Posts Tagged: music

BANKS, "Drowning"

Here's BANKS delivering very scorned realness on "Drowning," a recovery anthem that dips and dives around her vocals. Pair this with her last release, "Goddess," and you've got something like a soundtrack to a girl gang's post-breakup assessment brunch. BANKS' debut album, Goddess, is due out in September, and she's got some shows coming up, possibly in your vicinity.


Punktown, USA

Here is a pretty, interactive map that tells you exactly where the "anything but country" populations are concentrated. Rochester, N.Y., your punk scene appears to be VIBRANT. [via Spin]


Kawehi, "Heart-Shaped Box"

Electronic musician Kawehi covers Nirvana like a hurricane through your heart—plus you can actually understand the lyrics now!

I was going to link to her Kickstarter campaign for a new album, but it turns out it ended a few days ago. She asked for $3000 and received almost $30,000. Like, the amount she wanted with another zero after it. And you know what? It's that good.


Shlohmo & Jeremih, "No More"

Over at NPR, Jason King likens "No More" to "the soundtrack to a David Lynch film set in a seedy black strip club," and there's not much to add to that. Shlohmo and Jeremih have a collaborative EP due out soon; if this  track is any indication, it's going to be tripped-out and dark and excellent. (Oh, and this is as good a time as any to plug King's new 24-hour R&B channel for NPR, which you can listen to here. The Twitter account updates as a new song is played, too: In the last hour alone they've had Whitney, Janet, Me'Shell, and [...]


Emily King, "Distance"

Emily King's been quiet for a few years now, ever since 2011's Seven; she's back now with characteristic breezy soul on "Distance" and a really lovely Taylor McFerrin track, "Decisions." [via]


I Was Wrong About the Grateful Dead

On August 9th, 1995, Jerry Garcia died, and I was on vacation with my new stepfamily in Provincetown, Cape Cod. It was the summer before eighth grade, probably the apex of my awkward period: oversize t-shirts, assorted yin-yang jewelry, a relentlessly troublesome T-zone.

The mourning Deadhead vibes were surely low-key in P-Town that August when compared to, say, San Francisco or Burlington, VT, but I nonetheless found the avalanche of dead-Jerry merch overwhelming. His lion’s mane silhouette was everywhere, along with the drugged-out anthropomorphic rainbow animals and threadbare lyrics about the long strange trip. I had only the vaguest notion of the music itself, but I was certain, thanks to [...]


Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z, "Weird Bad Unreleased Track"

Hey there, all you cats and kittens out in Radioland, do we have a treat for you! It's a Pitchfork-verified collaboration between Daft Punk and Jay-Z that was never released, probably because it is terrible!

In this unfinished rough cut, apparently meant for the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Jay and his French robot pals take a bold stance against the following:

  • iTouches
  • Blackberries
  • texting abbreviations, especially x's and o's
  • kids these days

Also includes some high-quality grunts and a crescendo of panicked shouting.

I never saw Tron, was it about how millennials are ruining a perfectly good society what with all their FaceSpaces and Tweeters?


Amy Schumer's Appreciation for Sam Cooke, Among Other Things

Amy Schumer's speech at the Gloria Awards and Gala last Thursday night got some deserved pickup over the weekend, because in the space of about 1,900 words the comedian managed to hit on a unique element of female shame that tends to accompany particularly awful adolescent sexual experiences, and to expertly flip the whole thing into a power ballad about learning self-worth and confidence. Oh, and Sam Cooke:

I could feel I was losing myself to this girl in this bed. He stood up and put a new CD on. "Darling, you send me, I know you send me, honest, you do …" I'm [...]


tUnE-yArDs' "Water Fountain" and a Banks Aaliyah Cover

Here's the latest from tUnE-yArDs (capitalization non-negotiable), the former puppeteer and general drum loop master from New England. "Water Fountain" has a hundred different types of drums and lots of "hoo-ha!" shouts, so you can't really go wrong there. The group's third album, Nikki Nack, is due out May 6.

Elsewhere, and after the jump, Hairpin fav Banks covers Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" on BBC radio 1.


______ is _____, and So Am I, According to Popular Songs

"The moon is high, and so am I" Roger Miller, "The Moon Is High"

"The night is young, and so am I" Men Without Hats, "Safety Dance"

"The moon is rising, and so am I" —AC/DC, "Let's Get It Up"

"Life is hard, and so am I" —Eels, "Novocaine for the Soul"

"Life is short, and so am I" —Best Coast, "Who Have I Become"

"Life's a bitch, and so am I" —Green Day, "The Grouch"


Maija Kappler is a writer, astrology buff, and Patrick Swayze enthusiast from Montreal, Quebec. Once, in a job interview, she listed [...]