This week Kate Bush returned to the stage after 35 years, Blood Brothers reunited at FYF, and Buster Poindexter joined Arcade Fire. Grimes released a great new video (but not an ice bucket video). We talked to Sinkane, Mutual Benefit, and in our latest #longread profile the guys from Merchandise. We ranked AC/DC’s albums worst to best and reviewed new albums from Ty Segall, Raury, and Interpol. We watched St. Vincent curse at the French journalists giving her a cruel listening test. We learned Rivers Cuomo is getting a sitcom and Adam Duritz is on Tinder. And speaking of 1994, the Sex Beatles’ Definitely Maybe turns 20 this weekend. Some critics really called Oasis “the Sex Beatles” back then, you guys! People in the ’90s were quite excitable (and the Internet was slow). Check out the week’s best and worst comments below and have a safe Labor Day if you celebrate Labor Day.
On Friday night, Arcade Fire played the first of three shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. For the city-appropriate cover song to kick off the encore they took none of Stereogum’s suggestions! Instead, after the bobbleheads faked out the crowd with New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis,” the band invited that song’s singer David Johansen to join them as his Buster Poindexter alter ego and perform his ’87 hit and Bar Mitzvah staple “Hot Hot Hot” (itself a cover of soca star Arrow). Yes, there was a conga line! Watch some great fan-shot video of the whole affair below.
The Reflektors are in town for a few shows at Barclays Center, so we asked you to tell us (and them) which Brooklyn act they should cover. Most likely they’ll do Velvet Underground or Talking Heads or some other band more closely associated with Manhattan, which is allowed (I GUESS), but we gave you ten exclusively Brooklyn options from which to choose. Since the first Arcade Fire show starts in a few hours, here’s the final tally…
Hannah Diamond (w/ William Wright) did that great QT art for XL, btw!
Ah, I will fix — thanks.
I like the 2nd one.
They’re hair extensions I believe. Sometimes his dreads are longer, but I’ve never seen a photo of him w/out them.
Here’s the Canada link: http://www.muchmusic.com/music/playlist/cid/1094951/pid/63921/grimes-go-feat-blood-diamonds
MuchFACT paid for the video so it’s exclusive there for a week.
They spelled 2 Chainz wrong on the single art.
I liked this part
And not to pile on her — I do appreciate StV’s music — but I sense a lot of faux-artsiness…
— Akira DevonSawa (@ARTiFiCiALANT) August 24, 2014
If you’re wondering why it looks low-res…
haha… apparently the version that is currently up is one of my low res dafts somehow… sorry, the actual edit is coming soon *sigh ah…
— grimes 0_0 (@Grimezsz) August 27, 2014