Following the Krayzie Bone-featuring “Medication Meditation,” Flying Lotus has shared another collab that appears on FlyLo FM, an in-game radio station in the relaunched next-gen edition of Grand Theft Auto V. The short but sweet “Masquatch” — which seems to be a portmanteau of “mask” and “Sasquatch” — finds DOOM’s signature rasp riding atop an insistently thudding, unearthly FlyLo beat. As to be expected from these two, it’s quite good, and you can listen below.
The latest season of American Horror Story has been all about the music, taking a page from series creator Ryan Murphy’s other show Glee. So far this season, we’ve heard takes on David Bowie, Fiona Apple, and Lana Del Rey, and now cast member Evan Peters offers a rendition of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” It’s not … terrible? Jessica Lange looks on crazily as his character sings. You can watch below.
Baltimore post-hardcore outfit Pianos Become The Teeth released their third full-length LP, Keep You, last month, and today the band shared two videos for the song “Repine,” both of which were directed by Tyler Davis. The first video is more of a traditional “music video,” while the second is an artfully filmed performance. In an interview with NYLON Guys, lead singer Kyle Durfey commented that, “It should be looked at less as ’two versions’ for the same song and more like two perspectives taking place at the same time.” Pull up another screen to get the full experience. Watch.
Today, Bibio released “Crushed Crushed Velvet,” a previously unheard single that the English producer contributed to Touched. Two., a compilation due later this month to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. I was first introduced to Bibio on a long road trip, and driving through the desert his production amplifies to the point that it’s practically visible. There’s something remarkably easy about listening to Bibio — he makes the kind of tumbling tracks that could loop on and on forever. “Crushed Crushed Velvet” is no exception. Listen.
As Ryan Adams explained in our recent interview, he suffers from Ménière’s Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo. He explained it like so: “If somebody flashes lights in front of my eyes, LED or otherwise, while I’m onstage and starts a pattern of lights in front of me for long enough, I’m going to have a Ménière’s attack, I’m going to have an episode. My knees are going to get weak and I’m going to get really freaked out until I’m going to want to throw up or pass out.” So he wasn’t too happy when a fan kept shooting flash photos during a performance of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” last night at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater. About 2:45 into the video below, Adams justifiably goes off on the woman before returning to the song about a minute later to riotous applause. My favorite line from his rant: “Hi, my name is Ryan and I have Ménière’s Disease. If you flash me with your camera, it feels like you took a lightsaber and you sliced my brain in half.” Watch below.
Today, NBC and Saturday Night Live announced that they will close out their 2014 season with performances from Nicki Minaj (hosted by James Franco on 12/06), Charli XCX (hosted by Martin Freeman on 12/13), and One Direction (hosted by Amy Adams on 12/20). Minaj and One Direction have performed on the show before, but this will be a first for Charli XCX, whose major label debut and sophomore album Sucker will be released mid-December, three days after her SNL appearance. Listen to Charli XCX’s latest single, “Gold Coins,” below.
Sleater-Kinney, one of the best bands in the history of the world, is back early next year with the new album No Cities To Love. This is good news. It’ll be their first new LP in about a decade, and up until now, the great first single “Bury Our Friends” is the only thing we’ve heard from it. But Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein recently rolled through NPR for a half-hour interview, and the story includes clips of a couple of new songs. “Bury Our Friends” is in there, but so are “Surface Envy” and “No Cities To Love,” neither of which we’ve heard until now. Both clips are only about a minute long, but they’re both righteous and intense and melodic, and they promise good things. You can listen to the whole interview below. The clip of “Surface Envy” is around 19:19, and “No Cities To Love” is at 32:29.
What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they’ve filled a particular hole in the music industry, the one that requires 3-5 fresh-faced young lads with pretty voices and prettier haircuts to join forces and passionately emote for the hormonal stimulation of preteens. Yet over the course of four albums in four years, the British quintet has served as a reminder that the phrase “boy band” is almost as elastic as the concept of pop itself. Four, the aptly titled LP One Direction released this week, contains music of a different sort than we’ve come to associate with the Tiger Beat archetype.