If you are reading this, you survived Black Friday. We are relieved and thankful to have you back, hopefully unscathed, and hopefully the owner of plenty of new discounted electronics. While you were out camping in front of Best Buy and wrestling the last Elsa doll out of the claws of some undeserving grandma, we were carefully curating a round up of music news for you. Today, celebrate your victory by feasting your eyes on yet another video from Beyoncé, and your ears on new tracks from St. Vincent, Frank Ocean, old tracks from Dave Grohl, and plenty more.
Tim & Eric’s Eric Wareheim and John C. Reilly have teamed up with French electronic musician Mr. Oizo to bring us the completely insane short, HAM. In the video, Reilly portrays a freakishly extreme caricature of the stereotypical American consumer: gun-toting, rascal-riding, and burrito-wasting, disgustingly obese, violent and cruel, driven to fits of rage over a discount-priced toy. Warning: graphic (and painfully accurate) imagery. [AV Club]
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Halloween was a month ago, Yoncé! From The Shining to Insidious, Silence of the Lambs to Dead Presidents, Spooky references abound in Beyoncé’s latest music video for her track “Haunted.” The production value shows a considerable increase since last week’s homemade-looking “7/11.”
This Thanksgiving, we were thankful for Dave Grohl and the abundance of Grohlformation that is HBO’s Sonic Highways. In the latest episode, exploring the Grohl-centric history of Seattle’s music scene, Grohl shared some early Foo Fighters‘ demos, as well as the previously unreleased, James Brown-esque solo track, “Hooker.” He also fondly recalled Kurt Cobain’s first reaction to hearing the Foo Fighter’s demo of “Alone + Easy Target”: “Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath.” [Consequence of Sound]
BBC Radio 6 has tapped St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Neneh Cherry, and Alison Goldfrapp to curate their Christmas programming. “The Three Wise Women,” as the trio are being dubbed, will take Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Boxing Day respectively, and have already shared tastes of what selections they have in mind. St. Vincent’s playlist will vary from John Coltrane to Nine Inch Nails to J Dilla. Cherry looks forward to sharing a documentary piece on the origin of hip hop, and Goldfrapp has in mind live recordings from Leonard Cohen, Stereolab, Air, and Radiohead. [Pitchfork]
Record Store Day’s Black Friday saw a special limited 10in vinyl release from St. Vincent. Both tracks, “Pieta” and the b-side “Sparrow” have found their way onto the internet (at least for now), and are available to stream over at Spin.
It may only be four minutes long, but this collection of snippets from the Showtime Documentary, Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, represents Bob Dylan’s first audio interview in over a decade. The documentary follows the creation of the record Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, in which T. Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and other talented musicians write and record music to long lost Dylan lyrics. [Consequence of Sound]
The late, great Death Grips had a Black Friday Record Store Day vinyl release of their Government Plates album, and Reddit was quick to discover that the rap group’s good buddy Robert Pattinson, best known for his vampiric turn in the Twilight Saga, played guitar on the track “Birds.” Death Grip’s Jenny Death, the second half of their two-part album The Powers That B, was announced completed nearly two months ago, but still no word on a release date, or whether Pattinson and his guitar will make a return appearance. [Stereogum]
Taking a page from the Kozelek book of starting beef for free publicity, The Smashing Pumpkins are selling a cat-imprinted shirt with the words: “FUCK YOU ANDERSON COOPER.” The shirt references Cooper’s recent “Ridiculist” TV segment, in which he called out Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan for holding a pair of cats on a recent cover of Paws Chicago . While Anderson’s tongue-in-cheek critique was about the inevitable softening of aging rockers (and their fans), it did seem a little harsh to call out Corgan for promoting a no-kill animal adoption nonprofit. The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album, Monuments to al Elegy, comes out next week. [Pitchfork]
By now, you’ve probably heard that Scott Stapp is in a very dark place. The Creed frontman recently posted a series of revealing and disturbing videos to his Facebook page, sharing that his money has been stolen, his remaining assets frozen by the IRS, and that he is living in a Holiday Inn after a visit to the ER. Following videos centered around, in vague detail, a “fight for vindication, for justice, and the truth to be known.” The videos have since been removed, but Stapp hopes to turn the recent attention towards crowdsourcing a third solo album and a novel he plans to write. He is asking for $480,000, of which a little over $500 has been raised as of this writing. Meanwhile, his wife is filing for divorce, custody of their children, and petitioning to have Stapp committed for substance abuse treatment. [Pigeons and Planes]
That’s all for now. See you Wednesday, same place, same time, for another Dispatch.