Happy Busiest Travel Day of the Year! AAA predicts over 46 million Americans will hit the roads or be in the skies today, and there’s a good chance you will be among them, or at least affected by them, as you furiously head back to the grocery store for that one can of cranberry sauce that mysteriously didn’t make it into your shopping bag the first time around. Needless to say, there will be traffic. But nothing makes the time fly by like great music, so while you wait in that two hour line at airport security, or that three hour line at Whole Foods, why not check out some new tracks from Wu-Tang and Chance the Rapper, or watch these videos from J Mascis, Lorde, Sleigh Bells, Tink, Steve Gunn and EMA?
Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis is the latest to visit NPR and provide a Tiny Desk Concert, performing “Stumble,” “Drifter/Heal the Star,” and “Little Fury Things.” NPR Music’s Bob Boilen described it best: “The loudest guy in the world came to the “Tiny Desk” to perform some of his quietest music…for years a guy who’s turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar.” Sub Pop will be releasing a J Mascis cover of Mazzy Star’s beautiful “Fade Into You” as a special Black Friday vinyl.
File under: Unexpected Collaborations. Sleigh Bells and Tink joined forces for Red Bull Sound Select, bringing us “That Did It.” Tink’s verse starts the song off with such energy and edge, it leaves you wishing she had a few more bars. The video’s “Derek One Shot” place holder card is a funny bit, though. I guess guitarist Derek wasn’t available for this one. [Nerdist]
We know its very uncouth to get excited about Christmas before the tail end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has reached Herald Square, but the trailer for Jingle Bell Rocks is placing us in the holiday spirit early. The acclaimed documentary dives deep into the esoteric world of hardcore, underground Christmas mixtape traders, and features Rev Run, Dr. Demento, John Waters, and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne (sitting cross-legged between seizure-inducing flashing string lights, no less). Visit the website to learn about theater engagements.
Steve Gunn’s “Tommy Congo” video presents itself as a short film about a tough-as-nails Serbian woman and the predicaments in which she finds herself. Earlier this month, Gunn provided a whimsical doodle and mixtape for our Car Tunes and Cartoons series. [Stereogum]
The final episodes of rocker Laura Jane Grace’s AOL series True Trans are now available. Grace, formerly known as Against Me!’s Thomas James Gabel talks relationships, parenting and acceptance to close out the groundbreaking web series.
EMA meets her sad-android doppleganger in this sleek music video for “3Jane”. The biggest star of the video, though, may be the super-mod Hollywood Hills house featured throughout. The director of the video, known as Y2K, describes the concept of the music video as part of a larger narrative they’re developing into a feature film titled Uncanny Valley. So we have that to look forward to. [Dazed]
With a shaky voice and holding back tears, the uncompromisingly political Killer Mike gave an emotional and unfiltered four-minute speech about his reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson during a Run The Jewels concert in nearby St. Louis. It’s upsetting but important to watch. [Spin]
Much of Wu-Tang Clan, but not all of Wu-Tang Clan, were on hand at David Letterman to perform “Ruckus in B Minor” and promote their new album A Better Tomorrow. Always big on ancillary markets, the group with the largest vocabulary in hip-hop ended their set by tossing branded merch into the audience. [Pitchfork]
Chance the Rapper’s latest single with The Social Experiment “Sunday Candy” is a tour-de-force of soul. The track is the first single from the upcoming Surf release, which will be focused around the talented musician and Social Experiment regular, Donnie Trumpet, and features lovely vocals by Jamila Wood. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for an album. [The Fader]
Producer Hudson Mohawke has released a remix of his track “Chimes,” featuring appearances from Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, French Montana and Future. Its accompanied by an interactive music video on his website, which, as Pitchfork points out, is essentially the Mario 64 hold screen.
That’s all for now. Good luck with your travels, and have a happy, safe, and gluttonous Thanksgiving!