David Bowie’s career retrospective David Bowie Is made its U.S. debut at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago just about two months ago when it kicked off with an official “David Bowie Day.” In that time, it’s become a hotspot for celebrities to visit while in the city: Usher brought his kids there this week, and it’s been visited by the likes of Neil Young, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. There’s also been a series of talks there, including ones by Bryan Ferry and director Todd Haynes. Last night, of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes gave a talk and performed a few of Bowie’s songs at the museum. You can hear him play “Moonage Daydream” and “Hang Onto Yourself” and part of an interview with him below.
Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014′s biggest memes — never mind that Ross actually said, “Shout out to all the pear eaters.” Here’s the infamous loop:
As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha T album on the way. Check ’em out.
A truly beautiful new Chromatics song has emerged to usher us into the weekend. “White Light” sounds like its title suggests, all soft tones and ethereal glimmers. Ruth Radelet’s sighing melodies here might as well be moonbeams. It’s a gorgeous piece of work; we owe Johnny Jewel our gratitude for continuing to clear out his vaults. Listen or download below.
The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier this month. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST Showtime will air Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a special in which the band — featuring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and more — performs numerous songs. The film also features interviews, including one with Dylan himself. Watch footage of six full songs plus the trailer below.
Before James Murphy was an ultra-hip DJ, he was a punk. This weekend he’ll go back to those roots by sitting in on drums for NYC art-punks Dungbeetle at their reunion show. The reunion is taking place Saturday at the release party for the latest issue of Radio Silence at Le Poisson Rouge. Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, and Matthew Friedberger will also perform, and Greil Marcus and Rick Moody are among those giving readings. Brooklyn Vegan notes that Murphy used to run sound for Dungbeetle back in the ’80s. He told New York Magazine about his love for the band in a profile, which also featured commentary from Dungbeetle frontman Sam Lipsyte and John MacLean of the Juan MacLean:
Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though none of the videos that made it in really have anything in common with one another. Check out this week’s picks below.
Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that ends with a firearm-heavy car chase interrupted by mystic desert druids. Your move, Murai! Watch below.