When Jack White isn’t busy looking grumpy at baseball games, he also sometimes plays music. A few nights ago at his show in Milwaukee (where he also sang Lorde’s “Royals”), he brought a fan onstage during his encore performance of “Seven Nation Army” and she got to jam with the band for a bit while wearing one of Jack’s hats and two of his guitars. Watch the video below — she comes on stage around 5 minutes in.
Earlier this year, right before the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide and Hole’s classic album Live Through This, Courtney Love said that she was reuniting with Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson, and Patty Schemel and that they were working on new material. A few weeks later, she tapered expectations by saying that, “We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage.” Now, in the middle of an extensive profile on the singer, she firmly ruled out a reunion tour with the band. While she’s still collaborating with Erlandson, she says, “I don’t want to get on the oldies circuit. I don’t need to do that for money. I want to put out music that is relevant today. [Being] one of the last chicks in a rock ‘n’ roll band is a weird place to be. It’s scary not to be selling out.” Check out the rest of the article for updates on the Kurt Cobain biopic, her new memoir, and that time she dated Edward Norton.
Questlove’s new show Soundclash is premiering tonight on VH1 and the Roots drummer sat down and talked to Time about the new show and, more importantly, what he thinks is the song of the summer. “You gotta know what the difference is between a good song and a bad song. Songs that I consider personally bad are also effective, and songs that I think are great don’t stick.” He admits that even though he wishes Chromeo’s “Jealous” took the crown, it has to go to “Fancy,” which spent 8 weeks at the top of the Billboard 100, even if it wasn’t your pick. “Here’s the thing: the song is effective and catchy as hell, and it works,” he said. “You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ’Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.” Read more about what he thinks of “Fancy” and the wealth of music coming out of Australia below.
You may have heard that last night guitar god and vinyl fetishist Jack White was spotted at a Chicago Cubs game looking sad and/or angry. Per Third Man Records’ Instagram, it looks like some sort of field trip with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
Jeremih and Shlohmo are an unlikely combination for a lot of obvious reasons. One is a black guy from Chicago who sings slick, radio-directed R&B, and the other is a white guy from Los Angeles who produces tricky, intricate instrumental bass music. They probably would’ve never gotten together if Yours Truly hadn’t matched them up to make the single “Bo Peep (Do U Right)” as part of the Songs From Scratch series more than a year ago, and they probably wouldn’t have kept working together, making the new free EP No More, if that first song hadn’t turned out to be something transcendent. But beyond the surface differences, both of them have something much more important in common: They’re both really, really good at what they do, and that’s the reason we still know their names.
Last year, Devendra Banhart put out the new album Mala, which included the brief but chilling folk song “Golden Girls.” Now, Liars — who this year put out the great and overlooked album Mess — have stretched that minute and a half to nearly 10 minutes in their sprawling remix. What begins as a minimal techno rework of the song eventually shifts into uneasy ambience before coming back to life as a percussive and creepy dance track that fits with the vibe of their new album. Listen to the remix, the original, and “Thank You For Being A Friend,” the classic opening theme to the The Golden Girls, below.
One of my favorite albums of all time is Brand New’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. It’s an album that’s built as much on atmosphere as it is on songcraft, luxuriating in aimlessness tempered with short bursts of well-orchestrated chaos. When I learned that For Everest made a conscious effort to emulate that feeling on their new EP, No Jazz Rock, everything I knew I liked about the band clicked into place. Nowhere is this influence more apparent than EP centerpiece “Beyond The Brush” — it sprawls out in the same way as the very best of Devil And God, following certain whims but never becoming overindulgent. Comparing an emo-adjacent band to Brand New is either an easy out for people who don’t know much about emo music or a ringing endorsement, so let’s consider this the latter.
Jenny Lewis scored the movie Very Good Girls, which comes out in theaters in a few days, and Rilo Kiley’s “Go Ahead” is used in a scene where Elizabeth Olsen performs the song at an open-mic. The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner, Lewis’ friend and mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, and Peter Sarsgaard. Watch a clip of Olsen singing the Take Offs And Landings track below.