Friday Music News

photo credit: Gregory A. Perez

  • Shortly after we posted yesterday’s music news, Pitchfork reported that Arcade Fire are currently working on a follow-up to 2010’s The Suburbs. In an interview with CKCU 93.1, a radio station in his native Ottawa, drummer Jeremy Gara stated that the band has spent the last several months “just working on music and growing beards and living at home a lot and going out to dinner together.” (Tim Kingsbury’s beard is apparently the bushiest.) Though the band is not working on a deadline, they hope to complete the record by the end of next year. Listen to the full interview here:

  • In other Canadian news, rising R&B star The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) premiered a new song on his Facebook page last night. “Enemy” features the stark production and hypersexualized lyrics we’ve come to expect from Tesfaye, but it doesn’t seem to be on the tracklist for Trilogy, the upcoming physical release of The Weeknd’s three mixtapes (plus three bonus tracks). Trilogy hits stores on November 13 and is available for pre-order here.

  • Of Montreal (who are not Canadian) just released the video for “Sails, Hermaphroditic,” a track from their new rarities compilation Daughter of Cloud. The clip, directed by Kevin Barnes’ wife Nina, is equal parts gory violence and sexy psychedelia. Watch the video below.

  • Meanwhile, in Texas, Lil Wayne was briefly hospitalized after he suffered “seizure-like symptoms” on his private jet, according to TMZ. Weezy’s management has since issued a statement saying that the rapper was treated for “a severe migraine and dehydration,” and that he is currently resting at home.
  • Finally, Titus Andronicus have released a video for “In a Big City,” the first single off their new album Local Business. The video (below) shows frontman Patrick Stickles wandering around his native New Jersey, along roads and railroad tracks, through parks, and under bridges. When he isn’t mouthing lyrics like “I was a disturbed, dangerous drifter,” Stickles stares contemplatively at the skyline and is pushed aside by other pedestrians. Poor guy.

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