What are you listening to this week? 

I accidentally destroyed my phone during a run yesterday, so I called my old iPod up from the reserves. It’s a modified 300-gig monster that I still update, even though I rarely use it. Scrolling takes forever, so I stopped in the Ds for De La Soul’s classic 3 Feet High And Rising. It’s been a minute since I’ve heard…

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What are you listening to this week?

Hearing Françoise Hardy’s magnificent “Voilà” in Netflix’s The End Of The Fucking World got me thinking about Dirty Beaches, the former moniker of Alex Zhang Hungtai, who sampled the song in “Lord Knows Best,” a highlight of his breakout album Badlands. It’s an LP I was obsessed with back in the day, and while its…

What are you listening to this Christmas? 

We typically use this space to chime in with whatever we currently have on rotation, but it’s that special time of year when we’re forced into social situations with acquaintances and family members with whom we rarely interact, and find ourselves listening to treacly music we wouldn’t normally stomach or be caught…

What are you listening to this week? 

I was only passingly familiar with Future until earlier this year, having heard the occasional guest spot or bubbling radio song. I went to school via an excellent primer on this very site, but didn’t really follow up. Then my 7-year-old son somehow discovered the song “Wicked,” and now it’s pretty much all he wants…

What are you listening to this week? 

My answer to this question this week is the same as it would’ve been last year, and the year before that, in 2014 or 2004: It’s November, so I’m listening to Ben Folds. There are many songs, albums, and artists that I associate with this time of year—“Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple, Ys by Joanna Newsom, the collected works…

What are you listening to this week? 

My son is 7, and he recently discovered—via his 8-year-old friend—the joys of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” the smash hit that entered the zeitgeist in late 2014 and never really left. It’s one of those songs that just completely dominated, winning Record Of The Year at the Grammys and selling a jillion copies.…

What are you listening to this week? 

I know Insecure is a good show, but I’ve got this thing about all these mostly sad sometimes-funny comedy shows set in L.A., and so I’ve mostly caught the show in bits and pieces as my wife has kept up with it. But it’s clear that its concern with music is more than merely the narrative touch of Issa Rae’s bathroom…

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What are you listening to this week? 

The dance-punk stalwarts of !!! just put out a new song off an EP they’ll be selling at their upcoming live shows, and it easily would’ve been one of the best tracks on their recently released album Shake The Shudder. “The Long Walk” sees the band in an extremely disco-forward mode from the very start, bringing in a…

What are you listening to? 

Wiki’s got one of the most emotive voices in rap, a thick New York sneer that spouts off like a lit-fuse Joe Pesci, his lyrics equal parts shit talk, unchecked emotion, and bleary-eyed poetry. His old group, Ratking, only put out one full-length, the remarkable So It Goes, and now, after a few years of rambunctious…

What are you listening to this week? 

Of the few 2016 records I find I’m still listening to regularly, Princess Nokia’s 1992 mixtape probably tops the list. Because 1992 was my introduction to the 25-year-old New Yorker, I know her first and foremost as a scrappy underground MC, but Nokia—real name Destiny Frasqueri—is an unfathomably multitalented…

What are you listening to this week? 

The defining quality of the A$AP Mob, the Harlem-based crew of rap-world stylists, is a sort of louche effervescence. This year’s debut by A$AP associate Playboi Carti is the perfect example, breezy and insubstantive and just swelteringly hot. The new A$AP Ferg mixtape Still Striving operates on the same principles,…

What are you listening to this week?

For reasons that don’t really go beyond pure serendipity, I’ve been spending a lot of time back inside Two Steps From The Blues, the essential debut album of legendary bluesman Bobby Bland. Like a lot of records from that period, it’s basically a collection of singles, and every track is an absolute belter, showcasing…

What are you listening to this week?

Having fallen in love with Destroyer after hearing the soaring guitar-based melodies and shimmering atmospherics of 2006’s still-excellent Destroyer’s Rubies, I was initially put off when Dan Bejar and his band starting drifting into the corny adult-contemporary sheen of Kaputt. But the more I listened, the more I…