I stumbled upon Courtney Barnett’s “Songs that were most listened to on tour by Courtney and her band. As chosen by Courtney and her band.” Spotify playlist this morning while blatantly ignoring my employer’s Internet usage policy and quickly realized that being stuck in a 15-passenger van with Ms. Barnett and her band doesn’t sound too bad. At an hour and 14-minutes, the road-trippy playlist is a solid blend of international indie tuneage worth listening to in its entirety.
But if you only have 16-minutes to spare, listen to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s auditory mind-fuck, “Head On/Pill,” which may be the best 16-minute track in the history of 16-minute tracks. At the very least, it’s the best 16-minute track of 2014.
In 1988, a 21-year-old Kurt Cobain used a four-track cassette recorder to compile a clusterfuck of noise from his way out there record collection. “Montage of Heck” has a little bit of everything–snippets of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” James Brown’s “Hot Pants,” what appears to be someone urinating, Kurt scratching records and lots of belching.
It sounds like a mushroom trip–maybe the greatest mushroom trip ever, actually. But it’s more than that. “Montage of Heck” is a museum-worthy piece of modern art.
If you’re down with rich white men who’ve no regard for women’s rights, question the legitimacy of global warming and think that gay marriage is a bigger threat to society than lax gun laws, trans fat and the Tea Party, Koch Industries wants you.
The Koch brothers, two of the wealthiest men in the world, have dropped hundreds of millions of dollars on political puppets, funding shady political campaigns from D.C. to rural congressional districts in the flyover states. These guys are fucking ruthless, the wrinkly moneybags behind countless political attack ads. And now, they’re the wrinkly moneybags behind a major national TV ad campaign spotlighting job opportunities with Koch Industries.
Two new Dead Weather tracks will be available for digital download on Nov. 4 via Jack White’s Third Man Records, but you can listen to one of them, “Buzzkill(er),” right now. The Nashville-based supergroup is currently working on a new record that will be out sometime in 2015.
In other Third Man Records news, the Nashville label is hosting Olivia Jean’s Bathtub Love Killings release/costume party tonight, Devil’s Night, at 6 p.m.
Mr. Herman, you have a telephone call at the front desk. And it’s Judd Fucking Apatow!
Though we’re still about a week away from a “huge announcement,” actor Paul Reubens announced last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that a third “Pee-Wee Herman” movie is officially in the works.
“Judd Appatow is producing it still–this was all leaked three years ago,” he said. “We hired a director…and we’re going to start in February.”
In other Pee-wee news, Shout Factory just released a Pee-wee’s Playhouse box set. All 45 episodes (plus a Christmas special) have been digitally remastered and are now available for the first time ever in full HD.
Reubens recently opened up about the Playhouse reissue in an interview with Rolling Stone.
What a lot of people don’t realize is, the show was shot on film. But it’s never been seen on film — we’d shoot it and immediately transfer it to tape, then we’d edit it on tape and add the effects in on tape. The whole thing is then put on a “broadcast tape,” for airing. You lose information and clarity the more you dupe, so in some cases, we’re talking six generations of loss. We’ve cleaned all that up. I’ve spent over a year in a lab helping the folks putting this out with color corrections, helping them find the right source material for some of the effects — many of which they recreated from scratch for the Blu-rays. The amount of work that went into this was huge.
Marilyn Manson quietly released “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge,” the first song off his forthcoming record, over the weekend. I often forget how talented this dude guy is and how much I’ve dug his music throughout the years. Unsurprisingly, “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” is pretty dope (show).
Manson will release his 10th studio record in 2015. “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” is available as a free download over at marilynmanson.com.