No Age

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

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Summer is generally a pretty fallow period for albums/films/books/etc. (unless you like crushingly expensive blockbusters about murderous robots, in which case knock yourself out). This August is no exception, but happily, there are still enough decent records due out over the next four weeks to make it worth everyone’s while to sit down and thumb through the upcoming release schedules. We’ve done exactly that, so here’s our regular monthly lowdown on the ten albums you need to hear in the month to come, along with a roundup of everything else of note that’s due …Read More

The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Julianna Barwick, M.I.A.

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It’s Friday, and this writer is nursing a) a hangover and b) a creeping sense of existential despair at Miami winning the NBA Finals. Happily, it’s also time to look back at the best songs we heard this week, which are rather less depressing: there’s a beautiful new song from Julianna Barwick (with actual lyrics!), Lucinda Williams doing her best to justify the existence of that terrible-looking Lone Ranger film, new songs from No Age and Pond, Metz doing their best to undermine the integrity of your fancy expensive speakers, a majestically weird pseudo-rave track from a gentleman by the name of Sophie, and more. All this is streaming for free, so stop reading and start listening!
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The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: The Julie Ruin, Neko Case

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It’s Friday, which means we are contemplating the weekend ahead and also, as ever, rounding up the best songs we’ve heard this week. This week saw the release of the first tracks from new albums by No Age, Neko Case, The Julie Ruin, and Hunx and His Punx, all of which are most excellent indeed. Elsewhere, there’s cerebral instrumentals from Anna Meredith and Shigeto, a new track from Wise Blood, a super-creepy and curiously compelling video to go with Slava’s new single, and the entire new After Dark 2 compilation, which you can download for free. Click through and get a-listening!
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