Stereogum

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Stereogum
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TypeOnline music magazine
FormatInternet
Owner(s)Valence Media
Editor-in-chiefScott Lapatine
Founded2002;17 years ago (2002)
LanguageEnglish
Website www.stereogum.com

Stereogum is a daily Internet publication that focuses on music news, song premieres, and irreverent commentary. The site was created in January 2002 by Scott Lapatine.

Internet Global system of connected computer networks

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Stereogum was one of the first MP3 blogs and has received several awards and citations, including the Plug Award for best music blog, Blender's Powergeek 25, and Entertainment Weekly's Best Music Websites. The site was named an Official Honoree of the Webby Awards in the music category and won the Omma Award for Web Site Excellence in the Entertainment/Music category. In 2011, Stereogum won The Village Voice's Music Blog of the Year. [1]

An MP3 blog is a type of blog in which the creator makes music files, normally in the MP3 format, available for download. They are also known as musicblogs, audioblogs or soundblogs. MP3 blogs have become increasingly popular since 2003. The music posted ranges from hard-to-find rarities that have not been issued in many years to more contemporary offerings, and selections are often restricted to a particular musical genre or theme. Some musicblogs offer music in Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) or Ogg formats.

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History

The site was named after a lyric from the song "Radio #1" by the French electronic duo Air. [2]

In late 2006, Stereogum received an influx of capital through Bob Pittman's private investment entity The Pilot Group. In November 2007, it was purchased by Spin Media (FKA BUZZMedia). April 2008 saw the launch of Videogum, a sister site focused on television, movies, and Web videos. Videogum later closed.

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Videogum was a daily Internet publication devoted to coverage of popular culture with a focus on movies, television, and trampoline accidents. Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine founded Videogum as a sister site to Stereogum in 2008, and enlisted editors Gabe Delahaye and Lindsay Robertson, who quickly gained a cult following for their humorous commentary on pop culture and the Internet. Videogum has spawned an online community known as the Monsters who continue to perpetuate a variety of internet memes through the site's commentary system, chat, their communal blog and via Twitter. The site has subsequently garnered several nominations and accolades, including a win at the 2010 ECNY Awards for "Best Website."

In December 2016, Eldridge Industries acquired SpinMedia via the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group for an undisclosed amount. [3]

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Stereogum's first SXSW event in 2006 was hosted by the then-emerging comedian Aziz Ansari and featured a headline performance from Ted Leo. In the years since, Stereogum's events have included sets from Ben Gibbard, Sky Ferreira, Mitski, Beach House, St. Vincent, Deerhunter, Japanese Breakfast, Rico Nasty and other popular acts.

Through its Band To Watch column, Stereogum was the first website to write about many now-popular bands like Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, and Real Estate.

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Popular musicians have been known to participate in Stereogum's active comments section, such as Father John Misty, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, and Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold.

In July 2017, Arcade Fire created the parody site Stereoyum featuring a "Premature Premature Evaluation" of their forthcoming album Everything Now . [4]

"Band to Watch" honorees

Since 2004, Stereogum has given many now well-known artists their first media exposure through its Band To Watch [5] column:

Album Of The Year

Music releases

In July 2007, Stereogum released OKX , a tenth anniversary tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer . Cover songs were solicited from fourteen indie rock artists including Doveman, Vampire Weekend, John Vanderslice, David Bazan, Cold War Kids, My Brightest Diamond, Marissa Nadler, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie. The album can be heard free of charge at http://www.stereogum.com/okx .

Other free Stereogum compilation albums include: Drive XV, a tribute to R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (featuring Rogue Wave, Meat Puppets, Sara Quin, and Dr. Dog); Enjoyed, a tribute to Björk's Post (featuring Liars, Edward Droste, Dirty Projectors, Final Fantasy, Atlas Sound); Stroked, a tribute to The Strokes's Is This It (featuring Real Estate, Owen Pallett, Peter Bjorn & John, and The Morning Benders); MySplice Vols 1-4:, an annual mashup collaboration with team9; and Stereogum Presents... RAC Vol. 1, the first release from Grammy-winning producer RAC.

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References

  1. Stabile, Francesca (December 7, 2011). "The Winners Of The 2011 Village Voice Web Awards". The Village Voice . Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. "Q&A: Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel On The Future Of The Band, Working With Sofia Coppola, And Inspiring The Name "Stereogum"". Stereogum. August 14, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  3. "Billboard Buys Spin and Vibe in a Quest to 'Own the Topic of Music Online'". Adweek. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  4. "Arcade Fire spoof music website with 'Premature Premature Evaluation' review of own album". NME. July 22, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. "Band To Watch". Stereogum. Retrieved December 15, 2016.