The 50 Best Stereogum Comments Of 2017

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Thanks for another year of commenting on this website! And reading? You read this too, right? Everyone here at Stereogum (even Tom) appreciates that despite everything going on in the world, you all make time to check in with us and complain about the lack of Wolf Alice coverage. Tomorrow Stereogum will turn 16 years … More »

The 40 Worst Songs Of 2017

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The internet was a lot less fun this year. With Russian propagandists invading Facebook, neo-Nazis overrunning Twitter, child predators exploiting YouTube comments, ransomware attacking our Gmail, and Eminem infiltrating Tinder, every swipe brought the potential to ruin our day, assuming @realDotardTrump hadn’t ruined it already. Now we’ve got the FCC repealing net neutrality rules: … More »

The 10 Best Covers Of 2017

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Now that the year’s over, it’s time to go over a list of the 10 best covers to emerge from the various corners of the music world over the past 12 months. I mean, it’s time for a lot of things, many of which are more important, per se, and say a lot more about … More »

How Musicians Turned To Their Mothers During A Destabilizing Year

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One of the most disarming moments in a sea of disarming moments on Frank Ocean’s 2016 album Blonde comes four tracks in, after the haze of “Pink + White” clears and a keyboard interlude trots in. Over the keyboard, a woman’s voice, scratched by phone compression, warns at length about the dangers of using alcohol … More »

The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2018

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We’re here to imagine The Year That Will Be, but let’s open today with some words from an artist we lost in The Year That Was: … More »

The Year In Musicians Antagonizing The Media

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The President of the United States logged onto Twitter last week to declare journalists “a stain on America!” As has become increasingly common in 2017, this was both startling to read and not at all surprising. Donald Trump has made attacks on the media a cornerstone of his administration. Pushback against the Fourth Estate is … More »

Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2017

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Ideally, a great movie soundtrack should be just as immersive as the film itself, whether as a result of a singular vision or good curation. It should have the ability to mirror a specific feeling or scenario so evocatively that the music can’t help but pull you back to a specific scene. A movie soundtrack … More »

The New Old Guard: The Return (And State Of) ’00s Indie In 2017

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By the end of 2016, it was easy to feel overwhelmed by what had occurred in the music world. The major releases had arrived furiously, often with little or no warning, dropping out of the sky and immediately redirecting our attention from whichever other acclaimed album had just come out a week or two beforehand. More »

Every Zing Now: 19 Memorable Music Tweets From 2017

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The world went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, Nazis, an Arcade Fire album rollout. Twitter also went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, a controversy about verifying Nazis, and, perhaps most shockingly, a new 280 character … More »

The 10 Best Country Albums Of 2017

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Well, it certainly looked like the CMAs got political this year after all. More »