Some #longreads as you once again ignore the Grammys…
While lately most of their interviews have been rather serious, this week Run The Jewels have some fun talking to the AV Club about their love of Steven Seagal movies. If you prefer analysis of their music instead, Stereogum has a piece discussing the significance of male friendship to their latest album.
There’s a reason that when watching the OutKast reunion this year that Andre 3000 didn’t feel like being there, and that was confirmed in his interview with FADER where discusses the specifics of his “selling out.”
If you’re looking for a gift for a music-loving friend, you might want to check out the book Check the Technique, which does us all a service by diving behind the scenes to provide us with information behind some of hip-hop’s classic albums. The Atlantic interviews author Brian Coleman about both volumes.
Proving that just about every album gets the 20-year treatment, Stereogum has a piece on Bush’s debut Sixteen Stone. While admittedly it was one of my first albums, it’s not exactly a landmark record, but the evolution of its reception makes the essay worth reading.
And finally, most of our Foo Fighters coverage has revolved around Dave Grohl, but this time it’s Pat Smear getting the spotlight. Pat talks to Diffuser about the making of Sonic Highways and how he ended up becoming a part of Nirvana, as well as his unique take on guitars. Though the introduction mentions only two of the legendary bands of which he was a member, rest assured, Pat does talk about his time in the Germs for a bit.
Various fun links to help you recover from the holiday weekend…
It’s that time of year again when all the different music publications begin their tally of the best albums of the year, and while we here at Rust Is Just Right hold out on releasing our list until the next year, that doesn’t mean we won’t share what others have deemed worthy. Both MOJO and Paste have released their lists, and you’ll find that many of the albums we’ve praised this year have shown up on both countdowns. If you feel we have been incomplete in our coverage so far, by all means take a look–we’ll be doing so as well to make sure we have covered all the bases.
The War On Drugs are high on both lists, and probably ours as well–we’ll see for certain next year. Though their concert this Wednesday night might help nudge them up a bit.
Speaking of lists, The Village Voice was compelled to compile a list of the 60 Best Songs Ever Written About New York City. I’m not sure what was the impetus or the reason why the cutoff was at 60, but frankly we’re just glad that Interpol’s “NYC” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” were fairly close to the top.
Not only is it List Time, it’s also the “Holiday Season.” While Holiday music is generally not the most thrilling genre out there, Los Campesinos! may be the band to avoid that pitfall. You can hear for yourself, as Pitchfork is streaming their Christmas EP this week.
Noisey talks to two big 90’s bands who are still out there chugging along, posing the same questions to Everclear and Bush–though the interviews were clearly conducted separately, it’s interesting to see their answers side-by-side. Also, it’s worth reading just to hear about Art Alexakis giving a midterm that day.
Elsewhere on Noisey, Killer Mike discusses his reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson in a heartfelt interview. He’s a busy man these days, not only touring behind the incredible new Run The Jewels album, but also helping to write an Op-Ed on a Supreme Court case being heard today about rap lyrics and the First Amendment. Billboard has some reporting on the case, including the fact that Eminem lyrics were quoted by Chief Justice Roberts. Elonis v. United States is potentially a significant opinion for First Amendment caselaw, so it is worth following the arguments.