Some #longreads as you try to stop laughing every time you hear “Pineapple Express” on the local weather report…
Earlier this month, the Pixies released a three-disc reissue of their classic album Doolittle for its 25th anniversary, and I truly mean “classic” in every sense of the word. The AV Club has a roundtable devoted to the album, and the band’s label at the time 4AD has created an interactive version of the liner notes online. Be sure to check those out as you blast that album the rest of the weekend.
For those more interested in current music, Consequence of Sound has named their Band of the Year and Artist of the Year, and they are Rust Is Just Right favorites The War On Drugs and Run The Jewels, respectively. As such, they each get the extended profile and retrospective treatment.
Because it’s always fun to read his interviews, we’re going to link to a Rolling Stone piece with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers answering questions from Twitter. You’ll find stories about their infamous socks costume, potential future drum battles with Will Ferrell, and updates on their new album.
In more serious news, this week saw the release from the Senate Intelligence Committee on the use of torture by the CIA in the last decade. Among the various methods employed was the use of music, in different forms, and Vox has a breakdown of the psychological connections that humans with music and how the CIA exploited them.
Some #longreads for your weekend as we try not mention Spoon for the first time this week. Oh…goddammit.
Well, we might as well keep the streak up and talk about Spoon again. But we have a really good reason this time, as Britt Daniel talks to Pitchfork about a number of songs from the entirety of their career, and provides some great insight into the songwriting process and explains a lot of the specific references in their songs.
And while you’re hanging around Pitchfork, be sure to take a look at the story behind the legendary underground hip-hop album Madvillainy, and this piece that looks at why older artists are now hitting the top spot on the albums chart.
Slate has an article that discusses the neuroscience behind people’s natural inclination to adore the songs of their youth, despite the fact that objectively they realize the songs are not very good. This inspired me to take a look through my collection to see if there was anything that I should be ashamed of, and I really didn’t come up with anything. But I’m going to post this video of N.E.R.D.’s “Rock Star”, because how often will I have the chance? I wonder what Pharrell ever did after this…
Continuing with the theme of articles of a more analytic nature, FiveThirtyEight has a look at the regional differences in playlist construction of Classic Rock Stations.
Rolling Stone has a couple of pieces that should provoke some interest. First, there’s an investigation behind a lost classic by the Beastie Boys from the Paul’s Boutique days. Then there’s a look behind the recording of Mother’s Milk for its 25th anniversary, an album that remains my favorite from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Impose Magazine has an interview with clipping., as they argue against being pigeonholed as “noise-rap”.
And finally, there’s a profile of The New Pornographers in the Wall Street Journal of all places. Wrap your head around that concept for a second, then go ahead and read the piece.
We hope everyone has an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and if you find yourself with some time on your hands, here are a few handy #longreads.
We’ve had previous coverage on the Will Ferrell/Chad Smith drum-off before, and last night the two finally battled it out to see who is the superior look-alike. Rolling Stone has a write-up and video of their joint appearance on The Tonight Show, and yes cowbell is involved. For those who want to minimize their exposure to Jimmy Fallon, here’s the footage of the face-off.
Jack White is doing the rounds in preparation for the release of his newest solo effort, and a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone is getting some attention. Since I got the news secondhand, I’m linking to the SPIN article discussing some of the highlights, such as his relationship these days with Meg White and the fact that he doesn’t use a cell phone.
SPIN got their own scoop when they interviewed The Antlers for their upcoming album, and the band discusses their different approach for Familiars.
The Quietus talked to Joey Santiago of the Pixies and he discussed his 13 favorite albums with the magazine.
And so that you’re all caught up when you’re back at work next week, here’s the article discussing Tupac’s last words before he died.