Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Car Seat Headrest, Poliça/Stargaze, Brandi Carlile, and more albums to know about this week

Car Seat Headrest reimagines 2011’s fiery Twin Fantasy with a bigger budget, while Poliça and Stargaze turn in the stirring Music For The Long Emergency, and Brandi Carlile finds strength in forgiveness on the lovely, languid By The Way, I Forgive You. These, plus Superchunk, Ought, and more in this week’s notable…

The 28 most-anticipated albums of February

The year in music was off to a promising start thanks to January’s many great new albums. And with planned releases from the likes of U.S. Girls, Rhye, and The Soft Moon—not to mention the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack—February looks to continue that trend. Here are the new records…

Our most-anticipated albums of 2018 (that we know of)

With confirmed releases from the likes of Tune-Yards, Lucy Dacus, and Superchunk—plus expected new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and more—2018 is already shaping up to be another strong year for music. Here are the albums we most look forward to hearing this year (or, at least, that we…

Waxahatchee takes another big step forward on the excellent Out In The Storm

With the release of Ivy Tripp in 2015, Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee, appeared to be in a good place. The album would find its way to multiple “best of the year” lists (including ours), and Crutchfield had seemingly neutralized some personal drama—a breakup with producer/bandmate Keith Spencer, who also played…

20 great songs orphaned by their namesake albums

Between November of 1984 and November of 1985, Scottish indie-pop act The Jesus And Mary Chain blended pretty melodies and abrasive noise across four singles and a debut LP, Psychocandy. In that first flourish of activity, the JAMC churned out more songs than it could use, including the fan-favorite “Some Candy…

This great new Split Single video is an homage to Marathon Man

We’ve been ardently in favor of Split Single in the past 12 months, positively reviewing the band’s debut album and inviting them in to cover TV On The Radio. The band is the brainchild of Jason Narducy, a Chicagoan with the sexiest elbows in rock who’s also a touring member of Superchunk and Bob Mould’s band. Just…

Merge Records’ Laura Ballance curates a 25-hour playlist of the label’s best LPs

In the 25 years since its inception, Merge Records has managed to do the seemingly impossible: become a commercially successful, well-respected independent record label. Founded by Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance in 1989, Merge has gone from pressing small batches of 7-inch singles to releasing…

A reissue gives Superchunk’s Indoor Living the attention it deserves

Thanks to a string of great albums—1991’s No Pocky For Kitty, 1993’s On The Mouth, 1994’s Foolish, and 1995’s Here’s Where The Strings Come In—Superchunk could do no wrong in the lead-up to its sixth full-length. The band had enjoyed a creatively fertile, not to mention prolific run: By the time Superchunk released …

Check out this awesome fan-made Lego video for Superchunk’s “FOH”

A YouTube user named Tasha R. (no relation) has a child who loves Superchunk and Legos, so she did what any cool mom would do and combined them into a delightful homemade video for “FOH” (from last year’s exceptional I Hate Music). The side-scrolling video finds a Lego man passing through numerous scenarios—a shark…