Death Grips

Every Stunt Death Grips Managed to Pull Before They Broke Up

“Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision, above and beyond a ‘band.'” A lofty mission statement, but rap group/troll gang Death Grips’ farewell note also came to fans via used napkin. It’s a fitting kiss-off for a band whose very short history is defined by giving the literal and figurative middle finger to everyone from their label to their fans: sudden, tongue-in-cheek, and not entirely believable. While we wait to see whether Death Grips’ breakup is, in fact, real, here’s a look back at all they’ve managed to accomplish.  … Read More

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The Stories Behind Controversial Album Covers

Today, in 1990, a defiant Fort Lauderdale record store owner was arrested, convicted, and fined after selling 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be. The explicit album was embroiled in a massive obscenity trial. It was deemed illegal and unfit for store shelves by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The ruling was later overturned, but the case became a landmark for artists fighting for the freedom of speech. But it wasn’t just the sexual lyrics that caused a controversy. It was the album’s fleshy cover, too. We tracked down the stories behind some of music’s most controversial album covers — those artworks that were banned and misunderstood in their time. Here are just a few albums that have been put through the wringer. … Read More

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50 Incredibly Tough Albums for Extreme Listeners

Late last year, we published a pretty epic list of incredibly tough books for extreme readers. Our readers clearly like a challenge, because it drew heaps of discussion, and as such, we thought we’d extend the challenge to other areas of pop culture. First up: music! Here’s a selection of 50 albums that we think make for particularly challenging or difficult listening, because they’re emotionally harrowing, technically demanding, or just plain old make your ears… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Le1f, Nine Inch Nails

It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week, there’s an awesome new track from Le1f, along with more heartening proof that the new Nine Inch Nails album is probably gonna be pretty good, Janelle Monáe getting all power ballad-y, new work from Bushwalking and Glasser, a reminder that Death Grips do actually make music, too, Kim Gordon’s excellent new band, and an entire album from D’Eon for free download. All this is streaming for absolutely nothing after the jump, so click through and get listening!

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Who Does Punk Belong To in 2013?

Last week Noisey published an article by their resident jaded punk columnist, who goes by the title of, er, Jaded Punk. It was entitled “Who Gives A Shit About [Insert Band Name] Reuniting?,” and as the name suggests, it took a rather dim review of reunion tours by The Replacements and various other punk rock luminaries. It followed his debut column, which went by the title “‘Punk’ Is the Grossest Word in Music,” and no doubt we can look forward to a bunch of similarly cheery meditations on the genre in weeks to come. It’s the latest in an increasingly long line of criticism shitchanning punk of late, but does the fact that punk rock is largely moribund mean that punk is dead? And who does punk belong to in 2013? … Read More

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20 Great Albums You Can (Legally) Download for Free Right Now

David Byrne and St. Vincent have followed up their excellent Love This Giant album from last year with a new EP entitled Brass Tactics. Apart from the fact that it contains a previously unreleased track, the most notable thing about the EP is that they’re giving it away for free, making it the latest addition to an ever-increasing volume of music that you can download — legally! — for free right now. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s kind of overwhelming. Here’s a selection of 20 records that Flavorwire recommends you add to your collection right… Read More

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Great Albums With Embarrassingly Bad Cover Art [NSFW]

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito is officially on the shelves, and our first impressions of the record haven’t changed much: we rather like it. The cover art, though… well, that’s an entirely different matter. We’re sure there’s some reasoning behind adorning the sleeve with a lurid pink giant mosquito sinking its proboscis into the ass of a baby (a baby with green lipstick on, we hasten to add), but until we know what it is, the album is going straight to the top of our list of great albums saddled by awful cover art. Here are some of the… Read More

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The Year in Memorable Musical Controversies

2012 has been a crazy year in many ways, and the music industry hasn’t exactly been immune to its air of pervading insanity. (In fairness, the music industry is rarely immune to any sort of insanity, but still, humor us here.) This year has given us a particularly rich vein of memorable controversies, conflicts, and contretemps, and as part of our ongoing end-of-year wrap-up, we’re looking back at some of the most significant. Some of these are hilarious, some of them depressing, some of them hilariously depressing, and some just plain old bewildering — but from the resurrection of dead rappers through homeless people functioning as wifi hotspots to a record company suing an entire country, all of them have been worth remembering. … Read More

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