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The Best and Worst of Last Night's 'SNL' With Christina Applegate

As Christina Applegate pointed out in her opening monologue last night, the last time she hosted SNL was way back in 1993 during her tenure on Married…With Children. Though the idea is kind of mind-boggling, Applegate has undoubtably improved with age, and she did pretty okay — no really inspiring performances, but nothing to be embarrassed about either. And the lady did a pretty impressive Kristen Wiig, even if she wasn’t trying for it. All in all, a definite improvement from last week, though probably nothing we’ll be talking about for weeks (or days) to come. Click through to watch a few of the best and worst sketches of the night, and let us know what which ones you loved (or hated) in the comments. … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Purity Ring, Laetitia Sadier

Welcome to another edition of our regular Monday stream-a-thon, wherein we scour the Internet for good and/or noteworthy releases that you can stream for absolutely nothing. This week, we get in on the action with Purity Ring’s long-awaited debut record, and also rejoice in Laetitia Sadier getting all angry and political again after all these years. Elsewhere, there’s inscrutable sub-aquatic disco from Gatekeeper, a fine album from gravel-voiced antipodean Jack Ladder and, um, that new Passion Pit album. Click through and get in on the action! … Read More

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Pearl Jam Headlining Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival

Stereogum just shared news about Jay-Z’s Made In America Music festival that takes place Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. It looks like Pearl Jam will be headlining the event, with Passion Pit and Dirty Projectors also mentioned. Pearl Jam’s exact performance date/time will be announced… Read More

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10 Blogger-Owned Record Labels You Should Know

In the course of our morning reading today, we came across this article in Wired about San Francisco label and music blog offshoot Love Letters Ink. The article’s not helped by a silly headline (“hacking the record industry,” indeed) but the premise of looking at blog-related labels is worthy enough — the rise of labels built on music blogging foundations has been one of the more interesting developments of recent years. Unlike Wired, we’re not so sure that they are in any way altering the landscape of the record industry — they’re indie labels, basically — although their origins do raise some interesting questions about where criticism ends and publicity begins. Either way, they’re certainly home to some fascinating music, and after the jump we’ve pulled together ten more noteworthy blog-based labels. What are your favorites? … Read More

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Chiddy Bang on Hip-Hop vs. Indie Rock and Breaking Records

Things have been going well for Chiddy Bang. The Philadelphia hip-hop duo doesn’t even have a proper album yet, but Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin have already developed a major following thanks to the success of their mixtapes, which build rap hits on indie-rock skeletons, sampling artists including MGMT, Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens, and Matt & Kim. Their latest mixtape, Peanut Butter and Swelly, just dropped and is available to download for free; to celebrate its release, Chiddy did nothing less than break the world record for freestyling, rapping for over nine hours straight for MTV. As the duo preps for the release of its long-awaited debut album, Breakfast, we caught up with him for the latest in our interactive video series. Click through and control the questions yourself in our exclusive interview. … Read More

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Meet NYC’s New Summer Festival: The Governors Ball

For those of you who are still getting over the death of All Points West, here’s some news that might cheer you up: This morning we got a press release about the first-ever Governors Ball Music Festival, “a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions” which is set to take place at Governors Island on… Read More

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Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands

Inspired by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band stereotypes. It is a common fact that Cormac McCarthy readers are men who don’t eat cream cheese, but what about those who listen to The XX on repeat and The Flaming Lips on hallucinogens? They need labels, too. After the jump, in collaboration with contributer Jeff Luppino-Esposito, we lay down the reckless… Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXXII: of Montreal, Passion Pit, Wild Nothing

This week, we globe-trot to Italy and France and lend an ear to genre-bending new material from acts big (of Montreal) and small (Wild Nothing). We also have Passion Pit covering the Smashing Pumpkins, Mates of State covering Belle & Sebastian, and six more songs you really need to hear. Don’t forget to Right Click + Save As after the cut. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Pioneer Sessions

For its 2010 Revival Recordings project, Levi’s Pioneer Sessions roped in artists ranging from Dirty Projectors and Passion Pit to Bomba Estereo and the Roots to cover timeless tracks that influenced them.

It all kicked off with Nas’ take on Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World,” and has since seen She & Him, the Swell Season, the Shins, and others take on everyone from Rick Nelson to Smashing Pumpkins in a celebration of the lasting power of classic songs. There are still two more tracks to come, and all 13 covers are available to download for free. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XIX: Rufus Wainwright, Tegan & Sara, LCD Soundsystem

This week’s mix features artists with names that roll off the tongue. Rufus Wainwright has a great ring to it, as does Toro Y Moi or Freelance Whales. And how can you not fall in love with a girl who calls herself Kitten? OK, so maybe we judged these musicians a bit by their monikers, but that’s not to say that we weren’t satisfied with the content as well (we know, what an anti-April Fool’s thing to do). Check out our selections after the jump, and be sure to Right Click + Save As if you’re swayed. … Read More

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