Macaulay Culkin, the kid from the “Home Alone” movies whose childhood antics are embedded in the frazzled brains of every single person in their 20’s, is spending his post-Hollywood fame wisely. When he’s not DJ’ing from his iPod at a club in New York (we hear it’s a good time), he’s playing music with some local buddies. What kind of music is it? Well, they are a cover band, in a way. The group, who call themselves The Pizza Underground, play covers of Velvet Underground songs, retooling the lyrics to be about pizza. Listen below. And that weird sound you hear at the end of the recording? That’s Lou Reed rolling over in his grave.
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M.I.A. has released “Trouble Again,” a bonus song that was left off her new album, “Matangi,” via Spotify. The song begins with some wet, wobbly bass clicks before skipping through multiple genres, from EDM histrionics to early-90s UK-based jungle with the skittering percussive loops that emerge toward the end of the track. It’s scatterbrained, but that’s a style that she’s perfected and does better than anyone else. This could have easily been on the album and even could have been a single. If this is the kind of material M.I.A is leaving off her albums, we expect another one to drop soon.
According to the New York Times, the original handwritten lyrics to “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen’s paean to love and freedom on the open road, is currently up for auction at Sotheby’s. The item, “neatly written in blue ink” and thought to date from 1974, features a sketch of the song many of us know, with notes written in the margins. Certain key phrases from the song, such as the “tramps like us” line, are present in this early version. The seller has not been named, but the lyrics were throught to have once belonged to Mike Appel, Springsteen’s former manager. The lyrics are thought to sell for somewhere in the range of $70,000 to $100,000. (more…)
Thanksgiving isn’t Christmas. There isn’t a whole catalog of music devoted to it. There are songs about giving thanks, sure, and a few more about turkeys and family. But there is a song that captures the spirit of Thanksgiving, and is itself a Thanksgiving tradition: Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant.” The song, at almost 20 minutes, tells the allegedly true story of Guthrie being arrested with a friend after having Thanksgiving dinner with the song’s Alice, a restaurant proprietor in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It’s an adventure, just like spending the day with your family. We’ll be listening. So should you.
Sky Ferreira, currently on the long promotional tour behind her new album, “Night Time, My Time,” stopped by David Letterman’s talk show last night. Dressed in all black, the singer performed “You’re Not the One,” a standout song from the new album. After canceling a string of dates opening for Vampire Weekend earlier this year, Ferreira announced that, along with Icona Pop, she would be the opening act for Miley Cyrus’s upcoming tour. That sure is going to be something. Watch the video below. It’s a good one. (more…)
Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, the two remaining members of the Beastie Boys, are in the middle of a twisted battle with a toy company that makes products geared towards girls. It all started last week when GoldieBlox, the toy company, posted a commercial on the Internet that quickly went viral. The ad featured a reworked version of “Girls,” a song on the Beastie’s debut album, “Licensed to Ill.” The new song changed the original’s sexist lyrics to words that encourage female empowerment. Sounds good so far. The only problem is that the Beastie Boys have a firm rule about allowing their songs in advertisements. Late last week, after the band questioned the company about their use of the song, GoldieBlox preemptively filed a lawsuit against the group, producer Rick Rubin, and the record label, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The company is defending itself by claiming fair use of the song as a parody of the original, and bringing up the fact that they are taking a song that featured offensive lyrics and making them more positive for young girls. Shouldn’t the Beastie Boys be happy about that? (more…)
M.I.A is on a press tour for her new album, “Matangi,” and she stopped by “The Colbert Report” last night. It was strange. Her interview with the host was awkward, with Stephen Colbert’s satirical alter-ego taking her to task for having politics in her music and asking her: “Why mix politics and fun?” She cited Bob Dylan and Public Enemy as American influences, admitted she’s never watched his show (she claims she doesn’t watch television), and later performed two songs, “Y.A.L.A” and “Come Walk With Me,” flanked by a backup dancer, DJ, and flashing lights. Watch the videos below, and read our profile of M.I.A here. (more…)
TUNE: After releasing two songs into the webosphere (“Miles, Miles, Miles” and “Slow Train” with Cate Le Bon), Kevin Morby’s LP “Harlem River” is now streaming. As it turns out, the title track is its most stunning, a stand out even in the company of eight exceptionally crafted tunes. Morby calls his album “an homage to New York City,” and while that may be true, “Harlem River” is definitely its most vivid ode. The nine-minute song (especially that slow-building, bluesy bass) feels like a slink along the water on one of those New York City nights you stumble across when you least expect it: sexy, immersive, and totally effortless.
Yesterday, the Internet was buzzing with rumors of the return of seminal hip-hop duo Outkast, who have been on indefinite hiatus since 2007. There were rumors that they would reunite for the 2014 Coachella Festival, because that seems to be where groups reunite these days. Now, the news has been confirmed. Revolt TV, which is that weird television channel run by Puff Daddy, broke the news that Outkast is planning a tour for 2014. Not big news, of course, but it’s something. The group has been quiet for too long. Big Boi has received accolades for his solo albums, “Sir Lucious Left Foot” (2010) and “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” (2012), but Andre 3000, after crafting Outkast’s biggest hit with “Hey Ya,” that song you still can’t get out of your head, has been relatively quiet on the music front. (more…)
Kanye West stopped by Ellen Degeneres’s talk show to premiere his new video from “Yeezus” album closer “Bound 2.” For people who were disappointed by the abrasiveness of the album — a group I don’t count myself a member of — “Bound 2″ was a track that harkened back to West’s soul-sampled past, and marked a possible return to form. (more…)