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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Tears on Fire

Like-minded West Coast artists/dream team Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood share a dramatic prog-folk journey from their new collaborative EP Myths 002, composed and captured last year "under the mystic lights of Marfa, Texas", and featuring a beautifully eerie song about a vampire ("Morning After"), plus covers of tracks from The Sisters and Sad Lovers and Giants (the latter features guest musicians Connan Mockasin + Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT)...

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premiere: Grouper – Headache

The winter solstice is an astronomical event marking the shortest day and longest night of the year, a day on which the sun stands still, officially ushering in winter...

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS OF 2016

GORILLA VS. BEAR’s ALBUMS OF 2016

It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’s SONGS OF 2016

Today we follow up our albums of 2016 list with the much more interesting list of our 101 favorite songs of the year. Featuring a couple of inventive flips of Shangaan Electro and Tropicália samples in the top 3, the powerful opening missive from A Tribe Called Quest's first album in nearly 20 years, an old Radiohead love song, multiple jams each from Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, and Carly Rae, undeniable breakthrough singles from Whitney, Mitski, Maggie Rogers, and The Homie, another strong showing from TX's own S U R V I V E boys (whose massive year culminated this morning in 2 Grammy noms in the same category), and many more incredible and essential tracks that helped us all make it through this pathetic excuse for a year. Hit play on that 6 hour spotify playlist + check the full list below:

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december 2016 mix

Listen to our December 2016 monthly mix, featuring the best new tracks from the past month from MSSINGNO, Drab Majesty, Hannah Diamond, Grouper + more:

SMERZ THRILL

Smerz – Thrill

Not sure why no one told us about the dope new EP from Norwegian electro-pop duo Smerz that dropped a few weeks back on Hard Up, but consider this our first case of serious year-end-list regret...

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded. With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

listen to Swedish producer Quiltland’s majestic new track “Love”

QUILTLAND LOVE

Stockholm producer Quiltland, who we last heard from on the haunting closing track from Merely's extremely underappreciated 2016 record Uncanny Valley, shares a beautifully sweeping and emotionally moving (that viola) new song of her own, taken from this new compilation of experimental Swedish music...

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listen to Kedr Livanskiy’s icy new winter mix

KEDR LIGHTS DALLAS TEXAS

To tide us over while we anxiously await the follow-up to her brilliant 2016 debut release January Sun, Russian Kedr Livanskiy has shared a beautiful and otherworldly new winter mix, complete with the seasonally appropriate tags #ambient, #russianexperimental, and #sadgood...

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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood share the first single from their collaborative EP

ARIEL PINK WEYES BLOOD MERING ROSENBERG

Like-minded West Coast artists/dream team Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood share a dramatic prog-folk journey from their new collaborative EP Myths 002, composed and captured last year "under the mystic lights of Marfa, Texas", and featuring a beautifully eerie song about a vampire ("Morning After"), plus covers of tracks from The Sisters and Sad Lovers and Giants (the latter features guest musicians Connan Mockasin + Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT)...

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stream the full “Network version” of Nicolas Jaar’s Sirens complete with bonus tracks

SIRENS SCRATCH OFF

Nicolas Jaar's Sirens was one of the best LPs of 2016, but if you missed the full version (complete with bonus tracks, including one of the record's best songs, "Wildflowers", which starts around the 10:20 mark) that was broadcast on Jaar's THE NETWORK back in September, that version is now archived on Youtube for your convenient listening pleasure...

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Holy Other shares new music at London Fashion Week

HOLY OTHER

It's been way too long since we heard from mysterious UK producer Holy Other, but he's promised that he will back in 2017 with new music, starting with this haunting original soundtrack transmitted straight from the runway at Agi & Sam's show today at London Fashion Week Men's...

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