Mixed Media

June 2016

Gwen Stefani - “Misery” (Singles Going Steady)

"Misery" isn't a total misfire, but its formulaic diva-pop effervescence does little to convince you that music's mainstream was missing Stefani.


John Doe - “A Little Help” ft. Chan Marshall (Singles Going Steady)

John Doe moves away from the punk sounds of X to a solo career more geared toward bluesy roots rock.


Adam Clark - “Your Own Way” (audio) (premiere)

In a sub-genre often riddled with a myriad of exploits to bring as many one hit wonders to the top of the charts as possible as pop/rock is, Adam Clark comes across as one of the few genuine articles in his lane that could readily find success in a crowded playing field.


Vulture Whale - “Can’t Help It” (video) (premiere)

Vulture Whale's “Can’t Help It” is exactly what you’d expect from a scuzzy stoner rock song.


FEVER HIGH - “Spit It Out” (audio) (premiere)

FEVER HIGH is exactly what it says on the tin: they advertise breezy synthpop, and breezy synthpop is what you get.


Durand Jones and the Indications - ‘Durand Jones and the Indications’ (album stream) (premiere)

Durand Jones and the Indications hearken back to a time when soul was recorded, performed, and (if possible) heard live.


Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers - “Over the Rise” (ft. Justin Vernon) (video) (premiere)

Bruce Hornsby's new song/video draws as much from the northern folk of Bon Iver as it does from the soul of deep Appalachia.


Jain - “Come” (Frank Pole remix) (audio) (premiere)

Jain’s “Come” has already done quite well for itself, hitting #1 on the French pop charts in no small part thanks to its snappily syncopated blue-eyed-soul thump.


Merchandise - “Flower of Sex” (Singles Going Steady)

Merchandise's first new material since the Dum Dum Girl collaboration Red Sun, sounds like a swirling potpourri of post-punk's many different generational guises.


Silent Pictures - “Twisted Smiles” (audio) (premiere)

The sound coming out of Silent Pictures is less a formidable wall and more a shifting dune of sand, all-enveloping and immersive but also weary and accommodating.


May 2016

//Mixed media
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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

// Moving Pixels

"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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