What are you listening to this week? 

Boy, it’s been fun as hell watching Rae Sremmurd turn into Rae Sremmurd. The duo popped up in 2015 with a bunch of mean, stuff-you-in-the-locker bangers like “No Flex Zone” and “No Type” and an album that worked way better than it had any right to; its sequel, SremmLife 2, was even better, with a world-conquering…

What are you listening to this week? 

Felt was always one of those bands I wanted to like more than I did. It falls squarely within that early-’80s, British post-punk/dream-pop/4AD sound I love—though the band actually recorded for Cherry Red—and lead singer-songwriter Lawrence (just Lawrence) rightly worshipped Television and The Velvet Underground. That…

What are you listening to this week?

Last week when Courtney Barnett dropped “Nameless, Faceless,” the first track from her upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, it turned out to be exactly what I didn’t know I wanted to hear. The Aussie’s sardonic address to internet trolls is delivered in her signature chill, witty style but with an added bite…

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…

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…

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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…