As we bear through our first of eight Hanukkah Hangovers (or is it Chanukah Changovers?), keeping faith alive we’ll rally in time for part two of this marathon of celebrations, how about joining us in some quiet conversation about music news? Today, we have an excellent new video from Panda Bear, a bonkers new track from Kendrick Lamar that he debuted on the Colbert Report, and a spinning top that shares a striking resemblance to Dr. Dre. Please, leave the overhead lights off, thanks.
Is there anyone who understands music as completely and crafts music as masterfully as Annie Clark (besides maybe collaborator and How Music Works author David Byrne). Gently reminding everyone to include her on their year’s end Best-Of lists, St. Vincent’s new video for “Birth In Reverse” has her thrashing among celestial bodies, where she rightfully belongs within the pantheon of rock gods. [Consequence of Sound]
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinematek is hosting a retrospective on the illustrious career of horror/sci-fi/action filmmaker John Carpenter, which will be titled [insert dramatic musical sting here] “John Carpenter: Master of Fear.” Carpenter is widely regarded not only for his breadth of work behind the camera, but also for his work behind the synthesizer, composing the scores for nearly all of his films, including the nerve-racking theme to Halloween. This retrospective coincides with Carpenter’s debut solo release, Lost Themes (watch a cool auto-generated music video for the track “Vortex”) on February 3rd. On February 5th, the auteur himself will be on hand at BAM for a Q&A with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone (of On The Media). The deluxe edition of the album will also include remixes by the likes of Zola Jesus, Dean Hurley, and JG Thirlwell.
K-pop continues it’s merciless and unstoppable march towards music world domination through an alliance with dubstep and electronic big cheeses Skrillex and Diplo. The track, “Dirty Vibe”, was a collaboration between the two EDM headliners, who then introduced it to G-Dragon, of the K-pop boy band Big Bang, and CL, of the girl group 2NE1, for lyrics. Both G-Dragon and CL are featured heavily in the high-energy, brash, Die Antwoordian video from Red Bull Music.
Panda Bear, aka Noah Benjamin Lennox of Animal Collective, has a new album coming out in the first month of the new year called Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. The second single is the otherworldly “Boys Latin”, with a fittingly otherworldly, breath-takingly beautiful animated music video by Encyclopedia Pictura directors Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch. Whatever you do, don’t touch that land-anemone! [Creative Review]
We haven’t heard too much from Kendrick Lamar’s much anticipated forthcoming album, which made his appearance as the final guest performer on The Colbert Report, where he premiered a stirring, jazzy new track, all the more special. [Pigeons & Planes]. Between this track and D’Angelo‘s new album, we are ending on an exceptionally strong note in 2014.
Wiz Khalifa samples Mac DeMarco’s dreamy “Chambers of Reflection” for his “Smoke Chambers” freestyle. It’s the perfect track for relaxing on the couch, watching The Eric Andre Show on mute (where Wiz and Mac were recently both guests). [Pigeons & Planes]
The 17th Annual Punk Rock Bowling And Music Festival has announced the extensive lineup for it’s May 22-25th event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Refused will headline, with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Conflict, Discharge, Turbonegro, Bad Manners, and Sick Of It All, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Anti-Flag, Swingin’ Utters, A Wilhelm Scream, The Business, Bombshell Rocks, The Muffs, Mahones, Sniper 66, PEARS, I.R.A., Success!, Get Dead, Avenue Rockers, Eliza Battle, Sounds of Threat, and Battle Born also confirmed. Tickets go on sale January 10th and are available through Punk Rock Bowling.
Artist and pun-lover Hannah Rothstein has come up with the must-have, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that toy of the Hanukkah season: Dr. Dreidel. She explains on her site that each face has been chosen to correlate with the “aftermath” of the spin:
-ג Gimmel, ‘take all,’ is a dreidel player’s dream. It gets a thumbs up from a happy Dr. Dre.
-ה Hay, ‘take half,’ is no reason to party, but isn’t too shabby, hence the mildly smug portrait or Dr. Dre.
-נ Nun, ‘nothing happens,’ is a boring outcome. A dead-pan Dr. Dre affirms this.
-ש Shin, ‘put one in,’ is pretty depressing; the dreidel player loses an M & M or other such playing piece. But shins are seldom a chronic problem in dreidel. Dr. Dre’s definitely overreacting.
Though Rothstein does not appear to be selling the Dr. Dreidel yet, we would like to add our names to the waiting list. Packaging and laser etching was provided by Chris McCoy of you3Dit. [BoingBoing]
See you on Friday with our final Dispatch of the year!