Friday, February 7, 2014

Noted: This Week's Music News

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

St. Vincent will release her fourth studio album on February 25.
  • St. Vincent will release her fourth studio album on February 25.

Ten music-related news items that piqued our interest this week:

1. Ahead of the release of her 4th studio album, St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) made an appearance on Comedy Central's @Midnight to read a negative Amazon review of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is quite funny. [Pitchfork]

2. This should be interesting: Apparently, Earl Sweatshirt, King Krule and members of Warpaint and Jagwar Ma got together in Australia for "an epic 12-hour all-night recording session." Whatever comes of it, we're sure it'll be amazing. [Consequence of Sounds]

3. Nas will release a documentary, go on tour and reissue his debut album, Illmatic, on April 15 in honor of its 20th anniversary. The reissue will be called Illmattic XX and feature "rare remixes and unreleased demos and freestyles." It's available to pre-order on iTunes now. [SPIN]

4. Queens rapper Action Bronson gets kicked off stage during a show in Portland for lighting up a joint and he did not take it well. Fans caught the whole thing on video. So close to Washington state and yet so far. [Billboard]

5. Neutral Milk Hotel have expanded their already massive tour. After Coachella, they'll take an aeroplane over the sea (we're so sorry) to Europe and play there through May and early June. When the band returns to North America, they'll stop in Brooklyn on July 22 for a show at Celebrate Brooklyn!. [Gothamist]

Yes, this cat is more famous than you.
  • Yes, this cat is more famous than you.

6. We don't know how anybody could have missed this, but The Red Hot Chili Peppers mimed their entire Super Bowl performance and Flea published a response to the incident on the RHCP website. If this isn't a nail in the coffin of an increasingly irrelevant band, we don't know what is. [Rolling Stone]

7. Pussy Riot's most famous members, Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, are now the feminist art collective's most famous ex-members. [Brooklyn Magazine]

8. Norwegian electropop songstress, Annie, has released a racy music video for her new protest single "Russian Kiss" on this, the first day of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Accordingly, the video is full of same sex kissing and encourages viewers to "Shake a fist for the Russian kiss." Okay, Annie, we're on board. Especially because the song is so catchy. [Stereogum]

9. We can't make this stuff up: Andrew W.K. has once again teamed up with internet cat du jour, Lil' Bub, for Lil' Bub's Special Special, which will premiere on Animal Planet tomorrow night at 9p.m. Ahead of the premiere, Animal Planet has released an insane music video for "Star Party Animal" starring W.K. and his feline friend. [Pitchfork]

10. Here are two Marvin Gaye-related news items: First, his ex-wife Anna Gordy Gaye (sister to Berry Gordy) passed away at the age of 91 on January 31. She helped write songs for his seminal recordWhat's Going On. Second, some lucky bastard spent 50 cents on an album and found Marvin Gaye's passport inside it. Said passport is valued at $20,000. [The Strut]

Honorable Mentions

Ice-T was more or less tricked into recording a Dungeons & Dragons audiobook.

New singles: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, Migos, Future, Lily Allen (for the Girls soundtrack), St. Vincent, A-Trak & Lex Luger, Kelela, Beck, Miguel (for the Girls soundtrack), Klaxons, Major Lazer, John Dwyers (of Thee Oh Sees), Ex Hex.

New albums: Owen Pallett (5/13), Papercuts (5/6), Rodrigo Amarante (5/6), The Donkeys (6/3), Chimurenga Renaissance (new band from members of Shabazz Palaces) (3/25), Pink Mountaintops (4/29).

New music videos: The Julie Ruin, Lily Allen, Jorge Elbrose, Angel Olsen, Foster The People.

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