The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Watch Pure Bathing Culture’s Acoustic Stereogum Session

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Portland indie-pop duo and Band To Watch alumni Pure Bathing Culture released their shimmering new album, Night Pass, back in April of this year. Today, band members Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman came by the Stereogum Times Square offices to perform material new and old in a stripped-down, acoustic set. The first two … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Pure Bathing Culture’s New Album Night Pass

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Pure-Bathing-Culture-Night-PassIn the first half of the decade, the Portland duo Pure Bathing Culture made their name with a mixture of dream-pop, soft rock, and folk leanings — and became a Stereogum Band To Watch in the process. Across their first two albums, 2013’s Moon Tides and 2015’s Pray For Rain, the couple of … More »

Pure Bathing Culture – “All Night” Video

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Pure Bathing CulturePortland indie pop duo Pure Bathing Culture are two weeks away from releasing their third studio album, Night Pass. So far, we’ve heard the ’80s-indebted jaunt “Devotion” and the glitzy “Ad Victoriam.” Now, we hear “All Night.” … More »

Pure Bathing Culture – “Ad Victoriam”

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Portland synth-pop outfit Pure Bathing Culture are about a month away from releasing their third studio album, Night Pass. Not long ago, band members Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman shared their first single, an ode to perseverance, with “Devotion.” Now, the duo are continuing their album rollout with the next gleaming Night Pass … More »

Pure Bathing Culture – “Devotion”

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Portland indie-pop duo and Band To Watch alumni Pure Bathing Culture released their last album, Pray For Rain, back in 2015. Last year, the band dropped a full album cover of the Blue Nile’s 1989 lost treasure Hats. Now, they’re gearing up to share their new LP, Night Pass. More »

Richard Swift Tribute 7″ Series The Fug Yep Soundation Features James Mercer, Dan Auerbach, & More

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Richard SwiftIndie-rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Richard Swift passed away this summer at the far-too-young age of 41. Swift had battled with alcoholism for years, and his family revealed that he had been diagnosed with hepatitis and liver and kidney distress shortly before his death. Secretly Canadian posthumously released his final album, … More »

Pure Bathing Culture – “The Downtown Lights” (The Blue Nile Cover)

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Back in June, Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture announced their full album cover of the Blue Nile’s 1989 lost treasure Hats and shared the LP’s closing track “Saturday Night” which features Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. The record is currently available through Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious series, but if you haven’t already bought … More »

Pure Bathing Culture & Ben Gibbard – “Saturday Night” (The Blue Nile Cover)

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Pure-Bathing-Culture-HatsThe Blue Nile’s 1989 album Hats is the kind of lost treasure that, upon discovering it, you wind up breathlessly evangelizing to anyone who will listen. Though their name seems to pop up more and more these days, they’re still a cultish concern in the grand scheme of ’80s revivalism. And Hats in particular deserves … More »