It’s Monday, and your water cooler is all a-buzz over last night’s American Music Awards, isn’t it? The adulation-fest saw a handful of noteworthy performances, including, but not limited to, Taylor Swift recreating her elaborate “Blank Space” video to kick-off the event, Jennifer Lopez showing off her “Booty” to close it out, and host Pitbull trying his hand at comedy throughout. Full disclosure: we didn’t actually watch the AMAs. What we did watch, though, was this advertisement for Pine Brothers Cough Drops that played during the commercial break.
Yes. Waka Flocka Flame is hocking lozenges with the not-so-subtle suggestion that Pine Brothers maybe just what your weed-weary throat’s been missing. This definitely won the award for best celebrity endorsement. [WSJ]
Now that we’ve fully covered the AMA’s, lets get on to the more stuff…
Do You Like Free Nerdist Presents? Of course you do because you are a human with a heart and a brain. This year we have got some killer music gifts like the Guardians of the Galaxy limited edition Mondo Vinyl, a JBL Pulse, the American Hustle soundtrack on 12″ colored vinyl, the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree, and a subscription to KIT, monthly postcard flexi-disc that plays music just like a record! Head here to see all the fantastic present for this year’s Holiday Giveaway.
BBC2’s Newnight’s Encounters did their own take on Iconoclasts, having Patti Smith and David Lynch interview one another. Both artists, who have both exhibited with Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, returned to the gallery to discuss their works. Sitting in a red room reminiscent of the Twin Peaks “waiting room.” Patti Smith shared her conflicting emotional responses to Bobby Vinton’s version of “Blue Velvet,” which also inspired Lynch to make his film of the same title. Just one of a handful of interesting topics covered in their conversation. [Film Maker Magazine]
Eminem also dropped a surprise 66-track free mixtape, via HotNewHipHop. Shady Classics covers the 15-year expanse of Marshall Mathers’ career, including some big name collaborations, but features tracks that did not make the cut for the official Shady Records release, Shady XV. By the way, did you see Slim’s epic seven minute freestyle on Shady CXVPHER? Unsurprising warning: explicit lyrics. [NME]
Singer-songwriter sisters Tegan and Sara share the previously unreleased “When I Get Up” through Consequence of Sound. The short, sweet acoustic track, which sounds strikingly different than their recent pop-leaning work, was originally written for consideration on their 2004 album So Jealous, which will have a 10-year anniversary special edition re-release next month. While we are talking about ’em, the visually striking tour video States, from their Get Along DVD, is a must-see for T&S fans.
Interpol was passing through Western New York, when their tour busses became caught in last week’s terrifyingly epic and deadly white out. The band posted photos of their snowed-in tour busses with the hashtag #Winterpol. They were stranded for more than 50 hours before finally freeing their caravan of the impasse and continuing on their journey. [Pitchfork]
The girls from SNL who brought us last year’s “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” returned with another festive music video, “Back Home Ballers,” poking fun at the much-loved holiday tradition of taking advantage of parental hospitality. Featured player Leslie Jones chimed in with a very astute and hilarious observation about bowls. Seriously, what’s with all the bowls. [Us]
From his hilarious attempted freestyle on a treadmill to his successfully crowdfunding Meow the Jewels, the cat-noise remixing of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike, is arguably Nerdist Music’s favorite human being right now. The hardworking rapper is deftly riding his current momentum and is now releasing a mixtape of forgotten freestyles from 2008, Sunday Morning Massacres. The 18 tracks were compiled by DJ Greg Street and are available for download and streaming at Live Mixtapes. [Spin]
If any more proof was needed that Beyoncé is in a league of her own, her new, bare-bones, super-selfie-inspired music video for “7/11” shows she doesn’t need all the flashy costumes, elaborate sets, and production value to reign supreme in the world of pop. The video, which has garnered nearly 20 million views over the weekend and looks shot on a camera-phone, also succeeds in building her oft-admired, though cleverly constructed, connection to the average woman; a rebranding that’s been subtly in the works since she “killed off” her Sasha Fierce alter-ego in 2010. Beyoncé’s Box Set is now available to stream. [Guardian]
James Blake has revealed that his third album is “about 70 percent done” and should be complete in about five months, placing its release somewhere around April. High on Blake’s priority list for this album is getting Kanye West in the studio, as he’s stated, “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” Also featured on the album will be Bon Iver frontman and regularly Kanye collaborator, Justin Vernon. [Stereogum]
One of the unique projects we can look forward to on 2015’s Record Store Day is a 12in single featuring the combined efforts of Warpaint and Daughters, in which each band will remix the works of the other. The first sample we have is Warpaint’s industrial rework of Daughter’s “Winter.” [Consequence of Sound]
One more thing: Lil B gave a lecture at MIT and The Fader has the full transcript. This should be a fun read.