Not sure how I missed this yesterday over at Stereogum, but the very bizarre “supergroup” comprised of Damon Albarn, Flea, and Tony Allen released the first taste of what its forthcoming full-length might sound like. And, contrary to what that absurd moniker might lead you to believe, it is not terrible. Not terrible at all. The first single features Erykah Badu on vocals, and it’s a spaced-out-funk-jam held together by Flea’s (surprisingly) inoffensive slap bass groove. Either my man-crush on Damon Albarn runs slightly deeper than I had heretofore been aware, or this is quite possibly good.
The group’s proper self-titled album is out March 27, 2012 via Albarn’s Honest Jons label.
Jamie Hewlett’s CGI version of Gorillaz is kind of amazing. Best video I’ve seen in a long time. And Damon Albarn has penned another infectious jam. Throw in James Murphy and Andre 3000, and it’s even harder to resist. All in the name of Converse.
What’s Beck been up to the past few years besides not making new records? Designing sunglasses for Oliver Peoples, of course. Amazingly, these frames have been in development for two years with Beck being “very involved” in the process. Beck drew inspiration from his personal collection of dead stock 80’s sunglasses, which is why they look like the junk you would find at a surf shop in Myrtle Beach. The resulting “Double Helix” frames can be purchased directly from Oliver Peoples for a mere $595. Before you balk at the price, be aware that Beck’s signature is printed on the right temple using the font from Midnite Vultures. How can you not buy them now? [via Stereogum]
I’ve been sort of ho-hum on School of Seven Bells until their recent output put me over the edge. Now I’m a full-fledged fan. Sirius XMU has been steadily spinning “The Night,” which was the first track of theirs to prick up my ears. The video for the first official single, “Lafaye,” was shot in an antique home in Dallas and caters to the song’s ethereal vibe with duotone lighting, slow motion pans, and a general cryptic atmosphere. Close ups of singer Alejandra Deheza make it much more palatable. [via Rolling Stone]
New Arctic Monkeys song. Harkens back to the stoner-rock vibe of Humbug. As Pitchfork pointed out, it’s not on their current LP, Suck It and See, nor is from any sort of impending release. Just a random one-off. I’ll take it.
If you fancy it enough to own it, download from iTunes.