Although distaff rockers Warpaint have kept a somewhat low profile the past few months, they earned the right to do whatever the eff they wanna do last year with the release of Heads Up, one of 2016’s hands-down best albums. As our reviewer put it, the album “elaborates upon the Warpaint signature dreampop while bringing in purposeful elements of dance-pop and post-rock… look for the band to be headlining larger and larger venues along the way.”
It would appear that prediction is coming true, as the group will be on a fairly huge tour this summer as opening act for Depeche Mode. Meanwhile, though, the ladies made a stopover at the Ellen show yesterday (April 25) in order to play DeGeneres’ personal request, “Whiteout,” from the 2016 album. Check it out, below — everybody looks more than just a little stoked, the perfect summit.
Not exactly a distaff Metallica axe-wielder with a Flying V, either…
Everybody loving that new Riverdale yet? Yeah, me neither. And this clip from the CW’s take on Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose (where the fuck is Moose?), et al, isn’t exactly going to make you rush out to buy the inevitable soundtrack CD either, particularly if you have long memories of the REAL (abeit, toon) Josie & the Pussycats. Not to mention the Archies, who should have sued (albeit, in toon court) Inner Circle (feat. Flo Rida) for that dumbass version of “Sugar Sugar” many moons ago. What’s next, Rihanna giving them advice on how to stuff their bras? Bleh. Incidentally, I take no responsibility for the Flying V photo above. Were there even any actual guitars being played in the clip? Girlfriend is playing the keys from what I can see….
Seriously. These dudes were on NPR. The radio network has certainly come along way since the time a certain popular indie musician likened listening to NPR to sitting in a hot tub with your grandmother…
By Fred Mills
It’s certainly not every day you get to hear Run the Jewels on NPR, but there they were this weekend, Killer Mike and El-P, trading bon mots with Peter Sagal on NPR mainstay Wait wait… Don’t Tell Me. Sagal seemed moderately in the loop with the guys, even when they digressed into a discussion of Meow the Jewels, and then it was time for them to play “Not My Job.” This time around, per the program’s usual play-on-words on a guest’s name or reputation, the topic was “Running The Jews,” i.e., a quiz on Rabbis. It was pretty awesome, and you can listen to it via the NPR podcast.
Aside from Alec Baldwin channeling some dude named… um, what was his name? Oh yeah, John Kasich! So aside from that, alt-country outlaw Sturgill Simpson was the standout of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” doing “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms” fromhis most recent album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Dig it:
Acclaimed TV techno-thriller Black Mirror is just kicking off its third season, and as you may have heard, Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury have done the music for the episode titled “Men Against Fire.” You can hear excerpts from it, below. The full soundtrack for the season is out on Invada/Lakeshore. Invada, incidentally, has previously released music from Barrow’s side project BEAK>.) The British series was created by Charlie Brooker.
The other night Jeff Bridges dropped by Conan O’Brien’s show to yak and perform (on keyboards) a version of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” with the house band’s guitarist. The song, of course, is the one playing over the opening credits for The Big Lebowski, a film you may have heard of, right? Watch the clip, below.
And go HERE to read our interview with Bridges from 2012, conducted by Michael Plumides.
No, that’s not Status Quo reborn on the stage of Thursday’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, although considering the line-o-geetars and hair-shakin’ pulchritude, you’d be forgiven for making that assumption. Instead, it’s Diarrhea Planet in their official late night TV debut. They played “Ain’t No Sin” in support of their latest album Turn to Gold. The group is currently on tour, as as longtime staffer and DP enthusiast Jennifer Kelly put it in a live review of the band awhile back,”This is an ass-kicking band that gives everything it has every night on the road — and that they are also extremely nice guys.”
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon featured musical guest (and Blurt 2015 Artist of the Year) Courtney Barnett Friday night, and she performed an ear popping version of the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” which she also recorded for the star-studded Day of the Dead (4AD) tribute album to you-know-who. Watch the live clip below.
There’s nothing quite like a Charles Bradley concert. Well, maybe a James Brown concert, but you won’t be getting any of those any time soon, so… The soul/funk powerhouse is currently touring in support of his outstanding recent album Changes, and part of his April 8 show in Germany was broadcast over the radio. It’s now been posted as a free download over at the Big O Zine, and they’ve kindly included downloadable artwork as well.