The results are in, and the pendulum of public sentiment has once again swung to the right, delivering the House and Senate into the talons of the Republican Party. Whatever your political leaning may be, don’t blame us for yesterday’s results; we all voted for Kodos. While you nurse those post-election day hangovers, endlessly second-guessing if you could have rocked the vote harder, why not settle in to our slightly Red America with some bipartisan music news. Today, we have a new Kendrick Lamar video, unearthed tracks from Paul McCartney and The Velvet Underground, a new album from Cut Copy, and whispers of a new something-or-other from Beyoncé.
Let’s start with that last tidbit first, since we all know you’re going to skip ahead to the Bey news anyway. The internet was abuzz after pictures of a fake tracklist started circulating late last week. While the tracklist was quickly revealed to be fake, the rumors were buttressed by an Amazon listing for a new product, Beyoncé Vol. 2, which certainly sounds like a new album. Yesterday, all was made clear, when the new “product” was announced as a box-set of the original album, with an additional CD of remixes, a DVD of live tour footage, and a mini-calendar. The mini-calendar, while including such fan favorites as “July” and “December”, will also not include any new material. [CNN]
In this new video for his funky, upbeat, hit single “i”, Kendrick Lamar recalls Parliament Funkadelic (“One Nation, under a groove”) and tips his hat to Ron Isley with a cameo (the song samples the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady”). Dancing the whole way through (with a signature move that half-resembles operating an invisible bike-pump), Lamar is infectiously high-energy. At the end, he dangles out the window of a cruising vehicle, bringing to mind the ending of the video for “Never Catch Me”, his collaboration with Flying Lotus. [Pitchfork]
Despite rumors of a strained production, Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er will be making their big-screen acting debut in Neill Blomkamp’s latest seemingly sappy sci-fi flick, Chappie. Judging from the trailer, riddled with the same graffiti of colorful, simplistic characters seen in their music videos and Roger Ballen photography work, it appears Die Antwoord also influenced the film’s set design.
Jeff Tweedy‘s son Spencer wrote an engaging review of Run The Jewels 2 in which he calls Neil Young “an out of touch motherfucker”, and proceeds to praise Killer Mike and El-P for being activist rappers. This also makes us think that perhaps Kendrick Lamar’s “i” wasn’t so campy after all. [The Talk House]
Paul McCartney shared a previously unreleased, sweet, little lullaby on SoundCloud. “Love My Baby” comes from his time with Wings, and is presumably intended to promote the McCartney Archive Collection’s re-issues of Venus and Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound. [Buzzfeed]
Gearing up for Vestiges and Claws, his first album in about eight years, José González released a spacey video for the track “Every Age” earlier this morning, and then promptly removed it. The video in question was made by sending a camera into space with a weather balloon. Maybe we will get a chance to see the video again when it returns from whatever abyss it has been exiled to this time around. [Stereogum]
Before Daniel Dumile was the elusive, villainous, mask-wearing MF Doom, he was 19-year-old Zev Lov X of the hip-hop duo KMD, who spoke to Senate on behalf of the Motor Voter Bill during a hearing featured and immortalized on CSPAN II. Rappcats shared the 23-year-old clip to celebrate election day, and provided some interesting context and backstory for Rock The Vote. [Pigeons and Planes]
FKA Twigs made an epic American television debut on Jimmy Fallon last night. Performing “Two Weeks”, encircled by fans, strobe lights, and manipulating a massive, silken cloth, she creates a hypnotizing and elegant slow motion effect to match the brooding cadence of the song. [Billboard]
From now through November 11, Pitchfork Advance will be streaming Cut Copy Presents: Oceans Apart, a 19-track compilation of electronic dance music from the Melbourne club scene, mixed and curated by the Australian band of the title. On first listen, its the perfect auditory accessory for, say, overdosing on caffeine and embarking on a TopShop shopping spree.
Afterwards, you may be in the mood for something a little heavier in the bass department. Check out Chinese-born, “bad girl of EDM” DJ Fei-Fei, whose debut album, Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate, is currently streaming over at Noisey.
In a dizzyingly spectacular gastronomical tour of the Western World, the latest episode of Fuck, That’s Delicious has Action Bronson visiting Copenhagen’s Noma, eating his way through Venice, breaking bread with Coach Ditka, and finally arriving at Chicago’s Weiner Circle (with Riff Raff in tow). He sounds sleepier than usual throughout, as though he’s fighting off the food coma to end all food comas. [Munchies]
…And this is the last time we’re expecting to see Wendy Davis until the polls close. pic.twitter.com/nhkIJBFUp3
— Emily Baucum (@EmilyBaucum) November 4, 2014
Texas Senator Wendy Davis may have lost the gubernatorial race, but she won the hippest politician race, sporting personalized campaign threads invoking the Wu-Tang logo as she made her way to the polls. [MTV]
A new, much cleaner live version of The Velvet’s Undergound “I’m Waiting For The Man” has been cut for band’s 45th anniversary reissue of their debut self-titled LP. The recording, from a San Francisco performance at the Matrix, first surfaced in 1974 with some pretty wicked static, so this fresh version is special treat for all you fellow Velvet fans out there.