Doldrums caught a lot of listeners when Airick Woodhead delivered a fantastic guest spot on Grimes’ Visions, and his album released earlier this year, Lesser Evil, more than delivered on that promise. Now he’s released a new track called “Dive Deep Pt. 1,” which is like a gentle comedown to the explosive mania of songs like “She Is The Wave.” Listen below.
Major Arcana, the debut album from the Massachusetts DIY-indie band Speedy Ortiz, is one of our favorite albums of 2013, and a listen to the conversational, clangy, powerful “No Below” should give you a pretty good idea why. The song’s new video, directed by Boast Choan, shows the band, and various friends, hanging out in the woods, playing with knives and painting each other’s bodies and eating giant handfuls of what looks like peanut butter. You know, normal stuff. Watch it below.
I missed Big Ups when they played at CMJ, and then immediately regretted it once I read about it. Now they have a new video for “Goes Black,” from their debut album due out early next year and it makes me regret it even more. Check it out below for an idea of how aggressive they are live along with lead singer Joe Galarraga’s manic chattering at its best.
Morrissey’s much-discussed memoir Autobiography came out in Europe first, but now there’s an American edition out. And according to people who have compared the two, the American version is markedly different from the European version, especially in one big way. The book discusses the two-year relationship that Morrissey had with photographer Jake Owen Walters in the ’90s, but, as SPIN reports, the American edition of the book downplays that relationship. Plenty of details have been altered: A photograph of Walters as a boy is gone, Walters’ name has been edited out of one narrative, and various other changes have been made. It’s not currently known whether the changes came from Morrissey himself or from the book’s U.S. publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers’ upcoming film set in the early-’60s Greenwich Village folk scene, will be accompanied by a star-studded concert special called Another Day, Another Time on Showtime next week. The concert was filmed at Town Hall in Manhattan back in September, and we already saw fan-made video of Elvis Costello’s performance. Now comes our first peek at the professional footage in the form of Jack White’s folked-up rendition of the White Stripes’ twee ballad “We’re Going To Be Friends.” Hear the tune infused with twangy harmonies and plucky fingerpicking below.
Drake put out one of our favorite albums of the year a while back, and since then has been on tour with Miguel and Future. It’s a trifecta of amazing musicians, so we sent photographer Colin McLaughlin over to the Moda Center in Portland to capture the show. Check out our gallery above, and look for Future’s new album Honest next year.
The British producer Jon Hopkins released the conceptual dance album Immunity earlier this year, and now director Tom Haines has effectively translated that album’s aesthetic into the music-video form. Haines’s clip for the thumping album track “Collider” features a girl who has an intense, hedonistic, club-night experience and who then relives that experience during the daylight hours. At least, I think that’s what’s happening. Watch the video below.
When he broke up LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy had a lot of plans, and he’s followed through on many of them. But one goal that remains elusive is the one he announced nearly two years ago: To release his own blend of espresso. But now Murphy says that he’s done with the tinkering-and-experimenting part of the process, and that his coffee is ready.