Dr. Dre is moving past beats and headed straight for TV. Apple is rolling out their first ever TV series and it’s based on his life. He’s not the only one making moves crossing industries. Jarvis Cocker is soundtracking a series based off Neil Gaiman’s short stories, Justin Vernon is ready to revive Bon Iver for real, Kanye West made a videogame, James Blake dropped a gorgeous single, Santigold pops it up on “Banshee,” Stephen Malkmus is scoring Will Arnett’s new Netflix series, Run the Jewels 3 is in the works, and Ty Segall scared the bajeezus out of Stephen Colbert on live TV.
Apple’s first original TV series is on the way, and who better to executive produce it than Dr. Dre? The show, called Vital Signs, is a semi-autobiographical drama about Dre’s life. It will run six episodes to start, many of which are “dark,” that center on a different emotion. Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae are also cast in the show. Just wait until you see the last episode. [Pitchfork]
The only thing better than literature or music is when the two combine. Sky Arts are releasing a four-part TV series called Likely Stories that’s based on short stories by Neil Gaiman. The show doesn’t have a set date yet, but it does have a set soundtrack. Who’s doing it, you ask? The only and only Jarvis Cocker. Get ready to dance while you watch a show about a book. We know you can do it. [Pitchfork]
In a new interview with Billboard, Justin Vernon finally lets up about Bon Iver‘s status. “I’m no longer winding down,” he says. “I’ve definitely been working on new music.” Given the band is set to perform at Eaux Claires Festival this August, it’s safe to assume they will debut new material there. Grab your tickets now, y’all! [Pitchfork]
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Kanye West has a lot of news to tell and he’s telling it all at once. His album title changed for the final time to The Life of Pablo, it got a meme-able cover, and everyone from Frank Ocean to Rihanna is on it. Perhaps the coolest news he dropped was a preview of his upcoming videogame, Only One, based off his mom traveling through the gates of heaven. There’s no release date set yet, but this is Kanye, so the announcement will be done with traditional fanfare and drama. [Nerdist]
James Blake, ever so timid and peaceful, released a new song quietly (or as quietly as one can over a massive radio station like BBC Radio 1) in the big unfolding of Kanye West’s Madison Square Garden event. The English crooner’s cut, called “Modern Soul,” sees him bearing his soulful vocals on a mid-tempo track. There’s no update on his album, but this certainly makes it feel like it’s coming soon. [Consequence of Sound]
On February 26, Santigold drops her highly-anticipated new album 99¢. In anticipation, she’s shared a vibrant new track called “Banshee.” It’s slick and poppy, the type of material we hope to hear on what feels like can only be a comeback LP full of dominant beats and witty lyrics. We’re ready. [Stereogum]
Flaked, the new Netflix series about a man who habitually lies while trying to stay sober starring Will Arnett, premieres on March 11. In addition to flaunting music by EL VY, Youth Lagoon, Local Natives, Hinds, and more, the show nabbed Stephen Malkmus to do the score. That’s about as cool as it can get. Check out the trailer above. [Pitchfork]
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The boys are back in town. Killer Mike shared an Instagram video captioned “#RTJ3,” where he and his bandmate El-P nod their heads to what we can only assume is a new song. We may be getting ahead of ourselves, but please, what else are we supposed to do? [Stereogum]
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert keeps scoring the best live performances. This past Thursday night, Ty Segall brought his band the Muggers (featuring members of King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, and more) onstage to perform the crazy cut “Candy Sam” off his new album. It all ends with free candy for the audience. Sounds like a dream set to me. [Consequence of Sound]
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