Rick Rubin and A-Track Remix J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda's <i>Star Wars</i> Track "Jabba Flow"
Musical Jedi Master Rick Rubin is the curator of a new Star Wars compilation album, Star Wars Headspace, which features new songs created using sound elements from Star Wars films. We've already heard a solo track from Rubin, as well as tracks by Flying Lotus, GTA, and Röyksopp. Now, Zane Lowe has premiered Rubin and A-Track's remix of "Jabba Flow," a song written and performed by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda under the name Shag Kava. The original "Jabba Flow" appears in The Force Awakens during the scene at Maz Kanata’s cantina.
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Father Stretch My Hands.... I cried writing this. I love my Dad pic.twitter.com/bkbNnU0BEH— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 11, 2016
The Life of Pablo will debut this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
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At last: the new Kanye West album is upon us. Following a seemingly endless cycle of title changes (first So Help Me God, then SWISH, then Waves, and then, just last night, The Life of Pablo), controversies, and pre-release tracks ("Only One," "All Day," "Wolves," "Fade," "FACTS," "Real Friends," "No More Parties in L.A."), the day has finally arrived when we all get to hear the follow-up to Yeezus.
Kanye will debut The Life of Pablo at an event at Madison Square Garden this afternoon, starting at 4.p.m. Eastern time. The event is being streamed live to theaters around the world, as well as broadcast on TIDAL. It features a performance from conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft, as well as the launch of Kanye's new fashion line, Yeezy Season 3.
Watch it below, starting at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Adam Sandler Covers the Who's "My Generation" with Eddie Vedder, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Rob Schneider, More
Photo via Rob Schneider's Twitter
Adam Sandler has been on the road recently for his comedy night tour, "Adam Sandler and Friends." Earlier this week, he performed at Seattle's Paramount Theatre alongside fellow "Saturday Night Live" alums David Spade, Norm MacDonald and Rob Schneider—plus a few special guests. As Stereogum points out, Sandler brought out Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Tim Meadows, and Nick Swardson to cover the Who's "My Generation" with himself, Spade, MacDonald, and Schneider. Check it out below.
Pearl Jam—who are set to headline Bonnaroo this year—recently announced a tour.
Jeff Buckley's collection of unreleased studio recordings and covers, You and I, is coming March 16. A cover of the Smiths' "I Know It's Over" appears on the album, and you can now watch a video set to the take. Directed by Amanda Demme and executive produced by Amy Redford, the video details the relationship between a mother and her anxious young son. Watch it below via Rolling Stone.
"When I first heard Jeff, he gave me permission to feel fully and with contradiction," Redford told Rolling Stone. "He inspired me to fight for authenticity, and to feel confidence in simplicity. To collaborate on these songs coming to life, and to see the community of people who Jeff touched, has been a privilege."
RJD2 has released his second single, "The Sheboygan Left," off his forthcoming album, Dame Fortune. The album is due March 25 via RJ's Electrical Connections. Listen to the new track above. The album's first single, "Peace of What," can be heard below. Also find his upcoming tour dates below.
02-20 Austin, TX - Empire Garage
02-27 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
03-13 Austin, TX - The Blackheart Bar
03-18 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
04-08 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
04-09 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04-29 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-14 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!
05-28 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05-29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Today, Niki and the Dove have shared the music video for their recent single "So Much It Hurts," off their upcoming album, Everybody's Heart is Broken Now. The video features Malin Dahlström taking a stroll through a neon city, and was directed and produced by Gustavo Torres and Clara Luzian. Watch the video below.
In a statement, Dahlström spoke about the video's inspiration:
For this video we talked a lot about "the City" which in a metaphoric sense has been a great inspiration for us in making this album. We talked about the certain city heat, steaming asphalt, the blue color of the night, street life, tinsel, the smell of warm skin, someone waiting by the window overlooking the streets with it's myriad of moving lights and sounds - still in her/his solitaire, waiting by the phone that never rings. And the clock merciless moving forward in it's unremittingly pace of time. But what if you could turn it back just for once? And dive back into these crowded streets and turn one again, with the beautiful multitude of a Saturday night.
Everybody's Heart is Broken Now is out April 8 via TEN Music Group. Check out the tracklisting below.
Everybody's Heart Is Broken Now:
01 So Much It Hurts
02 You Stole My Heart Away
03 You Want the Sun
04 Play It On My Radio
05 Scar For Love
06 Lost UB
07 Coconut Kiss
08 Brand New
09 Miami Beach
10 Pretty Babies
11 Everybody Wants To Be You
12 Shark City (Tropico X)
13 Ode to the Dance Floor
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner have announced the full lineup for their second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, taking place August 12-13 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It features artists from the cassette mixtape sent out to fans last week, including Bon Iver, James Blake, Shabazz Palaces, and Jon Hopkins, as well as Erykah Badu, Beach House, Vince Staples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mavis Staples, and more. Dessner and his brother Bryce will present Day of the Dead, an "all-star cast of musicians" performing Grateful Dead songs, in conjunction with their long-in-the-making Dead tribute project. Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers will perform the album The Way It Is in full and Cornelius will perform his album Fantasma.
Check out the full lineup poster, and watch the Dan Huiting and Michael Brown-directed announcement video, below.
Due to a track on the cassette, there was speculation that Blake and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon would perform together at Eaux Claires as Fall Creek Boys Choir, which was the title of a 2011 song they did together. The lineup, however, lists Blake and Bon Iver as separate acts.
Among the rest of Eaux Claires' 54 acts are Deafheaven, eighth blackbird (with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie "Prince" Billy), Jenny Lewis, Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner, LNZNDRF, Lucius, Melvins, My Brightest Diamond, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Richard Reed Parry's Quiet River of Dust, Phosphorescent, S. Carey, Sam Amidon, Sarah Neufeld, and William Tyler.
Watch Justin Vernon's band Volcano Choir perform "Comrade" on Pitchfork.tv's "City of Music":
Photo via BJ the Chicago Kid's Facebook
BJ the Chicago Kid's new album, In My Mind, features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Big K.R.I.T., and more. Today, he's shared "The New Cupid," his collaboration with Kendrick. You can stream it below, via NPR.
The rest of the album is streaming, too; you can also find that below. In My Mind is out February 19.
Julia Holter has shared the video for "Everytime Boots" from her 2015 record Have You in My Wilderness. The video, directed by and starring Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, follows a Western romance in a 99 cent store. Watch below.
On September 27, Bruce Springsteen will release his autobiography, Born to Run, on Simon & Schuster. The book has been in the works since his 2009 Super Bowl halftime show with the E Street Band, according to a post on his website. Check out the cover below.
The post reads:
In Born to Run, Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Bruce notes in his book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently on tour behind Springsteen's The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set. The group recently released a free download of their January 19 show in Chicago.
Watch the lyric video for "Party Lights" from The River: Outtakes:
Photo via the Grammys' Facebook
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards air February 15 on CBS. Today, the latest round of lineup additions has been announced. Ice Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson, representing Straight Outta Compton, will join Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez as presenters, Billboard reports. Also announced: Alabama Shakes will perform, and Miguel's been tapped to cover Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Mind" ahead of a forthcoming reissue of Off the Wall. The show will also feature a tribute to Eagles' Glenn Frey, according to Billboard.
Of Ice Cube and Jackson's appearance, Ken Ehrlich, the Grammys' executive producer, told Billboard, "We felt it was important to represent Straight Outta Compton on the show. That movie and that soundtrack had a tremendous impact on our culture this past year."
Previously announced performers include Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, the Weeknd, Justin Bieber with Jack Ü (aka Diplo and Skrillex), Adele, the "Hamilton" cast, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, Lady Gaga paying tribute to David Bowie, Hollywood Vampires (aka Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry) paying tribute to Lemmy, and Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., and Bonnie Raitt honoring B.B. King.
Find the full list of Grammy nominations here.
Watch Miguel play "Adorn" at a Warm Up event at MoMA PS1:
Last month, Sia released her latest album Is This Acting. Tonight, she's shared the lyric video for the album's "Cheap Thrills," featuring a new verse from reggae artist Sean Paul. In the video, a faceless couple in Sia wigs win a dance contest on an old black-and-white TV broadcast. Watch it below.
Nicolas Jaar photo by Will Deitz; Kanye West photo by Erez Avissar
In 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art commissioned a piece about artist Barbara Kruger for its ART+FILM series. "Picturing Barbara Kruger" first showed at the museum's 2014 ART+FILM Gala honoring Kruger. It then got a public premiere at last year's SXSW. In the short film, Kruger narrates about her process and history over a montage of her work and a score by Nicolas Jaar. For the soundtrack, Jaar remixed Kanye West's 2013 Yeezus track "Blood on the Leaves." Apparently, Kruger, herself, requested West's music for the piece. Watch the Pippa Bianco-directed/Ways & Means-produced video below.
Kanye West plans to release his long-awaited Yeezus follow-up tomorrow, Thursday, February 11. He renamed it once again, too. It's now called The Life of Pablo. It will premiere at an event at Madison Square Garden.
Listen to "Blood on the Leaves":
Watch Nicolas Jaar perform as one-half of Darkside at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
Photo by Erez Avissar
After several changes, Kanye West has announced the new name for his album: The Life of Pablo. He's also shared the final tracklist, which you can see below. The Life of Pablo will premiere tomorrow at an event at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Final track list for The Life Of Pablo pic.twitter.com/PMH94MAAeJ— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 11, 2016
West's album was originally called So Help Me God. In May 2015, however, after two months with its original title, West changed the name to SWISH. (At the time, West presciently tweeted, "I might change it again but that's the name now.") Last month, he changed the title once again, this time to Waves. Waves was, by far, the most controversial title, sparking a beef with Wiz Khalifa on Twitter. (The beef was quickly resolved.) Then, last week, Kim Kardashian West posted a poll asking fans which album title is best. West, himself, said "We Don't Have a Name Yet." As of now, it is called The Life of Pablo.
This is also not the first time West has shared his album's tracklisting. While the album was still Swish, he shared a tracklist that included "No More Parties in L.A." (That tracklist went on to become a de facto sign-in list for anybody possibly involved with the project.) Conspicuously, "No More Parties in L.A." is absent from the "final" tracklist. Ironically, West raps "I feel like Pablo" multiple times on the track, something that fits with the project's new title. Previously heard songs "Real Friends," "Fade," and "Wolves," however, are still on T.L.O.P.
Flying Lotus photo by Erez Avissar
Ten years ago today, J Dilla passed away at the age of 32. That same day, Flying Lotus spun a live mix for dublab, dedicating it to Dilla. Today, 10 years later, dublab has shared that mix. The hour-long mix includes some of Dilla's songs, as well as tracks that Dilla sampled for his own music. Listen to Flying Lotus' 2006 "J Dilla Mix" here.
Last year, Dilla's mother (Ma Dukes) and Vintage Vibez Music Group released Dillatronics, a 41-track album of rare instrumentals.
In other recent FlyLo news, the producer is included on Rick Rubin's upcoming Star Wars-themed album, Star Wars Headspace.
Read our interview with Flying Lotus.
Watch Flying Lotus' episode of "Over/Under":
Last month, Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band paid tribute to David Bowie with a parade through the streets of New Orleans. The official Facebook page for the event—which was called "Pretty Things" (for the Hunky Dory track "Oh! You Pretty Things")–instructed attendees to wear their "best Bowie outfit or something more strange." Today, the band have shared a short documentary about the parade. The video includes Win Butler leading the crowd in Bowie's "Heroes." Watch it below.
Upon Bowie's passing in January, Butler wrote: "I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life."
Peaches has shared a bonkers gothic visual for "Free Drink Ticket," taken from her album Rub. Directed by Sara Sachs, the video sees Peaches—clad in a revealing leather outfit and baring sharp talons—participating in a sinister ritual where she's ravished by a half-boar, half-snake puppet (which she calls a "pig boa.") Like previous Rub videos, it's definitely not safe for work. Watch below.
Read our interview with Peaches.
Kevin Gates just released his great new album, Islah. Today, he's shared a visual for "Pride," which was directed by First Impressions and co-stars his wife Dreka and daughter Islah, the album's namesake. In it, Gates is trapped behind bars, away from his family. These scenes are juxtaposed against happier moments that reflect the song's lyrics, including that "bathtub full of fruits." Watch it below.
Netflix just announced "Beat Bugs," an animated kids' program arriving this summer that follows five adorable insects as they explore the suburbs. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the program will be soundtracked by over 50 Beatles covers from noteworthy artists including Sia, the Shins, Regina Spektor, Eddie Vedder, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Pink, and more. Below, you can watch a trailer, which includes Vedder's cover of "Magical Mystery Tour."
Sia will cover "Blackbird," Pink will cover "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and Chris Cornell will cover "Drive My Car." According to THR, the program—which was created, directed, written, and produced by Josh Wakely—will also feature cover versions of “Yellow Submarine,” "Penny Lane," "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Help!"