Tomorrow is a big day for Rust Is Just Right, because we’ll be releasing our long-awaited list of the Best Albums of 2013. We’ll explain why we chose that particular day for the big reveal tomorrow, but just be content knowing that the day will finally be here. Meanwhile we have a selection of videos to help you ease into the week.
Last week, Queens of the Stone Age released a music video of their latest single, “Smooth Sailing”, featuring Josh Homme on a wild night of partying with a group of businessmen. As the old saying goes, beware of what karaoke may bring. Now’s a good time to familiarize yourself with the song and the rest of …Like Clockwork, because we’ll have a review of their live show later this week, and QOTSA will certainly make an appearance in tomorrow’s Best Of list. You could check out their performance at Coachella from this past weekend as well; Pitchfork has their performance as well as many others, so they’re worth checking out.
Eels also released a music video last week for “Mistakes of My Youth”, the lead single from the upcoming album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. The full album is also available for streaming on YouTube, ahead of its release date next week on the 22nd. It seems the band has stepped back from the happier, livelier sound of Wonderful, Glorious to a more delicate, winsome sound that E has favored on recent albums, but long-time fans of the band should be pleased.
Atmosphere just released a music video for “Kanye West”, their latest single from their upcoming album Southsiders. It’s a fun Bonnie & Clyde story, with an unexpected couple, with a cameo from Slug as a cashier.
Yesterday saw an unexpected release from the Deftones, as they released a track from the Eros sessions in memory of their departed bassist, Chi Cheng, who died a year ago on Sunday. “Smile” was the first song we’ve heard from the sessions, which were put on hold after Cheng had gone into a coma after a car accident. Though Chino Moreno had himself posted the song, the record label took it down because of copyright issues; we’ll see how long the link I’ve posted lasts.
We also got a brand new track today from The Black Keys, who posted the title track to their upcoming release Turn Blue today. It’s a groovy ballad, reminiscent in my mind of their cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up” and featuring that trademark Danger Mouse bass.
And finally we have Sigur Rós performing a cover of the song “The Rains of Castamere” for the Game of Thrones soundtrack. While the song is nice, I get a bigger kick out of the band dressed up in costume for the show itself. I can’t wait to catch that scene when it airs.