IT NEVER ENDS. Yesterday, we reported that Adam Granduciel finally spoke about the whole Sun Kil Moon/War On Drugs debacle, saying, among other things, that he thought Mark Kozelek was a “douche.” Today, Koz responds with an MP3: a spoken word track of himself reading Granduciel’s quote in full, over a blues lick, and laughing like a teenager at every line. It’s called “Adam Granofsky Blues” and you can listen to it below.
Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V was supposed to come out later this year, but now it’s been delayed indefinitely, which is crazy. Wayne is one of the biggest stars in rap, and if he can’t get a firm release date, should we just ball up the whole music business and throw it away? But Wayne continues to rap very well pretty consistently. Yesterday, he was attempting to lay claim to Nicki Minaj’s body on Nicki’s own “Only,” and that was gross. But I’ll take Wayne reciting his own personal mythology while Yonkers hardhead fixtures Jadakiss and Styles P trade off lines. “Gotti,” Wayne’s new single, has all that, and it’s a bit of a gothic banger to boot. Listen below.
Recent Band To Watch Greylag’s video for “Yours To Shake” is the second clip we’ve seen this morning (after the new Afghan Whigs video) to set a sleek, classic-rock-inflected indie song in a haunting woodland environment. The colorful clip was directed by Ben Fee, and it follows a number of intriguing figures through some dramatic encounters in the forest. Watch below.
Dan Lissvik — Swedish producer and one-half of Studio — has revealed that his latest project is called Atelje. Since Studio broke up in 2012, Lissvik has had a hand in producing ceo’s Wonderland and Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine, and has done remixes for the likes of Haim, Sally Shapiro, and Say Lou Lou. Two Atelje tracks have been released so far — “Ode To Studio” and “Transition” — and both are cosmic, world-shifting compositions. According to his website, both songs will appear on a forthcoming LP called Meditation. Listen below.
Julian Casablancas is kind of the anti-Taylor Swift, isn’t he? She just moved to Tribeca — making her neighbors with, like, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy — and is so stoked on it that she’s Instagramming pictures of lattés and serving as NYC’s Global Welcome Ambassador for tourism. He just moved out of the Lower East Side — to “upstate” NY — because, in the abstract, he didn’t “know how many, like, white people having brunch [he could] deal with on a Saturday afternoon.” She just released 1989, her “first documented, official pop album.” He just released Tyranny, the gnarliest, most atonal work of his career (by several orders of magnitude). She looks like she belongs on top of a Christmas tree (to borrow a compliment once paid to Rory Gilmore). He looks like that townie hesher who used to buy you beer when you were 17 and only listened to Judas Priest: not Maiden, not Sabbath, just Priest. Of course, he’s 36 and she’s 24; when Julian was 24, he was touring behind the Strokes’ Is This It, which frankly served as its own NYC Global Welcome campaign. ANYWAY! Julian is still doing press for Tyranny, and he’s still dropping some great quotes. Today’s Rolling Stone feature on the man, “22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Julian Casablancas,” is especially loaded.
As it appears on M. Ward’s 2005 album Transistor Radio, “Here Comes The Sun Again” builds from bare acoustic strums into a warmly glowing wash of organ, shakers, and bass, Ward’s weathered vocal acting as a friendly shepherd toward daylight. It’s already a tender, intimate song, but the demo version Ward just shared — from Merge’s upcoming vinyl reissue of Transistor Radio — is even more stripped down. The stark simplicity is a far cry from the massive orchestral arrangements She & Him are trading in these days. Hush yourself and curl up with Ward’s demo below.
Parquet Courts recently announced they’d be releasing an album called Content Nausea under their Parkay Quarts alias, their second LP of 2014 after Sunbathing Animal. And now, PCPC — the supergroup that brings together members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship — have released a new song. It’s called “Fell Into The Wrong Crowd,” and it’s a slow-building 11-minute lo-fi dirge. Impressively, the band manages some serious dynamic push and pull in what mostly amounts to a one-chord song. Considering Parquet Courts drew Strokes comparisons with “Stoned And Starving,” it’s kind of funny that PCPC is working the Julian Casablancas + The Voidz sound. “Fell Into The Wrong Crowd” is far superior to most of Tyranny, though. Listen below.
The most talked-about musical performance from last night’s Tonight Show is definitely Daniel Radcliffe randomly rapping Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics.” But the best one was probably from the Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, whose album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is one of the year’s great stealth cult favorites and who’s already appeared on Letterman and Conan. On The Tonight Show, Simpson, his hair freshly cut short, sounded grizzled and badass while singing the Metamodern Sounds opening track “Turtles All The Way Down.” He also kept his eyes firmly on the audience the whole time, a strong and underrated thing. (I probably wouldn’t notice if I didn’t have to take screengrabs of these things, but you wouldn’t believe how many musicians keep their eyes on the ground, even when they’re on TV.) Watch the performance below.