Category Archives: Music
Plies jumps on the remix to Young Scooter’s “Fake Gold”. Street Lottery 2 coming January 1st.
Previously: Young Scooter – Rap Game
Jorge Elbrose are Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink. Ariel’s real last name is Rosenberg, and pink is “rose” in French, so Elbrose seems like as good a name as any to call one of the best collaborative pairings of the year. Their previous song, “Hang On To Life,” was a stunner and one of our favorite songs in July. Now they have another track out for the Mexican Summer 5 Years compilation, which was released in honor of the label’s anniversary in tandem with a massive concert, where Pink played the best set I’ve seen by him. You might remember this is the same compilation that brought us another great collaboration from Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz. “Called To Ring” is a thicker, fuzzier track but no less romantic until it hits its false ending and then comes jumping back harder and rougher than before in a way that brings to mind Microcastle-era Deerhunter. It’s getting to be due for a new Ariel Pink album by next year, and it’s easy to hope he’ll bring Elbrecht in for it, they’re making some of the best music of their careers.
Problem is joined on stage by T.I., The Game, Tyga and Too Short during last night’s show in Los Angeles. His Understand Me EP is coming on December 10th.
The last image anyone probably associates with !!! is a crackling fireplace, but that’s the only thing we get in the 3:42 video for the dance-punk veterans’ new sentimental holiday single “And Anyway It’s Christmas.” For that matter, !!! is probably the last band anyone expects to release a sentimental holiday single. (More like ???, amirite?) But here it is, a smooth and heartsick disco ballad laced with twinkly percussion and keyboard sounds that could pass for jingle bells. “And Anyway It’s Christmas” is somewhat reminiscent of that Pulp song James Murphy produced or the eternally wistful and effortlessly graceful Sergio & Benoit, meaning you should certainly give it a spin. Who knew these guys had it in them?
The indie supergroup Wild Flag had a great, albeit short, run: One excellent self-titled album, a year’s worth of face-ripping live shows, a place in the heart of every music dork who worried that they didn’t make bands like that any more. But now, it looks like the run is over.