At this point I have set the bar for myself so close to the ground that I consider it a victory that I am able to recognize the photos of three out of the four acts here. Anyway, what were your favorite albums of 2013? Seriously, let me know, they will probably all be new to me.
The older I get the more I appreciate simple repetitive melodies that remind me of the things I liked back when my life was still full of promise, and boy does this ever fit the bill. The band is new to me but I have similarly come to peace with the idea that this is a statement I will be making with increasing frequency until the bony hand of fate yanks me from the stage. Anyway, enjoy. [Via]
Hoo boy, this one hits a little too close to home. If you don't know what I'm talking about, wait a few years, it'll happen to you too. Sorry.
As someone who has owned copies of Up for a Bit with The Pastels on vinyl, cassette and compact disc, I feel obliged—nay, compelled—to post this video from their new album, Slow Summits. I mean, of the videos out just now from bands that were making records 25 years ago, what are the other options? [Via]
This is kind of pretty and dreamy and I guess that's enough for me today. Next week will be Thanksgiving and then it's going to be a nonstop parade of gloom, darkness, drinking and forced joy until you suddenly find yourself in 2014 wondering what happened and why your insides hurt, so as much as this week seems like it is never going to end you should probably try to appreciate it as the last period of calm and normalcy before it all goes sideways to hell. [Via]
Why it's Joan Jett and the Blackhearts doing a little number from 30-odd years ago called "Bad Reputation." It still sounds pretty tight! I would make a joke about their hearts probably being black for real now, because of age and everything, but people in black-hearted-from-age houses etc. Anyway, for a couple of minutes you can reminisce about living in world without Internet. It seems like a crazy dream now, right? [Via]
The bands Black Flag and Boston have new albums out today. No, no, it's still 2013, you didn't magically fall into some kind of wormhole and travel backwards through time until you landed in the '80s, although if you had you would almost certainly have used your knowledge of the era to amass a fortune so vast that the rest of us could only observe you with impotent rage and a fierce, unstinting envy [...]
I was gonna put up the new Sky Ferreira video and then I watched it and not only did it make me want to never do sex again, it made me feel really bad about all the sex I've done up to now, so why don't we just go with this one from Milosh, which, if not any kind of visual spectacular, is an enjoyable tune that will make you feel a little bit warm inside and not make you disgusted by your own biological urges.
I am not sure how I feel about Arcade Fire anymore (I mean, I think I feel like they started off at such an amazing level that it was inevitable for everything after to feel increasingly like diminishing returns, but I also feel like that about everything these days, even things that weren't all that great to start with, all of which is doubtless some kind of subconscious self-appraisal, not that we want to look too deeply at what undercurrents trouble the waters of my already turbid psyche) but I sure do like this video.
Yesterday when a friend was all, "Oh my God, have you seen the Kanye video?" I was like, no, I don't care about the Kanye video and I feel as if it is one of the few signal achievements in my career, if we want to call it that, that I have somehow gotten myself into a position where I don't need to have an opinion about the Kanye video, and, more importantly, no one really needs to have an opinion about the Kanye video, the fact that you are going to watch something that is widely acknowledged to be terrible—the fact that you are going to watch something [...]
Oh man, Mike Leigh's Naked is somehow 20 years old. If you have never seen it don't do anything else but figure out a way to see it as close to immediately as is possible for you. Everyone else can read these little interviews with Leigh and actor Greg Crutwell and this longer, earlier piece with David Thewlis.
Soon enough Sunday will find you looking at the clock as the light fades and feeling the dread as another weekend dies, a new week looming on your tired horizon. But for now it is still Friday, and the week is almost over. It's all anticipation at this point. Before you waste the time you've got and come out with little to show for it but a sense of sorrow and regret hold tight to this moment where everything is full of promise. The weekend is almost here, people. Let's get ready with some Polvo.
This is pretty much the A$AP Nast and Method Man show, but all the other A$APs at least get a look in, and apparently we're going to get an entire A$AP collection pretty soon. That's a whole lot of A$APs going on. It's an abundance of A$APs. It is all A$AP'd up in this piece. A$AP etc.
It seems like just yesterday that Tinariwen's Aman Iman brought the band of Tuareg nomads to Western (i.e., my) attention, but the Internet tells me it was actually 2007, which I guess kind of makes sense when you think about it because the last six years are pretty much a blur. Like, think of anything that happened in your life in the last six years and there will be this weird, indeterminate fuzz surrounding it, as if it could have happened two days ago or five-and-a-half years ago. The last six years, to put it bluntly, have been some kind of terrible, hazy nightmare from which we have been [...]
Kanye West, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne and a couple of A$APs pitch in on the new Busta Rhymes track, which will help distract you from the realization that "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" was more than 15 years ago and sweet Christ where did that time go? Anyway, this is not groundbreaking but it's pretty enjoyable. [Via]
Is Danny Brown on one of the greatest hot streaks of all time? (Apart from everything else that has happened with him recently, he was in the Bob Dylan video that we were all talking about yesterday, which he puts down to "[b]eing in the right place at the right time. The same guys that did my video for 'Grown Up' – Walter Pictures – they were the guys to do this one. And they could've picked any rapper to do that. Ain't nobody gonna say no to Dylan.") I'm going to go with "yes." [Via]
Sometimes you just want perfectly competent straight-ahead rock, and when you do these guys are just as good as any other option. You don't always need to think about things, you know. [Via]
The people who were young and fell in love and started out on their life's journey when the Beatles began, who marked the tentative forays into adulthood to the music of the band and who saw each subsequent step soundtracked to their songs will all be dead soon and then this will just be the sonic residue of the past. Everything you listen to now will similarly someday be the music young people hear with an academic ear and the detachment brought about by distance. No matter how crucial what happens today might seem, come tomorrow none of it will mean anything. We're all meaningless specks of dust being [...]