Friday, August 30, 2013

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. It's worth noting that "Holy Grail" has effectively been remixed, slowed down, and slightly tweaked for Mandler's quasi-Avant Garde video-shooting purposes.

Antony Mandler recently told MTV News: "Jay's committed to turning the rules upside down. He's willing to push the boundaries, flip the concepts, and allowed me the ability to be really disrespectful to the track, to re-cut it and change the order." It's running sub-plot also deals with fallen icons like Howard Hughes & Mike Tyson... "We talked a lot about that. How do you become trapped by that which you worked so hard to build? Just when you think you have everything, the universe can take it all back in just one second." Fresh off their Legends of The Summer joint-tour, Timberlake is preparing to release part 2 of his wildly successful comeback album, The 20/20 Experience on Sept. 27th; while Jay Z & Samsung unleashed Magna Carta... Holy Grail back on July 4th. In the meantime, Jay Z's second annual Budweiser-backed Made In America Festival is taking place later on this Labor Day Weekend, across Philly's own Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where everyone from Beyoncé to Nine Inch Nails are set to perform.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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, which is set to run for nearly a month in-between September 8th and October 15th, including a stop at Philly's own refurbished TLA venue.

RUFFMERCY adds all sorts of fucked up and colorful psychedelic filters to Brown's already kinda haggard-looking mug... Attempting to describe the scattered meaning behind the OLD album title to Larry Fitzmaurice back in January, Danny Brown lamented: "People are always like, 'Danny, you old', or, 'I liked your old shit better.' I didn't want to just continue where I left off with XXX (2011), because I got a lot of younger fans now that don't know nothing about the Hip-Hop shit. If people are just looking for dick-sucking jokes, there isn't too many of them." Brown said he might as well be an old school artist from the 1960's still making vinyl records, "There's a Side A and a Side B. The way I look at it, I've always been two different artists anyway; I do that Underground Hip-Hop shit and that turned-up Trap shit. XXX told a story, so I wanted this one to be like Curb Your Enthusiasm -- it's random and all over the place, but by the end it comes together."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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 Tom Green had one nut removed (2000). But the real question is: Will Eminem's rapid-fire brand of celebrity-bashing Aggro-Rap still be relevant nearly 14 years later, in the extremely fast-paced social medium and Internet Age? Long-time buddies Rick Rubin & Dr. Dre both helped co-executive produce The Marshall Mathers LP 2, while 50 Cent & Skylar Grey supposedly contributed rapped/sung guest vocals during the recording phase. Maybe it's still a little too early to tell, but I think "Berzerk" kinda has that underlying mid-90's Beastie Boys Slacker-Hop feel a la "So What'cha Want" or even late 80's, thumping Run-D.M.C.-sounding 808 hi-hats; Even just from a 30-second snippet, I can tell that Eminem, Rick Rubin & Dr. Dre [almost] perfectly sampled Billy Squier's Arena Rock mega-hit, "The Stroke" (1981).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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

Whether or not it's actually factual, Tyler, The Creator Tweeted: "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" as well as a non-album track over the weekend, "La Luna." Out of the 3 aforementioned tracks, "Easy, Easy" is with a doubt the most single-worthy and it now has a properly-constructed music video (in contrast to "Neptune Estate"'s largely still clip). King Krule's voice and the overall feel of "Easy, Easy" almost immediately remind me of The Clash's Cockney-soaked, Dub-inspired 80's Punk Rock sound that's starkly accented by a grizly rapper-like swagger, honestly not a whole lot unlike Tone-Lōc. It's grainy Focus Creeps-directed music video features Marshall sporting a suit and tie, just dicking around South-East London with a buddy... climbing fences, hoppin' trains like vagabonds, dancing on roof-tops, and generally just acting like your average baritone-voiced teenager.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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 describes as "about moving to a city where nobody knows your name, the fear and the ecstasy of the experience, and it's beautiful!" Oddly enough, when compared side-by-side, "Waiting" and "Invisible" are honestly as opposite as could be, stylistically; on one hand, last month's "Waiting" is basically a jittery Art Pop-Punk gem, while you could really say that "Invisible" is on a whole 'nother adult angst-fueled Aggro-Punk level... The Dismemberment Plan were one of the few bands that I unknowingly skipped over during my formative middle/high school East Coast Punk exploration, because they were largely inactive at the time (about 2000-03). And with that said, now really seems like as good a time as ever to get into the fully rejuvenated Post-Hardcore four-some, who's first album in nearly 12 years, Uncanney Valley is out nation-wide this upcoming October 15th.

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 release Matangi by November 5th with or without Interscope/XL Recordings' backing and at this point, we've already heard roughly 6-8 potential album tracks.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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 Dancehall alter-ego, Free The Universe (Secretly Canadian).

Sunday, August 18, 2013

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 and October 1st; while The Weeknd's sophomore album Kiss Land will see a September 10th release. Label-mate The Weeknd has ever so slightly morphed "Royals" into a Hip-Hop-leaning Euro-R&B dance jam that almost sounds a little reminiscent of Destiny's Child. Abel Tesfaye decided to go back in and re-record some tasteful mirrored falsetto vocals and additional coo's, which are barely recognizable. Pure Heroine will feature "Tennis Court" and "Royals," along with 8 newly-recorded tracks, which were laid down with New Zealand-based producer/guitarist, Joel Little. Ahead of Pure Heroine's upcoming world-wide release, Lorde is headed out on a short 12-date tour, criss-crossing between New Zealand, England, Australia, and of course state-side from September 7-October 21st.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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 Will Hoopes-directed video debuted online, which just so happened to be Chief Keef's 18th birthday, too. It's just 1 of 3 long-rumored mixtapes, with Almighty So supposedly slated for a Halloween FREE-release, followed by GGUOD on Thanksgiving. Stereogum head-honcho Tom Breihan pretty much described the weirdly awesome "Citgo" clip perfectly: "Once upon a time, you'd see a million dirt bikes and four-wheelers in every Rap video, and I've long pined for a return of the aesthetics of the Ruff Ryders era... [It's] a video that makes those dirt bikes look lyrical, somehow beautiful!" With that said, Chief Keef is essentially a hyper-aggro live wire of a rapper who not unlike pre-Carter III Lil' Wayne or Lil B, almost seems to sounds substantially "better" on low-grade DJ-tagged mp3's over lush-sounding major label mixed/mastered recordings.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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, guitarist Christian Mazzalai lamented, "The idea came to us one week before the show, very late. Before going on-stage we always put on R. Kelly's music, which is very far from our music, but we love his art." Although it's still unclear exactly how many chapters of Trapped In The Closet Phoenix have seen... "So, we created a mash-up between our music and his music. We sent it to him and he said yes. The funny part is he arrived late so we didn't see him before. We met him on-stage. We didn't rehearse so there was a beautiful tension!" Phoenix recently unleashed their latest Thriller mixing board-assisted album, Bankrupt! and Robert Kelly is seemingly recording a new album called Black Panties, which has now been preceded by a super-slick, slightly altered, and sexed up "Trying to Be Cool" remix.

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 two peas in a pod" (Pusha T) and "Dudes is facades in this lane we pioneered / Now they can't wait til we drop, that's diarrhea / I found God, the rest found jail like Madea / That's what you get when you pumping that Britney Spears [coke?]" (No Malice).

The Dancehall-infused track will appear within No Malice's upcoming 17-track August 18th album Hear Ye Him, ahead of Pusha T's repeatedly pushed back album, My Name Is My Name. G.O.O.D. Music doesn't currently have a solid release date set, but it was last scheduled and then imminently delayed as recently as July 16th, and it was seemingly delayed due to sample clearance issues and to allow Pusha T & Kanye to "go back and tweak" a few minor aspects. Pusha T has recruited features and production work from The-Dream, Rick Ross, Future, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz & Big Sean, Kanye, Don Cannon, and Nottz... while No Malice roped in a slightly different cast of characters: Ab-Liva, Fam-Lay, Life Dutchee, Jaeson Ma, Jon Bibbs, S1, Chad Hugo, and !llmind. Once their solo albums have been properly released, promoted, etc. No Malice & Pusha T are rumored to be heading back into the studio together to write and record Clipse's long-awaited fourth album; "Yuugh!?"

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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 few slightly more afro'd and dreaded Beatnik-looking musicians. Flying Lotus' menacing Hip-Hop alter-ego Captain Murphy kicks off the "Aqua TV Show Show Theme," which airs during Adult Swim on Sundays at 12 midnight. Flying Lotus/Captain Murphy have previously worked together with Cartoon Network in a number of various facets: Adventure Time originals, Williams Street Records, 2 annual singles program tracks, and the Adult Swim-backed "Zodiac Shit" video. Flying Lotus is currently working on a new Captain Murphy project, while Until The Quiet Comes and Apocalypse (Thundercat) were both unleashed earlier in 2012-13.

Monday, August 12, 2013

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 mostly improvised shows but you do that a few times and songs start coming out of it. It started off pretty noisy and there's still a little bit of that element. It gets tripped out in places. If you like Can or This Heat, you'll probably be into it."

[Baba]unde Adebimpe actually performed 3 shows at Union Pool with Ryan Sawyer back in 2009 under the group name "Stabbing Eastward," right around the same time he released a widely unknown solo DVD-single as Fake Male Voice. While I thoroughly enjoyed TV on The Radio's stellar debut album Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes (2004), I willingly chose to skip over their middle 2 albums and didn't get back into the band until their recent short film/album package, Nine Types of Light (2011). TV on The Radio have since parted ways with long-time label Interscope and the band's latest Federal Prism single, "Mercy" is their first release since re-forming after founding member and multi-instrumentalist Gerard Smith's untimely death... ironocally, not long after Nine Types of Light's world-wide release. What might at first seem like a sign of demise for TV on The Radio, after 12 long years together, actually sounds like quite the opposite; Spending time apart with with each member's various projects, from Jane's Addiction to Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, has actually made TVotR stronger as a whole, which I'm sure will likely manifest itself on their as-yet-unannounced forthcoming release(s).

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 producer(s); Tweedy & Schick co-produced 2 tracks together, while Jim Vollentine produced the remaining 8 Corsicana Lemonade tracks at his Lake Travis-based home studio. While they've released a handful of singles and EP's since their last full-length D (2011), White Denim have been prepping what could easily be their magnum opus for roughly 3+ years. James Petralli, Joshua Block, Steven Terebecki, and Austin Jenkins are headed out on a short 12-date tour with Psych-Indie Rockers Tame Impala, which is set to run from August 7th and then after some time off, October 4-27th.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

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" Roll video, which more so casts the band in the same light as The Black Keys, rather than The Strokes. I mean, we're talkin' about "SENTIMENTAL GIRLS," ice cream and soda jerks, bubble gum, white T-shirts, jean jackets, and light-hearted general debauchery. Not unlike Steve Buscemi before him, Former SNL allum and Portlandia mastermind Fred Armisen filmed Kings of Leon's recent concert at London's own Shepherd's Bush this past Friday night for Amex's now infamous UNSTAGED online web-series. The [previously recorded] live-streaming hour-long performance included blistering versions of a few Mechanical Bull (available September 24th) tracks, as well as choice selections meticulously plucked from all across Kings of Leon's lengthy back catalog.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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 consists of a DOOM-spun medley: "Supervillain Theme/Fazers/Vomitspit." With that said, I guess you could say they're vaguely familiar with the source material ha... "GUV'NOR" (BBNG Remix) kinda sounds like an evil, lurching super-villain theme song. While MF DOOM's been around since KMD back in the late 1980-90's, and to paraphrase Kanye: "Every black super[villain] need his theme music," DOOM is arguably being introduced to a whole new generation of young Hip-Hop-heads and this could very well be his re-invigorated walk-on tune.

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 quick cameo," which leads me to believe that he might in fact be our mysterious vinyl-making trashman... "Catchin' The Vibe" appears on Quasimoto's recently-unleashed Odds & Sods style loosies compilation, Yessir Whatever, which semi-unfortunately dropped on the same day as Yeezus, June 18th.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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-tag "Mumford & Sons" essentially manage to implement, embellish, and shit all over any sort of working-class, down-country public image that the band has established over the years. We're talkin' about some pretty CLASSIC, side-splitting imagery here: seemingly aimless piano pushing, moody acoustic-driven field performances, dusty dirt road slo-mo shots, some dude-on-dude action, and general calamity. Whether you're a die-hard Mumford & Sons fan or not, "Hopeless Wanderer" is pretty damn "brave for a band to hire famous people to make their whole [deathlessly old-timey pose] look stupid in their own music video" to paraphrase modern-day Shakespeare Tom Breihan (Stereogum). Frontman Marcus Mumford is supposedly working on a Folk-tinged soundtrack for the upcoming Coen Brothers flick, Inside Llewyn Davis with comeback kid Justin Timberlake, a movie which is currently scheduled for a December 20th release.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

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 Cyrus to make Blue Steel-inspired faces and pose against artistically awkward backgrounds... a giant melting ice block, over-sized pink rose, a burning Hall of Fame cover, heat-seeking technology, awesome slo-mo exploding roses, general Luxury Rap weirdness, etc. DJ Camper produced the epic-sounding, brooding "Fire"storm of a cut, which shifts back and forth between Jock Jams re-dux and guitar-laden Soft Rock/Hip-Hop jam! Big Sean most recently appeared on Kanye-affiliate Drake's new single, "All Me" [above] along with 2 Chainz and an Aziz Ansari vocal sample; Rising producer KeY Wane has also submitted a few tracks for possible inclusion on Hall of Fame.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

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, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Michael K. Williams, Wale, and Abramović herself.

It's basically a collection of various one-on-one encounters, while Jay Z rapidly performs "Picasso Baby" from a small pop-up stage/wooden bench installation time and time again. But the real beauty of the whole things is that each and every separate encounter has a varying degree of originality; upon "Picasso Baby"'s mid-song beat switch up (at roughly 4:05), the previously established one-on-one format is slowly broken down and troves of on-lookers are ushered into the central performance space all at once. "Picasso Baby:" A Performance Art Film aired on HBO late Friday night, following Jay Z's appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher and has since been uploaded on The Internet. According to a recent Power 106 interview, Jay Z & Justin Timberlake are currently filing a music video for Magna Carta... Holy Grail's Nirvana-quoting lead-off track, "Holy Grail." It's 1 of "6 pieces of art" that are supposedly in-the-works (Twitter), while it remains unclear whether Mark Romanek will be attached to these music videos in any facet or not.

Friday, August 2, 2013

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 necessarily "enjoy" Action Bronson's performance or "understand" what he was saying, the ladies generally thought that he was a handsome, charming, well-bearded young man, and gave his overall performance a score of 5.2 (average). Action Bronson's excellent, Harry Fraud-produced SAAAB STORIES EP is currently available online through VICE Records/Warner Bros. and it seems like there's an endless stream of partially finished projects in-the-works and steadily nearing completion.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

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 US Senator, 6 members of the House of Representatives, a New Jersey Senator, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (Wikipedia).

"A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down."

- Annapurna Pictures description