Roll into your weekend with a few #longreads
We’ll be doing a big feature on Spoon next week in advance of their upcoming release, and to help you prepare you can read up on this Guardian interview where Britt Daniel discusses the songs from their albums over the years that helped define the band. He makes a few surprising choices, while also providing a nice overview of Spoon’s career.
Continuing our tradition of link to pieces that analyze about the business aspect of streaming and how it affects artists, Salon has a great article that specifically looks at how streaming has hurt genres that are already marginalized, like jazz and classical.
Kanye West provokes a lot of reactions in people, but he’s always an interesting interview no matter how you slice it. GQ has an extended interview with him for this month’s issue.
We normally would not post anything about Pitbull, but this profile in Businessweek is worth checking out if only for the scene where Pitbull learns about BitCoin.
Your intermission this week is a random performance of “MacArthur Park” on David Letterman. It was rather epic.
“Weird Al” sits in for Pitchforks 5-10-15-20 feature, recounting various songs that were significant at those years of his life (and beyond).
And finally, we have an interview with Peter Matthew Bauer. Normally we would be excited about posting (and reading) this interview, considering how much we love The Walkmen and Bauer’s solo debut, but the interviewer is Rick Moody. Our hostility towards Moody would make more sense if we published a planned takedown of another interview he did. But since that got pushed to the backburner, we’ll just warn you by saying to be prepared for pretentiousness and general blockheadedness.
Some #longreads as you kick back and sit by the pool this weekend…
This is the week of Weird Al Yankovic, everybody, as our foremost parodist delighted the internet with a new music video each day from his new album, Mandatory Fun. You should be able to find tons of features on him this week, but I’m going to highlight this piece from Deadspin in particular. AV Club has had a whole series of articles on him, including a quick interview where Weird Al answers 11 questions. And SPIN has taken the opportunity to rank every music video Weird Al has done.
The New Pornographers are gearing up for the release of their new album, Brill Bruisers, and The Vancouver Sun talks with Carl Newman on how the band was able to record despite the fact that the various solo projects pull the band members every which way. After reading that, be sure to enjoy the band’s take on mid-90’s BritPop one-shot videos with the Dan Bejar-sung “War on the East Coast”.
Pitchfork has a piece looking at the evolution of “futuristic” music over the past fifty years, and its commentary on society as we’ve progressed over the years. We didn’t mention it before, but also check out this other Pitchfork article that looks the validity of various dubious musical theories.
Earlier this week, Eddie Vedder caught some flack for off-the-cuff remarks he made in-between songs at a Pearl Jam show, which is something that Pearl Jam fans should be used to by now. However, Vedder’s remarks pleading for peace was taken to be anti-Israel by some because of current events, most notably the Jerusalem Post, despite the fact there was no specific party mentioned. Eddie took the time to post a response, clarifying once again that he’s anti-war, and that should come as no surprise.
And sadly, Johnny Winter passed away earlier this week, and the AV Club pays its respects. This comes on the heels of last week’s death of Tommy Ramone, which has prompted more remembrances, including this one from Henry Rollins, being published that comment on the lasting influence of the Ramones.