The first truly new Costello song in years already sounds like a classic
A sad goodbye to a good friend and great musician.
The Babadook is the most genuinely terrifying thing to come out of movie darkness since Norman Bates first started chattering on about his taxidermy collection.
Happy End made what’s been called the best Japanese rock album ever, yet their music remains completely unknown and unreleased in America.
Spirit In The Dark is possibly the greatest album by our greatest living singer. It’s also fallen in to undeserved obscurity.
No dance experience is required to appreciate this funny, poignant show from Gilmore Girls’ creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino.
His magic, dramatic touch can be heard across five decades of soul, hip-hop, and R&B hits. But nobody delivered Bunny’s music better than the man himself.
As riveting and revealing as the documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, this performance sums up Nina Simone’s musical, political, and personal worlds in 11 stunning minutes.
For years, it was a lost treasure, the rare gem Petty fans whispered about in tones of awe and reverence. But if you were at a show, you never forgot it.
In comfortable collaboration with jazz legend Marian McPartland, “At Last” is brought beautifully back to its roots
The Big Star cofounder’s greatest solo effort tells a bigger story of loss and hope.
“The Other End Of The Telescope” is a grand statement about things that turned out to be small.
Top Of The Lake: China Girl is getting all the raves we expected. Are you caught up with season one?
This vampire movie sucked up virtually every international film award in 2008 by going places more beautiful and unsettling than any mere horror film: The mind of a 12-year-old boy.
JB’s dance moves are legendary, inspiring Michael Jackson while petrifying Mick Jagger. But for 120 frenetic seconds Roy Head truly became “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.”
Belting it out as Vintage Trouble’s lead singer, Ty Taylor sings, shakes, and shines like the great soul shouters of the ’60s. He thought he’d done his homework. Until he heard Little Willie John.
“Radio Silence,” the sad, jittery sequel to “Radio Radio,” is an eerie, overlooked, and too-rare bit of electronic experimentation from Costello
Jerry Lewis cut to the bone of what makes a great comic.
Chaplin’s plea for unity was dismissed the first time the world needed to hear it. Let’s not make that mistake again.
In 1964, Glen Campbell joined the Beach Boys to replace Brian Wilson while he recovered from a nervous breakdown. Brian returned the favor with this gorgeous song.
In 1980, Johnny Mathis cut a joyously funky album with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards that remains unreleased 35 years later. But it sounds as fresh today as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and for all the obvious reasons.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Costello’s debut album, we’re celebrating one of the songs left off of it.
Who cares if it was a flop? It brought Tim Burton back to the circus, saved Johnny Depp from teen idol hell, and gave us the inspiration we needed to pursue our passions.
This stunningly sparse song was buried in the demos for an album Costello wrote for someone else.
Bill Withers was born on the 4th of July, the perfect day to hear his lost song of tough-love for America.
JCVD splits explosive action and fourth-wall-busting introspection to reveal the actor and human being behind the legend as anything but expendable.
The funniest show ever made about the least funny subject we’re ever faced with.
On Landing on a Hundred, ChesnuTT runs a gorgeously tight ship, something that nods to the past stylistically without ever succumbing to the laziness of retro rehash.
A stark, stunning slice of adult balladry buried in the middle of Costello’s supposed “return to rock.”
Jorge & Kevin put “New Lace Sleeves” in Costello’s 10…no make that 5…no, actually 2…best songs of all time. Or better. Hear ’em out.
The snarling, unhinged, fuzzed-out fury of “2+2=?” is a side of Bob Seger most people haven’t heard. It’s also Jack White’s favorite Seger song. And it’s about to become yours, too.
Bruce Lee? Sammy Davis, Jr? Jerry Lewis? This is 12 minutes of Bat Heaven.
1983’s Motown 25 TV special was when we first saw Michael Jackson moonwalk, but it was Marvin who masterfully brought the night back down to earth.
Bullet-proof she-Nazis! Dinosaur Minions! Hitler’s Dog! If you hate Nazis and loved Airplane!, we’ve got your next favorite show.
Before Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh teamed up for Calvary, they delivered a full, and funny, measure of testosterone and adrenaline that didn’t demand that you dial back your IQ to enjoy it.
It’s Al Green’s birthday. Celebrate it with the best Al Green performance there is.
A spectacularly, incoherently hysterical mash-up of underdog sports movies, kung fu melodramas, Bugs Bunny cartoons, musicals, and manga.
If the obituaries and tributes have you listening to The J. Geils Band, you might want to also give a listen to Jay Geils.
“She Handed Me A Mirror” is a more complex and heartbreaking than anything folks expected to pick up with their venti Americanos
“In The Darkest Place” is a masterpiece of anguish of adult heartbreak rendered with subtlety and sophistication
The best introduction to the misunderstood and misjudged Juliet Letters is a song that isn’t even on the album.
McCartney and Costello wrote “That Day Is Done” together, but Elvis and Paul had very different ideas for how it should sound.
On Marvin Gaye’s birthday, we ask how his best song could possibly still remain a fan obscurity.
Remembering Chuck Berry with a lonely blues that has almost nothing to do with why the world remembers Chuck Berry
Costello’s cover of “I Know” has been lost to the ages. Thankfully, YouTube and Trunkworthy are here to help you find it.
Nominated for a Best Live Action Short Oscar, the powerful, suspenseful Just Before Losing Everything was too easy to miss—but we won’t let you.
When Elvis aimed his pen at Margaret Thatcher, he shot to kill. But “Tramp The Dirt Down” has outlived its target.
This is an album that challenges expectations, demands conversation, and deserves to be mentioned alongside game-changing works of Gil Scott-Heron, Public Enemy and N.W.A.
If you can’t make it down for Mardi Gras, Les Blank’s film distills the soul and spirit of what it means to celebrate life and death in New Orleans down to 58 beautiful minutes.
Jackie McLean on Mars captures the jazz giant’s all-too-clear thoughts on JFK, Sun Ra, the conspiracy to silence jazz and the Big-Mac mentality of life here on Mars.
If Pitch Perfect has you hungry for more genre-stomping a cappella harmonies, let us persuade you to go back to the streetcorner symphonies of The Persuasions
Creed is a beautiful return to the roots of the Rocky franchise, but the humble art-house approach of Rocky Balboa beat it to the punch.
“Hand In Hand” got somewhat lost in the sea of riches that is This Year’s Model. Let’s correct that.
Years before “Ain’t No Sunshine” made him an overnight star, Bill Withers and electronic-music pioneer Mort Garson cut a 45 that sounds like nothing either artist would do again.
Moscow On The Hudson showed the hopes and realities of American immigrants through Robin Williams’ most touching performance.
Don’t believe the (negative) hype: The Beatles-meet-Peggy Lee pop-noir of “Inch By Inch” is one more reason to give Goodbye Cruel World a closer listen.
Kurosawa’s hidden masterpiece isn’t a samurai epic. It’s a cop film. And if you’ve ever binge-watched The Wire or Law & Order, you’re in for one hell of a time.
A year after Woodstock, promoters attempted a traveling version, bringing The Dead, The Band, and Janis Joplin to the beautiful children of Canada. But as this almost-unreleased film makes clear, the peace-and-love ’60s were over.
A Face in the Crowd shows the horror of a corrupt intertwining of mass media, celebrity, and politics that was incomprehensible in 1957 but terrifyingly commonplace today.
He invented funk, defined the sound of New Orleans, and crafted #1 records for countless artists. But his favorite creation was a song almost nobody heard.
“A Voice In The Dark” is a song so effortlessly meticulous, it’s as much a career culmination as a career highlight.
“Deportee” is a song of loneliness, judgment, and yearning for the secret life of Frank Sinatra.
Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Al Green, and Sammi Smith all had career-defining hits with Kristofferson’s songs. But none match the lonesome intimacy of his own versions.
Finally, a soundtrack for your December 26th hangover.
Strummer’s solo adventures read like the globe-hopping stamps on his passport. And hearing them sounded like a special gift from that friend who is always turning you on to a new sound.
There’s a big difference between Keith Richards the myth and Keith Richards the musician. “Hate It When You Leave” explains it perfectly.
Hear Marvin Gaye channel the loneliness of a soldier praying to spend Christmas back home…and deliver the vocal of a lifetime.
Twisted and brilliant, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T will give you childhood nightmares you never had.
“Battered Old Bird” is a sort-of story-song pulled from a dark corner of Costello’s childhood.
From a tempestuous tryst to its woozy morning-light regret in less time than it takes to find the aspirin.
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle is a crackling, perfectly-cast crime flick that we won’t let get lost in the sub-genre it helped create.
The Stones are finally giving us the blues record we always wanted, but we’re still waiting for the country album we’ve always known was in them.
Costello’s typically sophisticated songcraft, pummeled home by the most talented, nuanced musicians to ever masquerade as a punk band.
Fatherhood moved the most loquacious songwriter in pop history to express his love in the simplest, most moving terms.
In 1970, Leon Russell turned a PBS studio in to party for newborn babies, elderly bluesmen, and everyone in between.
Revered as an artist and destined for superstardom, Motown’s most powerful voice never got his due. Probably because his best music was never released in his lifetime.
The quiet, contemplative, “Favourite Hour” almost got lost on an album that was anything but. We won’t let that happen.
Two years before Joni Mitchell’s first album, Laura Nyro released her own debut—and it was an unprecedented statement from a female singer-songwriter.
Who’s gonna help brother get further? One another.
The Advanced Genius Theory author Jason Hartley explains why the first Wings album makes glorious sense now that indie rock’s lo-fi, psych-folk leanings have caught up to where McCartney was in 1971.
The red shoes are passed to a new pair of Costellophiles determined to shine a light on the Elvis songs you need to hear. Meet Kevin, Jorge, and their first Elvis Costello Song Of The Week.
“Fallen” evokes late nights in the elegant cabarets of old New York. Order up a sidecar and take a seat.
We dare you to add this to your Halloween playlist.
In honor of Dylan’s 75th, Chris Morris reflects on how a relatively unsung Dylan record got him through some of his darkest hours.
When it came out in 1951, Ace In The Hole was dismissed as “grotesque” and “absurd.” In 2015, it feels like an extended Daily Show take-down of what now passes for news.
The Beatlesque balance of style and substance that tells the true story of rock ’n’ roll without telling anyone’s true story at all.
Spirit is the definitive document of Maurice White’s glorious vision and where to turn for consolation now that he’s gone.
This is masterful, mature rock, steeped in a growling mix of folk, soul, psychedelia, punk, and barroom blues. And it still holds up as one of the best albums of the ’90s.
It’s a strange irony that Otis Redding’s best album would be the one hastily assembled after his death.
A groundbreaking biopic, a legacy of hit records, a triumphant show at the Greek Theater, and yet Brian Wilson is still a profoundly misunderstood and vastly underrated artist. “Surf’s Up” should change that.
When Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and the writer behind Taxi Driver took on the hot, crooked, soul-crushing world of Detroit’s production lines, sparks flew — on screen and off.
You may not understand this wobbly, wonky, weirdly wonderful and infinitely quotable movie that’s become an in-crowd in-joke for 30 years. But we promise you’ll never forget it.
The Brian Wilson movie is complex, challenging, and inspiring — the too-rare biopic worthy of its subject. So what’s its director’s favorite Wilson song?
An outlaw country classic that sounds as weathered today as it did when it was new.
Paul Simon said he wrote good songs for Hearts And Bones but made bad records out of them. We respectfully—and emphatically—disagree.
Drown out the divisive screaming that passes for political discourse with “Power And Glory,” a song with enough American pride to unite us all.
Like Freaks And Geeks before it, Party Down was a hysterically uncomfortable, perfectly cast, and unjustly cancelled clubhouse for misfits like us.
We couldn’t possibly write an Muhammad Ali tribute that would top King Of The World
As the band turns 50, they’re finally getting the respect they’ve always deserved.
J.B. Lenoir’s searing, soaring Alabama Blues sits with Nina Simone’s most brilliant and confrontational work. And Richard Hawley can’t understand why it’s not revered by us all.
Willie’s made over 100 albums, but it’s the quiet, contemplative, achingly beautiful Spirit that brings us to tears every time.
This is peak Prince. Perhaps the best performance of his ever filmed. And we wouldn’t say that lightly.
Dig, if you will, this picture of Prince. The god who walked among us.
After drinking his way out of The Temptations, Paul Williams was given one last chance in the studio. The result is one of the most tragic and moving soul records ever cut.
Before Asif Kapadia took home his Oscar for Amy, he made an equally great film about a very different star who died too soon.
If you are in search of a late-night record, Sam Cooke’s Night Beat is that quiet mood-piece that delivers.
As sad as anything that hit your newsfeed this year, “What’s In The Headlines” might as well be 2016’s theme song. The kazoo solo is pretty great, too.
While the Zoolander 2 trailer burns up the internet, we’re looking back at our first, too-quickly-cancelled glimpse of Ben Stiller’s genius.
Blackstar is Bowie’s final testament: A carefully conceived farewell. And it’s the only thing that makes sense for us to hear right now.
Even if you never heard Otis Clay, you’ve heard The Eagles and Bob Seger battling over his biggest hit. And you definitely need to hear more.
He gave fitting menace to The First Order’s Supreme Leader in The Force Awakens but Andy Serkis doesn’t need CGI to terrify and entertain. Just watch what he does in this award-winning-Ian Dury biopic.
(Senator) Al Franken gave us the most artistically ambitious (and least commercially successful) film made out of an SNL sketch…and a warmly hilarious portrait of American family life in the age of recovery.
Watertown is the unlikely, unexpected and, for decades, unappreciated collaboration between Frank and Four Seasons’ mastermind Bob Gaudio. And it’s a doozy.
We couldn’t be more thankful for The Staple Singers joining The Band for their Last Waltz.
Jimmy & David Ruffin’s soul-searing cover of “Stand By Me” is rafter-rattling testimony that blood is thicker than water.
As David Bowie gets ready to unleash his ★ album, we want to remind you about his 1973 don’t-call-it-a-covers album that’s as Bowie as anything Bowie wrote himself.
Frankie Miller’s High Life is a perfect piece of barrelhouse R&B, mixing Miller’s single-malt soul with Toussaint’s unique brand of elegant funk.
There’s a show missing from the exalted “Golden Age of TV” canon. A binge-worthy show about life, family and, yes, football.
With a fresh new actor in the lead, a believably lethal villain, and the first “Bond Girl” to defy the label, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was the gritty, human 007 reboot 35 years ahead of its time.
Martin Scorsese called this psychological thriller the scariest movie of all time. We beg—and dare—you to watch it.
Criminally ignored when it came out in 1999, The Iron Giant is remastered, expanded, and ready to inspire another generation of awestruck fans.
Buried in the Peanuts cartoons we grew up with are the deepest looks in to the soul of the record collector ever published. Here are some of our favorite examples.
Joe Strummer, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Steve Buscemi are merely supporting actors beside the city of Memphis itself . . . and the music that inspired our move from fans to fanatics.
Before small-batch moustache wax, New York’s crime was real. And The Warriors was a fun, frightening look into it.
The team behind HBO’s Veep took on the ramp-up to the Iraq War with the furiously funny In The Loop
Otis Redding’s “Stay In School” public service announcement is more than a good deed sung well. It’s a peek at where he was headed just before he left us.
What could have been a simple sci-fi reboot turned out to be some of the most compelling and powerful art to explore the implications of 9/11 on our society
Unlike any show before and influencing so many after—including Freaks and Geeks—My So-Called Life takes The American Teenager, like, seriously.
Sports talk host Bomani Jones tells us why he loves Bill Withers’ 1974 take on heartbreak.
And so we conclude our one-year journey in to the most Trunkworthy songs by the man who inspired Trunkworthy itself.
This scene from Ricky Gervais’ Extras was our first look at just how funny Sir Stewart can be, and proved to be a hint of what to expect from Walter Blunt.
For every grown-up who still wants to go to shows but can’t be late for work the next morning, Greg Behrendt presents The Adult Rock Show.
Yes, Jonathan Richman has a loyal cult, but Ben Lee places his songwriting in higher esteem, alongside Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Lou Reed. Here’s why.
For years, William Shatner’s albums were an ironic punchline. Then Ben Folds helped Shatner punch back.
. . . while seeking reconciliation
When an HBO ad reopened the generation gap and reminded oversharing parents that a little alienation goes a long way.
In honor of Billy Sherrill’s passing, we revisit the unlikely (to some) collaboration that created alt-country a decade before it got a name.
The should-have-been blockbuster from Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible writer/director Christopher McQuarrie had everything going for it. And yet . . .
What might have happened if Cole Porter, Tom Waits, and Elmore Leonard wrote a cheating song for George Jones.
J.D. McPherson’s debut album rocked Trunkworthy to its core, so we were plenty excited when he offered to talk about two of his musical heroes, Charlie Rich & Irma Thomas
Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Don’t Rape.
One wordless scene from an episode of Freaks & Geeks sums up the deep empathy and humanity at the core of Judd Apatow’s work.
This song will get stuck in your head, but you may not want it there for long.
Robert Johnson wanted you to come on in his kitchen. B.B. King said the thrill was gone. But Willie “Skipbone” Johnson’s got the Middle-East trade pact blues.
Summerteeth sold far less than the albums Wilco made before and after it — but it holds up as the perfect entry point to what many people believe is America’s best rock band.
For the Grace of My Heart soundtrack, Costello honors the master writers of Motown.
Leary’s uncut, unflinching and yet somehow funny response to 9/11 showed us everything he was capable of and more.
Bill Hader, Russell Brand and Fred Armisen’s Don’ You Go Rounin Roun To Re Ro should have been the bloody boss of all unintelligible UK crime films.
This is what it sounds like when a snappy old R&B song is slowed down, torn up, and left crying alone in the dark.
Here’s a short, sweet playlist to introduce you (or an uninitiated friend) to a band that’s flown under the pop radar far too long.
Trunkworthy hero Paul Weller tells us about the one album so brilliant he’ll buy copies for people who haven’t heard it.
Hysterical, endlessly quotable, and surprisingly human (considering its characters no longer are), this is a comedy that deserves more than cult status.
Sometimes swaying to a world gone wrong is just what you need.
James Hunter’s been fanning the flame of early R&B the hard way, revealing his jaw-dropping skills bit by bit.