RTJ2, the second album from the Killer Mike/El-P rap juggernaut Run The Jewels, was not supposed to come out until Monday. But El suddenly dropped the free-download album, a legitimate contender for Album Of The Year, two hours ago, in the middle of the fucking effing night. (Maybe he wanted to make sure you’d get to hear it before ebola overtakes New York?) The album pushes what these two were doing on their amazing self-titled debut even further, and it will absolutely hurt your brain from the opening seconds on. It is just a beast of a thing. We’ve posted the early songs “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” and the Zack De La Rocha collab “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck).” And right now, you can, and absolutely should, download the whole thing right here.
Just call in sick to work tomorrow and just let this thing rip your whole shit up completely. You deserve it. Let’s talk about this thing in the comments section.
UPDATE 10:15PM: Officials say Dr. Spencer attended only the Gutter, not Brooklyn Bowl as early reports suggested.
The Dr. Luke/Kesha situation is getting increasingly ugly, and now frequent Kesha collaborator Wayne Coyne has weighed in. As you may recall (and was detailed in Chris’ excellent timeline of their relationship), Coyne was working with Kesha on a collaborative album with the Flaming Lips for a long time, which was called Lip$ha, but was supposedly blocked from release by Dr. Luke. In a new interview with Radio.com, here’s what Coyne had to say:
The Onion’s sister site Clickhole posted an article today called, “I Regret Waiting Until Marriage To Have Sex With All 3 Members Of Yo La Tengo,” where the author lamented that she saved sex for marriage when she could have had sex with all three members of the New Jersey band. “All throughout high school and college, I was the only one of my friends who wasn’t having sex with Yo La Tengo. So, when I found myself in bed with Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew on the night of my wedding, l really had no idea what I was supposed to do,” the author writes. Later, she says, “In hindsight, I can’t help but wish I hadn’t waited until marriage to go all the way with Yo La Tengo. It just would have made things so much easier. And I know my husband feels the same way.” It’s maybe the second funniest satire article about Yo La Tengo, following this one. Read it over here.
The Grateful Dead turn 50 next year and to celebrate the occasion, they’ll release a career-spanning documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev, who also had a hand in 2010′s The Tillman Story and 2007′s My Kid Could Paint That. Most notably, the film will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film will contain never-before-seen footage of performances and new interviews with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir. “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it,” the band said in a statement. “Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.” No details about the film’s release schedule have been revealed so far.
It’s weird to think about the fact that Death Cab For Cutie have now been a band for nearly two decades. For those of us who came of age alongside the band’s music, revisiting Death Cab’s back catalog — currently seven albums deep — can be something akin to re-reading old diary entries: deeply personal, wistfully sentimental, and generally indicative of who and where we were at the time. Death Cab’s last studio album, 2011′s somewhat divisive Codes And Keys, seemed to show the band at a kind of impasse. While it certainly wasn’t a terrible album, it also didn’t seem like a band pushing forward. Instead, it was the sound of a band treading water, resting heavily on their own well-worn, sweetly melodic laurels. Next year, Death Cab will release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, their first since the departure of band member (and longtime producer) Chris Walla. Despite the amicable split — an event that has caused longtime Death Cab fans no small amount of distress — the remaining members of Death Cab seem to have embraced the change as a much-needed shot in the arm and the kind of healthy shakeup that they didn’t even realize they needed.
Thurston Moore’s latest interview to promote his new solo album The Best Day comes via The Wall Street Journal. It’s a fascinating conversation that touches on Moore’s mom (whose photo adorns The Best Day’s cover), the lingering insight behind Pavement’s “Shady Lane,” post-war poetry, a whole slew of rock stars, Moore’s songwriting these days, and his belief that by the end of Sonic Youth the band’s audience had “decoded” them. It also includes this exchange about public criticism of Moore’s private life in the wake of his affair and subsequent divorce from Kim Gordon:
This morning, Juicy J took to Twitter (“Wake yo ass up!”) to prepare fans for two new singles he dropped shortly afterward: “All I Need” (feat. K Champ) and “Trash.” The Academy Award winner, as per usual, stays true to his explicit tendencies on both tracks, spitting salacious raps over dirty trap beats. In “All I Need,” Juicy J reveals to us what is missing from his nearly perfect night of partying — all he needs is “one more drink, two more blunts, three more bitches …,” continuing up to the number 5. While “All I Need” finds Juicy J exploring ways to get more trashed, “Trash” is about, you guessed it, the haters. “Your wife on the Instagram looking for me,” Juicy J snarls at some unidentified opponent. Listen to both tracks below.