The Grateful Dead Are History’s Most Misunderstood Punk Band

If I have one claim to fame, it’s what I did on the night of July 9, 1995. The only recognition I’d ask for would be a T-shirt that says, “I went to the last Grateful Dead concert, and all I got was high from smoking weed out of a Milwaukee’s Best can and this lousy T-shirt.” The show itself wasn’t much to write home about, or at least that’s what the commenters on Archive.org say about it: selfimportantdeadhead, who gave the show two stars, says, “we all should have stopped buying tickets,” and basically blames Dead fans for Jerry Garcia’s death exactly a month to the day after the show at Soldier’s Field. Reviewer Let’s All Be Cheerful, contrary to the name, says, “[T]he set list is poop and the performance borderline embarrassing. Saying otherwise is akin to applauding for your child when he strikes out five times in Little League.” The same user then points out, “Which is perfectly okay,” because, “sometimes love trumps the truth.” I wouldn’t know, because I was acting like a punk-rock jerk during the entire show. … Read More

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25 Perfect Drinking Songs for Lazy Summer Evenings

If you’re the sort of person who likes frolicking in the sun, summer days are ace. If, conversely, you’re the sort of person who’s given to hunching beside the AC and occasionally peeking out the window to see if the streets have caught fire, they’re no fun at all. Either way, summer evenings are kinda great — half the time it’s too hot to sleep, but it’s perfect for sitting out on a stoop/rooftop/porch with your friends, drinking beer and listening to some suitably mellow tunes. With that in mind, we’ve got you covered for a playlist — here’s our selection of great songs for lazy summer evenings, along with a Spotify… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Sam Smith, Priests, HAERTS

Another week, another onslaught of new tunes. To categorize it broadly, I found myself gravitating to a lot of electronic-based music this week, from Todd Terje’s p e r f e c t Robert Palmer cover alongside Bryan Ferry to the ’90s-tinged electro-pop of HAERTS. Get listening, folks. … Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: of Montreal, Julia Holter

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 has featured the return of Kevin Barnes and his merry of Montreal types, along with a jazzy new Julia Holter track, a set of Dinosaur Jr.-endorsed headphones, a lesbian wife, the sickly Weasley sibling, a belting headache, and a dancing alien. (And new songs from Widowspeak, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Eric Copeland, Woods, King Krule, and more.) All this action is streaming for absolutely no money after the jump, so click through and get listening. … Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Azealia Banks, Dan Deacon

This has been a short week for the music industry, just like it has been for everyone else, so we’re limiting our regular Friday roundup of the best new tracks we heard this week to five instead of our usual ten. But never fear, because there’s still plentiful goodness laying in wait after the jump — there’s a beautiful new song from ever-reliable Brooklyn psych-folk aficionados Woods, along with a rollicking new track from Dan Deacon, spacey Afrofuturistic goodness from Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program, the return of Chelsea Wolfe, and a reminder that Azealia Banks still exists. Click through to listen! … Read More

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The 50 Greatest Summer Albums, 1963-2013

Summer officially arrives this week, bringing with it afternoons in the park and rooftop parties and beaches. The thing is, though, every summer needs a soundtrack, and while every year there seems to be a rush to anoint a certain tune The Song of the Summer™, Flavorwire decided to go one better and choose a quintessential summer album for every one of the past 50 years, as something of a sequel to last month’s list of the 50 albums you need to own, 1963-2013. Click through and get… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: The National, Jay-Z

It’s Friday afternoon, which means that we’re resolutely ignoring the rain as we contemplate the weekend, and also looking back over the best new songs we heard this week. Over the last seven days, we’ve gotten all gloomily excited about the new National album, reminded ourselves that Jay-Z can still actually rap every so often, got all summery to new songs by Beaches and Woods, marveled at how beautiful the new Eluvium track is, enjoyed new stuff from Standish/Carlyon and Tin Trails, and more. All these tracks await you below — get streaming and/or downloading, readers! … Read More

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The 15 Most Underrated Albums of 2012

It’s December, which means the music industry’s listomania is now in full swing. But wait, if on the off chance you haven’t written your own personal end-of-year list, then have a quick look at this one before you start anointing one of the usual suspects — Grimes, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, Fiona Apple, etc. — as the best of 2012. We love all those records, but there are a heap of great albums released in 2012 that we think haven’t gotten anywhere near the amount of end-of-year love they deserve. We profiled some of them in June — read on to find out our selections from the second half of the year, and let us know if you reckon we’ve missed any. … Read More

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Album of the Month: Woods’ Beautiful, Autumnal ‘Bend Beyond’

It’s finally starting to feel like fall, thankfully — the oppressive humidity of summer is gone, the leaves are starting to change color, and there’s a chill in the air at night. This is my favorite time of the year, and it needs a soundtrack, preferably one that’s quiet and shot through with just the right strain of melancholy. And since those Nick Drake and Radar Bros albums are starting to get worn out, thank goodness for perpetually underrated Brooklyn psych-folk band Woods, whose new album Bend Beyond arrived right on cue last week. … Read More

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10 of the Year’s Most Unfairly Overlooked Albums

It’s the middle of the year, which means it’s time for the music industry’s first round of 2012 listomania — and lo, the first “best of 2012 so far” roundups have already begun to crop up across the Internet. It’s been pleasing to see that some of our favorite albums have had plenty of love on such lists — we’re sure you don’t need us to tell you any more about the likes of Lower Dens, Chromatics, Liars, Death Grips, Leonard Cohen or, of course, Grimes, who may well actually rule the entire world by the end of this year. But there are others that we haven’t been seeing mentioned a whole lot, and thus we figured we’d repeat the feature we did at about this time last year, focusing on albums that everyone seems to have overlooked so far in 2012. We suggest you catch up ASAP, as December’s coming sooner than you think. … Read More

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