Keeping up with the bullet-paced, ephemeral world of pop can be a tiring business. One minute it's Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' dominating the charts and sparking a thousand YouTube memes; the next it's Miley Cyrus swinging naked on a demolition ball like a building site brickie in meltdown causing a stir. Thank goodness, then, for San Francisco's DJ Earworm - a mash-up artist who's compiled 25 of 2013's best selling pop videos/tracks into one handy five-minute YouTube clip.
In 2012 Killer Mike’s sixth album ‘R.A.P Music’ was produced by El-P, and Killer Mike in turn guested on El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’. The two hit it off and started working together as Run The Jewels, named after a lyric in LL Cool J's 'Cheesy Rap Blues'. The self-titled LP was recorded in woody upstate New York and a studio in Brooklyn called the Space Pit before it took its rightful place as one of the most thrilling albums of the year. Killer Mike’s Atlanta baritone drawl cuts with El-P's sinewy flow in a monument to the power of synergy in rap.
1967, 1971, 1976, 1986, 1991 and 2001 - these years are legendary for the number of game-changing albums they spawned by bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Ramones, The Smiths, Nirvana and The Strokes. And you know what? The year 2013 is up there. It’s had everything… Event Albums When 2013 was eight days old, David Bowie released the song ‘Where Are We Now?’ and announced that his first album for a decade, ‘The Next Day’, would follow in March. It was the great man’s first record in the social media era, and news of his 24th album resonated around the world.
As Oscar Wilde almost said: "To lose one bassist named Kim, Mr. Francis, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness." Yup, Black Francis and Pixies are back in the market for a bass player this week, as news that they're playing Primavera as well as Field Day next year followed hot on the heels of this tweet from Kim Deal's replacement Kim Shattuck:
Disappointed to learn that my time w/Pixies ended today. Amazing experience.Focusing attn on Muffs & new album.
If you’re from outside the United States and woke up this morning wondering what the phrase ‘Black Friday’ was doing plastered over your Twitter feed, no, Rebecca Black’s 2011 viral waking nightmare ‘Friday’ has not been honored with a national holiday. Black Friday, it turns out, is the day after Thanksgiving regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season across the pond, with retailers offering discounts so low they’ve been known to spark actual riots in shopping malls as shoppers brawl to get the best deals on the year’s most in-demand festive gifts.