The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: daaaaaamn Weezer, leaked music and lawsuits, photographic forgetfulness, a nautical performance, and a band returns to the studio.
Weezer release “California Kids” video
In Weezer’s new video for “California Kids,” Rivers Cuomo takes a wacky trip down memory lane. Through a series of flashbacks and an explosion of cannolis, Cuomo revisits the cafe from the “Thank God for Girls” lyric video and the beach from the “L.A. Girlz” video. Cuomo (or is it really him?) runs into the kids from the inexplicably and accidentally famous “Damn, Daniel” phenomenon, who close the video with some wise words for us all.
Smashing Pumpkins to sue over leaked demos
An anonymous source has released two of the Smashing Pumpkin’s previously unheard demos. The tracks that have been leaked include an alternate recording of “One and Two” (listen above), which features Billy Corgan rather than James Iha on lead vocals, and “The Tracer.” The demos themselves are pretty sick, but the Smashing Pumpkins are less than thrilled. The band issued a statement, that has since been removed from their Facebook, stating their intent to sue whoever is behind the leak:
“A NOTE REGARDING LEAKS FROM THE PUMPKINS ARCHIVES: Recently, some “fresh” tracks, albeit outtakes and work product from 20+ years ago, surfaced on the internet. And though such releases are celebrated by fans and media alike, they are the product of theft and should not be applauded as such. Remember, whoever the culprit is, they do not reveal themselves for fear of prosecution. This, ladies and gentlemen, is not some Robin Hood helping out the impoverished. And when they are found out, we, the Smashing Pumpkins (and yes, the original 4 are unified on such issues) will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law as well as bring a civil suit; for undoubtedly this person is a former employee. And in that, we will reward whoever helps bring this matter to its just result. But that does not mean we don’t have our suspicions and leads. It’s only a matter of time.”
Violent Femmes share “Memory” video
Violent Femmes have set their single “Memory” to quite the visual experience. With plenty of speech bubbles and anthropomorphic giraffes to go around, the animated collage takes on a comic book quality. Confusing and quirky, the video perfectly captures that feeling of trying to remember something that is just (or completely) out of reach.
CHVRCHES and Hayley Williams share the cruiseship stage
Paramore just wrapped up their Parahoy! cruise on Wednesday. Before docking in Cozumel, Mexico, Hayley Williams surprised passengers by joining CHVRCHES on stage for “Bury It.” Williams and Lauren Mayberry made waves by jumping around to the infectious beat and delivering an excellent performance.
Pearl Jam to record a new album
After 25 years, Pearl Jam is still going strong. In addition to a North American tour, the band plan to celebrate their silver anniversary by returning to the recording studio. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament told Popmatters, “Everybody’s ready for the challenge and everybody’s ready to do something different.” This album will be the band’s first since the 2013 release of Lightning Bolt.