In the week we found out exactly how many professional music critics can actually name all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan (the results may surprise and depress you!), we also found ourselves accusing Kanye West of maybe ripping off a Dr. Dog video. Next week’s resolution? Being more positive. Hopefully.
At least we did hail M.I.A.’s ViCKi LEEKX mixtape as a 2010 victory lap and a notice to her myriad haters, dreamed up 25 headlines not as weird as “Dave Sitek Joins Jane’s Addiction,” and listed the top 10 must-see acts at this weekend’s Winter Jazzfest 2011. So, you know, two-way street.
Doom metal vets Pentagram celebrated their 40th anniversary at Europa. Lady Gaga crashed the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room. Japanther shut down night one of the Rock and Roll Circus at Lincoln Center; Ariel Pink hosted the festival’s even more befuddling second night. Lauryn Hill got extremely loud and incredibly close at the Blue Note. Gogol Bordello and Man Man compared facial hair at Terminal 5. And the Butthole Surfers rang in the New Year with balloon, strobes, and violence at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
White Zombie’s Sean Yseult talked the band’s early days on the Lower East Side: “It was the ’80s, and we hated everything.” Duchess Leo lent us “Bloom,” an indietronica jam inspired by Karate Kid 2. And Beans came over to give away his latest avant-rap fashion statement, “Deathsweater.”
Plus the Ridgewood Masonic Temple goes dry, Das Racist explained (again), Titus Andronicus lose a bassist, and more, below. Looking for something to do this weekend? Consult our nightlife guide, starring GHE20 G0TH1K, Optimo, and the Go Go Gangster Cumbia Party. We’re back on Monday.