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We Made It In America: Jay Z & Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail" (Anthony Mandler)

"There are milk crates downstairs, if you need to use one MT @justintimberlake Join me & @Target tonight for just one song" aging Indie Rockers Yo La Tengo snarkily Tweeted Wednesday night. For what it's worth, a global super-star like Timberlake really does have ABSOLUTELY NO business playing a one-off corporate-sponsored show at a shitty hole-in-the-wall [albeit closed] NJ Indie Rock venue like Maxwell's; Justin Timberlake was actually filming an Instagram & Twitter-fied Target commercial for a select 150 lucky fans, which is coincidentally set to dual as a promo for his new clothing line and a secondary "Take Back The Night" music video. Not even 24 hours later, Jay Z and new-found buddy Timberlake unleashed their Anthony Mandler-directed "Holy Grail" visuals, via Facebook. The exclusively-released clip could've very well reached nearly 42 million combined "Friends" by now, which has only recently been re-upped to YouTube

Fool's Gold Proudly Presents: Danny Brown - "ODB" (OLD Roll Call & Details)

Now that his long-delayed Fool's Gold debut, OLD, finally has a proper release date (Sept. 30th), Danny Brown has unleashed it's Dirt McGirt-referencing lead video-single, "ODB." The self-proclaimed "dirty old man with a pill in his mouth and his dick in his hand" skillfully recruited frequent collaborator Paul White and [director] RUFFMERCY for "ODB," as well as A$AP Rocky, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Freddie Gibbs, ScHoolboy Q, Rustie, A-Trak, and SKYWLKR, who also contributed to OLD's currently unspecified tracklist. Let's just fuggedabout Kendrick Lamar's recent #rapgame-rattling verse on Big Sean left-over "Control,"Danny Brown easily out-raps and most likely terribly embarrasses nearly 3/4's of Hip-Hop's so-called "top emcees," usually over jittery almost un-rappable Electro-Trap beats. Danny Brown and his genre-blending buddies Action Bronson & Trash Talk are soon headed out on the 2 High 2 Die Tour

Guess Who's Back, Back Again?: Eminem - "Berzerk" (The Marshall Mathers LP 2)

"Guess who's REALLY back? #VMAs," Eminem Tweeted along with a KAWS-designed logo before the start of the 30th annual MTV VMA's; while "Miley Cyrus was still TWERKIN,'" Justin Timberlake reunited with N'SYNC, Kanye performed under a lynching tree, Lady GaGa showed off her new-found fat ass, and Katy Perry closed out the show from a boxing ring/stage under the Brooklyn Bridge... Eminem revealed news that he's prepping The Marshall Mathers LP 2 for a November 5th release (Shady Aftermath). Eager and unknowing fans were treated to 2 Beats By Dre/Eminem commercials throughout the live broadcast, 15 and 30-second teasers between 9-11pm. Included within the #NewBeatsStudio commercials was a track preview presumably titled, "Berzerk," which is set for a wide release this upcoming Tuesday, August 27th.


It seems as though Eminem has resurrected his angst-filled bleach blonde Slim Shady alter-ego, who's been largely inactive ever since To…

Tyler, The Creator Presents: King Krule - "Easy, Easy" (True Panther Sounds)

Whether or not it's actually factual, Tyler, The CreatorTweeted: "LISTENING TO LIL B WITH KING KRULE. GAY HUMOR WITH EMINEM. "HOE CAKES" BY MF DOOM LIVE. ALL IN LIKE 72 HOURS. MY LIFE IS SO NASTY!" Saturday evening. It's also worth noting that Odd Future's semi-mysterious feliciathegoat Instagram handle posted a candid shot of Tyler, Earl & King Krule along with the caption, "OUT GETTING RIBS. GO GET KRULE'S NEW ALBUM, [6 Feet Beneath The Moon]." 19-year-old King Krule's just-released album definitely seems to have Tyler, The Creator's approval; Archy Marshall's debut album under the "King Krule" moniker was quietly unleashed on his birthday, August 24th, although he's released various projects under a few different now-retired monikers... Zoo Kid, Edgar The Beatmaker, and DJ JD Sports.


True Panther/XL Recordings unveiled 2 teaser singles earlier this month, "Easy, Easy" and "Neptune Estate&quo…

Good Times, Bad Times: The Dismemberment Plan - "Invisible" (Partisan Records)

Legendary Hardcore Art-Punk band The Dismemberment Plan had their original "reign of terror" across DC from 1993-2003, eventually parted ways, and all got boring blue collar desk jobs. Since initially re-forming in Sept. 2010, D-Plan have played a handful of scattered and wildly successful reunion tours (including a Late Night gig). After years of one-off gigs and claims of not getting back together "except to drink beer," it seems like Travis Morrison, Eric Axelson, Jason Caddell & Joe Easley are finally back together and in full form for the foreseeable future. But The Dismemberment Plan's comeback single, "Waiting," was released in a pretty unconventional method. It was temporarily play-able when eager fans dialed 252-64-DPLAN, although "Waiting" has since been re-released via Soundcloud.


Now, the band have unleashed a second taste of their forthcoming Uncanney Valley album, "Invisible," which Tom Breihan appropriately desc…

Sampling Blur & Carly Simon: M.I.A. - "UNBREAK My Mixtape" (Interscope?)

While it's title could easily be a reference to Toni Braxton's similarly-titled 1996 smash-hit, M.I.A.'s latest [controlled] leak, "UNBREAK My Mixtape" almost seamlessly samples Blur, Carly Simon, Karen Dalton, and Fresh 4 in just under 5 minutes! After nearly a year of 2's-worth of delays and a single threatening Tweet, M.I.A.'s long-awaited fourth studio album Matangi is finally slated for a firm November 5th release. "UNBREAK My Mixtape" might just be The Internet's fifth taste of Matangi, succeeded by "Only 1 U," "Come Walk with Me," "atTENTion," and possibly even "Bad Girls" (2012). M.I.A. effortlessly floats in-between the rapidly-changing beat(s); lamenting about a lost love and a broken mixtape, "Here's a mixtape that I made, let's take a break... While I get my life sorted, here's a mixtape... What did I do for you to call me crazy?" M.I.A. seems pretty determined to rel…

Brandon Dermer & Diplo Present: Major Lazer - "Scare Me" (Terry Crews Live-Action!?)

While Terry Crews has lent his broad-spanning acting talents to everything from The Expendables 1-2 to a recent Old Spice campaign, I think I personally enjoyed his portrayal of a teen-aged Chris Rock's relentlessly hard-working father on Everybody Hates Chris (2005-09) the best. Major Lazer, the lone robo-soldier of the zombie apocalypse and the brainchild of one Thomas Wesley "Diplo" Pentz, has been long-overdue for a righteous live-action mini-movie adaption. Crews stars alongside a very colorful cast of characters: Lauren London, Blake Anderson, Nick Kroll, and a menacing super-villain named General Rubbish. During his premier performance as Major Lazer, Terry Crews inflicts plenty of bloodshed, campy action, gun-arm violence, and general AWESOMENESS under Brandon Dermer's direction. Now, the actual track showcased in the music video, "Scare Me" features Peaches & Timberlee and appears on Diplo's second album released under his dreaded Dancehal…

Jet Planes, Islands, Tigers On a Gold Leash: Lorde - "Royals" (The Weeknd Remixo)

I think it's pretty safe to say that The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) comfortably teeters the fine line between glitched-out smooth New Age R&B and hard-hitting Hip-Hop; while the same could arguably be said for 16-year-old New Zealand new-comer, Lorde. Her break-out single "Royals" 1/2 jokingly shouts out semi-common bravado-worthy shit like: diamonds, "gold teeth, Grey Goose... Cadillacs, Cristal, Maybach... jet planes, islands, [and] tigers on a gold leash." But now, the Lorde/Weeknd connection has been further solidified, as Tesfaye recently managed to conjure up and release his own "Royals" remix. My beautiful girlfriend said earlier, and I paraphrase, that it "makes her wanna dance lol and she could [likely] hear this remix in a future movie!"


Following the wide-spread release of her first 2 EP's (Love Club & Tennis Court), Universal Republic plans to unleash Lorde's proper debut album, Pure Heroine between September 27th an…

Glory Boyz Ent. Presents: Chief Keef - "Citgo" (Will Hoopes & Young Ravisu)

Internet-spun legend had to that Chief Keef discovered Polish beat-maker Young Ravisu(Radoslaw Sobieraj) himself in later 2012-13 while perusing YouTube for "Finally Rich-type beats;" after some additional mixing, paperwork, and legal mumbo-jumbo, Young Ravisu's instrumental slowly morphed into "Citgo." The 2 like-minded 18-year-olds' collaboration eventually ended up appearing as a bonus track on Chief Keef's commercial debut, Finally Rich. Before this piece goes too far, let me just say that I'm far from a Chief Keef expert/super-fan: I'm really only familiar with him through his Kanye-affiliated tracks, "I Don't Like" (Remix) and more recently, "Hold My Liquor" with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Now, nearly 8+ months after it's initial release, "Citgo" has been re-hashed as a proper video-single, more or less.


A mere coincidence or not, GBE Ent. also unleashed a 16-track mixtape, Bang Part 2, the night before…

The Best of Both Worlds: Phoenix & R. Kelly - "Trying to Be Cool" (Remix)

All I can think of when I hear something about R. Kelly anymore is "I wanna piss on you... Gimme that pee-pee. Gimme that poo-poo" thanks to Dave Chappelle's CLASSIC scandalous skit. But R. Kelly is actually a really talented, slightly zonked out musician and he's seemingly about to infiltrate a whole new market: Hipsters! Robert Kelly formed a new-found kinship with French Indie Rock band Phoenix at Coachella earlier this summer; performing a few unique mashed-up remixes for the unsuspecting concert-goers, "Ignition" (1901) and "Chloroform" (I'm a Flirt). It's kinda like that time R. Kelly & Jay Z teamed up for a MASSIVE album and world tour -- Except it's more like if Jay Z was 4 scrawny French guys ha. But with that said, it's not a whole lot unlike Daft Punk & Pharrell's recent mega-hit, "Get Lucky;" Just a little more Adult Contemporary and a little less Electro-fied.


Ina recent interview conducted with

Return of The Clipse: No Malice & Pusha T - "Shame The Devil" (Re-Up Records)

Although he doesn't even make an appearance until about 2:35 into "Shame The Devil,"No Malice's new track marks the long-awaited reunion with his brother and former Clipse partner in crime, Pusha T; It's the first unofficial Clipse track since Gene & Terrence Thornton parted ways some 3-4 years ago to embark on separate solo careers. Since signing to Kanye's sprawling G.O.O.D. Music (DONDA) label/art-haus, Pusha T has largely kept in the same Coke Rap lane that Clipse pioneered back in the mid-90's; while Malice reportedly found religious solace, became a slightly more socially-conscious rapper, and for whatever reason, changed his emcee handle to "No Malice." These inner-band issues or creative differences are dually addressed on "Shame The Devil:" "Gene [Malice] found God, they thinking we at odds / Must ain't know my father, he ain't never spared a rod / Yuugh! It's two sides to a card / Just opposite ends of t…

Flying Lotus & Thundercat - "Aqua TV Show Show Theme" (Williams Street Records?)

It's been an ongoing quasi-real joke ever since season 8 of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2011) to seemingly change the series' overall name withe each impending new season: Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Aqua Something You Know Whatever, and now Aqua TV Show Show ha. Replacing the show's original, long-standing Schoolly D-penned title sequence, Brainfeeder buddies Flying Lotus & Thundercat have teamed up to produce a Jazz-infused 45-second "Aqua TV Show Show Theme."@flyinglotus recently Tweeted, "Frylock lookin' like @GASLAMPKILLER in the intro... [and that] The ending credits music is on some Silver Apples-isnpired shiieee." Thundercat's actual role is widely unknown at this pint, but the infamous Suicidal Tendencies metal-head more than likely continued some scorchin' bass licks!


The ATSS theme sequence is of course accompanied by a black-and-white 70's Soul-Funk-reminiscent animated clip; It stars Frylock, Master Shake & Meatwad as a …

Tunde Adebimpe Presents: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band - "The Blast, The Boom" (ZNA Records)

While his primary band is taking what at least seems to be an honest, yet semi-active, indefinite hiatus, TV on The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe has crafted a new mouth-full of a band, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. Here, Adebimpe is joined by 3 equally busy long-time friends: Ryan Sawyer, Josh Werner, and Alex Holden... members of Lone Wolf and Cub, Lee "Scratch" Perry/CocoRosie, and Big Numbers (respectively). Higgins Waterproof have recently announced a 5-track self-titled EP that's set for an October 1st release on their own imprint, ZNA Records, along with a month-long (October) Sunday night residency at Brooklyn's own Union Pool venue. I think it's pretty safe to assume that this is in fact the same 5-song collection Tunde Adebimpe was describing to SPIN just a few months ago: "You have friends in bands and you realize you've known each other 15 years and never played together, maybe out of respect for your friendship. We started doing most…

It's Only Rock "N" Roll, and I Like It: White Denim - "Pretty Green" (Corsicana Lemonade)

"It's taken five records to make one that sounds the way we do on-stage," lamented White Denim frontman James Petralli, who recorded a 6-track Portastudio-assisted covers album on-the-fly last April... "We wheeled-in a bunch of crazy 50's gear and played from noon until 2am every day until the album was done." Downtown Records plans to unleash Corsicana Lemonade, which was jointly produced by Jeff Tweedy, Tom Schick, and local Austin maestro Jim Vollentine, this upcoming October 29th. White Denim could more or less be likened to a slightly more Indie Rock-minded, Funk-infused version of The Black Keys or something along the lines of Squeeze, Big Star, and Rick Derringer.


Aside from a nifty little Corsicana Lemonade album teaser clip, "Pretty Green" is a blistering Rock "N" Roll romper, despite it's semi-questionable title. This marks the first time during White Denim's 7-year career that they've worked with an outside produc…

Fred Armisen & Amex Present: Kings of Leon - "Supersoaker" (RCA Records)

Sonically, Mechanical Bull should have a little somethin' for everyone; swooning 18-year-olds and die-hard Kings of Leon purists alike. Just a few mere hours after unveiling their slow-burning new single, "Wait for Me," Kings of Leon uploaded a fairly stripped down music video for lead-off single, "Supersoaker." Director W.I.Z. somehow managed to implement some sort of Instagram-tinged video filter, which he describes as "an imagined hybrid of Pop-Art screenprint, hand tinting, and Technicolor film." "Supersoaker" kinda reminds me of a Southern-fried version of The Strokes or some other popular, dirty-looking early 2000's Garage Rock band(s). Throughout, Kings of Leon can be seen fiercely executing the track, surrounded by beautiful women that weirdly enough... they never really seem to fully acknowledge over the course of it's 4-minute run-time!


W.I.Z. & Kings of Leon have quite cleverly crafted a bare-bones Rock "N"…

Behold, The Butter Edition: JJ DOOM - "GUV'NOR" (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)

"WE REMIXED THE BEAT FOR "GUV'NOR" AND DOOM SPAT NEW VERSES ON THE TRACK," BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) Tweeted almost immediately preceding Noisey's world premier of the JJ DOOM remix, which was lifted from Keys to The Kuffs (Butter Edition). Lex Records plans to unleash the expanded and remixed album version on August 21st, but sadly the 12" picture discs won't ship until the end of October; The 2-CD set includes the original 14-track album, plus 4 BRAND NEW tracks and a gaggle of all-star remixes, 2 of which make use of expanded DOOM verses, too. In addition to BBNG and in-house producer Jneiro Jarel, Butter Edition features glitched-out remix contributions from Beck, Clams Casino, Radiohead members Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, and TV on The Radio mega-producer Dave Sitek.


Chester Hansen, Alex Sowinski & Matt Tavares AKA BADBADNOTGOOD previously recorded and self-released a blazin' instrumental Jazz cover titled "DOOM" (2011) that…

Tuomas Vauhkonen & Jeremias Nieminen Present: Quasimoto - "Catchin' The Vibe" (Stones Throw)

"We set out to film the video for "Catchin' The Vibe" in Quasimoto's home town [of] Lost Gates CA, but were denied filming permits. We were also denied permits for filming in Los Angeles County, possibly due to embarrassment caused in the wake of Quasimoto's "official letter of recognition" from the Los Angeles mayor and city council, who did not realize that Quasimoto was a semi-fictional cartoon character, weed-smoking promoter of chaos, obsessed with fat ass[es]." Stones Throw then recruited directors Tuomas Vauhkonen & Jeremias Nieminen, who filmed "Catchin' The Vibe" with local actors across alternate locations in Finland and Romania. It's a short, debauchery-filled affair that stars some sort of trashman collecting disposed items; cause like the say, "one man's trash is another man's treasure!" Stones Throw's included mini-press release also notes that "Madlib appears under costume in a q…

Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Ed Hemls & Jason Batemen are... Mumford & Sons - "Hopeless Wanderer" (Sam Jones)

Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane are four British chaps that have been making some pretty All-American-sounding Bluegrass and Folk Rock together since about 2007; While Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel was released back in September 2012, Island/Glassnote Records are still earnestly pushing successful Modern Rock radio singles from it. Mumford & Sons don't even appear in their latest music video, "Hopeless Wanderer" ...instead, director Sam Jones quite ingeniously re-cast former SNL alum and Arrested Development funnymen Jason Sudeikis (Mumford), Will Forte (Dwane), Ed Helms (Lovett), and Jason Bateman (Marshall) as a slightly exaggerated, ramped up version of the band. Now, it could just be a mere coincidence, but Ed Helms & Jason Sudeikis, who I think kinda look alike, are also co-starring in the upcoming summer blockbuster, We're The Millers, along with middle-aged bombshell Jennifer Aniston.


Sam Jones and his rag-ta…

G.O.O.D. Music Recruits Vixen, Miley Cyrus: Big Sean - "Fire" (Hall of Fame)

It seems like Miley Cyrus has somehow become some sort of weird Ellen DeGeneres or Justin Bieber-like punchline-inducing phenomenon for 4 out of 5 of your favourite rappers; Recently referenced by everyone from Jay Z to Rick Ross, who eloquently rapped, "I got a bad bitch in my Chevy / Selling Miley Cyrus in my brand new Monte Carlo..." on Meek Mill's recent Dreams & Nightmares track, "Believe It." All of this likely originated from Cyrus' own generally off-the-wall BONKERS Hip-Hop-infused "We Can't Stop" video-single. G.O.O.D. Music emcee Big Sean kinda took it to a whole 'nother level Friday upon unleashing his latest Hall of Fame single, "Fire." Leading up to the album's August 27th release date, Sean has leaked 3 additional teaser singles: "Guap," "Switch Up" [-feat. Common], and "Beware" with Lil' Wayne & Jhené Aiko.


DONDA director Matthew Williams more or less enlisted Miley Cyr…

Life + Times Presents: Jay Z - "Picasso Baby:" A Performance Art Film (Mark Romanek)

It almost seems wrong to [mis]label an artist as blatantly prolific and broad-spanning as Shawn "Jay Z" Carter as a mere rapper; Since he's arguably a powerful entrepreneur, businessman, record exec, sports agent, club owner, and 1/2 of a dynamic power-couple. After releasing his Samsung-backed Magna Carta... Holy Grail album on July 4th, he's once again teamed up with iconic "99 Problems" music video director Mark Romanek to create a 10-minute "Picasso Baby" performance art film. Recorded last month at Chelsea's own Pace Gallery, Romanek's team managed to capture 40+ hours worth of film over a 6-hour period with 8 meticulously-placed cameras. Loosely inspired by a similarly-minded Marina Abramović performance-art piece, The Artist Is Present, Jay Z & Mark Romanek packed the room full of creative types, eager super-fans, and journalists including: Judd Apatow, Alan Cummings, George Condo, Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, Taraji P. Henson, D…

Live from Saint Hilda's: Action Bronson - "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" (Noisey Old Folks Home)

"IN CASE [YOU] MISSED IT EARLIER, "THE TURNING POINT PERFORMANCE OF MY CAREER,"" Action "Bam Bam" Bronson ecstatically, 1/2-jokingly Tweeted late Wednesday afternoon; He's in fact referring to a recent pseudo-concert at Saint Hilda's, a local old folks home which Noisey UK has established some sort of relationship with and "arranged a surprise visit from the hottest rapper on the planet." While most recording artists get pretty stoked when the opportunity arises to play Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium, Red Rocks, etc. Bronson has a reputation for throwing mildly outrageous, slightly left-of-center concert experiences.


It seems like he'll gladly play just about anywhere for a decent price... Tweeting "THIS IS BY FAR, MY MOST ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE OF MY CAREER!!!!!!" not long after performing "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" for the confused seniors. While the majority of Saint Hilda's old-timers didn't ne…

Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence Reunite: "American Hustle" (Teaser Trailer)

Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are planning to grace the silver screen together once again in American Hustle, under the direction of Oscar winner David O. Russell. While filming was temporarily delayed during the sudden, tragic Boston Marathon Bombings back in April, American Hustle us currently slated for a Christmas Day release. Russell's film was formerly titled "American Bullshit" and it also features quite a few actors he's previously worked with as well: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, and Jeremy Renner. Seemingly set in the 1970's, American Hustle's premier trailer makes use of Led Zeppelin's righteous "Good Times Bad Times," which works perfectly with the film's underlying 70's sleaze tone. The Singer/Russell-penned film is reportedly a "fictionalization" of the infamous late 1970-80's FBI sting operation dubbed ABSCAM, which eventually helped indite a…