Some #longreads and a handful of other assorted goodies for your weekend…
We always appreciate it when people write articles about Teenage Fanclub, especially those pieces which talk about how underrated the group and their special brand of power-pop was. The AV Club urges readers to listen to Songs From Northern Britain in particular, and hopefully that inspires people to pick up the rest of their fantastic catalog.
Noisey interviews Interpol as they return to New York in support of El Pintor, and gets the band to open up a bit about the departure of Carlos as well as the band’s new mindset. It’s definitely worth reading if you’re a fan.
Stereogum has another twentieth anniversary retrospective ready to go, this time taking a look at Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal debut, Ready To Die.
There’s a cool video making the rounds called “100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums”. It’s a great way to explore the development of music in the last fifty years, and the musicians will impress you with not only their pure skills, but their memory and stamina as well.
Pitchfork interviews Karen O for their 5-10-15-20 feature, as she explains how certain songs affected her over the course of her life.
NPR’s Drum Fill Friday has Jim Eno from Spoon as their guest picker, and I had a real tough time with this one–see if you can do better than 2 out of 5.
And finally, take a look at why “Grandmaster Flash” keeps trending on Facebook. Unfortunately, it’s not due to everyone re-posting “The Message”.