Number One Records: Sicko Mode

Video: Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” (ft. Drake)

Travis Scott – SICKO MODE ft. Drake

From Astroworld, out now on Epic.

Oops, this is kind of old news since this song has already been replaced at No. 1 by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” but we missed it last week.

Travis Scott scored his first number one record with “Sicko Mode” which had 37.2 million U.S. streams and 24,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 29, and 65.1 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 2.

A remix by Skrillex might have pushed it over the top, but who knows? Billboard lumps all versions together in its chart formulations.

It’s a weird song. 5+ minutes long with a bunch of unrelated sections. And of course it features Drake. Because no commercially aspirational rapper can hope to achieve mainstream success without the help of the Canadian Champagne Papi. (Unless you’re Cardi B. Which you’re not.)

So weird it only stayed in the top spot of the pop chart for one week before that coveted position was reclaimed by Frankie Grande‘s little sister.

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New Felines video: Too Tight

Video: Felines – “Too Tight”

Felines – Too Tight (Official Music Video)

Video by Michella Bredahl. From Saying It Twice Makes It Real, out now on Crunchy Frog and Burger Records.

If their previous single sounded like they’d been listening to the Velvet Underground, this new sounds like they’re fans of Ian Svenonius. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Cool, funky, Danish minimalism.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 23

Rolling Stone issue #23 had a cover date of December 7, 1968. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Doug Sahm by Baron Wolman.

Features: “Dispossessed Men and Mothers of Texas” by Larry Sepulvado and John Burks; “Tex-Mex” by Barret Hansen; “Producing: Felix Papparelli Speaks his Mind” by H.A. Haffner; “Carl Perkins” by Michael Lydon; “Joan Baez” by John Grissim, Jr.; “Hair Rock” by Leigh Carney.

News: Beatles may do free concert tour in U.S.A.; Bill Graham Fights off the N.Y. Motherfuckers ‘Liberation’ Attempt; Jimi Hendrix Tits ‘n Ass LP Brown-bagged in England; A $4 Million Loser; Electrocution; Mick Begs Off On LP Cover; Lay Off Dylan’s ‘Tarantula,’ Lawyers Tell Straight; More Changes For the Byrds On 7th LP; Eviction Time For Family Dog.

Columns: From The Editor by Jann Wenner; Random Notes; Perspectives by Ralph J. Gleason (“Duck, Boy, When You Hear Flack”); Books by Greil Marcus (Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago).

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New MF Doom video: One Beer

Video: MF DOOM – “One Beer”

MF DOOM – One Beer (Official Video)

Directed by Distortedd. From MM.. Food (2004, Rhymesayers Entertainment).

Fourteen years after the release of the song on MM.. Food MF Doom has released a video for “One Beer.” And a t-shirt. Why not?

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New C.I.A. video: Oblivion

Video: The C.I.A. – “Oblivion”

The C.I.A. – Oblivion

From The C.I.A., due December 21 on In the Red.

Their previous single focused on carnal comfort as a balm for existential crisis, while this new one suggests the pointlessness of getting wasted. Fair enough, but hey, whatever gets you through the night.

Every night the same routine
Going out just to be seen

The C.I.A. is Denée Segall on vocals, her husband Ty on bass, Emmett Kelly on another bass, and R.E. Carlos on drums. No guitar. And no nonsense. These guys aren’t messing around.

The C.I.A.: web, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Jeff Tweedy video: I Know What It’s Like

Video: Jeff Tweedy – “I Know What It’s Like”

Jeff Tweedy "I Know What It's Like" (Official Video)

Directed by Mark Greenberg. From WARM, out now on dBpm Records.

I’m about 100 pages into Tweedy’s memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), and so far it’s really enjoyable. One of my favorite things about it so far is the antipathy he retains toward his classmates from high school. We all know we’re supposed to let that shit go by the time we’re grown up, but it’s comforting to know there are other people out there who continue to feel “alienated and irrationally repulsed by most of my classmates.”

When he bumped into a woman from his high school who told him she was sad he wouldn’t be attending their twentieth reunion, he writes, “I needed to catch up with her like I needed to sit down with Madonna and reminisce about all the times I watch the ‘Lucky Star’ video on MTV as a teen.”

I know what that’s like.

I wish Tweedy would put more of this kind of conversational humor into his lyrics. His songs used to be funnier…at least occasionally. I love sad sack dad rock as much as anybody (it’s my jam), but I appreciate getting a chance to smirk or even guffaw once in a while to moderate the tears in my beers. But it’s okay. Something else is taking shape, I guess.

Jeff Tweedy: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Le Butcherettes video: Father/Elohim

Video: Le Butcherettes – “father/ELOHIM”

Le Butcherettes – father/ELOHIM (Official Music Video)

Directed by Gus Black. From bi/MENTAL, due February 1 on Rise Records.

Your name is father, my name is Elohim
Let us start once where we finished off
Every night I praised you, carried you within a prayer
Found myself alone and so full of fright
and still they wanna fuck with us some more.

I can’t tell if this is sacrilegious or reverential, but either way it’s pretty powerful.

Teri Gender Bender says, “Essentially, this record was inspired by the death of a living mother but none of that matters anymore. A disconnection in itself is so ravage so confusing it leaves one feeling incomplete… Is there hope? Is there light? Maybe it all isn’t so black and white. In the end there is a Duality in All. Life is a cycle, the moon, the sun, the ocean waves transcending into sand. It will be okay.”

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New J Mascis video: Elastic Days

Video: J Mascis – “Elastic Days” (ft. Dina Martina)

J Mascis – Elastic Days [OFFICIAL VIDEO] Featuring Dina Martina

Directed by: Shane Wahlund & Michael Anderson. From Elastic Days, out now on Sub Pop.

How great is J Mascis? Doesn’t his voice just make you feel like you’re in college? It’s perfect this time of year, too, when the world is hushed by a blanket of snow. His solo stuff that he’s been releasing on Sub Pop since 2011’s Several Shades of Why has been so good. It’s still fun to destroy your eardrums with Dinosaur Jr, but it’s nice to be able to chill out with this mostly acoustic solo material as well.

Then the wheels came off, I don’t know what to say
It all made some sense if you know what to play
But I lost the plot of all elastic, all elastic day

The absurd video features “tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur” Dina Martina lip syncing the song.

Mascis said, “I’ve been a big Dina Martina fan for a long time. I’ve seen her perform many times over the years. I’m glad that I got her to do this video before she becomes an untouchable superstar. I am amazed at how the video came out, I’m so psyched.”


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New Dolly Parton video: Girl in the Movies

Video: Dolly Parton – “Girl in the Movies”

Dolly Parton – Girl in the Movies (from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

From The Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, out now.

Dolly Parton can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. And while she’s certainly no stranger to sentimental corn, this new song might be taking it a bit too far.

IMDB tells me that The Dumplin’ is a movie about a “plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen” who “signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest.” So I’m sure it’s super touching. It’s weird that pageants are experiencing something of an ironic cultural comeback, starting several years ago with Little Miss Sunshine (perhaps?) and carrying on with “Honey Boo Boo” and “Insatiable.” Not sure what it says about our society that we like to see non-pageant types competing in contests to assess their personal and physical attractiveness, but what do I know? I’m no anthropological professor

But hey, new Dolly!

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New Deerhunter video: Death in Midsummer

Video: Deerhunter – “Death in Midsummer”

Deerhunter – Death in Midsummer (Official Video)

From Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared, due January 18 on 4AD.

You’d never guess by the happy little harpsichord riff that this song is a meditation on the futility of existence.

They were in hills
They were in factories
They are in graves now
They were in debt to themselves
And what is it made of now?

So it goes.

Deerhunter: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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