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.
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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.
Feeling generous during the Thanksgiving holiday? Why not donate a little spare change to this excellent documentary project. “Life Itself” is a film about the life of Roger Ebert, the Chicago-based film critic who died last April. It’s executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”). They are currently in post-production and need some extra funds to push them over the finish line. And if they exceed their goal? All the extra money will go to The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, a charity organization that supports educational and arts programs for children in underserved areas. How can you say no? (more…)
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…)
James Franco and Seth Rogan, best buddies who are currently filming a movie together in Canada, took some time out of their shooting schedule to film a shot-for-shot remake of Kanye West’s universally lambasted video for “Bound 2.” You know, the one with the horrible green screen and his naked wife on a motorbike. This one is called “Bound 3,” and it’s kind of scary. And funny. Watch below.
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…)
The cold weather getting you down? Trying to lay low as the holidays loom on the horizon? You could do no better than to stay home, keep warm, and put on this new mix of soul and funk 45s from DJ “Chairman” Jeff(erson) Mao, the legendary proprietor of Ego Trip. This is the second chapter in his “Across 135th Street, Soul Extravaganza” series (check the first part here), and it’s filled to the brim with jams, from Tina Turner’s “You Got What You Need” to Leroy & The Fabolous Rocking Soul Band’s “Just Jiving Around” to Fania Records superstar Joe Battan’s classic “What Good is a Castle – Part 2.” This one will keep you occupied for a while. Listen below, and check out Mao’s show at Red Bull Music Academy radio. (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…)
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…)