One year ago this week, #starbucksdrakehands lit the internet on fire, as people everywhere became uncontrollably compelled to caress their own faces while smiling knowingly at one another. It was a brave and uncomfortable new world we entered that day, but we carried on. Now, we meet again, all of us a year older, a bit wiser, and hopefully more careful about what types of homemade videos we send to one another. If you’re ever in doubt if the video you’re about to send could become an embarrassing meme, consider sending instead this suggestive Elvira video, or this beautiful Ryan Hemsworth travelogue, or one of Jaden Smith‘s crazy, new tracks. Or perhaps if you really want to let someone know you think they are special, you can send them a video of Jessica Lange covering David Bowie on American Horror Story: Freak Show. Or you could just talk to them in person. Naw.
Elvira, the immortal Mistress of the Dark, has released a 7″ vinyl to honor her most, ahem, celebrated attributes. In the accompanying music video, the queen of Halloween campiness keeps subtlety at a safe distance, as she places 1st place ribbons on her chest, and invites us to “check them out / give them a feel / there’s nothing fake / they’re totally real! (No pesticides).” You know, I’m beginning to suspect she’s not talking about her pumpkins at all. Both songs on the vinyl were written by Fred Schneider of the B-52‘s and are available through Third Man Records. [Absolute Punk]
NWA, Green Day, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and many other worthy acts are in this year’s nomination class for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Rock Hall]
[Cue sighs] Katy Perry will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. As tradition dictates, some of your friends will be critical, other friends will be supportive, and when the Super Bowl Halftime Show finally arrives, some of your friends will watch and either enjoy, or not enjoy, the performance, while the rest go into the backyard to play cornhole toss. And time is a flat circle and whatnot, so we will meet back here in a year to discuss which female pop star will perform at the next Super Bowl Halftime Show and have the exact same conversations we always have. [ESPN]
Do not adjust your computer monitor; all that blue is intentional. Promoting his sophomore solo album Lazaretto, Jack White stopped by Ellen to masterly perform a couple songs, “Would You Fight For My Love?” and “Alone in my Home”, and then share a gnarly photo of his sprained ankle, which looks to be turning more shades of black and blue than White’s three-piece suit. Despite the insistence of the Oakland A’s trainer who first checked him out, White will not be postponing his tour to recover. The show must go on! [Consequence of Sound]
Over Twitter, Alice Glass has confirmed she will be leaving Crystal Castles for reasons both personal and professional. She intends to continue as a solo act, and we intend to keep listening. [Vice Thump]
DJ Ryan Hemsworth has returned from Nepal with a breathtakingly gorgeous music video for “Snow in Newark”, a track from his upcoming album Alone for the First Time. The Martin Pariseau music video, which plays as you land on the musician’s website, features a distant and pensive Hemsworth quietly exploring postcard mountains, valleys and villages, while the dreamy, lingering track gently lulls you into a trance. When the track ends, and you awaken, you find a packed suitcase next to your door and a around-the-world plane ticket mysteriously charged to your credit card. [Pitchfork]
Bun B, the Houston rapper behind the Trillogy and a distinguished lecturer in Religious Studies at Rice University, has made his most surprising guest appearance yet: in a Rembrandt toothpaste commercial. Then again, considering Bun B kept his teeth immaculately sparkling while many of his Houston counterparts were opting for diamond-encrusted grillz, maybe this was inevitable. We hope it will open the possibility of more toothpaste being prominently featured in music videos, alongside G5s and Gucci bandanas. [Pitchfork]
Chicago is a city that produces great music at the same volume as great food. If you’re in town this weekend, enjoy both at local burger joint Kuma’s Too, where thrash metal legends Exodus will be honored in meat and buns. The new “Exodus Burger” will be available during a special listening party, this Saturday, 7-10pm, for the new album Blood In, Blood Out. The cover of the album is a graphic drawing of corpses eating themselves, which should be fun to gaze upon while enjoying your dinner.
And suddenly, Jaden Smith is putting out tracks faster than we can write about them. The latest is called “Melancholy“, a word which is repeated throughout as though he’s committing it to memory before his upcoming SAT vocabulary test. He does that monotone rapping thing that kids are into these days, while sister Willow provides backing tracks over Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”. He is quickly becoming a very interesting artist to keep an eye on (as though there was any way to avoid it). [Pigeons and Planes]
David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” includes the line, “It’s the freakiest show,” so we all should have expected it as soon as we heard Ryan Murphy was doing a series about freak shows. Jessica Lange covered the hit in last night’s premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Check out Nerdist music editor Matt’s write up on the episode in our latest Music Geek Track of the Day. What do you think the chances are we will see a Marilyn Manson or The Residence cover by the end of the season?
Last week, Spin got a little touchy when South Park poked a little fun at Lorde. This week, South Park used that minor kerfuffle as inspiration for the latest episode “The Cissy”. Spin has released a classy, half-embarrassed/half-flattered response to the episode, and everybody benefits from the mutual exposure.