This week can be described as erratic at best. There were some interesting stories, and some notsomuch. But all in all this week just slowly dragged on. But don't fret because here is a list of 10 actually exciting/stimulating/funny/noteworthy things that happened in the world of music this week.
Unfortunately, we have to start this list on a sad note as we pay our respects to co-founder of Blue Oyster Cult, Allen Lanier. Lanier passed away this Wednesday after a prolonged battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Here's just a taste of all the great music this man helped create.
Don't Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
Meanwhile, it seemed that the entire music industry collectively shit their pants over Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control." Everyone was talking about it, which presumably is what Kendrick wanted. It's been a while since the last big conflict in the rap game, so hopefully these good confrontational tracks keep coming out as everyone races to out do the self proclaimed king of New York. See what all the fuss is about for yourself here.
In the wake of this Kendrick fiasco Eminem also released a new single via a Call of Duty commercial which got me sufficiently excited for a new Slim Shady record and has me considering buying XBox Live again.
Continuing on with this rap theme, Michelle Obama is trying her hand at producer with her album that promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. The first lady doesn't actually rap on the album, instead she leaves that to the pros like Doug E Fresh, Matisyahu, and of course Dr. Oz.
We were lucky enough to have Gregory Alan Isakov stop by our office and sing a few of his saccharine, Rocky Mountain folk tunes for us with his string band.
In other news, Ricky Gervais reprised his role as David Brent to teach the world a few things about the guitar. He busted out an original song that struck a chord with Toro y Moi, who took made his own track out of it which is actually really awesome. Check out both versions and decide for yourself.
Volcano Choir released this gem "Comrade" this week. For those who don't know, yes that is Justin Vernon singing. Volcano Choir is a combination of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. Seriously listen to this song, it's great, as is its video.
Meet the most unlikely rapper every, Kitty. She killed it at the Hype Hotel with some crazy beats and feminine flow.