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My Top Songs On Spotify This Year Are A Clear Cry For Help

I don’t understand how people find the time to listen to podcasts. Like a good company guy, I listen to the Deadcast, but I tried one episode of This American Life and stopped it after 20 minutes. Ira Glass’s voice was fine, but when I’m working, I can’t listen to audio that requires attention. This is all a flimsy…

Oh Hell Yeah, Jeremih Finally Dropped Late Nights 

Good morning! While you were sleeping, R&B singer Jeremih finally released Late Nights. (Hence the name.) I truly thought this album would never arrive, and the steady trail of little nuggets like the singles “Oui” and “Planes” felt like little teases of something we’d never hear in full. The album had not one, but…

14 Times Jay Z Got Owned By Another Rapper, Usually On His Own Song

Sorry, but the Jay Z you all worship might not be as good as you think. Or maybe it’s just that he’s easily dwarfed by the guest verses on his own tracks. These days he’s more or less abandoned making new music, instead busying himself with buying up companies and brands and streaming services or, in his latest jape,…

Was Banning Tyler, the Creator, the Victory International Feminism Needed?

On Sunday, August 23, Tyler, the Creator, was riding through France on the nicest tour bus he’d ever rented—a giant TV screen, a circle couch, extra beds—and heading towards the end of what was meant to be a month-long tour of Europe, reveling in the amenities his hard work had afforded him. The 24-year-old Los…

The Riff In "Where Are Ü Now" Is Actually Justin Bieber's Voice

The New York Times has a neat feature on the making of the song “Where Are Ü Now,” a single, or really the single off Diplo and Skrillex’s collaboration Jack Ü. It’s a catchy song, and the melodic flute-like riff that the song hinges on has been pretty much everywhere this summer. The compelling part of the producers’…

How Baseball Players Use Walk-Up Music Like a Performance Enhancing Drug

Angels’ Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use “Turn Down for What.” This is the world of baseball “walk-up” music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home…

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Remembering Kim Gordon's Awesome '90s Side Project Free Kitten

Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, chronicles five decades of her extraordinary life and career in Sonic Youth. Obviously, that includes endless compelling and varied stories: how her first job in the art world was hawking cheap frames for a then-unknown Larry Gagosian; how she dealt with having a brother with…