You read that correctly, and no, it isn’t 2008. Aphex Twin just announced his first show in eight years. He’s not the only musician with good news to share. Miley Cyrus appears in Woody Allen’s new TV series, Edward Snowden got a cameo in a Peter Gabriel video, Carrie Brownstein included Kim Gordon in a short film, Father John Misty was cartoonified by Adult Swim, and Beck dances through the streets in his “Wow” music video.
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Aphex Twin hit the ground running the last few years. After a dormant decade or so, he released Syro, his first album in 13 years. Then came his first music video in 20 years. Then came a new EP. Live shows, however, didn’t resurge. That all changes this December when Aphex Twin takes the stage at Day For Night Festival. The Houston-based festival takes place December 17 and 18. It marks his first appearance in eight years (he surprised fans at Coachella in 2008) and his first gig with actual tickets in 17 years. Not bad. [Consequence of Sound]
On September 30, Woody Allen‘s first TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes, will take over Amazon Studios. It follows a US suburban family in the 1960s as they navigate life. Each 30-minute episode sees Allen writing, directing, and staring in the shorts alongside names like Miley Cyrus, Elaine May, Rachel Brosnahan, and more. [Consequence of Sound]
Peter Gabriel recently released a song titled “The Veil.” It’s eerie and grandiose, the type of material you can expect from the ex-Genesis member. Turns out he wrote the song exclusively for Oliver Stone’s film Snowden about, yes, Edward Snowden. The accompanying music video it just got shows photos from Snowden’s past and film footage, but it also shows the man himself. He walks through the woods and stares into his computer aka exactly what much of the world thinks he spends his time doing. [Rolling Stone]
Kenzo reached out to some talented folks for their new works. We recently were blown away by a perfume ad, and now, we’re blown away by a short film for the fashion label. The clip, called The Realest Real was directed by Carrie Brownstein and sees people like Kim Gordon acting in it. “It is about the idea that you can kind of insert yourself into the narrative of someone’s life, and into your idol’s life, through visuals, through songs,” Brownstein states in an interview on Kenzo’s website, touching on the bizareness of the Internet. We don’t want to spoil anything, but that’s a good way to put it. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]
Father John Misty promised he would tackle Adult Swim one day. Alas, that day has arrived. He visited the show Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio and turned into an animation for the season finale. He sings a new song named “This Is America” which rattles off various ways people have died in the States. Since we’re America, we like to go above and beyond, which means managing to find a way to die by Go-Gurt. Really. [Pitchfork]
For longtime Beck fans, his recent single “Wow” may have come as a surprised when it droped a few months ago. After several listens, the modern pop track and its super smooth electronic production start to sound more at home coming from him. With its brand new music video, directed by Beck himself and Grady Hall, it feels even more critical to his catalog. There’s rearing horses, dancing gymnasts, an eyeball in a rose, and that seriously wicked dancing we’ve come to know Beck for. It’s a nice break from the monotony of the industry, something Beck has always been good at shaking up. [Rolling Stone]
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