We have a few #longreads and some new music news for you this weekend, so if you didn’t have plans, you’re now in luck.
First, we got a bit of a surprise today when The Antlers posted a quick clip on YouTube that seems like a teaser for an announcement for an upcoming new album. There’s not much to go on, besides a solemn instrumental, some band footage, and a final quote of “soon.”, but this is exciting nonetheless. If you don’t feel the same way, then you need to spend your weekend finding a copy of Hospice, one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful albums of the past decade, and Burst Apart, their more-than-worthy followup so you can get into the proper mindset.
Next, we’ve got another video for you to enjoy, courtesy of The Daily Show. Jon Stewart did an interview with Amy Yates Wuelfing and The Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes to discuss an oral history of a legendary New Jersey bar and the different legendary punk shows that took place in that humble setting. It’s bizarre to see Gibby dressed in a way that is reminiscent of a college professor, at the very least.
Last week we mourned the death of Scott Asheton, and since then more and more tributes have been published. Iggy Pop talked with Rolling Stone about his memories of his bandmate, and Vice published an interview Legs McNeil did with Scott himself.
Beck is continuing to open up and talk in the wake of the release of Morning Phase, and FILTER did a great piece on him. We learn for instance that unfortunately there were a couple of albums that were lost, so we were never able to hear the original followups to Odelay and Sea Change as they were intended. We also get some insight into his creative process over the years, like how old ideas are shaped into new songs. And we also get a bit more information about the planned new album that hopefully will be released by the end of the year.
Finally, there’s a lot for all the Cloud Nothings fans out there. We’re eagerly anticipating the release of Here and Nowhere Else next week, but apparently that’s not the only new music we’ll be hearing from Dylan Baldi. Cloud Nothings and Wavves decided to collaborate, and it looks like we may soon hear the fruits of their labor (with the additional help of Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend as well, it seems). The band also gave a quick description of their early shows to Clash Magazine, who interviewed several artists including Los Campesinos! about their first gigs. And finally, Pitchfork did an extensive profile of the band, which should have you fully prepared for their release on Tuesday.