How cuddly are cults? According to Lana Del Rey’s new video, they’re very cuddly. None other than Father John Misty acts as the leader of a cult in her clip for “Freak” and all the girls crawling on him seem eager to mock (with love) all the outrageousness Lana Del Rey often represents. If you’re looking for something equally absurd, read on to hear about Paul McCartney scoring “audio emojis,” Sarah Silverman and a slew of celebrities covering Fleetwood Mac, a TV series on 9:30 Club in the works, AlunaGeorge amping up the tropics in their new single, and Yeasayer’s bonkers preview of their weird album.
Lana Del Rey is the queen of dramatics, but it turns out she’s the queen of irony, too. The brooding singer-songwriter shared a music video for “Freak” off last year’s Honeymoon LP that clocks in at 11 minutes. The reason? Father John Misty is busy classing it up as the leader of a cult, poking fun at all the tropes she falls victim to. The best touch? After a while, Del Rey’s music is replaced by Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” [Pitchfork]
Sir Paul McCartney is lending his noble musical skills to contribute compositions to… Skype? Apparently the digital world is prepping for “audio emojis.” Turns out McCartney is busy soundtracking 10 of them, most of which are love-themed for Valentine’s Day, with guitars, keyboards, drums, xylophone, and that iconic voice of his. Don’t be surprised if a smiley face sings to you while chatting on Skype and you forget about your crush since Paul friggen McCartney is suddenly singing to you. That’s understandable. [Nerdist]
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Fleetwood Mac Fest is a two-day L.A. benefit concert celebrating the music of, you guessed it, Fleetwood Mac. Proceeds from the shows benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Sweet Stuff Foundation. As fun as that is, the guest performers at last night’s show were even cooler. Joanna Newsom, Courtney Love, Mark Ronson, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Sarah Silverman, Carly Rae Jepsen, Will Forte, Karen Elson, and Weezer’s Brian Bell all covered tracks by Fleetwood Mac. Silverman’s take is above. We suggest using your fast fingers to look up the other takes online. [Pitchfork]
Electro-soul duo AlunaGeorge are finally making their sophomore album, I Remember, which has been anticipated for years. The British duo have shared “I’m in Control” to celebrate its upcoming release. The dub pop track sees Jamaican artist Popcaan take a verse over the sunny instrumentals. If it weren’t for the snow outside, I would totally think it’s summer again because of how dancehall-filled the song is. If only. [Rolling Stone]
Washington, DC venue 9:30 Club is cooler than we originally thought. The iconic concert hall got an epic book published called 9:30: The Book about its history this January. Now, the space will get a TV variety show called Live at 9:30. Airing on public television networks beginning this April, the series “will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits.” The first season features 12 hour-long episodes with performances by Garbage, The Arcs, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, EL VY, Youth Lagoon, Tove Lo, Cold War Kids, Ibeyi, MisterWives, MS MR, and Jess Glynne. So yeah, it’s definitely worth tuning in to if you don’t already live in Washington, DC. [Consequence of Sound]
Yeasayer has never been one to take the normal route. The psych rock weirdos announced a new album, Amen & Goodbye, that will drop on April 1. With that announcement comes a video to accompany the album cover’s insane artwork, both of which feature fantastical sculptures and drawn images by artist David Altmejd. The band calls it “Sgt. Pepper meets Hieronymus Bosch meets Dali meets Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” It’s not quite a music video, but there is previously unreleased music in it. [Stereogum]
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