First off I'd like to apologize for the absence of this feature last week, but I was busy last weekend and couldn't get around to it. I'll do my best to make it up to you right now with all of the things that mattered to me in the past week.
1. The music video for The Flaming Lips ft Prefuse 73's "The Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee" from their new all collaborative compilation The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is wonderfully bizarre. It depicts a place that is somewhat like Earth, but through a thick haze of weird. Eventually a space-man goes on a mission to the moon but things go wrong and he dies and drifts to a far away planet. You then see a caveman (and I mean all of him) take the spaceman's skull out of his helmet and proceed to urinate all over it. Does anyone else feel that the Flaming Lips are just trying to be weird for the sake of being weird in recent years? I fear that Wayne Coyne may legitimately be a crazy person.
2. Also this week in music videos I've been watching the video for Death Grips' "I've Seen Footage" with a ton of regularity. It's pulsating 90s-esque beat and dance party chorus has elevated it to one of my favorite songs on their excellent major label debut The Money Store. The video featuring hundreds of tour photos in a little over 3 minutes is almost the perfect primer for getting someone into Death Grips, as long as that person isn't an epileptic. The video also pretty much confirms that MC Ride has graffiti-ed Death Grips somewhere in every venue that they've ever played in. As long as I've got you here, check out some of Death Grips' set at Coachella too.
4. Here's a heartbreaking story about a 10 year old boy who was beaten to death by his stepfather. He's said to have tied the boy to a chair and duct taped a sock into his mouth and beat him with a stick until he died in his family's basement while they slept upstairs. This crime was apparently in retaliation for the child falling behind on his homework. I guess this goes without saying, but murdering kids isn't cool and you shouldn't do it. At least the father confessed to the crime which should avoid a lengthy and painful trial. Interestingly enough, the boy was running down Sycamore street that afternoon and a neighbor intervened. The boy told him that he didn't want to go back home, the boy's stepfather reportedly told the neighbor to tell him that "Daddy promises nothing is going to happen".