Transference Turns 10

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Spoon-TransferenceThere is a well-worn yarn about Spoon’s career. For years, the prevailing narrative was that you could barely create a narrative around them at all — they were not part of any one indie era or scene, exactly, and they were just freakishly consistent. That was it; that was the whole story. Despite small modulations … More »

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 »

Howard Stern Hosts Spoon Covering John Lennon, Tries To Set Robin Up With Britt Daniel

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Spoon stopped by the Howard Stern Show to perform their 2014 track “Rent I Pay” and cover John Lennon’s 1970 song “Isolation.” Last year, frontman Britt Daniel played his rendition of “Never Let Me Down” for the Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie. According to Stern’s website, the radio host tried playing … More »

Watch Spoon Play “No Bullets Spent” & A Whole Greatest-Hits Set On Kimmel

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Spoon-on-KimmelThese days, greatest-hits albums are an endangered species. Streaming services regularly put together and update their own introduction-to-whoever playlists, and it’s easier than ever before to just curate your own set of favorites. But Spoon are an old-school type of band, and if any indie-rock band deserves a full-on best-of collection, it’s them. Next week, … More »

Bassist Rob Pope Leaves Spoon

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Spoon have just announced on Instagram that their longtime bassist Rob Pope is leaving the band. “As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band,” Pope writes in the caption. “Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me … More »

We’ve Got A File On You: Britt Daniel

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Britt-Daniel-SpoonIt might be hard to believe, but Spoon have now been releasing music for close to 25 years. Initially, the recent announcement of a greatest hits compilation might’ve seemed a little odd. These guys still feel in the midst of a lengthier-than-usual prime, their oft-mentioned and absurd level of consistency ensuring they have … More »

Spoon ready best-of compilation, include new song because that’s the sort of thing cool veteran rock bands do

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Gag me with a Spoon…compilation?

That’s right cool dudes and dudettes: Everything Hits At Once: The Very Best of Spoon, the totally bitchin’, all-killer-no-filler Spoon hits comp of your wildest dreams is coming on Matador on July 26.

It’s got all the golden Spoon favorites you know and love from all over: your car radio, the soundtrack to the melancholy Will Ferrell comedy Stranger Than Fiction, and Scrubs. (Speaking of car radios, “Car Radio” is absent from the tracklist, as are any and all tracks from A Series of Sneaks; however, to the “Sneaks-heads” (as ride-or-die fans of 1998-era Spoon shall henceforth be known), read on for a potential panacea, since you’re no doubt totally buggin’.)

But we all know the greatest hit of all is the BRAND NEW hit you just wrote and recorded to be the crown jewel on your band’s career-summing compilation; and yes, this compilation includes a new Spoon song, “No Bullets Spent.”

The comp also has differing cover art for the digital and physical releases. The vinyl cover is a rad photo of Britt Daniel pointing a Telecaster at the camera like a gun, while the digital art is a photo of a boring-ass tambourine—I think I know which one they want you to buy.

And for those of you who already own all of Spoon’s previous all-killer-no-filler albums and don’t feel the need to buy a disc with a dozen redundant tracks just to acquire that one new song, “No Bullets Spent” is also being released as a limited edition 7-inch — and on the B-side of that 7-inch is “Shake It Off,” which a Matador press release describes as “an A Series of Sneaks era track.” Totally buggin’!

Check out the sure-to-be-timeless “lyric video” for “No Bullets Spent” down below, and quibble about inclusions and absences from Everything Hits at Once’s svelte 12-songs-and-“No Bullets Spent” tracklist below. (No “Jonathan Fisk?” No “The Agony of LaFitte?!?” No “Sister Jack?!!?” No “Written in Reverse????!!!” I could do this all day — I’m totally butt-crazy in love with Spoon.)


Everything Hits At Once tracklisting:

01. I Turn My Camera On
02. Do You
03. Don’t You Evah
04. Inside Out
05. The Way We Get By
06. The Underdog
07. Hot Thoughts
08. I Summon You
09. Rent I Pay
10. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
11. Got Nuffin
12. Everything Hits At Once
13. No Bullets Spent

PSSST. Hey: did you think Spoon, those infamously hard-partying and harder-touring Texans (and actually I made up the hard-partying part) would drop this comp without also dropping a ridiculously huge number of tour dates on the world which I have also listed below? AS IF!

Spoon tour dates:

07.11.19 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater – Ridgefield, WA *^
07.13.19 – The Gorge – George, WA *^
07.15.19 – Virginia Brewhouse – Reno, NV ^
07.16.19 – Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA *^
07.17.19 – Five Point Amphitheater – Irvine, CA *^
07.19.19 – Park Theater – Las Vegas, NV *^
07.20.19 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA *^
07.21.19 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ *^
07.23.19 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater – Denver, CO *^
07.26.19 – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX *#
07.27.19 – The Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX *#
07.28.19 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX *#
07.30.19 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO *#
07.31.19 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL *#
08.02.19 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH *#
08.03.19 – DTE Energy Music Theater – Detroit, MI *#
08.04.19 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN *#
08.11.19 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON *&
08.12.19 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY *&
08.13.19 – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Center, NY *&
08.15.19 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA *&
08.16.19 – Bank of New Hampshire – Gilford, NH *&
08.17.19 – Forest Hill Stadium – New York, NY *
08.20.19 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ *&
08.21.19 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ *&
08.22.19 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD *&
08.24.19 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park Raleigh, NC *&
08.25.19 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC *&
08.27.19 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Birmingham, AL *&
08.29.19 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL *&
08.30.19 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL *&

* = Beck, Cage The Elephant
^ = Starcrawler
# = Wild Belle
& = Sunflower Bean

Spoon – “No Bullets Spent”

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Spoon - Everything Hits At OnceOver their nearly three decade-long career, Spoon have continually refined their legacy within indie rock. They have maintained an instantly recognizable sound, yet the stylistic distance between A Series of Sneaks and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Hot Thoughts is significant. This summer, in a … More »

Spoon Comment On That Viral Video Of Pete Buttigieg Playing Their Song

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Pete-ButtigiegPete Buttigieg, the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Democratic presidential hopeful, is a music fan. We know this because he once wrote a college newspaper essay about Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, and 9/11. And we also know this because ahead of a speaking event at Scripps College earlier this year, Mayor … More »

Dark Was The Night Turns 10

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Dark-Was-The-NightIndie had a big year in 2009. As the first decade of the century drew to a close, there was a slew of major releases from the genre’s dominant, or very-soon-to-be-dominant, names. The year kicked off with Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, still regarded as their masterpiece and a pivotal indie release overall. More »