If you follow Geoff Rickly, the former frontman of post-hardcore greats Thursday, on Twitter, you’ll notice that he’s forged a deep bond with the twinkly Brooklyn dance-music tinkerer Ricky Eat Acid. Rickly currently splits his time between United Nations, the roiling hardcore band, and No Devotion, his new synth-rock band with the non-monstrous former members of Lostprophets. And now Ricky Eat Acid has remixed “Stay,” No Devotion’s debut single, turning it into a disorienting pileup of sped up voices and drums that come down like rain. Listen to the remix below.
Back in 2012, Taylor Swift was attached to star in a movie based on the 2008 book Girls Like Us, a biography that detailed the rise of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Swift would have starred as Mitchell opposite a cast that could have included Mad Men’s Jessica Pare as Simon and The Newsroom’s Alison Pill as King. The film never got past the idea stage, however, and in a new interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Joni Mitchell is taking credit for halting the film: “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ’All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. [...] There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”
Prince joined Twitter last summer, and he signed up for Facebook this year to participate in an ill-fated fan Q&A session in which he only answered one question. Now his experiment with social media appears to be coming to an end. NME reports that the Purple One has deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts and pulled his music off YouTube. The Princevevo account now includes only three clips: the “Breakfast Can Wait” video, a behind-the-scenes piece on “Breakfast Can Wait,” and a short interview segment. No reason was given for Prince’s social media exodus, but I have to wonder if his departure from YouTube has to do with Irving Azoff’s initiative to get songwriters better compensation. Azoff and other industry figures such as Garth Brooks have criticized YouTube’s royalty payouts in recent weeks.
Mogwai’s Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1 EP comes out next week, and they’ve shared a video for their new track “Teenage Exorcists.” It’s a pretty wild ride: we follow a girl who is suspended in mid-air as ectoplasm blasts through her skull and she travels through nothingness until she ends up trapped in a plastic wrapping that takes the shape of a hand. Light emanates from the hole in her skull, like you’re looking up from a well and all that you can see is a bright circle in this distance. The stylized video was directed by Craig Murray. Watch below.
Tears For Fears have been covering Radiohead’s “Creep” for years, but I don’t think they’ve ever had it professionally recorded until now. The band recorded a Spotify Landmark Session at L.A. recording studio The Village in honor of the 30th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. The 40-minute video includes VH1 Storytellers-style backstory, performances of originals including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and “Head Over Heels,” and that Radiohead cover. Watch it all below, or just listen to “Creep” via Spotify embed.
Last week, Sleigh Bells teamed up with Tink, a brash and badass Chicago singer/rapper who seems poised to take over in 2015, for a Red Bull-sponsored one-off called “That Did It.” Grant Singer directed the brand-new video for the song, and it has Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Tink getting all dressed up and striking some serious tough-lady poses. Derek Miller doesn’t even appear in the video, as far as I can tell; this is a lady-solidarity scene. It’s a fun, charismatic video, and you can watch it below.
“Walking With A Ghost” — and its corresponding White Stripes cover — is arguably the song that catapulted Tegan And Sara to a new level of fame. On an album filled with cyclical choruses and straightforward but layered sentiments, “Walking With A Ghost” is the best example of the form. “[It] was my way of describing the feeling of being haunted by memories,” Sara Quin explains in the upcoming book So Jealous X, which will accompany the reissue of the album. “It was important to me that we capture the helplessness of obsessive thinking and the stranglehold that anxiety could have on my mind.” And it certainly does: “Walking With A Ghost” is all hook, no verse — a repeating cycle that feels like you’re teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Quin turns the phrase around over and over, inflecting different words until she explores every possible permutation of the hook. The repetitive nature of the song also makes it a natural for remixes: the Manila/D.C.-based producer Manila Killa takes on that duty here, transforming it into a starry and slightly chilly electronic track. It’s one of five brand new remixes included on the 10th anniversary edition of So Jealous, and you can listen below.
Kal Marks’ new EP Just A Lonely Fart is due out next week, and we’ve already heard two tracks from the Boston-based band, “Zimmerman” and “It Was A Very Hard Year.” It’s hard to describe Kal Marks’ music without using adjectives like downtrodden/depressing/defeatist; most of their songs do attempt to deconstruct some of the more menacing elements of our contemporary society, and they usually come to a similar conclusion: We’re all fucked. But I hesitate to describe Kal Marks as anything but honest and completely cathartic. It’s a privilege to be pulled into lead-singer Carl Shane’s mundane and contemplative world. “Oh I’ve never been so bored/ Somedays I just wanna die,” he sings on “Don’t Pussy Foot With A Pussy Footer.” To pussyfoot is to skirt the issue, to avoid the question at hand, to sidetrack. This band is never afraid of getting straight to the point. Listen.