Damon Albarn released his debut solo album earlier this year and, while the weather may make it so that another Blur album never sees the light of day, the British musician will never stop making music. “Sister Rust” is a song Albarn wrote for the Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy, which just hit theaters. It’s a regal yet low-key song, filled with a lot of strings. “Waiting for the credits to end/ Now and forever,” Albarn sings, which probably isn’t the best turn of phrase considering the middling reviews the film received. Listen below.
In a Fox News appearance last September, Ariel Pink alluded to an incident in which he was maced but he didn’t elaborate. He finally tells all to Alexi Wasser in her YouTube show Alexi In Bed. “I got maced by a feminist,” Pink says straight into the camera. He goes on to tell an elaborate story about how he went home with someone who told him all her daddy issues and called him “a saggy Kurt Cobain.” The next morning, they went to a smoothie shop where the young woman (who is apparently in a band) “bitched [him] out in public” following some confusion about who was supposed to pay for the smoothie. After saying something to the effect of, “Shut your mouth, little girl, respect your elders and fucking get out of here,” Pink left the shop but was confronted again by the woman, who maced him and then broke his car’s windshield and rear-view mirrors, and scratched “asshole” into the side of it. It’s a crazy story and I’m not sure exactly what to believe, but it’s worth a watch below.
Funk rockers Primus are known to have some fun with their releases — previous album titles have included Sailing The Seas Of Cheese and Pork Soda. Their newest album may be their strangest yet: it’s a tribute album to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory called Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble. It’s the first album that sees the classic ’90s line-up recording together since 1995′s Tales From The Punchbowl. The album will be released on chocolate-colored vinyl and five golden copies will be made and distributed at random, mirroring the plot of the famous book/movie.
When Brent Hinds isn’t fronting Mastodon, he likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving. Over the past year, he’s been busy with recording his band’s new album Once More ’Round The Sun, so for his first carving in almost a year, he channeled all his pent-up wood carving energy into making … well, a giant woodie. His wooden phallus is extraordinarily detailed, complete with veins — he called it his “giant pawnus” when he uploaded pics of the sculpture to his Instagram. Exclaim came up with the perfect name for Hinds’ creation: the Mastodong. Check out a photo of the phallus in its infancy stage (oof) below.
After a rough night playing Detroit’s Fox Theatre yesterday, Jack White threw the ceremonial first pitch in his hometown for the Tigers. Maybe he’s still getting over his recent meme-ification as a disgruntled Cubs fan, but he still couldn’t manage to put on a smile even after throwing a straight pitch down the middle to an eagerly awaiting Santa, who was there as part of a Christmas In July promotion. Watch a video of his pitch below.
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis casually announced his new album Tied To A Star on Late Night With Seth Meyers a few months back and shared the spry “Every Morning.” The world-weariness of his latest song “Wide Awake” has more in common with the quiet intensity of his last solo album Several Shades Of Why and features vocals from Cat Power’s Chan Marshall. Listen to their duet below.
FKA Twigs’ magnificent debut album LP1 is finally out in a few weeks — we’ve heard “Two Weeks” and the recently leaked “Video Girl” and now Zane Lowe has debuted “Pendulum” on BBC Radio 1. “You only want me in open spaces,” Tahliah Barnett sings in an impassioned whisper hovering over a weightless beat. “So lonely trying to be yours.” It’s an amorphous and fluttering track, pushed gently along by a staccato rhythm and her typically immaculate production. She says it’s one of her favorite songs off the new record and you can listen to it below.
Videos from Jonny Greenwood’s recent orchestral performances have been gradually leaking out of late, some of which contain music from Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. We recently saw a clip for a piece titled “Loop,” and now you can watch one for “Skip Loop,” which is much slower and more droning than its predecessor. Between rumors of a new Radiohead album, anticipation for a new Paul Thomas Anderson film, and the fact that Inherent Vice marks the first time anyone has been crazy/brave enough to adapt one of Pynchon’s novels in the writer’s 50+ years of popularity, the second half of this year is a perfect storm of W.A.S.T.E.-related excitement. Watch the gentle performance below.