Have the Foo Fighters ever done anything bad… ever? They just replaced a fan’s Fender guitar for no real reason other than that it sucks to lose one. Charli XCX and Rostam from Vampire Weekend dropped an equally-happy remix this week, too, plus a Simpsons metal band inspired by Ned Flanders has a hilarious video, Martin Shrekli streamed that one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan LP on the internet, and Cloud Nothings dropped a freaky music video. The music world may save us, after all.
Have you ever had your instrument stolen? It sucks, big time. Lucky for Leeds musician Sinclair Belle of the band Happy Daggers, he had a bit more luck replacing his lost guitar. This September, someone took his Telecaster Deluxe out of his car. Sad, he posted about the loss and Chris Shiflett, the guitarist for Foo Fighters, got a hold of the news. Why? Because that Telecaster Deluxe got its name from Shiflett. “Hey Sinclair. I read about your guitar getting stolen. Bummer! I’d be happy to send you another. Nothing worse than getting your guitar ripped off,” he wrote in a Facebook message. And then, a few weeks later, a brand new Telecaster Deluxe arrived in the mail with a simple note: “I hope it serves you well my friend.” Foo Fighters, you always know how to warm our hearts. [Consequence of Sound]
Producer Jim-E Stack recently released “Deadstream,” a single that now gets a vivacious remix thanks to Charli XCX and ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij. The groovy dance tune sees new positive angles with both people singing over it. Their verses, touching on heartbreak and distance, take a hold of the other’s pitch and run off with it, twisting and turning until the song becomes something so bright that you forget whatever it was you listened to before it. Ah, powerful songwriting and remixing in fine form. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]
The Simpsons will never die and neither will its gags, even the ones the producers don’t come up with. One of the many things the show has influenced is bands, and a heavy metal band called Okilly Dokilly has taken the whole “inspired by” thing pretty far. The name, clearly, comes from the show’s laughable neighbor Ned Flanders. The group dresses in similar attire to the character and keeps his rhymes alive, though their songs are a bit, er, harsher than Ned would probably like. In their new video for “White Wine Spritzer,” they wear Ned’s green sweater and pink collared shirt outfit. It’s a nice look for the Phoenix band. Maybe we should all try it on for a size. [Rolling Stone]
Everyone’s favorite real-life villain, Martin Shkreli, is back in the spotlight. Last month, he promised to release the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album he purchased for millions of dollars… if Donald Trump became the president. Turns out he’s true to his word. Shkreli revealed clips of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin over the Internet by streaming bits online. You can watch some above. Note the irony of it all: There’s a Bernie 2016 sticker on an amp behind him because, well, he would. [Consequence of Sound]
If you’re looking for an escape from the election, then look beyond next year into the future. We’re talking the far, far, far away future. Cloud Nothings dropped a music video for “Modern Art,” the lead single off their upcoming LP, Life Without Sound. In it, the band mourns the loss of its drummer, Jayson Gerycz, only they’re very very old. It’s a funny look for the band, but maybe it gave them reason to shed the weariness to prep for a full tour. They hit the road on the album’s January 27 release and skip around America and Europe after that. But for now, think of the distant future and how old Cloud Nothings will be by watching the music video above. [Consequence of Sound]
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