The entire universe, it seems, is ridiculously amped about the coming Sleater-Kinney reunion, and former glam-emo stars are no exception. Gerard Way, the onetime My Chemical Romance frontman who just launched a solo career with his Britpop-inspired album Hesitant Alien, played a CMJ show at New York’s Webster Hall last night. During his set, he covered Sleater-Kinney’s “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone,” the most anthemic song on their feverish 1996 album Call The Doctor. He really yelled the hell out of it, too, which is the only way to do it. (He’d actually done it in New Jersey the night before, too; maybe it’s just going to be a part of his setlist now.) Watch a fan-made video of the performance below.
Every once in a long while, Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a musical guest too big for its outdoor festival stage, and it has to throw up a stage in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard and wreck Los Angeles traffic for the day. That happened last night. Taylor Swift’s pop monolith 1989 looms ever closer, and she brought a massive backing band and a full complement of dancers with her to perform the early singles “Shake It Off” (complete with awkward choreography) and the great “Out Of The Woods.” She also did an interview on the show, telling a story about how Kimmel’s music booker kicked her out of the studio when she tried to score a blind audition 10 years ago. Watch the performances and the interview below.
Killer Mike and El-P are crushing, as Killer Mike and El-P are wont to do.
On a brisk, sunny Friday afternoon in San Francisco, the hip-hop duo known as Run The Jewels is on a giant stage in front of several thousand festival-goers at Golden Gate Park. Having entered to the triumphant strains of “We Are The Champions,” the veteran rappers are now setting about proving it. While trading rock-solid rhymes over concrete-shattering beats, they brush each other’s shoulders off. They deliver their bars with precision over DJ Trackstar’s drops and scratches — live vocals, none of the rapping along to a track that renders so many hip-hop shows messy facsimiles of fun.
Nobody else should release any new music today, now that RTJ2 is out there in the world. But people are doing it anyway, so we might as well post it. Foo Fighters have just shared the second song from their new album Sonic Highways, for which they recorded eight different songs in eight different cities. After the Chicago offering “Something From Nothing,” they’re giving us “The Feast And The Famine,” the D.C. installment. This one could be the closest one to Dave Grohl’s heart, since he grew up in the D.C. suburbs on a steady diet of the city’s hardcore. The band recorded this one at Inner Ear Studios, the Arlington, Virginia site where countless Dischord classics were created. And there’s a bit of Jawbox lurch in the song’s verses, at least before it explodes into a typically Foosian chorus. Grohl drops a few references to local geography into the lyrics, too. Listen below.
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.
UPDATE 10/23 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.