Kanye West jumped the shark in a lot of people’s minds when he shanghaied Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to lavish praise on Beyonce, but maybe his boorishness is an affliction, maybe he’s just a normal person ill-equipped to handle the mind-bending fishbowl of fame. On a material level, it’s easy being Kanye West, but maybe it’s not easy being Kanye West. Or maybe he’s just a jerk. Either way, a night in the life of Ye as directed by Spike Jonze is distressing, and as the film progresses, very surreal.
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Bradford Cox’s follow-up to 2007’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See just came out, and if you order through Rough Trade you get a nice little bonus disc with some alternate versions of Logos tracks and some unreleased material.
01 The Light That Failed
02 An Orchid
03 Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)
05 Attic Lights
07 Quick Canal (ft. Laetitia Sadier)
08 My Halo
09 Kid Klimax
10 Washington School
Since disbanding in 1998, Polvo, the math-rock band from North Carolina, find themselves in the midst of a comeback tour in support of their reunion album In Prism. The band is back in action with a new drummer in tow. Below is a performance of “Beggar’s Bowl” off their new album from back in September.
The xx, from London, England, are amid a worldwide tour to promote their debut album, xx. This video is from their recent show in Brooklyn, playing their single “Basic Space”. If you didn’t get to see this performance live, there are still three more shows in New York City, followed by five more solid months of touring, with stops going from California to Europe and everywhere in between.