What’s our age again? To be honest we are not quite sure–Pokemon is popular and Blink-182 have a number one album–and it feels like it is 1998. Blink came back with such momentum that they managed to bump Drake from his number one spot in the Billboard charts. Also, Check out Chvrches and Hayley Williams’ rad video for “Bury It” below, the Spice Girls’ partial reunion, the Oasis brothers’ potato insults, Schoolboy Q’s chilling video, Flea’s signature Fender bass, and El-P’s pokerap.
For the first time in 15 years, and for the second time ever, Blink-182 have a number one record on their hands with their brand new LP, California. This is cool news to pop-punk kids everywhere and very sad news for Drake, whose album Views was bumped from the top after spending 9 weeks at number one. Maybe this will prompt Drake to release a pity-me single, or perhaps he’ll just join Blink-182 as a permanent member.
This past Friday, the Spice Girls‘ biggest hit, “Wannabe,” turned 20. To celebrate, three-fifths of the girl group recorded messages hinting at a possible reunion. Though it’s only a minute in length, the video sees them thank fans and pack a punch of energy given it seems a side-project may be in the works. At least that’s what Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown and Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell suggested. Watch it above to see for yourself. [Rolling Stone]
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 9, 2016
In what is by far the most bizarre and petty sibling rivalry, we have new updates between Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. The two brothers bicker quite often, but things went to a new level back in May when Liam called his brother a potato and promptly turned down rumors of an Oasis reunion. It’s a strange insult, but one that’s stuck around. A month later, Liam called Noel a potato once more. That leaves us here today, in July, where Liam has not once, but twice called his brother a potato. The best part is there’s no sentence. It’s just the noun in all caps accompanied by screenshots of his brother. Boys, calm down and eat your vegetables. [Stereogum] With Blank Face released just last week, rapper Schoolboy Q shared another video from the album’s video trilogy. Album character Groovy Tony has a lot going on in his life, and “By Any Means” and “Tookie Knows II” have chronicled those ups and downs so far. That storyline continues in “Black THougHts,” a hearing and plea in the face of jail time. Jack Begert and Dave Free directed it, so prep yourself for some heated energy. [Consequence of Sound]
There’s a steadily growing list of iconic bass players. Right near the top sits Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His funky lines and slapped parts are hard to get out of your brain, nevertheless to sit still to, so naturally it’s time he gets to design his own bass. Fender teamed up with him to create a Flea Jazz Bass as a part of Fender’s Signature Series. It’s an exact replica of his own Shell Pink ’61 Jazz Bass which a fan gifted him. Now that fans can buy the exact one, it’s his gift to them at large. [Consequence of Sound]
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Pokémon Go has taken America by storm over the course of the weekend. Most kids understand it because, well, they grew up playing Pokemon and getting to catch them in real life was always the dream. Some adults, however, do not understand it. Take, for instance, El-P of Run the Jewels. The rapper took to Twitter to rag on the game before offering an “apology” freestyle rap, encouraging fans to make remixes of it. The whole thing, both his freestyle and the resulting remixes, are a mess, but perhaps that’s the point. Good luck, players. [Stereogum]
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