Here we go: In between posting offhand bits of philosophy and plenty of cringeworthy opinions, Kanye West has been using his Twitter account to announce both a pair of new albums of his own (one a collaboration with Kid Cudi), as well as new records from G.O.O.D. Music associates Pusha T and Teyana Taylor. Rumors pointed towards Yeezy having produced the latter records, and now West has confirmed as much in another new tweet.
“I’m hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place,” he writes, acknowledging his reference to Jordan Peele’s Get Out with a lol emoji. This marks the first time in a decade that West’s taken production duties upon himself.I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 22, 2018
That must mean he’s also producing the new album from Nas, which he announced just moments after the above tweet. “Nas June 15th,” it reads, presumably saying that a new release from the Illmatic legend is due for release in mid-June. It marks Nas’ first studio album since 2012’s Life Is Good.
Located in the basement of Prince’s Paisley Park estate is a bank vault full of unreleased music. As part of their investigation into the musician’s tragic death in 2016, the Carver Country Sheriff’s Office recently released a number of photographs from inside the vault, offering our first peak at the treasure trove of material amassed by Prince over the course of his 57-year life.
According to Prince’s former sound engineer, Susan Rodgers, the vault pre-dates the release of 1984’s Purple Rain and was already at capacity she left three years later. “When I left in 87, it was nearly full,” she explained in an interview with the Guardian. “Row after row of everything we’d done. I can’t imagine what they’ve done since then.”
As Prince’s death was unexpected and he left no will, his estate had no way of accessing the vault as only Prince knew the door’s key code. After drilling it open, the estate’s archivist discovered enough unreleased music to release a new album every year for the next century.
The first batch of this discovered material has begun to see release, including a reissue of Purple Rain, the 1999-era “Moonbeam Levels”, and the original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which surfaced last week. The estate has also struck distribution deals with Warner Bros. Records and Universal Music with plans for more unreleased music to be unearthed...
The album, the 27th studio effort from the Washington sludge rockers, follows last year’s double album A Walk with Love and Death, and is the first to feature two bass players in OFF!’s Steven McDonald Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus. “We’ve never had two bass players,” Buzz Osborne said of the decision. “We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players.”
In a recent interview with Revolver, Osbourne adds, “These guys are world-class players. They’re as good as anybody out there. They’re better, because they have better sensibilities. All the stuff that I can get from Jeff’s involvement in the Butthole Surfers and Steven’s involvement in Redd Kross, I want that in my band. I want all that weirdness and all that sickness and all that insanity.”
We’ve already heard the pair’s impact in singles like “Stop Moving to Florida”, a mashup medley of Butthole Surfers’ “Moving to Florida” and James Gang’s “Stop”. There’s also “Embrace the Rub”, a “Steven McDonald penned, punker tune throwback to his days as a young Hawthorne, CA punk hanging out with Black Flag,” according to the band’s Dale Crover.
Back in 2009, Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson recruited shaggy songwriter Pete Yorn for Break Up, an album inspired by the duets of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot (we didn’t love it). Johansson went on to explore other musical outlets with supergroups like The Singles and Sugar For Sugar, but it’s to Yorn she returns. The pair have just announced a five-song EP, After. It arrives June 1st via Capitol Records.
The EP features four new songs and Johnannson’s take on Yorn’s 2016 song “Tomorrow”. Yorn says in press release that if the duo’s previous album was about an unraveling relationship, “Apart is dealing with the aftermath.”
“It acknowledges the array of heavy emotions that come up living separate lives. You’re getting used to the idea of not being with someone who has been a big part of your life. Even after a break up has occurred, the presence of an ex still seems to loom large in one’s mind for a while. There are moments during the day where you wonder, is it really over? Or will there be another chapter in the relationship now that it has evolved? The EP is an attempt to sort through all this and get comfortable with the excitement of new freedoms while facing underlying fears of the unknown road that lies ahead.”
Johansson adds: “Being able to revisit this project with Pete in a totally different context but within the...
Announced less than 24 hours ago, the six-track effort marks the outfit’s first material since sharing “The Clarity” back in 2014 through Adult Swim’s Singles Series. It’s also Sleep’s first LP since the iconic Dopesmoker, which was unofficially released around the early 2000s before finally receiving a proper reissue in 2012.
The Sciences, featuring songs like “The Botanist” and “Marijuanaut’s Theme”, is out through Jack White’s own Third Man Records. In support, Sleep will soon head out on a lengthy tour across North America and Europe; see the whole itinerary here.
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The Sciences Tracklist:
01. The Sciences
02. Marijuanaut’s Theme
03. Sonic Titan
04. Antarcticans Thawed
05. Giza Butler
06. The Botanist
It’s been 14 years, but fans finally have a new A Perfect Circle record to behold. The band has today released Eat the Elephant, their long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s Emotive and first record since reuniting in 2010. Listen to the entire thing below via Apple Music or Spotify.
For the 12-track effort, frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel were joined by guitarist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), drummer Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine), and bassist Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine). Production duties were handled by Dave Sardy (Incubus, ZZ Top), marking the first time APC worked with an outside producer. Announced back in February, Eat the Elephant was previewed with the singles “TalkTalk”, “Disillusioned”, and “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish”.
In our review for the album, Consequence of Sound’s Tyler Clark said Keenan’s social criticism was as sharp as ever. “Essential for fans and sporadically thrilling for newcomers, Eat the Elephant is the kind of reunion record that most bands would kill for,” Clark wrote. “While it doesn’t court the same kind of controversy as the band’s previous political statements, it rewards multiple listens enough to overcome the vast majority of its shortcomings. If you’ve ever been angry and tired of being angry at the same time, this one’s for you.”
Listen to the album in full below.
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For this week’s episode, Losers Michael Roffman and Justin Gerber reunite with Allison Shoemaker, who brings her TV Party to the Barrens. Together, they head to Riverdale to attend the latest revival of Carrie: The Musical. Spoiler: Things get messy on stage.
Along the way, they read through some Needful Tweets and stop by Hollywood King, where Richie Tozier himself, aka Finn Wolfhard, talks to honorary Loser Kyle Meredith about It: Chapter Two, Stranger Things 3, and his band Calpurnia.
Listen above and return next week for the inaugural installment of Collecting King, which turns the spotlight on fans like you. While you’re at it, though, leave us a glowing review on iTunes. We love getting those. Sincerely.
Chapters include: Intro, Needful Tweets (3:15), Hollywood King (22:00), Interview with Finn Wolfhard (56:30), Riverdale‘s Carrie: The Musical Revival (1:09:30), TV Party (1:37:00), and Outro (1:46:00)
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This week, Jack White kicked off his Boarding House Reach tour with a pair of hometown shows in Detroit. Midway through Thursday night’s gig, White invited a very special guest to the stage: White’s mother, Teresa Gillis, joined her son to sing backing vocals and polka with him during his performance of The White Stripes’ “Hotel Yorba”, according to Billboard. Check out photos below via White’s website.
You gotta hand it to Portugal. the Man; as often as they’ve been making TV appearances lately, you’d think it’d get boring seeing them support Woodstock. Yet each performance adds a little something different, whether it be bringing a string section to Conan, a marching band to Ellen, or a children’s chorus and a drumline to Colbert. They changed things up once again last night with their appearance on Kimmel.
For the performance of “Live in the Moment”, they were backed by a string quartet all repping their adopted home of Portland, Oregon by wearing Portland Trail Blazers jerseys. (The Blazers are currently down 2-0 to the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA playoffs.) PTM also added a slight twist to thee song itself, using pitch modulation and reverb to up the psychedelic ante. Check out the replay below.
After appearing at Coachella this past weekend (and doing it again this upcoming one), Portugal. the Man have a summer tour itinerary filled with festival appearances. They’ll be hitting up Boston Calling, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and so many others. Find their full fest itinerary here, and watch their interview with Consequence of Sound from last year’s Austin City Limits below.
“Is this now?”
So says Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), Westworld’s head programmer and rogue robot, more than a few times in the HBO series’ second season. And if there’s one thing that will alienate the ravenous viewer this go-around, it’s that. Well, that and the numerous “I don’t knows” that Wright mutters in his deep, wary baritone. And, sigh, wasn’t it writing like this that hobbled the first season? Droning characters ask big questions in blunt ways and the subsequent monologues elegantly dance around dorm room philosophy. Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy occasionally punctuated this laboriousness with moments of taut action, but it continually struggled to populate those sequences with compelling characters or meaningful pursuits (let us never speak of “the maze” again). It was a season of ideas, one that made us wait 10 episodes for the fireworks factory. It was, by so many definitions, a prologue.
The good news? Westworld’s story has now begun. In the five episodes screened for critics, the plotting is sharp, the action propulsive, and the mysteries intriguing (and rooted in more than mere theory). With interminable Westworld architect Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dead, the mental gymnastics needed to process his labyrinthian motivations are eclipsed by immediate, high-stakes threats: Dolores...
With some time to kill in between Coachella weekends, Offset caught a flight to New York on Tuesday for appearance on The Tonight Show. The Migos member teamed up with Metro Boomin to perform their recent collaborative single, “Ric Flair Drip”. And just as he did in the song’s video, the real-life Ric Flair dropped in for a surprise appearance. Watch the full performance — which took place inside a wrestling ring — below.
“Ric Flair Drip” appears on Offset, Metro Boomin, and 21 Savage’s collaborative album, Without Warning.
Mazzy Star are set to release a new EP called Still on June 1st. The band’s first such release in four years, the EP contains three new tracks plus an alternate “acension” version of “So Tonight That I Might See”. One of those new tracks is called “Quiet, the Winter Harbor” and you can stream it below.
Still follows Mazzy Star’s 2013 reunion LP, Seasons of Your Day, and a standalone 7-inch single released for Record Store Day in 2014. The release of Still coincides with Mazzy Star’s performance at Australia’s VIVID Sydney Festival.
As we learned earlier today, Father John Misty will release his newest album, God’s Favorite Customer, on June 1st. Tonight, J. Tillman has unveiled two of the album’s tracks: “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All”. Take a listen below.
God’s Favorite Customer spans 10 tracks in all and also includes the previous single “Mr. Tillman”. The album marks Tillman’s fourth album to date as Father John Misty and serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Pure Comedy. Find more details here.
In their quest to take back Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Wu-Tang Clan may have found an ally in former FBI director James Comey. Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah and Method Man met Comey backstage at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night. Ghostface captioned a photo of the trio together by writing, “Me and my brother @methodmanofficial Workin on getting that album back from the feds… wu Tang forever @comey.”
The fate of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was forfeited by its owner Martin Shkreli after he was convicted of security fraud, currently rests in the hands of the Justice Department under the purview of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Wu-Tang leader RZA recently revealed that he attempted to buy back the album, but stipulations from the original contract, drawn up when Wu-Tang sold the record to Shkreli, forbade him from owning it. How much help Comey can actually provide is of course unclear — especially given his unceremonious firing from the FBI and subsequent book tour in which he has repeatedly trashed Donald Trump. Then again, it’s not like Sessions and Trump are on especially good terms these days.
Update: On the Late Show, Ghostface and Method Man appeared in a sketch in which they confronted Sessions (played by an Keebler elf cookie).
Steven Spielberg is circling his first-ever superhero film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is developing an adaptation of the DC Comics’ Blackhawk, with Spielberg himself in line to direct the film.
Longtime Spielberg collaborator David Koepp will adapt the script from the World War II comic, which follows the titular character as he leads the elite Blackhawk Squadron into the battle against the Nazis and other Axis forces. At the height of Blackhawk’s popularity in the early 1940s, the comic books outsold every other title except for Superman. Koepp has previously worked with Spielberg on films such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The film also reunites Spielberg with the studio behind his recent adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which has earned $476 million worldwide since opening late last month. His next two movies are Indiana Jones 5 and an adaptation of West Side Story.
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”
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Founding Pink Floyd member and drummer Nick Mason has formed a new project called Saucerful of Secrets to play his legendary rock band’s early material. The supergroup features former Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, The Blockheads guitarist Lee Hass, Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, and composer Dom Beken. Next month, they will convene in London to play selections from Pink Floyd’s first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets.
“This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets,” the new group said in a statement. “Very few bands are as culturally important as Pink Floyd. They are one of the best selling music artists of all time and Nick Mason is a founder and the only constant member of the band performing on all of their albums as well as all of their live shows. This will be Nick Mason’s first live musical outing since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London.”
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As Louder points out, Mason last played live at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. He also appeared with David Gilmour at a Roger Waters show in May 2011. On May 20th, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets will play a...
According to listings on iTunes and Amazon France (via Reddit), the album is called God’s Favorite Customer. Spanning 10 tracks, it include the previously revealed “Mr. Tillman” as well as “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All”, both of which are set to drop at midnight EST tonight. Update: You can hear both tracks here. Other titles include “Hangout at the Gallows”, “Please Don’t Die”, and “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)”.
Speaking with NME last year, FJM said the self-produced record was less “pretentious” than his past two “squarely concept records” and would feature “kinda spritely BPMs.” In a separate interview with Uncut, he described the album as “the real I Love You, Honeybear, but without the cynicism.” He continued,
“Most of this next album was written in a six-week period where I was kind of on the straits. I was living in a hotel for two months. It’s kind of about… yeah… misadventure. The words were just pouring out of me. It’s really rooted in something that happened last year that was… well, my life blew up. I think the music...
Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is gearing up for “The Championship Tour” alongside the all-star roster of Top Dawg Entertainment. In promotion of the 30-date trek, he’s shared an entertaining tour trailer featuring the entire squad preparing to hit the road.
Directed by Jack Begert and TDE president Dave Free, the video opens with ScHoolboy Q on the golf course with SZA, who’s lagging behind. Meanwhile, Kendrick is on the tennis court training Jay Rock, who can’t stop breaking racquets. Over on the basketball court, Ab-Soul hasn’t made a shot yet, and to top things off, he gave R&B singer SiR directions to the wrong gym. Finally, Lance Skiiiwalker struggles with his cardio on the soccer field.
The trailer really gets fun, however, when the ’80s music kicks and the TDE roster gathers together for some training camp style exercises to mixed results. SZA turns out to be surprisingly athletic, flipping over a tire and doing some cartwheels during the process. To close things out, the crew –except for Kendrick — scatters after hearing about the “mandatory drug test.”
Slated for September, the leg features shows in New Orleans, Atlanta, Tulsa, New York, and Toronto, among others. These additional gigs will feature opening act Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) in a supporting role.
Neko Case 2018 Tour Dates:
05/27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/28 – Boise, ID @ Summerfield at Memorial Stadium *
05/30 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater *
06/01 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre *
06/02 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
06/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre *
06/08 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *
06/09 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Ampitheater *
06/10 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre *
06/12 – Rogers, AK @ WalMart Arkansas Music Pavilion *
06/13 – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Ampitheatre at Snowden Grove *
06/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Lawn at White River Amphitheatre *
06/16 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *
06/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *
06/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *
06/20 – Columbia, MD @...
Earlier today on his new website, Morrissey self-published a rambling, misinformed interview in which he called halal certifiers “supporters of ISIS” and scolded “the modern Loony Left” for forgetting “that Hitler was Left wing. Hours later, the former Smiths singer returned with something much less controversial: a “lost studio track” entitled, “By the Time I Get To Wherever I’m Going.”
Upbeat instrumentation accompanies Moz’s typically melancholy lyrics. There’s a nice guitar solo near the end of the song, too. Hear it below.