Tom Breihan
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Last year, King Khan & The Shrines gave us their Idle No More album. But it’s been more than six years since the King Khan & BBQ Show, Khan’s duo with fellow Montreal garage rock lifer Mark Sultan, last gave us an album. (They also broke up onstage in Australia in 2010, before returning with a new song called “We Are The Champion” in August.) Early next year, they’ll finally follow up 2009′s Invisible Girl with a new LP called Bad News Boys. First single “Alone Again” is a stripped-down, hooky, extremely likable garage-rock tune with a serious doo-wop undertow. Give it a listen below.

Earlier today, I published my list of the 40 best music videos of 2014. It’s always a bit dangerous to publish a year-end list before the year is actually over, especially in this new surprise-release universe where we now live. But it sure looks like the music-video universe has slowed down for the holiday season, and nothing on this list presented much of a threat to make it onto the year-end list. This week’s five picks are all good videos, but make sure you’ve seen everything on the year-end list before you bother with any of them. This week’s picks are below.

The 2009 movie Black Dynamite was a pretty great blaxploitation parody/homage, and since then, it’s become the basis for an Adult Swim cartoon that, I’m told, is also pretty great. Next month, the show will air a special hour-long musical episode about police brutality. The episode titled “The Wizard Of Watts” concerns what happens when Michael Jai White’s Black Dynamite character gets hit in the head with a brick during a Watts riot and dreams that he’s in an Oz-like magical land. Erykah Badu and Tyler, The Creator will make appearances, as will actor Tim Blake Nelson and comedian J.B. Smoove. The episode airs 1/10 at 10:30PM eastern. Set your DVR.


 +4Posted on Dec 5th | re: Beanie Sigel Has Been Shot (6 comments)

Peak era Jay is pretty much 96-03. It was a long era. Everything Beanie did during his Roc stint was absolute blood-raining fire. The Reason, The Mack, and The B.Coming are nearly as great as any of those Jay albums.

 +7Posted on Dec 5th | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (6 comments)

It’s asshole satire. Laughing at poor people fighting over shit at Wal-Mart is also an asshole move. The people who get all “look, rampant consumerism” about that shit are people who don’t rely on predatory Black Friday bargains to get shit for their families. The people who are fighting over those things are people who would never otherwise be able to afford those things. Wareheim’s video is mocking those people. It’s an asshole move, albeit a brilliantly executed one.

 +9Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (530 comments)

My personal honorable mentions that didn’t make the big list:

Lil Boosie – Life After Deathrow
Rancid – Honor Is All We Know
Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland
Ex Hex – Rips
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

 0Posted on Nov 25th | re: Album Of The Week: Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen (16 comments)

I will, thanks!

Stop trying to police my tastes, you fucking weirdo.

Yeah, actually.

 +18Posted on Nov 10th | re: Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (50 comments)

He matters more in Nashville now than fuckin Auerbach, who’s all over that thing.

 +5Posted on Nov 10th | re: Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (50 comments)

I haven’t seen the Austin episode yet, but there does seem to be something weird about which artists get left out of which cities: No mention of Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago, no mention of Jack White in Nashville. I know it’s one dude’s subjective idea of these cities and all, but it’s weird to just ignore those guys.

 +16Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (167 comments)

Start one.

And please stop with the “we don’t take this stuff seriously and we write about it for money” argument. It’s stupid.

 +5Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (167 comments)

Too bad I couldn’t work in the bit about how I tear up every time the “marry me Juliet” bit kicks in on “Love Story.” Taylor Swift songs stay affecting me.