A Place To Bury Strangers

The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Savages, Laurel Halo

It’s Friday, and we are, as ever, rounding up the best songs we’ve heard this week, which to be honest is a rather pleasant distraction from all the other fucked-up stuff going on in the world. This week we swooned (again) at new material from Savages, were intrigued by the return of Laurel Halo, enjoyed the new Daft Punk song (albeit perhaps not quite as much as everyone else), and elsewhere generally got down to new stuff by Com Truise, Gunslinger, Tempers… and Black Sabbath, whose new song actually isn’t that bad at all. Who’d have thought it? Anyway, click through and get listening. … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: A Place to Bury Strangers, Kevin Saunderson

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another edition of our regular start-of-the-week stream-a-thon, wherein we scour the Internet for worthy and/or noteworthy albums that are streaming this week at absolutely no cost. Today we attempt to blow our speakers with the new A Place to Bury Strangers record, then give the subwoofers a good going over with a heap of old classic tracks from Detroit techno founding father Kevin Saunderson. There’s also Joe Jackson (and, erm, Iggy Pop) doing a tribute album to Duke Ellington, along with new/old They Might Be Giants and a tribute album to the late Giant Sand guitarist Rainer Ptacek. It’s all awaiting you after the jump. (Edit, Tuesday 26 June — as is the new Dead Can Dance album!) … Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in June

Summer is here, and June is shaping up as a bumper month for album releases. As ever, we’ve pored over release schedules and reviewed our own personal wish list and come up with a list of the ten records we reckon will be worth hearing (and hopefully worth repeated listening) over the coming weeks. They include everything from cerebral 4AD-approved hip hop to the return of Patti Smith, along with something that we’d really, really like for our birthday. What’s on your shopping list this month? Let us know in the comments. … Read More

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10 Bands Who’d Do a Great Job of Covering Our Favorite Artists

Bear with us here, but the fact that the new Marilyn Manson album is out this week has got us rambling off on a train of thought that’s led us to this point. Y’see, Manson’s album skates awfully close to self-parody at times, so much so that it’s almost like listening to a cover band doing Marilyn Manson tracks, just not quite as well as the originals. This got us thinking — well, what band would cover Manson well (an especially apt question considering that Manson’s own greatest strength seems to be covers)? And more generally, what contemporary bands would make a decent fist of covering some of our favorite artists? We couldn’t come up with a good answer for the Manson question — feel free to let us know in the comments if you can think of one — but we did come up with a selection of other ideas for dream covers sets. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: A Place to Bury Strangers, Led Er Est

It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness, both from around the web and from our own servers. This week there’s a new eardrum-rupturer from A Place to Bury Strangers, along with new stuff from Led Er Est and White Denim, interesting remixes of Burial/Four Tet and Spank Rock/Santigold, the return of Tom Jones (yay!), and, um, a disco version of Sonic Youth. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately. … Read More

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The 5 Best Music Videos of the Week

Ah, the golden age of music videos: when the “M” in MTV was still a dominant force and people like Axl Rose nonchalantly swam with dolphins in thematically insane three-part epics. Of course, there are still some awesome music videos being released, from lo-fi budget-minded productions to those with a glossy, high profile sheen (Hello, “Telephone”). This batch of the best music videos of the past week falls somewhere in between, from the fuzzy camera work documenting a clearly insane Jamie Lidell  and the modern dance routines of These New Puritans to the ambitious Wu-Massacre project. Trust us on this: it’s a good week for music videos when Raekwon the Chef is being framed for murder. After the jump, watch Flavorpill’s other choices for best videos of the week, and let us know which ones we left out. … Read More

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