The date is November 7th, and the weather in Los Angeles this past week has been hot enough to melt all my leftover Halloween candy. If you ever needed a global warming call to action, there you have it. Forget polar bears, who’s watching out for my peanut butter cups?! And here’s an effortless segue into music news. Today, we have Miley and The Flaming Lips covering the Beatles (*insert expressionless emoji here*), a surprisingly good new track from T Pain, and a Bryan Ferry music video that explores the perils of being young, rich, entitled and white.
Straight out of your Friday Night Lights fan fiction where Coach Taylor is replaced by Kanye, comes Big Sean’s football-themed music video for “I Don’t Fuck With You”. The Kanye/DJ Mustard-produced track also features E-40 and the ubiquitous Beats Pill product placement. Here’s a question: Does a music video without a Beats Pill still qualify as a music video? And is that Mark Zuckerberg drinking out of the water bottle?? [Stereogum]
Another Friday, another collection of new tracks from Foo Fighter’s Sonic Highways, the ongoing, municipality-themed album/Advent calendar, for which providing weekly coverage has become somewhat of a Sisyphean task for music writers. Today, we have “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness”, a double-song inspired by Austin, TX, whose music history will be covered in tonight’s episode of the accompanying Sonic Highways HBO documentary series. Here’s the trailer.
The second track is “Outside”, inspired by Los Angeles, with the streaming version recorded during a “Maida Vaile Session” on BBC Radio 1. As long as Dave Grohl and company don’t make any last-minutes stops at recording studios in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts or wherever, the complete record will finally be released next week. [Rolling Stone]
Hey, look! A new Lorde video for “Yellow Flicker Beat”! Her hair looks amazing in that pompadour, and is that cocktail party photo a Kubrick reference?? Well done. We love everything about Lorde. Happy 18th birthday, Lorde! Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack comes out three days before the film, on November 18th. [Pitchfork]
While we’re talking about Kiwis, AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, who was recently arrested in Tauranga, New Zealand on murder-for-hire charges (yikes!), will not be prosecuted because of a lack of evidence. The other charges against him, possessing methamphetamines, cannabis, and threatening to kill, remain (bringing his potential time behind bars from 10 years down to a mere seven). AC/DC has released a statement saying this will not affect the release of their forthcoming album, Rock or Bust. Sidenote: I’ve been to Tauranga. The place is so chill, the airport doesn’t even have a security checkpoint. Probably not the best place in the world to hire an assassin. [Consequence of Sound]
The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus (who you may remember teamed up to make the head-scratchiest video of the summer and are rumored to be writing an album together), were on Conan to perform The Beatles “A Day In The Life”, and promote the Lips’ Sgt. Pepper tribute album. I have so many conflicting emotions about all of this, my ability to critique has been effectively paralyzed. [Idolator]
Bryan Ferry has released a violent, angsty, and seductive video for “Loop De Li”, the first track of his upcoming Avonmore album. Rolling Stone has a second music video for the track “Soldier of Fortune”, and All Song Considered has a Ferry interview for you to enjoy.
After years of anticipation, Azealia Banks Beyoncéd her debut album, releasing it yesterday unannounced. Broke With Expensive Tastes receives mostly positive reviews from Time, but with the caveat that she’s heading in a different direction then her knock-out single “212” that first caught everyone’s attention.
Jaden Smith, working with producer-buddy ¿Téo?, displays increasing range and creativity in this new, groovy three-track mixtape, dedicated to Kendall Jenner (a person I had to Wikipedia). Y’all would tell us if you’re over Jaden Smith updates, right? More or less Jaden, just let us know. [Pigeons and Planes]
Polarizing comedian Russell Brand, and his propensity towards verbosity, has become the butt of a well-executed meme. After tweeter Dan Barker suggested, “Russell Brand’s writing feels like someone is about to shout ‘PARKLIFE!’ at the end of every sentence,” people began splicing Blur’s grandiloquent “Parklife” music video into Russell Brand interviews, and replying to all of Brand’s tweets with “PARKLIFE!” Things came full circle, as they usually do, when Russell Brand began re-appropriating the expression in his own revolution-y tweets. [The Independent]