Oh boy, if you thought 2018 would be any better than 2017, hopefully the first proper work week of the year dispelled you of those illusions. A lot of bad things happened this week — Jack White’s new songs, for example — but there were some good mixed in there too. We cemented More »
Mark Romanek is one of the great directors in music-video history. He did Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” His video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was seriously problematic in a lot of ways, and also just plain annoying, … More »
After a string of singles and bedroom recordings and one release (last year’s Collection) that gathered up the best of them and rendered them in full-band glory, Sophie Allison is finally releasing her first proper full-length as Soccer Mommy. It’s called Clean and it’ll be out on 3/2. (We talked a little about it in … More »
Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »
We lost a rap legend this week way too soon. If you haven’t read Tom’s Status Ain’t Hood column on Prodigy, take some time to do so while you crank Mobb Deep. It’s officially summer, and as the weather gets hot hot hot, we’re looking out for the hot hot hottest tracks to bump … More »
Beginning with a clean, repetitious guitar line reminiscent of Liz Phair’s early 2000s hit “Why Can’t I,” Soccer Mommy’s “Out Worn” offers a lightness to offset the heavy feelings that come along with examining a relationship after the fact. More often than not, the details of our relationships become clearer to us the more distance we give ourselves from the situation. Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, illustrates the thoughts that pass through our minds about what before went unnoticed: “so sweet when you wanna be / but you don’t really care about me” and “I wanna feel I’m being admired / you only taught me to be out worn.”
It can be easy to blame yourself for not seeing the signs (Allison sings “I feel stupid now / for keeping you around”) but “Out Worn” as a whole provides listeners with the comforting notion that, although you kept him/her/them around for longer than you think you should have, upon reflection, having the courage to recognize these misgivings provides you with the wisdom and strength you deserve. As we usually look for the best in others, it is totally possible that a bad egg will fall into the mix. While this may be disheartening, listen to “Out Worn” and allow yourself to look for the positives in these delayed discoveries — the airy, happy melody reminding you that you’re O.K.
Soccer Mommy’s latest album, Collection, is out August 4 via Fat Possum.
The world lost one of the biggest voices in rock this week way too soon — rest easy, Chris Cornell. We published a few tributes to the late musician in wake of his death, including a list of 15 essential non-Soundgarden tracks, essays about Cornell as a chronicler of black days and … More »
We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »