Panda Bear has announced the details behind his new album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, and shared the album’s first official single. So far, we have only heard portions of the album in mysterious mixtape form and heard a few of the tracks live. The first single is called “Mr Noah” and is accompanied by a video directed by AB/CD/CD and an EP (already on iTunes), which contains three b-sides: “Faces In The Crowd,” “Untying The Knot,” and “This Side Of Paradise.” Check out the video, plus a tracklist for the album below.
Last night during a CMJ performance at SOBs, iLoveMakonnen was assaulted while performing “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” Judging from a video of the incident that Makonnen tweeted out earlier today, a man in the front row reached out to the rapper and then grabbed his hand and dragged him down, punching him multiple times. The fight was quickly broken up by someone that was on stage who jumped down after the attacker and cleared the floor.
Singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has captivated us since “True Love” earlier this year and it seems like we’re not alone. In a new interview with Pitchfork, he details some big-name collaborators that he’s working with for his debut album, Goon, which is due out next year. In addition to former Girls bassist Chet “JR” White (who produced “True Love”), the album will feature production from Ariel Rechtshaid, Patrick Carney, and the New Pornographers’ John Collins. That’s a pretty interesting team, and it looks like Jesso will be putting out one of the most anticipated debuts of next year. Read the full interview here.
Looks like Neil Young has a thing about (for?) cars. Let’s recap: His 2009 album, Fork In The Road, was inspired by his Lincoln Continental, which he had retrofitted into a more fuel-efficient version that he called the LincVolt, and which ended up being totally flammable. He just published a book called Special Deluxe: A Memoir Of Life And Cars that’s all about the various cars he’s owned throughout his 68 years on Earth. And the cover art for his latest album, Storytone features … you guessed it: a car! It turns out that artwork is part of a larger collection of watercolors that Young has painted over the years. This collection will be on display at California’s Robert Berman Gallery for an exhibition that will take place at the end of November. I miss the good old days when he was just talking about cotton or trying to bring down the iPod. You can find out more info about the car exhibition at the gallery’s website — Young will appear at the opening reception on 11/3.
For their new self-titled EP, Line & Circle teamed up with Lewis Pesacov — who also recorded Best Coast’s Crazy For You — for their cleanest and most clear-headed work yet. It’s only three tracks long, but the group combines the sunniness of their new L.A. locale with the unfussiness of their Midwestern upbringing and manages channel the best of ’80s indie rock. We’ve already heard opening track “Wounded Desire,” and you can hear the rest below.
The British producer the Bug released his all-over-the-place album Angels & Devils a little while ago, and after dropping his epic dystopian “Function / Void” video, he’s made a very different clip for “Mi Lost,” a collaboration with the Israeli dancehall artist Miss Red. This is a small, low-budget video, one that focuses entirely on Miss Red and on smeary in-camera effects. Directors Aviya Wyse and Daniel Tsukahira filmed the clip in Miss Red’s Haifa City hometown. Watch it below.
Over the summer, the Scottish duo Honeyblood released a wonderfully incisive and hooky self-titled ’90s-style fuzz-rock debut album. It’s one of those albums that gets better every time I hear it. (The single “Super Rat” is a great place to start.) They’ve just made a video for “Choker,” a pointed song about falling in love with someone you can’t trust. The Tardo/Williams-directed video turns them into noir heroines, which is a good look for them. Check it out below.
The producer Lil Data is best known for appearing on the six-way DISown mix, one of the releases that put the PC Music label on people’s radars. Now the label has released Sup, an EP that shines a spotlight on the producer in much the same way GFOTY’s Secret Mix and Kane West’s Western Beats did for those artists. Data’s work falls on the friendlier side of the PC Music spectrum, though that’s all relative to the other music released by the label, which has all but built a home in the uncanny valley. Still, this is a tremendously fun listen, from the popping bubble beats to the warped sample of the Spice Girls. Stream it as one long track below and head here to download it.