THE EDIT: 04/16
A bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.
1. Keith Richards Remembers Chuck Berry
"At the moment I sense the same feeling I had at 15 years old when Buddy Holly died. A sickening thud to the guts and a feeling of losing a member of the family. For me the world went from black to white to glorious Technicolor when I first heard 'Little Queenie.' There was no doubt in my mind: It was obvious what I had to do and I haven’t changed since."
Read the full tribute here: https://www.facebook.com/KeithRichards/videos/1559700447408140/
2. "Don't You Feel Me" by Damon
My friend Sadie--my musical soulmate and resident goddess of Eagle Rock, California--texted me a YouTube link to this psychedelic groover from 1969. I'm imagining listening to this in a few months with my windows rolled down, as wavy lines of heat shimmer on the highway horizon. It's the best recommendation I got all week.
3. Girlpool’s Video for “It Gets More Blue”
I'm into anything with tarot cards. I'm into anything with a vintage sailor suit. I'm into anything involving Girlpool and their new album Powerplant. What I'm not into is having to wait until May 12 for it.
4. This Perfect Article About Jason Schwartzman's Time in Phantom Planet
Here's a link to the article: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/why-dont-we-talk-about-jason-schwartzman-being-in-phantom-planet-more
Highlights include: a reminder that Schwartzman was in the band for NINE YEARS, gifs of all his heinous scenes in the "California" video, and the true inspiration for Ke$ha's song "Tick Tock."
5. The New TLC Single From Their First Album In 15 Years
Even if the only TLC song you know is "No Scrubs," you can appreciate how perfectly 90s/early 2000s the easy groove of "Way Back" is. It's slinky, it's cool, and it's exactly what I'm hoping the rest of their fifth and final album (due out in June) sounds like--AKA 1998.
Read more about the song and the upcoming album here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-tlcs-sleek-new-song-way-back-w476762
6. Harry Styles' Mick Jagger Impersonation on SNL
The resemblance between the One Directioner and the Rolling Stones frontman has been harped on for years, making this sketch from his SNL gig this week a no-brainer.
7. “Pride” by Kendrick Lamar
Last but not least, we have my favorite track from Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.--which dropped this week (duh!) and has been the only acceptable topic of conversation amongst people with ears since the "Humble" video premiered earlier this month.
To be honest, I'm still digesting the album, but my pick right off the bat is "Pride," most likely because it has Steve Lacy's fingerprints all over it. I've had his song "Dark Red" on repeat since it dropped, so I was none too shocked to find that the 18-year-old whiz kid produced this for Lamar. Oh, and that beat? He made it on his iPhone.