nashville’ Needs to Solve Its Character Problem

Last night on Nashville, we met yet another character: Scarlett’s abusive mother, Beverly. But wait, casual fans of the show may say, which one is Scarlett again? … Read More

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