This Week in Music: Boots, Lana + Panda Bear Surprise Us

The elusive and enigmatic producer behind Beyonce’s glorious self titled album BOOTS has been popping up everywhere in music. Since then he has worked with Run the Jewels and FKA Twigs on their new releases and even dropped a mixtape of his own, WinterSpringSummerFall. Now, BOOTS has just announced a full record called AUQΛRIA. In honor of the exciting news, Milk has put together a list of surprises that popped up in the music world this week.

Terrence Loves You – Lana Del Rey

Along with the pre order of her upcoming album Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey has released another track off of the album, ‘Terrence Loves You.’ The slow sultry ballad, which will be the third track on the new record, reminisces about a lost love that the queen of the flower crowns misses dearly. The album cover art was also released with her tracklist, which features the singer on a Starlines Tours truck sporting a floppy hat and sunglasses. Lana’s clearly cruising away from the haters and we want to join too.

’Nobody Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’ – Courtney Barnett

The master of all that is deadpan and indifferent is back with a video for another hit off of her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, ‘Nobody Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party.’ The video features a mix between iPhone recordings and higher quality shots of Barnett’s show. The relaxed rocker put a DIY banner with the song’s title at a subway stop in London and did a surprise performance for commuters and fans alike. The single articulates the conundrum of having a social life with lyrics like, ‘You’re saying definitely maybe / I’m saying probably no.’

’Aqua Teen Dream’ – Patti Smith

Fun fact: Patti Smith is a huge Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan. So much so that the punk queen wrote a somber ballad to commemorate the end of the show. The touching piano melody almost brings a tear to the eye when reflecting on the show. Smith asks the truly existential questions surrounding the shows end like, “I never dreamed, I’d be in Aqua Teen / Thirteen seasons, what did it mean?” When something as magical as a TV show about a meatball, a soda and a nun-chuck master named Carl getting together, leaves the air there’s something to be missed.

Crosswords – Panda Bear

The funkadelic dance master is back with even more trippy jams. Panda Bear’s 5 track EP Crosswords came as a surprise to many considering how hot on the heels of Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper this is. Not all of the tracks are completely new though. A rehashing of the track ‘Crosswords,’ from the most recent album, and ‘The Preakness’ from the album Tomboy are included on the EP. However, other three songs are completely new and make us want to get up and groove.

’Get Up Get Down’ – Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins’ newest project Wave(s) has been a huge hit in the hip hop scene. Jenkins just dropped a video for the track ‘Get Up Get Down,’ which the rapper describes as ‘a charge to get out and do something.’ The video features three kids in monochromatic tracksuits killing it with their dance moves (the kid in the red is our idol). Panning through different parts of Chicago, the video is a gorgeous ode to Jenkins’ stomping grounds.

Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

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