In case you missed the news, here’s the short version: Kanye West rapped acapella this week at the Facebook offices, performing songs from his forthcoming album which will now not be called Good Ass Job. Before he sang, Kanyeze stood on a table, told his corporate claque to turn off their phones, and reassured them that while his songs do contain the N word, it’s OK. He’s allowed to use it.
Meanwhile, Robin Pecknold, the Fleet Foxes frontman, posted a 15-minute tour documentary from his current tour with Joanna Newsom, who nearly topped our list of Top 5 American Women. Shot in black and white (read: arty, thoughtful, intimate, retro) the visuals fit the Foxes’ throwback sound and Pecknold’s penchant for classic material. Here, he covers the traditional “Look Down that Lonesome Road,” Bob Dylan’s “Silver Dagger” and “Blues Run the Game,” the 1965 Jackson C. Frank song that has been done by Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Drake, and, mostly recently, Laura Marling on Jack White’s Third Man Records.
Back in the big city, Mamachas Del Ring screened last night at the New York International Latino Film festival. The documentary follows a group of indigenous female wrestlers in Bolivia as they fight each other and the patriarchal power of the lucha libre scene. The film features an original score by our amigo M.G. Espar, as well as Brooklyn’s Chica Libre, the Barbes regulars who are now playing in Europe. Missed the show? There’s another screening tomorrow (July 31), along with a full weekend of films.
Finally, Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam will be directing a live webcast of Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (Aug. 5). Watch out, D.A. Pennebaker and The National. What’s next? Clint Eastwood and Vampire Weekend?