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Wire, “Not About to Die”

For Wire fanatics, this often-coarse collection of Chairs Missing/154-era demos is a necessity.

June 23, 2022
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Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, “Sugarhill Adventures – The Collection”

On the extended mixes that fill the box set, one could argue that the stutter and stretch of Grandmaster Flash at his finest is like listening to Miles Davis transition out of post-bop and into the roar of fusion funk.

June 22, 2022
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Prince and the Revolution, “Live”

This show and its material have long been part of the public ledger, but never with such stunning clarity—you can almost feel Prince’s crushed velvet duster breezing by you from the stage.

June 21, 2022

photo by Prestin Groff

FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2022 Part 2: Prince, Wilco, Kali Uchis, and More

15 titles to keep an eye out for at your local indie record shop this Saturday.

June 17, 2022
Reviews
Perfume Genius, “Ugly Season”

The sonic vibe of Mike Hadreas’ latest is an extension of the experimentalism of Set My Heart on Fire Immediately and its earthen elements of chamber art-pop, wonky R&B, spindly goth-industrial, and ever-so-decadent disco.

June 16, 2022
Reviews
S.G. Goodman, “Teeth Marks”

The Kentucky-based songwriter’s sophomore LP basks in Southern glow with just a little more lean toward ennui and existential dilemma than the scarred specifics of her debut.

June 13, 2022

‘SEX PISTOLS: THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS’ – 20 tracks from the world’s most controversial band. RELEASE DATE: May 27th on UMe

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Sex Pistols, “The Original Recordings”

There’s a reedy feeling on these B-sides, covers, and primal versions of familiar attacks on aristocracy that highlight Johnny Rotten’s role as the last great rebellious frontman.

June 01, 2022
In Conversation
Victory of Dälek: Industrial Hip-Hop Still Reigns Supreme on “Precipice”

Will Brooks—a.k.a. MC Dälek—talks the past and future of his longstanding rap project and the shadow and shade of their latest LP.

May 26, 2022
In Conversation
Brian Jackson on Re-Introducing Himself with “This Is Brian Jackson”

The legendary keyboardist, composer, and collaborator to Gil Scott-Heron strikes out on his own for the first time in a minute.

May 25, 2022
Reviews
The Clash, “Combat Rock” / “The People’s Hall” [Special Edition]

This essential reissue ties together most of what the group recorded in studio and demo sessions after the “Radio Clash” 12-inch—plus their collaboration with late toaster Ranking Roger on a separate EP.

May 24, 2022
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Harry Styles, “Harry’s House”

On his latest solo venture, Styles smooths out the influences so prevalent on Fine Line in order to make a brassy and clingingly contagious new album.

May 23, 2022
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Bryan Ferry, “Love Letters”

Roxy Music’s lounge-lizard crooner interprets a handful of classic pop songs across the decades without concern for genre or an era’s agenda.

May 20, 2022
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The Rolling Stones, “El Mocambo 1977” + “Licked Live in NYC”

These two live collections are exceptional examples of the Stones at their grungy, brassy, ballsy finest—and sharp, sad reminders of what it truly means to have lost drummer Charlie Watts.

May 19, 2022
Reviews
Norah Jones, “Come Away with Me” [20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]

The full-bodied anniversary collection paints a wilder portrait of Jones’ debut, displaying a surprising angularity and nervous energy.

May 17, 2022
Reviews
Black Star, “No Fear of Time”

Over 20 years since their sole album together, the latest from Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli never reaches the skies of their debut, or the full flower of the talents of anyone involved.

May 16, 2022

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis photographed by Charlie Gray.

Film + TV
Andrew Dominik Profiles a Healing Nick Cave in “This Much I Know to Be True”

The New Zealand–born filmmaker’s new concert film hits theaters tomorrow.

May 10, 2022
Film + TV
Music Supervisor Gabe Hilfer on Overseeing the Funky Sounds of “Winning Time”

In the final quarter of the first season of HBO’s sporting dramedy, we look at one of its central players.

April 28, 2022
Reviews
Broadcast, “Microtronics,” “Maida Vale Sessions,” & “Mother Is the Milky Way”

These three all-rarities packages from the Birmingham sonic-collage duo create a cinematic experience from refurbished unused material.

April 25, 2022
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2022 Part 1: Patti Smith, Blur, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and More

25 titles to keep an eye out for at your local indie record shop this Saturday.

April 22, 2022
Reviews
Suicide, “Surrender”

Compiling and curating rarities, and putting them next to newly remastered, raw-knuckled classics, this box set takes the form of something frank and fresh rather than merely ruminative. 

April 19, 2022
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Orville Peck, “Bronco”

The “outlaw cowboy” brings to his game the opulence of a big label with an explosive, evocative production tone crossing Spaghetti Western plains and a mountain range’s open skies.

April 18, 2022
Reviews
Jack White, “Fear of the Dawn”

In contrast with his most incisive work with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, the first of White’s two planned solo albums in 2022 feels based on the ideas of a man who’s lost without equity and union.

April 13, 2022
Reviews
Father John Misty, “Chloë and the Next 20th Century”

Josh Tillman’s latest release is a record so layered, lush, calming, and dulcet that you hardly notice its frequent aimlessness.

April 11, 2022
Reviews
The James Hunter Six, “With Love”

Hunter and his Six are unafraid of dashing their smooth soul with the good grit of the blues and a live-in-studio recording vibe.

April 07, 2022
Reviews
Frank Zappa & the Mothers, “The Mothers 1971” [Super Deluxe Edition]

This collection of previously unreleased Fillmore East showcases and bonus tracks is the wired, weird epic you didn’t know you needed.

April 05, 2022
Reviews
Sonic Youth, “In/Out/In”

This collection of instrumental-only recordings from the band’s final decade together sounds freer than anything in their avant-punk and post-no-wave past.

April 04, 2022
Reviews
Paul McCartney and Wings, “Wild Life” [50th Anniversary Edition]

The job of this freshly remodeled package is to heighten the stellar, grungy-but-clean studio mix given to the original sessions by Tony Clark and Alan Parsons.

March 15, 2022
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RZA + DJ Scratch, “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”

RZA pens a rapier-fast love letter to his heart’s obsession while giving Scratch space to run his jazz.

March 14, 2022
Waiting for the Sun: The Doors’ Robby Krieger on 50 Years of “L.A. Woman” and More

The Doors guitarist discusses his new autobiography, his band’s Hollywood Bowl concert film, the 50th anniversary of their last studio album with Jim Morrison, and life in “fantastic LA.”

March 07, 2022
Reviews
Robert Glasper, Black Radio III

Glasper’s most vocal excursion to date features so many voices that there’s hardly room for his bracing instrumental work.

March 07, 2022
Reviews
The Moldy Peaches, Origin Story: 1994-1999

Origin Story captures the raucous fun of two kids feeling their way through their guitars and their words while guessing at their silly talents to come.

February 28, 2022
Reviews
Swamp Dogg, I Need a Job…So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune

Dogg’s 808s & Heartbreak–inspired soul is characterized by steeliness, a live-band feel, and the past’s traditions of oversexed bravura.

February 23, 2022
Reviews
Anaïs Mitchell, Anaïs Mitchell

On her first album in a decade, Mitchell lets the delights of vocal harmony and opulent melody with a raw, silken edge shine through.

February 02, 2022
Reviews
Eels, Extreme Witchcraft

Mark Oliver Everett is, as always, glad to be unhappy with this spare and soul-strewn 14th LP.

February 01, 2022
Reviews
Various Artists, Sacred Soul: The D-Vine Spirituals Records Story, Vol. 1 & 2

These two volumes of early-’70s gospel recordings capture a moment that was fresh and funky for young churchgoing crowds in the South.

January 31, 2022

(L-R): Steven Krueger as Ben Scott, Samantha Hanratty as Teen Misty, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Teen Taissa, Sophie Nélisse as Teen Shauna, Ella Purnell as Teen Jackie and Sophie Thatcher as Teen Natalie in YELLOWJACKETS. Photo credit: Brendan Meadows/SHOWTIME.

Film + TV
In Conversation: Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker on Composing the Harrowing “Yellowjackets” Score

Listening in on the pair who’ve made the freakiest soundtrack on television with ’90s indie-rock touches.

January 20, 2022
Art & CultureFilm + TV
The Song of Bob Saget

The late, legendary stand-up comic and actor with a flair for all things blue, had a thing for music.

January 18, 2022
Reviews
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “The Boy Named If”

So much of the record is of a sneery, stabby nature and blunter than Costello’s more sophisticated recent songcraft.

January 13, 2022
The Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2021

10 LP packages that kept our eyes and ears busy over the past year.

December 29, 2021
Art & CultureIn Conversation
In Conversation: NFT Overlords Bored Ape Yacht Club on Their First Music Video

Bored Ape Yacht Club #9797—a.k.a. Jimbo—on becoming the first NFT to make and release its own music video with the electro-shock-trap-hop of “Delist your ape (2DaMoon).”

December 17, 2021
Reviews
San Fermin, “In This House”

The Brooklyn collective have never sounded more sure-footed and effortlessly melodic than they do with this gathering of friends.

December 16, 2021
Reviews
Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” + “Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta Live”

Both recent live albums see the songwriter reinventing his and others’ songs with care, invention, and consideration.

December 07, 2021
Reviews
Body/Dilloway/Head, “Body/Dilloway/Head”

Kim Gordon and Bill Nace continue along their improvised music path with the help of fellow avant-garde journeyperson Aaron Dilloway.

December 06, 2021
Earthlings, Suburban Buddhas, and Outsiders: David Bowie in the ’90s

Bowie collaborator Mark Plati details the new box set “Brilliant Adventure,” which includes the long-lost LP “Toy” recorded in 2000 among other curios from the preceding decade.

December 01, 2021
Reviews
Aesop Rock x Blockhead, “Garbology”

On the pair’s first full-album collaboration, spaced-out ambience and abstract linguistics come together for something unique, brutal, and beautiful.

November 30, 2021

Kacey Musgraves

Scenes From the End of a Marriage: 12 Great Records About Divorce

With Adele contributing “30” to the canon, here are a dozen other albums that poetically and coarsely tackle legal uncoupling.

November 29, 2021
Reviews
Brian Wilson, “At My Piano” + “Long Promised Road”

Both new releases happily and uniquely go further into defining the myth and the magic of Brian Wilson.

November 29, 2021
FLOOD’s Guide to Black Friday Record Store Day 2021: Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Thundercat, Jason Isbell, and More

28 new releases we’re excited for during this year’s post-Thanksgiving RSD Drop in November.

November 24, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Dave Gahan on Finding His Voice with “Imposter”

The Depeche Mode frontman talks developing his skills as a songwriter both with his band and on his new collection of covers with Soulsavers.

November 16, 2021
Reviews
The Rolling Stones, “Tattoo You” [Super Deluxe Edition]

For its 40th anniversary, the Stones’ loose and louche 1981 LP gets a sweet, era-appropriate polish job.

November 05, 2021
Reviews
Angel Du$t, “YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs”

The band’s fourth album is full of hooks, shifting moods, and cushiony tunes without dismissing speed or ferocity.

November 03, 2021
Reviews
Shad, “TAO”

The latest from the Canadian emcee finds itself often humorously in a place of connecting the disparate dots of being Black.

November 02, 2021
Reviews
The War on Drugs, “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”

The Philly-based ensemble smooth over their rougher complexities and craft a record that’s oddly happy and broadly familial.

November 01, 2021
Reviews
Helado Negro, “Far In”

His first album for 4AD welcomes a larger musical ensemble, a livelier palate of sound, and lushly verdant vibes that go beyond.

October 21, 2021
Reviews
The Beatles, “Let It Be” [Super Deluxe]

This 6-CD/LP box—including rarities, live cuts, and alternate mixes—burrows deep and handsomely below the surface.

October 20, 2021
Reviews
Explosions in the Sky, “Big Bend”

This soundtrack to PBS’s Big Bend National Park doc provides a chill sonic tonic with nature as its somnolent guide.

October 19, 2021
Film + TV
At the Mouth of the Velvet Goldmine: Todd Haynes Talks New Doc “The Velvet Underground”

Director Haynes goes Underground with a documentary on all things Reed, Cale, Nico, and Warhol.

October 15, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Bill Nelson on the Influence and Legacy of Be-Bop Deluxe

We spoke to the English songwriter on the occasion of his former glam/prog collective’s massive new “Live! In the Air Age” box set.

October 14, 2021
Reviews
Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, “I Shall Wear a Crown”

Barrett’s box set portrays honest, positivist music with a mission far beyond self-gratification or artistic vision. 

October 07, 2021
Reviews
Various Artists, “I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground and Nico”

The late Hal Wilner’s introduction to the classic LP is as lovely, fall-like, and serene as was Reed’s original entry.

October 05, 2021
Reviews
Elvis Costello, “Spanish Model”

Rather than a simple set of demos and rarities, Costello strips “This Year’s Model” down to its instrumental tracks and goes en-Español.

September 22, 2021
Reviews
Blvck Hippie, “If You Feel Alone at Parties”

Everything Josh Shaw does is immediate, off, and odd—like a welcome meeting of Violent Femmes, Kid Cudi, The Cure, and Tom Verlaine.

September 21, 2021
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Lil Nas X, “Montero”

The debut album from the outsider-rap cowboy is a bold, verbal, and vocal display of what it must mean to be lonely at the top.

September 20, 2021
Reviews
Bob Dylan, “Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985)”

This 5-year case study sees the doctor reviving the patient, taking out the bile, and giving him new legs with more tactile treading.

September 17, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Liars’ Angus Andrew on Just How the Apple Drops

Andrew discusses microdosing, letting go, and his project’s full-circle return to collaboration on his tenth album.

August 31, 2021
Reviews
Gang of Four, “77-81”

This workman-like all-CD box signals what might be this period’s finest and most uniquely artful one-two punch.

August 27, 2021
Reviews
Various Artists, “Almost Famous” [6-LP Super Deluxe Edition]

The original Stillwater songs—penned by Cameron Crowe with Peter Frampton and Heart’s Nancy Wilson—are better here, at home, than they were in the theater back in 2000.

August 24, 2021
Reviews
Sparks, “Annette: Cannes Edition”

It’s in its marriage to the film that this soundtrack is best served; cold and bleakly comical with an operatic repetitiveness worthy of Philip Glass.

August 23, 2021

Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mouser and Joe Keery as Keys in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Photo by Alan Markfield. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Film + TV
Joe Keery: Stranger Guy

The co-star of “Stranger Things” and the new Ryan Reynolds arcade-adventure “Free Guy” talks psychedelia, porn staches, and body-painted costumes.

August 13, 2021
Reviews
Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Minamata”

The composer shows off a mind for menacing, tactile music which meshes the oceanic-winded scale of the elements.

August 06, 2021
Reviews
George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass” Super Deluxe Edition

This 50th anniversary reissue adds an oomph that’s crucial to its rhythm arrangements and the tremor of Harrison’s treble-heavy guitar work.

August 05, 2021
Reviews
Prince, “Welcome 2 America”

The unearthed 2010 LP is more fun than inventive, and a whole lot of very-OK, faux-sexy, R&B rawkouts.

August 03, 2021
Space Is the Place for Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez

Martinez discusses doing his own thing on his solo debut as Bardo, “Everywhere Reminds Me of Space.”

August 03, 2021
U-Roy’s Last Stand Is Just the Beginning

Sly & Robbie’s Sly Dunbar and production duo Zak & Sshh talk U-Roy’s legacy and the innovative vocalist’s new posthumous LP “Solid Gold.”

July 30, 2021
Reviews
Rodrigo Amarante, “Drama”

Amarante’s second solo album is the work of a vexingly imaginative, subtly unpredictable, and ruminatively humorous composer.

July 26, 2021
Reviews
Alice Coltrane, “Kirtan: Turiya Sings”

The composer pulls from prayerful moments with voice and Wurlitzer electric organ to awe-inspiring results.

July 19, 2021
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2021 Part 2: Beastie Boys, Aretha Franklin, The Clash, Amy Winehouse, and More

23 new releases we’re excited for during RSD Drop 2 on July 17.

July 16, 2021
Reviews
Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, “Eternal Messenger”

The new box set celebrates Brown’s exploration of rough-hewn art rock with a twist alongside his crew Kingdom Come.

July 08, 2021
Reviews
Various Artists, “Red Hot + Free”

Red Hot beats as it hasn’t in quite some time, pushing its participants further than you may have imagined.

July 02, 2021
Hit the Deck: The Cassette Tape Revival Is in Full Swing

Artists, tape manufacturers, and distributors weigh in on major-label involvement in the latest trend in physical music media.

July 01, 2021

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Celebrating Andy Gill and Gang of Four with Warpaint, The Sounds, Helmet, The Dandy Warhols, and Go4’s John Sterry

Gang of Four finally get their tribute thanks to Tom Morello and friends with “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four.”

June 29, 2021
Reviews
Tyler, the Creator, “Call Me If You Get Lost”

Tyler shows off his progress as a rapper with a power and musicality you knew he had in him, yet feared he’d let slide.

June 28, 2021
Reviews
MIKE, “Disco!”

There is glee to be found in every crevice of the Bronx rapper’s immersion in house music and bossa nova.

June 23, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Sunroof’s Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones Discuss Their Debut LP 40 Years in the Making

The Mute Records founder and Depeche Mode producer talk collaboration, modular synths, and the influence of Kraftwerk on their new record.

June 21, 2021
Art & Culture
In Conversation: The Prodigy’s Maxim Presents His Prodigious Talents in the Visual Arts

The multimedia artist discusses his new project “Hope,” which merges music, film, and sculpture.

June 16, 2021
Reviews
Black Sabbath, “Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition”

This edition offers more mind-expanding madness in demo form, a never-before-released live album, and explosive re-mastered sound.

June 15, 2021
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2021: Prince, Beck, Flaming Lips, Fela Kuti, The Police, and More

Here’s 22 new releases we’re excited for with the return of RSD on June 12

June 11, 2021
Reviews
Paul & Linda McCartney, “Ram” [50th Anniversary Half-Speed Mastering]

This warm, mossy 50th anniversary reissue benefits from the dirtball proceedings of its homespun recording sessions and its homier, oblong songs.

May 27, 2021
Lightning Bolt in a Bottle: Capturing David Bowie with “Modern Love” and Masayoshi Sukita

The new BBE Music tribute comp and Sukita’s art book “Eternity” remember the artist as feline, fragile, and soulful.

May 25, 2021
Reviews
Annette Peacock, “X-Dreams” + “The Perfect Release” (Remastered)

Both records remain stunning after nearly 45 years, with neither losing their punch or import.

May 25, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Can’s Irmin Schmidt on the Band’s Legacy and Most Memorable Live Shows

Germany’s beloved experimentalists get to the heart of their art with a series of never-before-released live albums kicking off this Friday.

May 25, 2021
Reviews
Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis, “She Walks in Beauty”

Faithfull finds sympathetic, poetic tones and empathetic lilting melodies in the guise of producer/violinist Ellis.

May 24, 2021
Art & Culture
Everyone Needs an Advocate: Photographer Daniel Efram Details “The Steve Keene Art Book”

The retrospective on the artist, whose work you may know from Pavement and Silver Jews album covers, has nearly reached its Kickstarter goal.

May 21, 2021
Reviews
The Mars Volta, “La Realidad de los Sueños”

The mega-box set gives rabid fans something to hold onto, stuffing the band’s innovative discography into an immense treasure chest.

May 21, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Matt Berry on Riding “The Blue Elephant”

The British comedian isn’t laughing anymore (well, not while making his seriously soulful psychedelic music).

May 17, 2021
Hi! How Are You: The Art of Daniel Johnston and the Curation of the New Story of an Artist Website

We talked to curator Lee Foster about the new site he’s running with the Johnston family to share the late songwriter’s visual art.

May 11, 2021
Reviews
Tony Allen, “There Is No End”

This posthumous LP is less a grand finale summing up a career than it is another piece of a greater puzzle.

May 11, 2021
Reviews
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: The Ultimate Collection”

This remastering of the ex-Beatle’s solo debut sees wealths of emotion poured out in ways previously unimaginable.

May 03, 2021
Groovin’: The Sound of the Soul-Jazz Organ Vibe in the Present Day Jam

On the future-looking new releases from Dr. Lonnie Smith and Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio.

April 28, 2021