Twenty one years ago this week: Sonic Youth released Daydream Nation, which has come to be regarded as one of the best records of the ‘80s. Click through for more videos from this classic album.
“Teen Age Riot”
This song has a lot stacked against it. For instance, whenever I read the song’s title, I start shaking my fists at the sky and cursing the passage of time and this temperate climate. But the track (produced by Machine Drum could talk the Incredible Hulk down from a temper tantrum. His mixtape has a Smiths-cribbing title (This Charming Mixtape) and Elvis Costello-aping album art, but “Enjoy the Sun” is sort in its own world. Go to his MySpace for the mixtape and a few more videos.
The elegiac Grouper has just released a new video for her song “Hold the Way”. Directed by Weston Currie, the hazy, black and white cinemascope and the horror imagery lull one into a trance. A very scary trance.
In 2008, Entertainment Weekly conducted an online poll of the 25 most controversial movies of all time, and Natural Born Killers ended up at number eight. Copycat killers linked to Natural Born Killers surfaced, even leading to a lawsuit against director Oliver Stone and Time Warner. Natural Born Killers seeks to expose the sadistic nature of media by glorifying two pitiless murders, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis). The provocative film will be re-released on DVD tomorrow.
Last Wednesday, Wyatt Cenac interviewed Dirty South rapper Slim Thug on the effects of the economy on his lifestyle. Wyatt plays the role of accountant as Slim Thug lists how his life has been shaken up, devastated by the loss of key members of his crew. Watch both the hellaciously funny interview and Slim Thug’s music video for “Still a Boss” below.