From Beach House to Courtney Barnett, our 23 most-anticipated albums of May

In addition to highly anticipated releases from Courtney Barnett, Tee Grizzley, and The Body, May holds some of our early favorites for 2018: Jon Hopkins’ follow-up to 2013 breakthrough Immunity, DJ Koze’s extremely fun Knock Knock, Beach House’s enigmatic seventh record, and Parquet Courts’ most politically direct…

Bauhaus, Run-DMC, Cocteau Twins, and other should’ve-been hits from 1983

On August 4, 1958, Billboard put Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” atop a brand-new chart it dubbed the Hot 100. Prior to that, the industry had relied on a shaky system that aggregated record store sales, radio DJ spins, and jukebox plays to measure a song’s popularity. The Hot 100 finally put all of those competing…

Brian Eno’s latest isn’t an album—it’s a process

There’s something perfect about Brian Eno’s new album, Reflection, coming out on New Year’s Day—a time of symbolic page-turning, when reflection leads to action. Eno’s ambient works are not easy listening, but they are generally quite calming, so a long stretch of gentle chimes and cooing electronics seems a perfect…

Silence speaks volumes on Brian Eno’s innovative, tranquil Reflection

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By design, Brian Eno’s latest collection of instrumental ambient music is a fluid entity. In addition to making the 54-minute, one-track Reflection available via the usual media (e.g., CD, vinyl, streaming platforms), the composer collaborated on iOS and Apple TV editions featuring an “endless and endlessly changing…

Run The Jewels and Japandroids lead the charge of January’s new music releases

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

What non-2016 pop culture did you finally get around to this year?

This week, we continue our look back at the year that was (a shitshow). After last week’s exploration of the non-2016 books we read over the previous 12 months, we’re continuing the inquiry with this question:

The science behind the sounds of THX, Law & Order, Windows 95, and more

Unfathomable quantities of money are spent each year helping companies distinguish themselves from each other, and one underexamined field for these efforts is “sonic branding.” As explained in a new video from The Scene, the term can apply to ringtones, title screen music, jingles, and all the little assorted bleeps…

Cloudy with a chance of Drake: Here’s what’s coming to record stores in April

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

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