Funk rockers Primus are known to have some fun with their releases — previous album titles have included Sailing The Seas Of Cheese and Pork Soda. Their newest album may be their strangest yet: it’s a tribute album to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory called Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble. It’s the first album that sees the classic ’90s line-up recording together since 1995′s Tales From The Punchbowl. The album will be released on chocolate-colored vinyl and five golden copies will be made and distributed at random, mirroring the plot of the famous book/movie.
When Brent Hinds isn’t fronting Mastodon, he likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving. Over the past year, he’s been busy with recording his band’s new album Once More ’Round The Sun, so for his first carving in almost a year, he channeled all his pent-up wood carving energy into making … well, a giant woodie. His wooden phallus is extraordinarily detailed, complete with veins — he called it his “giant pawnus” when he uploaded pics of the sculpture to his Instagram. Exclaim came up with the perfect name for Hinds’ creation: the Mastodong. Check out a photo of the phallus in its infancy stage (oof) below.
After a rough night playing Detroit’s Fox Theatre yesterday, Jack White threw the ceremonial first pitch in his hometown for the Tigers. Maybe he’s still getting over his recent meme-ification as a disgruntled Cubs fan, but he still couldn’t manage to put on a smile even after throwing a straight pitch down the middle to an eagerly awaiting Santa, who was there as part of a Christmas In July promotion. Watch a video of his pitch below.
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis casually announced his new album Tied To A Star on Late Night With Seth Meyers a few months back and shared the spry “Every Morning.” The world-weariness of his latest song “Wide Awake” has more in common with the quiet intensity of his last solo album Several Shades Of Why and features vocals from Cat Power’s Chan Marshall. Listen to their duet below.
FKA Twigs’ magnificent debut album LP1 is finally out in a few weeks — we’ve heard “Two Weeks” and the recently leaked “Video Girl” and now Zane Lowe has debuted “Pendulum” on BBC Radio 1. “You only want me in open spaces,” Tahliah Barnett sings in an impassioned whisper hovering over a weightless beat. “So lonely trying to be yours.” It’s an amorphous and fluttering track, pushed gently along by a staccato rhythm and her typically immaculate production. She says it’s one of her favorite songs off the new record and you can listen to it below.
Videos from Jonny Greenwood’s recent orchestral performances have been gradually leaking out of late, some of which contain music from Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. We recently saw a clip for a piece titled “Loop,” and now you can watch one for “Skip Loop,” which is much slower and more droning than its predecessor. Between rumors of a new Radiohead album, anticipation for a new Paul Thomas Anderson film, and the fact that Inherent Vice marks the first time anyone has been crazy/brave enough to adapt one of Pynchon’s novels in the writer’s 50+ years of popularity, the second half of this year is a perfect storm of W.A.S.T.E.-related excitement. Watch the gentle performance below.
Jack White is one of Detroit’s favorite sons, presumably, but he wasn’t feeling the love from his home crowd when he played the Fox Theatre Monday night. According to a Detroit Free Press report, White was apprehensive about playing a plush venue where “people start to feel like they’re watching a movie.” White was so anxious about playing a rock-unfriendly venue that before the show his road manager came on stage and asked the crowd to stand up and be rowdy. The audience indeed got on their feet, but after two songs White “became visibly displeased with the standing crowd’s lack of intensity in what he wanted to be a symbiotic affair.” White said goodnight and returned backstage after just 30 minutes. After a long absence from the stage, he and his band returned and ripped through “Fell In Love With A Girl,” telling the audience, “I know as Detroiters you can overcome comfortable seating and beautiful lighting to make something as real as possible.” Also: “We’re all together now. This isn’t ’Gone With the Wind’ in the 1930s, all right?” Eventually White’s return evolved into an hour-plus encore reporter Brian McCollum described as “cathartic.”
Remember Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag”? You may not think you do, but the second you hit play on the track and get roundhouse-kicked with some major nostalgia, you will. That hook, the placement in the movie Loser (back when Jason Biggs was a likable romantic lead and Orange Is The New Black hadn’t made us all hate him), that music video filled with high school angst … It makes sense that Tokyo Police Club have chosen to cover the song as part of the AVClub’s Undercover series. I mean, TPC even shot an angsty high school-themed music video of their own (shot at my high school near the end of my own angsty time there, I might add). Below you can watch TPC doing “Teenage Dirtbag,” along with brief discussion of the film’s tie-in with Loser.