THE SUPER EDIT: 10/01 + 10/08
A bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.
1. Arctic Monkeys Announce New Album For 2018
It's been four years since the Arctic Monkeys released an album (2013's AM). Yeah. Four years. Caitlyn Jenner was still Bruce. One Direction still had five members. Trump running for president was still a joke. In other words, IT'S BEEN A WHILE. Granted, Alex Turner has been busy with The Last Shadow Puppets----as well as lots of drunk karaoke----but I think we're all going a little stir-crazy. Luckily, bassist Nick O'Malley let it slip in an interview that they've been hard at work on the next album with plans to release by the end of next year. We don't have an exact date yet, but as O'Malley put it, "If it isn’t [out by then], we’ve got problems."
2. The Video For "Continental Breakfast" by Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett
The latest music video from Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett is uneventful in the best way----lovely, warm, 16mm film of the artists in their homes, with their loved ones, and generally mucking about. It's basically five-minutes of feel-good, set to a song from their upcoming joint release, Lotta Sea Lice (Oct. 13). If you're feeling frazzled, grumpy, or just a little down, I guarantee this will be an instant mood-boost.
3. This Iconic James Brown Interview
I can't remember the exact details, but someone recently introduced me to a particularly looney Little Richard interview from back in the day. It's pretty good as far as crazy goes, but as soon as it started playing, all I wanted to do was watch what is possibly the greatest interview captured on television with none other than Soul Brother Number One.
What do I love about this. Let's make a list:
1. His glasses.
2. The gloves.
3. The woman interviewing him is a real champ. I think she hangs in there pretty damn well. Also, 3:27 is gold.
4. He's single and ready to mingle.
5. Every other moment of this video.
4. "Slicked" by Weaves
Weaves released their sophomore album, Wide Open, on Friday and that's filled with winners, but this is my favorite. It's T. Rex-infused, oddball glam and it's a killer. Also, the music video is weird as shit.
5. The War On Drugs at The Greek Theatre
I saw The War On Drugs out under the stars at The Greek Theatre on Thursday and had my mind blown. If you have a chance to see them----even if you're only borderline into them----do it. Honestly, it was the best show I've seen in months, and ya girl goes to a lot of damn shows. My editor actually told me the review I turned in was "too gushy," so that should tell you just how besotted I was/still am with this concert. They opened with Tom Petty's "Time To Move On," which absolutely wrecked me, and I have not been able to stop listening to the drop-dead gorgeous "Clean Living" since I got in my car in the parking lot.
6. Love You Like A Brother by Alex Lahey
So here's how this goes. A PR guy sends me an e-mail with a link to the "Lotto In Reverse" video. I've never heard of Alex Lahey, but I saw that she's Australian and thought, "I wonder if this gal is gonna sound like Courtney Barnett." Spoiler alert, she does a bit, but all that flew out of my head as soon as I heard the song. I've never listened to something that so accurately described one of my own romantic entanglements, and it made me instantly fall in love with her. THE POWER OF RELATABILITY, PEOPLE. Basically, it talks about taking a gamble on someone that you know is probably bad for you, and losing big----something a lot of people have experienced----but the details she put it in made it feel like this was ripped out of my own head.
ANYWAYS, I Love You Like A Brother is filled with power-pop, indie-rock bangers. The tightly-wound "Every Day's The Weekend," is undeniable, "Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder" is an Australian take on The Vaccines, and the title track----Lahey's hooky ode to her annoying little brother----is the most fun anyone's going to have talking about divorce. You will find something you like on here, you will find something to relate to on here. Promise!
Favorite Tracks: "Every Day's The Weekend," "Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder," and "Lotto In Reverse"
7. Tom Petty Dying = Bullshit//The Las Vegas Tragedy = Some Real Fucking Bullshit.
But here's a round-up of my favorite Tom Petty stuff that's been floating around. EDUCATE YOURSELF.