THE EDIT: 08/27
a bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.
NOTE: Prepping for Echo Park Rising and some other non-website things kept me from posting 'The Edit' for last week. Normally I would do a 'Super-Edit' to right this wrong--but alas, I find myself once again running out of time. This will be a regular-sized 'Edit,' and if you don't like it, too damn bad.
1. Father John Misty Memorializes "Chuck Entertainment Cheese"
Greeted with the sad news that Chuck E Cheese locations are removing their animatronic "house bands"----aka the scary, furry, robot musicians that terrified you every time you ventured a little too far from the ball pit----the also sometimes scary Father John Misty decided to memorialize the occasion in typical Misty fashion: outlandishly and irreverently.
My favorite part: "Chuck was an interpreter. He didn't write much, outside of his seminal "Happy Birthday" but neither did Frank fucking Sinatra."
2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard/Mild High Club Surprise Drop The Album That Will Finally Get You Into Jazz (Well, The 70s, AM Radio Kind At Least)
Surprise! King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (from here on out I'm calling them King Giz) have released their third album of 2017. Yes. Their third album. Of the same year. That we're barely halfway through.
In collaboration with the Steely Dan-influenced, Mac DeMarco-backing Alexander Brettin and his band Mild High Club, Sketches of Brunswick East was inspired by the Melbourne, Australia neighborhood where King Giz makes their music. It's jazzy, it's funky, and it will make you feel sophisticated and far superior to people you pass on the street----the pleasant riffs and mellow vibes streaming through your ear buds.
3. Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums Of The 1960s
Ah, the music of the 60s. A well-treaded topic filled with nostalgia and Tom Hanks-produced documentaries. However, if all-mighty Pitchfork hasn't released a list of the top albums of that seminal decade, did the 60s even happen?
Fear not. The list to end all lists has been sent down from the ivory tower. See the whole damn thing right here, or just cut to the chase and watch the video below to see whom they have blessed with the top 10 spots.
If you're like me, you constantly have anxiety about all the music----past and present----that you haven't gotten around to listening to yet. This list will only make that one million times worse.
Oh, and you KNOW they all got off on not giving Sgt. Pepper's the top slot.
4. Margaret Glaspy's Cover of "Ex-Factor"
I had the privilege to see Margaret when she came to the Troubadour last week, and was completely enamored. Her own music is stunning, biting, and the reason I was there in the first place----but it was the selection of covers she presented us with that bowled every person in that audience right over. The centerpiece of the whole set was definitely the cover of Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor." And while nothing will compare to hearing her do this in a roomful of gobsmacked concert-goers, I still feel #blessed that this is available on SoundCloud.