SPIN
Justin Bieber’s 11 Attempts to Look Tough in ‘As Long As You Love Me’ Video

2 years ago · 13 notes · Source

SPIN…
Courtney Love Reminds Lana Del Rey ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Is About ‘My Vagina’

SPIN
Courtney Love Reminds Lana Del Rey ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Is About ‘My Vagina’

2 years ago · 5 notes · Source

Weezer Announce ‘Blue Album’ and ‘Pinkerton’ Nostalgia Shows…

Love early Weezer albums and hate the high seas? You’re in luck: fans who were skint (or sea-squirmish) around the time Weezer cruise tickets went on sale last year may now enjoy the emo-Caribbean jaunt’s musical accoutrements, which revived the band’s 2010 Blue Album-and-Pinkerton tour in a double performance of the albums, beyond these YouTube fan videos. The band just announced a new festival-heavy tour via a short, sweet, and to-the-point video (looking at you, Green Day) posted to their YouTube account that will include a pair of über-meta shows repeating those nostalgic performances of the entirety of two of their most beloved 90s albums (via This is Fake DIY).

The 11-date adventure will hit up only two traditional venues (the rest are all festivals — there’s even a fair!) before descending onto the Hard Rock Live stage in Orlando, coincidentally not too far from where the Weezer Cruise docked, in Miami, for two nights consisting only of the band’s first and second albums, The Blue Album and Pinkerton, in their entirety. Sadly, the jaunts probably won’t include a repeat performance from that pint-sized fan who rocked along to Ozma’s set on the cruise. Another appearance by Lost’s Jorge Garcia, though… (More via SPIN…)

Weezer Announce ‘Blue Album’ and ‘Pinkerton’ Nostalgia Shows…

Love early Weezer albums and hate the high seas? You’re in luck: fans who were skint (or sea-squirmish) around the time Weezer cruise tickets went on sale last year may now enjoy the emo-Caribbean jaunt’s musical accoutrements, which revived the band’s 2010 Blue Album-and-Pinkerton tour in a double performance of the albums, beyond these YouTube fan videos. The band just announced a new festival-heavy tour via a short, sweet, and to-the-point video (looking at you, Green Day) posted to their YouTube account that will include a pair of über-meta shows repeating those nostalgic performances of the entirety of two of their most beloved 90s albums (via This is Fake DIY).

The 11-date adventure will hit up only two traditional venues (the rest are all festivals — there’s even a fair!) before descending onto the Hard Rock Live stage in Orlando, coincidentally not too far from where the Weezer Cruise docked, in Miami, for two nights consisting only of the band’s first and second albums, The Blue Album and Pinkerton, in their entirety. Sadly, the jaunts probably won’t include a repeat performance from that pint-sized fan who rocked along to Ozma’s set on the cruise. Another appearance by Lost’s Jorge Garcia, though… (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 11 notes · Source

Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 9 notes · Source

Hear Muse’s Appropriately Epic Olympics Theme ‘Survival’…

Muse’s official 2012 Olympic Games theme “Survival” arrived today via BBC Radio. Shockingly (or not, given the Queen will probably be in attendance at some point), the five-minute song boasts none of the dubstep gewgaws we heard in the trailer for their forthcoming sixth record, The 2nd Law. It is, however, as grand and spectral as you’d expect a Muse song accompanying a massive international athletic competition might be. (More via SPIN…)

Hear Muse’s Appropriately Epic Olympics Theme ‘Survival’…

Muse’s official 2012 Olympic Games theme “Survival” arrived today via BBC Radio. Shockingly (or not, given the Queen will probably be in attendance at some point), the five-minute song boasts none of the dubstep gewgaws we heard in the trailer for their forthcoming sixth record, The 2nd Law. It is, however, as grand and spectral as you’d expect a Muse song accompanying a massive international athletic competition might be. (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 6 notes · Source

Lupe Fiasco Mansplains Misogyny on Counterproductive ‘Bitch Bad’…

"Who you callin’ a bitch?" rages Queen Latifah, on her jazz-sampling single "U.N.I.T.Y.," originally released on the 1993 album Black Reign. “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a, I’m a bad bitch,” repeats Nicki Minaj on her fire-breathing 2009 mixtape cut “Itty Bitty Piggy”; “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a cunt,” she adds on 2011 debut LP Pink Friday's “Roman's Revenge,” and that last word is one that newer New York rapper Azealia Banks has since all but made her trademark. Clearly, something has changed in hip-hop's relationship with anti-woman slurs over the past two decades, and that's ostensibly what Lupe Fiasco tries to address on “Bitch Bad,” the second track to emerge from his long-delayed Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (due out September 25 on Atlantic).

Give Lupe the benefit of the doubt, and his point, while arguable, makes a certain amount of sense: Even as young women reclaim the idea of a “bad bitch” to describe their own power and sexuality, young men might continue to see them as a different kind of “bitch,” thus perpetuating the cycle of misogyny rather than ending it. (More via SPIN…)

Lupe Fiasco Mansplains Misogyny on Counterproductive ‘Bitch Bad’…

"Who you callin’ a bitch?" rages Queen Latifah, on her jazz-sampling single "U.N.I.T.Y.," originally released on the 1993 album Black Reign. “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a, I’m a bad bitch,” repeats Nicki Minaj on her fire-breathing 2009 mixtape cut “Itty Bitty Piggy”; “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a cunt,” she adds on 2011 debut LP Pink Friday's “Roman's Revenge,” and that last word is one that newer New York rapper Azealia Banks has since all but made her trademark. Clearly, something has changed in hip-hop's relationship with anti-woman slurs over the past two decades, and that's ostensibly what Lupe Fiasco tries to address on “Bitch Bad,” the second track to emerge from his long-delayed Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (due out September 25 on Atlantic).

Give Lupe the benefit of the doubt, and his point, while arguable, makes a certain amount of sense: Even as young women reclaim the idea of a “bad bitch” to describe their own power and sexuality, young men might continue to see them as a different kind of “bitch,” thus perpetuating the cycle of misogyny rather than ending it. (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 19 notes · Source

No Doubt’s Push and Shove Heavy on Reggae Songs, Horns…

When Gwen Stefani enters a recording studio, it is customary for the horn players awaiting her to begin playing “The Imperial March.” We learn this key factoid and a few more nuggets about the first No Doubt album in 11 years from the band’s latest studio webisode, which captures longtime collaborators Gabe McNair and Stephen Bradley adding some of their horny flair to several of the new LP’s tracks.

Based on this latest peek inside the studio, we know now Push and Shove does indeed feature trombone and trumpet — Stefani proclaims there are more horns on Push and Shove than there were on the band’s last album, 2001’s Rock Steady. (More via SPIN…)

No Doubt’s Push and Shove Heavy on Reggae Songs, Horns…

When Gwen Stefani enters a recording studio, it is customary for the horn players awaiting her to begin playing “The Imperial March.” We learn this key factoid and a few more nuggets about the first No Doubt album in 11 years from the band’s latest studio webisode, which captures longtime collaborators Gabe McNair and Stephen Bradley adding some of their horny flair to several of the new LP’s tracks.

Based on this latest peek inside the studio, we know now Push and Shove does indeed feature trombone and trumpet — Stefani proclaims there are more horns on Push and Shove than there were on the band’s last album, 2001’s Rock Steady. (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 7 notes · Source

Watch Deadmau5’s Bradbury-Inspired Video for ‘The Veldt’…

As if to apologize for his umpteenth Tumblr megavent over the weekend, EDM lightning rod Deadmau5 just dropped this extraordinary — and extraordinarily Disney-inspired — clip for his recent Bradbury-nodding, fan collaboration track “The Veldt.”

Deadau5 premiered the instrumental version of “The Veldt” three months ago, claiming to have been so inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1950 dystopian short story of the same name, which serves as an admonition against the dangers of modern technology, that he created the three-minute soundtrack in tribute to the writer, who died June 5 following a “lengthy illness” at age 91. (Video and More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 1 note · Source

Liz Phair Wants to Make ‘Down and Dirty’ LP With Ryan Adams…

Liz Phair recently joined forces with Slumdog Millionaire film score composer A.R. Rahman for a song on the just-released soundtrack to the upcoming Chris Pine-Elizabeth Banks drama People Like Us. The fruits of their collaboration, the string-draped acoustic ballad “Dotted Lines,” can be heard here. But Phair already has her mind on her next album, the follow-up to 2010’s self-released — and, according to Phair, widely misunderstood — Funstyle, with ideas that involve pairing the Exile in Guyville singer with the former frontman of Whiskeytown.

"I want to make a kickass record," Phair told Stereogum, when asked what she wants to happen next. "And if I have my way I’ll have Ryan Adams produce it and we’ll do some down and dirty shit with great songwriting, and it won’t be Guyville, but it will be authentic. And I’ll tour it. I’ll tour the shit out of that shit.” (More via SPIN…)

Liz Phair Wants to Make ‘Down and Dirty’ LP With Ryan Adams…

Liz Phair recently joined forces with Slumdog Millionaire film score composer A.R. Rahman for a song on the just-released soundtrack to the upcoming Chris Pine-Elizabeth Banks drama People Like Us. The fruits of their collaboration, the string-draped acoustic ballad “Dotted Lines,” can be heard here. But Phair already has her mind on her next album, the follow-up to 2010’s self-released — and, according to Phair, widely misunderstood — Funstyle, with ideas that involve pairing the Exile in Guyville singer with the former frontman of Whiskeytown.

"I want to make a kickass record," Phair told Stereogum, when asked what she wants to happen next. "And if I have my way I’ll have Ryan Adams produce it and we’ll do some down and dirty shit with great songwriting, and it won’t be Guyville, but it will be authentic. And I’ll tour it. I’ll tour the shit out of that shit.” (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 7 notes · Source

See the Video Wayne Coyne Made With ‘Weirdos’ HOTT MT…

The members of Los Angeles psych-pop trio HOTT MT record under bizarre aliases, refer to their sound as “Thai gaze,” and seem to be inspired by the “teachings” of famous conspiracy theorist Milton William Cooper. (Their handle is an acronym for Hour of the Time Majesty Twelve) That’s already enough crazy to make a band memorable, but Ashi Dala, Spooky Tavi and Bad Bahd had weirder aspirations still, so in January, they packed up their instruments and drove to Oklahoma City, timing their trip so that they’d arrive at Wayne Coyne’s doorstep on the morning of the lead Flaming Lip’s 51st birthday. They brought him a copy of their newly finished album I Made This and requested a collaboration. (Video and More via SPIN…

See the Video Wayne Coyne Made With ‘Weirdos’ HOTT MT…

The members of Los Angeles psych-pop trio HOTT MT record under bizarre aliases, refer to their sound as “Thai gaze,” and seem to be inspired by the “teachings” of famous conspiracy theorist Milton William Cooper. (Their handle is an acronym for Hour of the Time Majesty Twelve) That’s already enough crazy to make a band memorable, but Ashi Dala, Spooky Tavi and Bad Bahd had weirder aspirations still, so in January, they packed up their instruments and drove to Oklahoma City, timing their trip so that they’d arrive at Wayne Coyne’s doorstep on the morning of the lead Flaming Lip’s 51st birthday. They brought him a copy of their newly finished album I Made This and requested a collaboration. (Video and More via SPIN

2 years ago · 2 notes · Source

Fiona Apple: Idle No More…

In front of a tangle of abstract sculpture in the corner booth of a deserted restaurant off the lobby of a midtown Manhattan hotel, Fiona Apple is answering questions. It’s a rainy day in April and really she’s just talking.

She’s told me she lives in Los Angeles, but she doesn’t leave the house. Apple is 34 years old and doesn’t have a driver’s license. “I’m noticing now that I’m not feeling shame saying this,” she says. “Whereas before I probably would’ve, like, lied a little bit about it and been like, ‘Yeah, you know, I see friends sometimes.’ But I really don’t.” She says when her phone rings with an invitation, she actually says, Oh, fuck! out loud, because then it’s like, “I should go do this because if I don’t, then that’s really stupid. I’m gonna look like a crazy person.” Apple says she’s thinking about moving back east, but she’s waiting for her dog to die first. (More via SPIN…)

Fiona Apple: Idle No More…

In front of a tangle of abstract sculpture in the corner booth of a deserted restaurant off the lobby of a midtown Manhattan hotel, Fiona Apple is answering questions. It’s a rainy day in April and really she’s just talking.

She’s told me she lives in Los Angeles, but she doesn’t leave the house. Apple is 34 years old and doesn’t have a driver’s license. “I’m noticing now that I’m not feeling shame saying this,” she says. “Whereas before I probably would’ve, like, lied a little bit about it and been like, ‘Yeah, you know, I see friends sometimes.’ But I really don’t.” She says when her phone rings with an invitation, she actually says, Oh, fuck! out loud, because then it’s like, “I should go do this because if I don’t, then that’s really stupid. I’m gonna look like a crazy person.” Apple says she’s thinking about moving back east, but she’s waiting for her dog to die first. (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 4 notes · Source

Coldplay and Rihanna Make Second Culturally Confused ‘Princess of China’ Video…

Can we agree now that the existence of a collaboration between Coldplay and Rihanna is more interesting than the song itself? The Barbados-born pop singer’s presence on the Mylo Xyloto track list helped set the tone for the British arena-rockers’ latest album, which has enough day-glo synths and crushing R&B beats to find a home on circa-2012 Top 40 radio, where Adele and Gotye are the recent exceptions that prove the club-friendly rule. The actual track, the shimmering “Princess of China” — which, let’s not forget, the co-conspirators performed at this year’s Grammy Awards — wasn’t even the most Rihanna-like track on the album, as our reviewer smartly noted when the record came out this past fall (that was the excellent “Paradise”).

All these months later, it’s still unclear what the song has to do with the country of its title (“China” appears nowhere in the lyrics), and the just-released video hardly clears matters up. (Video and More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 3 notes · Source

Odd Future Are to Blame for Nelly Furtado’s ‘Big Hoops’…

If you watched the Billboard Music Awards two weekends ago, you might’ve been weirded out by Nelly Furtado’s glow-in-the-dark, Native American rave-meets-Cirque du Soleil performance of her most recent single, “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better).” The single, a far cry from “Maneater” and basically the psychotic evil twin of “I’m Like a Bird,” may be an ear-stabbing (pun intended) homage to over-large earrings, but as Furtado has now told MTV, her love of excess isn’t the only thing the world should blame for the song’s existence.

"The state of mind I was in… I think I was listening to Odd Future or something, and I was inspired by how dark it sounded and how heavy and visceral and how it made your blood feel things,"… (More at SPIN…)

Odd Future Are to Blame for Nelly Furtado’s ‘Big Hoops’…

If you watched the Billboard Music Awards two weekends ago, you might’ve been weirded out by Nelly Furtado’s glow-in-the-dark, Native American rave-meets-Cirque du Soleil performance of her most recent single, “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better).” The single, a far cry from “Maneater” and basically the psychotic evil twin of “I’m Like a Bird,” may be an ear-stabbing (pun intended) homage to over-large earrings, but as Furtado has now told MTV, her love of excess isn’t the only thing the world should blame for the song’s existence.

"The state of mind I was in… I think I was listening to Odd Future or something, and I was inspired by how dark it sounded and how heavy and visceral and how it made your blood feel things,"… (More at SPIN…)

2 years ago · 3 notes · Source

Who Charted? The Top 200 Is John Mayer’s Wonderland…

First! John Mayer fans have totally forgiven him, apparently — not only for his years of being hate-able but also for his lack of performances leading up to the release of his fifth solo record Born and Raised due to a granuloma on his vocal cords. Despite relatively little promotion, the LP sold 219,000 copies per Nielsen SoundScan — almost three times what Adam Lambert managed at hit No. 1 last week — and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200. It’s Mayer’s third chart-topper. And for the record, he hit No. 27 on [SPIN's] of rock's biggest punching bags. (More via SPIN…)

Who Charted? The Top 200 Is John Mayer’s Wonderland…

First! John Mayer fans have totally forgiven him, apparently — not only for his years of being hate-able but also for his lack of performances leading up to the release of his fifth solo record Born and Raised due to a granuloma on his vocal cords. Despite relatively little promotion, the LP sold 219,000 copies per Nielsen SoundScan — almost three times what Adam Lambert managed at hit No. 1 last week — and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200. It’s Mayer’s third chart-topper. And for the record, he hit No. 27 on [SPIN's] of rock's biggest punching bags. (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 0 notes · Source

Did Wayne Coyne Tweet Nude Photos of Erykah Badu?…

It’s no news that Wayne Coyne is evolving into a hilarious mixture of “spiritual, astral-traveling, psychedelic shaman” and “dirty old man,” constantly filming music videos in the buff and blasting nude Twitpics of his wife. Well this week, he and Erykah Badu are busy filming the video for their Heady Fwends highlight, a cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a track made famous by Roberta Flack (uh, and Blowfly). In the process, Badu has apparently stumbled into @waynecoyne’s steady stream of Hardcore Coyneography.

In a series of Coyne tweets, you can spot Badu bathing in glitter and covered in Carrie-style blood, often with what looks like full view of her Baduizms. We’d cry invasion of privacy, but Badu has been going starkers since 2010’s “Window Seat” video, which was denounced by no one less than the Mayor of Dallas, Texas, himself. Check out the photos at SPIN, and wait for the video to see if this “tub full of fake semen makes a special guest appearance! (More via SPIN…)

Did Wayne Coyne Tweet Nude Photos of Erykah Badu?…

It’s no news that Wayne Coyne is evolving into a hilarious mixture of “spiritual, astral-traveling, psychedelic shaman” and “dirty old man,” constantly filming music videos in the buff and blasting nude Twitpics of his wife. Well this week, he and Erykah Badu are busy filming the video for their Heady Fwends highlight, a cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a track made famous by Roberta Flack (uh, and Blowfly). In the process, Badu has apparently stumbled into @waynecoyne’s steady stream of Hardcore Coyneography.

In a series of Coyne tweets, you can spot Badu bathing in glitter and covered in Carrie-style blood, often with what looks like full view of her Baduizms. We’d cry invasion of privacy, but Badu has been going starkers since 2010’s “Window Seat” video, which was denounced by no one less than the Mayor of Dallas, Texas, himself. Check out the photos at SPIN, and wait for the video to see if this “tub full of fake semen makes a special guest appearance! (More via SPIN…)

2 years ago · 4 notes · Source