Congratulations, you’ve made it half way through the week! The worst is behind you, it’s all downhill from here, and other bromides that don’t make the midweek drudgery any less drudgeful. Regardless, you deserve to be rewarded for your effort, so enjoy the next five minutes of music news, including videos from Comedy Bang! Bang!, Deerhoof, AC/DC, as well as a weird navel-gazing art project James Franco is doing now.
Future Islands visited Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts’ Comedy Bang! Bang! for a total of 94 seconds. In the sketch, the band’s van breaks down, a la cliché sitcom cameo, and insist they perform, while Aukerman and Watts insist they discuss what’s wrong with the bus. It’s a funny video that you can watch it on IFC’s page. [Pitchfork]
Michael Shannon beats himself up in the new Deerhoof video for La Isla Bonita’s punkish “Exit Only”. It’s slightly graphic and slightly disturbing, as Shannon rampages as the interrogator and cowers as the interrogatee, playing both scenery-chewing parts. [Vulture]
It’s the end of an era, as Randy Jackson, the last remaining vestige of the original American Idol clan of judges, will bow out after 13 seasons, leaving host Ryan Seacrest as the lone personality still attached from season one. Good luck with whatever’s next, Dog. [Billboard]
The simple and reserved music video for Kindness‘ mellow track “Who Do You Love” focuses on the brief and compelling moment of insular repose before a subject’s photo is taken. It also bears noting that Robyn is sporting one helluvan epic mullet. Kindness’ sophomore album, Otherness, is out now. [Under The Radar]
On Monday, we reported that Nicki Minaj’s feet were in the fire for her Nazi-themed lyrics video for “Only”, which premiered, most unfortunately, on the anniversary of the Kristallnacht (a series of devastating Nazi attacks against the German Jews in 1938). She and director Jeff Osborne both responded to the controversy, Minaj apologizing for the unintended offense via twitter (mentioning that one of her best friends is Jewish), while Osborne, on the other hand, doubled-down on the offense with a flippant and convoluted non-apology, describing himself as a champion of the First Amendment, and stating: “So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry.” Here’s a tip, guy, if you’re work is overwhelmingly misinterpreted, you did a bad job communicating your message. [MySpace]
What’s this? James Franco has a side project, you say? A band called Daddy that performs songs in the style of The Smiths, featuring musicians from The Smiths and based on poetry James Franco wrote inspired by The Smiths, you say? Each track on the album will be accompanied by videos with no beginning or end, written by high schoolers, and featuring James Franco paintings inspired by James Franco’s high school yearbook, you say? The finished project will be displayed as an art installation in a gallery, you say? My eyes are rolling backwards into my head, you say? Why did it suddenly get so dark in here? [Vice]
Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been hospitalized for kidney surgery, following health issues and intensive touring against his doctor’s wishes. Michaels is known as an indefatigable performer, previously to the extent of bursting an appendix on tour and insisting to perform through the pain. [Billboard]
Mark Ronson is collaborating with everyone from Bruno Mars to Pulitzer-winning novelist Michael Chabon, on his new album Uptown Special. The aptly titled “Uptown Funk” is appropriately funky, while his track with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, “Daffodils”, is considerably more psychedelic. Give it a listen over at Stereogum.
Some sad news: Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang has died from complications with cancer at 57. The Sugarhill Gang, best known for their meteoric hit “Rapper’s Delight”, were one of the first commercially viable hip hop groups, paving the way for countless rap groups and boy bands to come. The New York Times has a fascinating and brief recount of the early days of the Sugarhill Gang in Hank’s obituary.
Look! AC/DC invested in a green screen! “Play Ball”, off the band’s forthcoming Rock or Bust, sounds like a blatant bid for a spot on the next EA Sport’s FIFA soundtrack, and rocks in that predictable AC/DC kind of way that leads one to believe they’ve heard this song before, maybe playing in a football stadium or during a truck commercial. Meanwhile, the video features scantily clad women and hilariously bizarre ball-related archival footage. [Billboard]
Jay Z‘s Made in America Fest will reportedly cost the taxpayers of Los Angeles $170,000, as necessary-evil LiveNation, a company that charges processing fees upwards of $30/ticket, is contractually obligated to only cover half a million of the $670,000 cost of their concert. Mayor Eric Garcetti tried to put a positive spin and a smile on the cost, saying that the concert showed LA could host a huge, outdoor event; something that the rest of us here in LA were already well aware of. [Billboard]
While we’re talking about Jay, have you heard the new Jay Z, Rick Ross, Timberland track “Movin’ Bass”? Give it a listen over at Consequence of Sound.
Bruce Springsteen and illustrator Frank Caruso sat quietly and fidgeted on the set of The Daily Show, while Jon Stewart unenthusiastically attempted to help them promote their not-for-children children’s book, Outlaw Pete. Watch it above. Or don’t. Your life will turn out exactly the same regardless of your decision here. [Stereogum]
YouTube has announced its premium music subscription service, Youtube Music Key. Eliminating ads, offering more comprehensive playlists, an offline mode, and offering non-video songs, Youtube Music Key will be bundled with Google Play and will have a continuous listen option for non-subscribers members. Its beta will go live November 17. All this comes after news of YouTube finally reaching a deal with smaller independent labels who were previously reticent about licensing their music. Watch a really unhelpful ad about what Youtube Music Key will be above.[Pitchfork]
El-P and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels sat down for Microphone Check over at NPR to discuss their new album and how collaborating made either MC better. Both are very thought provoking artists, so this is well worth your time. Listen above.