Weezer and MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger got together to play a stripped down version of “Go Away” at the SiriusXM studios. The track was co-written and originally sung by Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino for Everything Will Be Alright In The End, but Plapinger serves as a fine substitute. Watch them perform together below.
The platinum edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album drops next week, and the pop star has shared a video for “7/11,” one of two new songs that are included in the release. The video starts off with Beyoncé dancing on a balcony with a Kale University sweater on and follows her through some rooms in various states of disarray. Is this a rare peek at Château Yoncé? It twitch-cuts the whole time and gets progressively crazier as some backup dancers join her along the way. It’s a surprisingly low-key video for the biggest pop star in the world — especially considering the high-production values and opulence of the videos that accompanied the self-titled release — but it’s really effective. Watch below.
Everyone seems to want to voice their opinion on the merits of streaming music following Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her albums from Spotify. The latest to chime in is Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge and he made a pretty weird comparison in a new interview with Faster Louder. “I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues,” he said. “It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists — might not be killing ’em but it’s killing the industry. It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?” That being said, all of Blink-182′s catalog is still available on Spotify.
This week we looked at 26 bands from the NYC rock resurgence of the ’00s (i.e., the bands that were cool when I started this blog 75 years ago). Meanwhile, several bands that were popular 20 years ago — Soundgarden, Faith No More, the Smashing Pumpkins — released surprisingly strong tracks. Chumped’s Teenage Retirement was our Album Of The Week and Pusha T’s “Lunch Money” was our favorite song. Police halted a Mac DeMarco concert and a heckler ruined a Morrissey one. And tweets about a snowstorm were the most interesting thing Interpol released all year. Your best and worst comments are below.
David Bowie’s career retrospective David Bowie Is made its U.S. debut at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago just about two months ago when it kicked off with an official “David Bowie Day.” In that time, it’s become a hotspot for celebrities to visit while in the city: Usher brought his kids there this week, and it’s been visited by the likes of Neil Young, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. There’s also been a series of talks there, including ones by Bryan Ferry and director Todd Haynes. Last night, of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes gave a talk and performed a few of Bowie’s songs at the museum. You can hear him play “Moonage Daydream” and “Hang Onto Yourself” and part of an interview with him below.
Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014′s biggest memes — never mind that Ross actually said, “Shout out to all the pear eaters.” Here’s the infamous loop:
As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha T album on the way. Check ’em out.
A truly beautiful new Chromatics song has emerged to usher us into the weekend. “White Light” sounds like its title suggests, all soft tones and ethereal glimmers. Ruth Radelet’s sighing melodies here might as well be moonbeams. It’s a gorgeous piece of work; we owe Johnny Jewel our gratitude for continuing to clear out his vaults. Listen or download below.