Devendra Banhart has shared a new song, “Saturday Night.” Take a listen below. It’s off the singer-songwriter’s upcoming ninth studio album Ape in Pink Marble, out September 23 via Nonesuch. Last December, it was announced that Banhart was writing the score for the new comedy Joshy, featuring “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch.
Read our 2013 interview with Banhart.
Last night at the MTV VMAs, Kanye West premiered the video for his Life of Pablo song “Fade,” starring singer and G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor. The video, which is currently a TIDAL exclusive, features Taylor doing a sweaty, Flashdance-esque dance routine in a gym, and culminates in a shot of Taylor transformed into a lioness, posing alongside fiancé (and Cleveland Cavaliers player) Iman Shumpert and an infant. (Taylor and Shumpert have an eight-month-old daughter.) Pitchfork spoke to veteran choreographer and artistic director Jae Blaze—who has worked with Rihanna, Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, and more—about her work on the “Fade” video, and how she believes Taylor is a “superwoman.”
Pitchfork: What was Kanye’s role in the making of the video?
JB: Kanye, I can't stop saying it, he's just a creative genius. When he came in, he told us, “I like this particular move, but I want to take it to the next level. Show me what you can do on top of this move.” He has something specific on his mind, as a visionary. And we have to translate that onto Teyana's body. Teyana's a beast, so it really made our job easy as far as, “Hey Teyana, give him what he wants. Let's do it this way. Let's try it this way.” That's basically how the day went down.
Pitchfork: Can you remember any specific things Kanye was pushing for?
JB: There is this particular movement called “bruk back.” It's a Jamaican dancehall dance, created by the dancers Outshine Crew. It's basically very gritty, a very earthy movement where you pound your back. He gave us a vision on how to incorporate some other locking and popping movement into that particular dance move, and you see Teyana doing it there in the video.
I had the pleasure of artistic directing on #KanyeWest #Fade video with some absolutely brilliant people. It felt amazing to be surrounded by artists who think outside the box! @teyanataylor you did that!! A true talent!!!! Big up to all those who made this an epic video!! It looked phenomenal!! #GodBlessedPickney #BodyGoals!! #Untouchable @elirusselllinnetz @katheffernan @fonzbentley @reneluv
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Pitchfork: What was the dynamic between you and the other choreographers (musician/actor Fonzworth Bentley and Guapo) when shooting the video?
Jae Blaze: Teyana came in basically with a set of choreography that her and Guapo had been working out prior to the actual shoot. I was called in the day of, saying, "Hey Jae, we want to use some elements of your dancehall choreography to put into Teyana's performance." Between Fonzworth, Guapo, and I, we basically just came together as creative minds and just smoothed out the edges, watched what looked great on camera, and gave Teyana artistic direction. She takes direction so well, and it made our job really really easy. It was just the coming of three minds putting stuff together that looked good on camera and made it what it was.
Pitchfork: Where did the Flashdance inspiration come from originally?
JB: You know what the funny thing is? Everyone is just referencing Flashdance, and that is a great conversation to be in because the movie was epic. I mean, she just took Flashdance to 2016, if you want to put it like that. She brought it to a generation of some people who many not have even seen the movie before! She made it relevant and current right now. Her body is amazing. Her dancing was amazing. She's just a beast. All in all, it just came together really well.
Pitchfork: How long did the video take to make? What was that process?
JB: The one word I can use for Teyana Taylor right now is “superwoman.” We had her dancing over and over again, and then if we saw something that she did on camera that was really cool and we wanted it her to repeat it, she would do that. Gave her direction and she made changes quickly. She was just phenomenal to work with, and she knows her stuff. She used so many different elements in her choreography to bring back from the old school to the new school. She has waacking in there. She has popping in there. She has dancehall in there. She has locking in there. She has hip-hop dance movement. She really is well-rounded and well-versed in dancing. I'm just so happy for her that this breakthrough has come and everyone is recognizing how talented she is. Because on top of that, the girl can sing! She's more than a triple-threat. She's a superwoman. For her to be taking care of her daughter and working at the same time... I loved it. I loved watching it. It was absolute black magic.
Pitchfork: Can you give us any insight into that final shot in the video, where Teyana turns into a cat woman?
JB: I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she's been on the rise, and how she's working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat. She has worked her way into that, and she's in a great position right now in her life. She has her family. She's being held down by her amazing husband. She has a beautiful daughter. You know, the lioness always protects her baby. I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that's where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming.
In May, it was announced that Glenn Danzig would join Jerry Only for a reunion of the original Misfits at this year’s Riot Fests in Denver (September 4) and Chicago (September 18), their first shows together since 1983. Now, it’s been announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will join Danzig, Only, and long-time Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein for the reunion gigs. In a quote to Rolling Stone, Only calls Lombardo “a master at what he does,” and says that he and Danzig agreed on Lombardo from the moment his name was brought up. “Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can't wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows,” Danzig added.
On September 6, Wilco will host in-store listening parties for Schmilco before its wide release. Participating record stores will have the new album on vinyl, and fans can try to win exclusive prizes. Find more information about the events here.
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In the early hours this morning, Bon Iver shared a new track from their forthcoming LP, 22, A Million. Now, Justin Vernon has confirmed on Twitter that, as several fans speculated, the song samples Paolo Nutini. The track in question is “Iron Sky,” from Nutini’s 2014 album Caustic Love; the line “We find God and religions” has been lifted for the bridge. (It has been edited to make the “We” sound like “I.”) Listen to the original below (the lyric comes 56 seconds in), as well as “33 ‘God’,” where the sample appears at 1:12. “33 ‘God’” also samples Lonnie Holley’s “All Rendered Truth,” a Jagjaguwar rep confirmed. Hear Holley’s song below; the sample begins at 38 seconds, and appears in Bon Iver’s track at 2:50.
But for real though, I'm dying over here, DID JUSTIN VERNON SAMPLE PAOLO NUTINI ON 33 "GOD"?!?!
Answer me @blobtower !!!!
Yes we did, absolutely 🔃 https://t.co/lev4JCwpC0— blobtower (@blobtower) August 29, 2016