You don’t have to search around the world to get lucky. Daft Punk’s newest toy isn’t official, but it is available whenever you want it to be. Someone built two light-up figures that you can buy right now. If you’re craving new music, though, stick around. Members of the Smiths and the Cranberries wrote a song together, Beyonce and Adele lead the MTV VMA nominations, Radiohead played “Let Down” for the first time in a decade, The Strokes took over late night TV, ad Jlin dropped a hot electronic cut.
If you wear super cool, futuristic robot heads and you’re famous, of course someone will turn you into a figurine. How could they not? Daft Punk are shoe-ins for collectible items. They’ve been turned into figurines before, but now Medicom built two action figures of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo that stand out above the rest. Their creations depict the duo in their Discovery outfits which means, yes, their helmets light up. They’re 12″ tall and will be available in May of 2017 for a hefty price of $250. Learn more over at Medicom. [Gizmodo]
The Strokes released a new EP this year called Future Present Past. It rolled out quickly, but the hits on the short release are worth revisiting. The rock group took over the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “Threat of Joy” from that very EP. Unsurprisingly, they killed it. Take a couple minutes to check it out above and remember why they’re the iconic rock group still celebrated in 2016. [Pitchfork]
Today in Collaborations You Weren’t Expecting comes D.A.R.K. The project sees the Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, the Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, and DJ Ole Koretsky joining forces to release Science Agrees, their debut LP. Before it drops on September 9 via Cooking Vinyl, the trio have shared “Gunfight.” The single is a combination of modern synth thuds and the classic wails and whispers of O’Riordan. It’s an interesting combo, for sure. [Pitchfork]
As we inch closer to the MTV Video Music Awards, out come the nominees. The awards show revealed those in the running for awards in 2016. Beyonce, in a surprisingly career landmark, got more than usual (and she already get a lot). The 11 well-deserved nominations come hot off the release of Lemonade. Right in her place is Adele who recieved eight nominations. Of course, the big category, Video of the Year, sums up which short clip captures a year in music. Who was nominated? Beyonce’s “Formation,” Adele’s “Hello,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” and Kanye West’s infamous “Famous.” May the best fighters win. [Rolling Stone]
Radiohead have been playing some gems old and new on their tour this year. With A Moon Shaped Pool under their belts, the alt-rock gods have been debuting excellent material. Last night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Radiohead decided to pull out an old favorite, one that hasn’t been played in a decade. “Let Down” off OK Computer, with all of its glittery guitar fadeouts, saw a happy crowd erupt into cheers during the end. It was their first time playing it since 2006 and their seventh time playing it since 1998. Never change, Radiohead. [Rolling Stone]
Footwork champion Jlin is making her way up the charts for her hypnotic electronic work. Now, the musician shared her newest single, “Downtown,” which is four minutes of blissful fun. It’s a part of Adult Swim Singles, the company’s program where each week of summer sees a new song uploaded by rising musicians. This year has seen songs by Blanck Mass, Clark, and more roll out, but Jlin’s may be the best one yet. Check it out above. Best of all, you can grab it for free right here. [Pitchfork]
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