Despite Members Busy With Side Projects, The National Announces 2016 Tour Dates

Here at F|S we anxiously await the release of The National’s follow-up to 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. Sadly, according to frontman Matt Berninger’s comments in a Facebook Q&A session last November, the Brooklynites won’t be offering much new in 2016, which perhaps comes as little surprise, since most members of the band are quite busy with other endeavors.

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Emily’s Picks: A Review of Taylor Swift’s First “Pop” Record

It seemed only appropriate to buy the physical CD of Taylor Swift’s 1989. After all, that’s how people bought music in the 80s. I cringed when I heard the former country star had fully converted to “pop” on her latest album—a genre in which she had dabbled previously but still resisted. But still, I dutifully sliced open the CD cover and hit the play button.

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At Long Last: Ryan Adams Returns

Ryan Adams has announced the follow up to 2011’s “Ashes & Fire,” called quite simply, “Ryan Adams.” The self-produced record is out September 8 on his Pax-Am label. He’s also shared lead single “Gimme Something Good.” “Gimme Something Good” was released as a 7″ single on June 30, featuring exclusive B-side “I Just Might” and “Aching For More,” which will feature on the new album.

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Another Reason Spoon Is Cool: Vinyl Gratification

Britt Daniel writes: “A few weeks ago as we were figuring out how to roll out the new Spoon album I kept coming back to this: why do we incentivize people to buy our music from big outlets but we don’t extend the same courtesy to actual record stores? So I came up with an idea that encourages pre-ordering a vinyl copy of our new album at independent record stores all over the US.” And here’s what you get in return.

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Brian Eno’s Enduring Genius

Sasha Frere-Jones discusses Brian Eno’s abiding legacy on the occasion of the famed auteur’s latest release, “High Life.” As Frere-Jones notes, while Eno is widely known for coining the term “ambient music” and producing a clutch of critically revered albums by the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and U2, his “greatest contribution to popular music ” may well be “the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing.”

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The 19 Greatest Double Entendre Songs

Today, as Lil Wayne knows, you can just talk about sex by talking about sex, and millions will listen (albeit sometimes with the more explicit words just barely bleeped out for radio play). Once upon a time, though, you had to be slightly more surreptitious if you wanted your music released. Salon’s Noah Berlatsky gives us the history. Probably NSFW.

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Watch Spoon Perform Two Songs From Upcoming Release “They Want My Soul”

At long last, Spoon returns with a new record, “They Want My Soul,” set to arrive on August 5th. For anyone (like me) who’s languished while waiting for new music from Austin’s finest, here are two new songs from the expansive outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live—”Rent I Pay” and “Rainy Taxi”—both of which have been in rotation in the band’s recent live sets.

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Some Brief Thoughts On Strand Of Oaks’ “Heal”

I’ve got to get around to doing a full review of Strands of Oaks’ spectacular new record, “Heal” (out on Dead Ocean this month). Tim Showalter has been described as “Jim James doing an impression of Bruce Springsteen”—not an inapt comparison for the artist, but one which, I think, delimits the authenticity and wonder of his songwriting.

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