Thursday, November 12

Beck, Wilco, Feist, Jamie Lidell Team Up to Cover Skip Spence's Album Oar

Latest entry in Beck's Record Club series. Beck, Wilco, Feist, Jamie Lidell Team Up to Cover Skip Spence's Album <i>Oar</i>

Beck's Record Club: Can it get any more awesome? Yes it can. And it just did.

As you know, Record Club works like this: Beck rounds up a revolving cast of guests to cover an entire album's worth of songs in a day. The results are then posted in weekly installments on Beck's website.

The latest entry in the series? Beck, Wilco, Feist, and Jamie Lidell teaming up to cover the 1969 cult fave Oar by onetime Moby Grape/Jefferson Airplane member turned acid casualty Skip Spence. The album's leadoff track, "Little Hands", is up on Beck's site right now.


Trippy New Animal Collective Video: "In the Flowers"

Trippy New Animal Collective Video: "In the Flowers"

Check out the beautiful new video for Animal Collective's "In the Flowers", screening now over at the band's website. The Merriweather Post Pavilion track is set to haunting imagery of dancers, animation, song lyrics, a dude in makeup, and, of course, flowers. It was directed by Abigail Portner, sister of Dave "Avey Tare" Portner.

Thanks to Dylan Young for the heads-up!

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Gucci Mane Sentenced to Year in Prison

Gucci Mane Sentenced to Year in Prison

Over the past year or so, no rapper has seized his moment as hard as the deeply divisive Atlanta mixtape monster Gucci Mane, whose insane level of output includes four new mixtapes in the last two months.

But that came to a swift end today when, as MTV reports, Gucci was sentenced to 12 months in prison on parole violation charges. Gucci, who was led away in handcuffs, may serve as little as six months, according to MTV. It's unclear yet how his sentence will affect his forthcoming album The State Vs. Radric Davis, scheduled for a December 8 release on Asylum/Warner Bros.

Can we just get a month-long moratorium on prominent rappers getting prison sentences? Please?

Posted by Tom Breihan on November 12, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.

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Peter Gabriel to Cover Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Magnetic Fields

David Bowie, Lou Reed, Talking Heads also tackled on covers album Peter Gabriel to Cover Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Magnetic Fields

Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis when they were astral prog travelers. He also did time as one of the weirdest, least likely pop stars of the 80s and early 90s, looking like a bank manager but cranking out hallucinatory art-funk videos like "Sledgehammer" and "Shock the Monkey". More recently, he teamed up with Hot Chip to cover Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"-- a song that namechecks Gabriel himself. Suffice to say, Gabriel's weirdo credentials are fully in place.

Early next year, he'll reemerge with an orchestral covers album that will include Gabriel's versions of songs by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and the Magnetic Fields, as NME reports.


Pitchfork to Curate Stage at 2010 San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival

Plus: Pixies added to the bill Pitchfork to Curate Stage at 2010 San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival

This past summer, Pitchfork curated a stage at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival. Now, we're making it an annual partnership! Next year's fest, renamed the San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival, will go down at Barcelona's Parc Del Fòrum May 27-29, 2010, and Pitchfork will once again curate a stage.


Bad Lieutenant Cancel U.S. Gigs

Bad Lieutenant Cancel U.S. Gigs

Bernard Sumner's post-New Order band Bad Lieutenant has canceled their U.S. tour due to visa troubles, Brooklyn Vegan reports and a press release confirms.

In a statement, Sumner said, "We were all so very excited about coming to the States to play our new music for our American fans and are extremely disappointed that on this occasion, we won't have the opportunity to do so. We plan to reschedule the Chicago and New York shows along with some additional U.S. dates in Spring 2010."

The tour was to include two shows opening for the Pixies. The group is still set to hit the UK next month. Check out their updated itinerary below:


Video: Clipse: "Doorman"

Video: Clipse: "Doorman"

"Cocaine bought me everything I ever had," says Pusha T near the beginning of the new Clipse track "Doorman". The extra-grimy accompanying video backs up that claim with a near-endless montage of both the drug itself and the stuff that it supposedly bought.

Shomi Patwary's video starts with a dedication to Clipse's incarcerated associates and wraps up with images of arrests, but it sure looks like Malice and Pusha are having fun in between. Check out the video below, via Nah Right.

Nah Right also has the cover art and tracklist for Clipse's new album Til the Casket Drops, due December 8 from Columbia. The artwork is by designer and graffiti legend KAWS, and can be seen above. The tracklist, along with production credits, is below, after the video.


Memory Tapes Remixes Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp"

Memory Tapes Remixes Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp"

According to a recent Pitchfork interview, Memory Tapes-- aka Jersey dad Dayve Hawk-- doesn't tour and he spends most of his days in his home studio making music. That may help to explain his constantly overflowing bounty of worthy material this year. The release of his excellent Seek Magic LP has not slowed down his output either, as shown by this most recent remix for Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp". (Via Gorilla vs. Bear.)

It only lasts about four minutes, but there are more sonic ideas at play in this mix than on most albums-- this dude does not phone things in. Stream or download the Memory Tapes remix after the jump. And while you're at it, check out the original and DJ/ Rupture mix, too:


Aziz Ansari Preps Stand-Up Album

Comedy Central special and DVD also forthcoming Aziz Ansari Preps Stand-Up Album

He's friends with Kanye and James Murphy, he's killing it as Tom Haverford on "Parks and Recreation", and his ridiculous Raaaaaaaandy character was maybe the best thing about the movie Funny People. Comedian Aziz Ansari is in a rare zone right now, so it's about damn time he finally got together his first stand-up album.

On January 17, Comedy Central will air Ansari's stand-up special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening. Two days later, the network will release the special on CD/LP and DVD. That's the (amazing) cover above.


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