This week marks the release of Harlem MC A$AP Rocky's major label debut Long.Live.A$AP. One of the most anticipated hip-hop releases of the year, the album marks the culmination of three years of some of the most buzzed about and consistent output in rap today. For those of you late to the A$AP Part ... More >>
Better than: No Smashing Pumpkins.
Billy Corgan just kind of does whatever he wants. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman--and now sole remaining member of the band's original lineup--has been making music for about two decades now. He's written love songs, hate songs, double LPs, masterpieces, and then ... More >>
Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label.
A late bloomer, Berne didn't pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his ... More >>
If you're a pop fan, I'm going to guess you like at least one of the last three No. 1 songs in America. In many ways, 2012 has been an entertaining year for discriminating chart-watchers, as a slew of left-field singles have made strides on Billboard's Hot 100.
I've met people who love fun.'s "We A ... More >>
The "classic" L.A. Guns lineup, ca. 1989.Today, Matador announced that it would be launching a new singles club and the inaugural release would be Stephen Malkmus and one of the bands currently calling itself L.A. Guns (more on that in a minute) will be releasing a split 7-inch on Matador wh ... More >>
Mötley Crüe w/Poison, New York Dolls
Wednesday, July 20
Better than: Attending an 18-year high school reunion with a cash bar, albeit one mitigated by the DJ having a music library nearly identical to yours back in the day.
An extremely partial list of pop-cultural event ... More >>
Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard chartsit's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>
Despite the proliferation of artisanal pizza joints with their delicate imported toppings, pepperoni is still the most popular pizza topping in America.
Le Cirque is expanding to India with a new location scheduled to open soon in New Delhi's Leela Palace Hotel.
Apparen ... More >>
Ninja Tune: Matt Black is the dude on the right. Photo by Steve Double.At The Lock Tavern, a North London pub, Matt Black is finishing a beer and taking a respite from the recent frenzy of activity around Ninja Tune, the influential UK label he co-founded 20 years ago with Jonathan More. He's ... More >>
A common complaint about music charts in the post-sales age is that, with their reliance on SoundScan data and airplay numbers, they miss other avenues for popular consumption, from YouTube streams to--shh!--free downloads. BigChampagne, which started off as a service charting the popularity ... More >>
Maybe I'm just not up on the lingo of the tech world, but why is a new product always set up to "kill" an existing product? Aren't these unrealistically lofty expectations, especially when the thing you're trying to "kill" -- in this case Facebook -- has nearly half a billion users worldwide? ... More >>