Below, the week in music, along with a tip on some weekend melodic salve.
-- FKA Twigs officially arrived this week. The beguiling young British singer and producer dropped her debut album, "LP1," on Tuesday, and proved her mettle with a show at the El Rey the same night.
The Times' August Brown's take: "The world she offers in her art is so much more sensual and bewitching than the one most of us live in. Even at her most raw, like her hot-blooded pursuit of a coupled-off partner on 'Two Weeks,' she wasn’t asking permission as much as giving a command."
-- Nas is continuing to celebrate two decades of his classic "Illmatic" by embarking on a "Time is Illmatic" tour in which he'll play the album in its entirety and screen a documentary on its making. The masterful New York lyricist and emcee announced a date at the perfect local venue for such an event: The Orpheum on theater row in downtown Los Angeles. It's scheduled for Oct. 18. For a full listing of shows, check the Nas page.
-- Soon-to-be rock star Ty Segall is getting ready to unveil his new record, "Manipulator," and teased its Aug. 26 release with a performance on "Conan." Delivering a searing version of one of the 17-song album's best songs, "Feel," Segall and his band announced their arrival with a show of force.
I sat down with Segall in Eagle Rock last month for a story that will appear in this Sunday's edition of The Times. "The idea was to focus more on one thing for a long period of time," he told me. "Usually I'll spend six months writing a record and then I'll record it. This record I wanted it to be the opposite." He wanted to make, he added, "a Tony Visconti kind of record." The profile just went live. Read it here.
-- The loss of
"This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said "questlove.....black thought....rahzel....the roots from Philadelphia!!!!" He looked over and there was Robin Williams, a fan. The whole story is worth a read.
-- Los Angeles avant-beat producer Flying
-- And, finally: Looking to catch up and keep up with the year's best tracks? One way I do it is through an ongoing, frequently updated Spotify playlist of my favorites. It's a mess of styles, genres and moods, but I'd like to think that it can serve as some sort of springboard into contemporary musical exploration.
You can check it out and subscribe here.
Me? I'm seeing Billy Joe Shaver at the Satellite on Saturday. I may end up crashing at Sonos Studios afterward, which will be open all night for Dublab's "Tonalism." Occurring from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, the night of ambient music will feature Jon Hassell, Sun Araw, Matthewdavid and others. Info here.