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How To Dress Well Interview: “I Have the Unique Luxury of Having Started a Trend and Not Being Bound by It”

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See him on the street and Tom Krell is definitely Just A Dude. Hear the music the philosophy PhD candidate has made under the moniker How To Dress Well for the last five years, though, and Krell is a point of emotional projection. His three albums have all been critically acclaimed for their honesty and their ability to shed new light on well-trodden genres like R&B, ambient electronic, and now, pop. But his new album What Is This Heart? is… almost happy? “I do think I’m okay with this being a happier record, just so long as that happiness is like twinged with other stuff,” he says. “The sequencing and balance on the album is really important to me.”
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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

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You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers. …Read More

15 of the Funniest Music Videos Ever Made

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The music video is, by all accounts, as much of an art form as the feature-length film, although too often these mini musical movies are too serious. Still, plenty of artists have been able to show that they do, in fact, have senses of humor — not just in general, but even when it comes to their own public personae. Here are some of the best, many of which feature cameos from famous funny people to ensure the musicians don’t have to quit their day job.
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The 15 Best Stephen Malkmus Songs, Ranked

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Stephen Malkmus nerds fans rejoiced last week when the former/sometimes Pavement frontman released his latest solo album, Wig Out at Jagbags. The latest LP with his backing band The Jicks, whose titled parodies that of Dag Nasty’s classic hardcore album, Wig Out at Denko’s, sees Malkmus and co. relying a little less on the Grateful Dead-esque jam sound they’ve made their own (although The Dead do get mentioned in the track “Lariat”). Instead, we get a jambalaya of influences and nods that venture into Steely Dan territory, while still remaining undeniably Malkmus, and owing a debt to his ’90s indie heartthrob days. But where does it rank among his best material? Click through to see if any songs from Jagbags turn up on our list of Malkmus’ top 15 tracks of all time.
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