Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though none of the videos that made it in really have anything in common with one another. Check out this week’s picks below.
Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that ends with a firearm-heavy car chase interrupted by mystic desert druids. Your move, Murai! Watch below.
Sky Ferreira debuted new material at the Belasco Theater in L.A. last night. She also brought DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on stage for a cover of Hole’s “Asking For It.” Additionally, Ferreira told Billboard that she’s working with Night Time, My Time producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen again on her next album as well as collaborating with Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie (whom she describes as a mentor) and aiming to nail down some studio time with Gesaffelstein. Ferreira’s description of the new material:
YouTube inaugurated its Music Awards show last year but took a hiatus in 2014 after experiencing minimal viewership. Today, YouTube announced that the show will return in 2015 with a new priority: to make music “the headline act.” It seemed like an overwhelming feeling of discomfort was the headliner last year (Chris described the show as a “total faceplant”), so let’s hope for a new approach in 2015. Rolling Stone reports that YouTube will create a new Awards Channel in anticipation of the show that will feature new videos throughout December, but the channel doesn’t appear to be available quite yet. More information about the 2015 awards will be revealed in January. Check out our 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards.
Earlier this week, the Smashing Pumpkins released the fantastic “Tiberius,” the third single from their upcoming Monuments To An Elegy. As far as I’m concerned, that song was the single best thing Billy Corgan has done since Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (IMO, the first two Monuments singles, “Being Beige” and “One And All,” were “so-so” and “quite good,” respectively.) Now they drop another, “Drum + Fife,” which is not on the level of “Tiberius,” but is at least as good as “One And All.” The cover art is a photo of a very young Billy Corgan (13 months old, if both his Wikipedia-reported age and the timestamp on the image are accurate). That was maybe the last time he played drums, right? Tommy Lee does the honors on the track; I’m not sure who’s playing the fife here (yes, there is a fife here), but knowing Billy Corgan, I’m gonna guess it’s … Billy Corgan. Listen.
Interpol survived Buffalo’s insane snowstorm and lived to tell about it. As Radio.com reports, guitarist Daniel Kessler spoke to KROQ’s Kevin & Bean about being trapped on a tour bus for 50+ hours amidst more than six feet of snowfall in western New York. Kessler explained that at first he mistakenly believed the tour bus was halted because of border-crossing issues:
MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994′s Monster. The documentary airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic and Palladia, but you can watch drummer Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe discuss what sounds like a fairly horrific tour below.
Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume — the female vocal trio who’ve spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process — announced that they’d be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium), the response from their US fan base was, basically, hysteria.