#TrackoftheDay: “Creature From the Moon”

I just heard this song for the first time today (I have a massive backlog of potential Halloween music to go through) and it is Truly Amazing. And it is truly perplexing, as some reggae/calypso songs turn out to be. Just like with “Zombie Jamboree,” there’s some confusion as to who the hell recorded it. It’s credited to King Horror, but apparently that could be either a singer who also went by Lord Davey or the producer Laurel Aitken who filled in when Davey wasn’t available. So not entirely sur...
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Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Some upsetting tweets we didn’t blog this week are below. Enjoy them, and your worst and best comments.
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Haru Nemuri – “Déconstruction”

We named genre-exploding Japanese musician Haru Nemuri, who mixes pop, rock, and hip-hop into her own beautifully experimental cocktail, one of the best new artists of 2018. She hasn’t released a full collection of songs since last year’s Lovetheism mini-album, but she’s been sharing a string of new singles this year including “Bang,” “Inori Dake Ga Aru,” and “Seventh Heaven.” Today, there’s another new one, “Déconstruction,” which was co-produced with MyRiot.
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Morgan Wallen Banned From CMA Awards, Still Nominated For Album Of The Year

Morgan Wallen, the young country music superstar whose public image took a serious nosedive after he was filmed drunkenly screaming the N-word, is now in the unique position of being banned from attending the Country Music Association Awards. next month… while still being up for Album Of The Year at the CMAs.
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From Sistema To The Montreal Symphony’s New Music Director: Meet Rafael Parare

Winding up in the local El Sistema orchestra, he became a conductor almost by accident when handed a baton and told to conduct a piece: “I knew then that it was what I wanted to do.” – Toronto Star
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Billboards Suggest New Adele Album 30 Coming Soon

Way back in February 2020, Adele announced that her new album would be out in September. Likely due to the pandemic, that did not happen. We’ve now been through two Septembers since then with no new Adele album. Even her SNL hosting debut did not turn out to be promo for a new LP.
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.
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From Sistema To The Montreal Symphony’s New Music Director: Meet Rafael Payare

Winding up in the local El Sistema orchestra, he became a conductor almost by accident when handed a baton and told to conduct a piece: “I knew then that it was what I wanted to do.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Music, El Sistema, Rafael Payare, Montreal Symphony

Tyler Childers – “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” (John Prine Cover)

Kentucky country singer Tyler Childers has shared a new cover of John Prine’s “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” in honor of the late, great songwriter, who died last year of complications from COVID-19. Following Sturgill Simpson’s take on “Paradise” and Brandi Carlile’s rendition of Prine’s final song “I Remember Everything,” which she performed at the Grammys, “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” is the third track we’ve heard from the upcoming tribute album Broken H...
Tags: Music, Kentucky, New Music, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Prine, Tyler Childers, COVID, Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund

Translating Proteins Into Music

We’re computational biologists who believe that hearing the sound of life at the molecular level could help inspire people to learn more about biology and the computational sciences. – The Conversation
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Brandi Carlile Wants To Be Soundgarden’s New Lead Singer

Brandi Carlile released her new album In These Silent Days today, and she told us the story behind every track. In another interview promoting the album, she volunteered to be Soundgarden’s next lead singer, taking over for Chris Cornell, who died in 2017.
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The Alchemist – “Miracle Baby” (Feat. Mavi)

The Alchemist, a man who has been in rap music for literally 30 years, is on a serious run right now. Thus far in 2021, Alchemist has been the sole producer of two of the year’s best rap albums, Armand Hammer’s Haram and Boldy James’ Bo Jackson. And Alc has also done some work on his own. Back in April, Alchemist released his EP This Thing Of Ours, which included collaboration with rappers like Earl Sweatshirt and Navy Blue. Next week, he’ll release the sequel.
Tags: Music, New Music, The Alchemist, ALC, Haram, Mavi, Armand Hammer, Daniel Reagan, Boldy James Bo Jackson, Navy Blue Next

Stream Private Hell’s Fearsome New Self-Titled EP

Central Virginia, where I live, is a place blessed with an insane number of great punk and hardcore bands, and more of them seem to spring up on the time. The latest band to arrive on that scene is Private Hell, a new group that features members of bands like Ghouli and Fried Egg. Last month, they released “M.M.M.,” their first song. It rips. Today, they release their brand-new self-titled demo, and it rips even harder.
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Billie Eilish Will Join Danny Elfman & “Weird Al” Yankovic At Nightmare Before Christmas Concerts

The 1993 stop-motion fantasia The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beloved seasonal classic in a great many households, especially in the households that include at least one slightly goth theater kid. Billie Eilish might be the world’s most famous slightly goth theater kid, and later this month, she’ll pay tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas at a pair of special concerts that’ll also feature Nightmare musical mastermind Danny Elfman and national treasure “Weird Al” Yankovic.
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Stream San Jose Post-Hardcore Band Roman Lions’ Grandly Pummeling New Album Gradients

“My hell is a quiet place.” So sings Justin Tracy from out of the silence on “Everything Ends,” the first song on Roman Lions’ new Gradients, an album furiously loud enough that must sound like heaven to anyone who sees things Tracy’s way. The San Jose band swirls bits of shoegaze, post-rock, and screamo into their artfully furious hardcore, but on these six songs — recorded by California heavy hitter Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Gulch, etc.) — the question of genre becomes seconda...
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Stream Spy’s Sick New Hardcore Punk EP Habitual Offender

It can’t be easy for a hardcore punk band to make a name for itself without playing any shows, but that’s why Spy did last year. Spy, from the Bay Area, came together last year, during the pandemic, and they released the disgustingly ripshit debut EP Service Weapon. The record evoked the sort of visceral, euphoric rage that’s such an elemental part of this music, and it became a word-of-mouth underground sensation. Since then, Spy have started playing shows, and now they’ve released a second EP ...
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Elbow – “The Seldom Seen Kid”

Exactly one month ago Elbow announced their new album Flying Dream 1. Today they’ve released its lead single, which is named after an entirely different album. Yes, today’s new track “The Seldom Seen Kid” shares a title with Elbow’s 2008 LP, the one our own Ryan Leas once described as “where Elbow became Elbow in a truer sense.” The two works are so titled because both are inspired by Bryan Glancy, a Manchester musician and longtime friend of the band.
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Watch Elvis Costello Play A Bilingual “Pump It Up” With Juanes & Give Jimmy Kimmel A Guitar Lesson

Elvis Costello’s fired-up 1978 anthem “Pump It Up” has been in the news a bit lately, since Costello seems to be the only person who is not currently interested in getting a retroactive songwriting credit from Olivia Rodrigo. Rodrigo’s hit “brutal” definitely, absolutely uses Costello’s “Pump It Up” riff, but Costello has ackowledged his own songwriting debts and said that Rodrigo’s usage is “fine by me… It’s how rock & roll works. You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand ne...
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Revamping The Pops Orchestra For The 21st Century

The Boston Pops set the old template: so-called “light classics” (Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter) and “Great American Songbook” standards. Now pops programs run from film scores to video game music to Looney Tunes suites to backing up jazz, rap, and gospel. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Watch The Flaming Lips Play “Mother I’ve Taken LSD” On Fallon

The Flaming Lips went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at the height of pandemic last year, and each member of the band performed from inside their own individual plastic bubble. They expanded that concept into full concerts with everyone, including the audience, in space bubbles. But when they returned to play Fallon again last night, they left the bubbles at home, instead delivering a gimmick-free and relatively untheatrical — for this band — performance of American Head‘s “Mother I’v...
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Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne Deny Investing In Carlos Watson’s Ozy Media: “He’s Insane”

This past week, the internet media has been consumed with the strange story of Ozy, a digital media company that has been using some, ahem, unconventional tactics to attract money. Earlier this week, the New York Times published an exposé that included an absolutely wild story about Ozy COO Samir Rao jumping on a conference call with a team of potential Goldman Sachs investors, electronically altering his voice and claiming that he was actually a YouTube exec. Since then, Ozy advertisers have su...
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Stream The Body & BIG|BRAVE’s Powerful New Collaborative Album Leaving None But Small Birds

The Body are a Portland duo who make heavy, scuzzy, experimental metal-adjacent music. BIG|BRAVE are a Montreal trio who make punishingly hooky noise-rock. Today, those two bands have come together to release a collaborative album. Both bands have had strange, adventurous careers, but given the music that they’ve made in the past, you could be forgiven for expecting them to make something heavy and fuzzed out on their new team-up. That’s not what they’ve done.
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Fever Turns 20

In 2001, nearly 15 years into her music career, Kylie Minogue met a period of reclamation. On her eighth studio album Fever — released 20 years ago today internationally and Feb. 26, 2002 in the United States — Minogue reached her definitive cyber-groove era, launching the most noteworthy Australia-to-America disco export since the Bee Gees took over the pop charts in the late 1970s.
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Back in August, the intense and confrontational Baltimore rapper/producer JPEGMAFIA announced plans to release a new album this fall, unveiled a whole run of tour dates, and released his single “TRUST!” We don’t have any details on the album yet, but Peggy’s big tour is set to kick off next week. Today, he’s shared a new song.
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Why You Should Surprise Your Kid With A Personalized Gift

As a parent, you feel the love for your children growing stronger over time. From the moment you hold your bundle of joy for the first time to when they are all grown up, you want to make every day special. Gifting is a great way to show your love, and you need not always wait for special occasions. Just pick a gift and show your love when the child least expects it. Even better, make it a personalized one as it gets even more special. Personalization is a worthy effort if you want the recipie...
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LCD Soundsystem Announce 20 Fall Shows At Brooklyn Steel

Now we know the reason why various concert promoters across the country have been tweeting the DFA Records lightning bolt logo this week. LCD Soundsystem, who’ve been dormant since the expansive tour surrounding 2017 comeback album American Dream, just announced a massive residency in Brooklyn this November and December.
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The Number Ones: Sweet Sensation’s “If Wishes Came True”

In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.
Tags: Music, Steve Peck, Robert Steele, The Number Ones, Deena Charles, Russ DeSalvo, Sweet Sensation

The Story Behind Every Track On Brandi Carlile’s New Album In These Silent Days

When I ask Brandi Carlile how her day is going, she doesn’t just say “fine” or “good.” She answers with such clear-eyed enthusiasm that I immediately understand why journalists fall all over themselves to impart just how real she is: “Man, it’s been pretty awesome,” Carlile says over the phone. “I just got back down off of two shows at Red Rocks, and I went out yesterday and learned how to drive my new boat. So I’m in pretty good juxtaposition of Gemini energy.”
Tags: Music, Carlile, Lucius, Courteney Cox, Brandi Carlile, Footnotes

Hear Jason Isbell Cover “Midnight Train To Georgia” With Brittney Spencer & John Paul White

Jason Isbell is extremely busy these days, but he made a promise and he’s going to fulfill it. Last year, Isbell pledged that that he’d record an album of covers dedicated to the state of Georgia if Georgia helped elect Joe Biden president. Georgia held up its side of the bargain, clinching Biden’s victory and flipping the Senate for Democrats. (Grumble grumble Senate grumble Manchin Sinema grumble.) And now Isbell and his 400 Unit are getting ready to release their Georgia Blue album. We’ve alr...
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Jingle Ball Tour 2021 Has Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, & More

For many years, the radio conglomerate currently known as iHeartMedia has been calling in serious favors for its Jingle Ball concerts. At these top-40 free-for-alls, the bill always is full of pop stars, many of whom are big enough to headline arenas on their own, jockeying for radio favor by performing their singles, in quick succession, for mobs of screaming children. Pretty weird tradition!
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