It’s a rare news day that elicits jealousy from both Weezer fans and bird lovers, but such is today: Somebody somewhere out there just paid a lot of money to go bird-watching with Rivers Cuomo. If Weezer and birding aren’t really your thing, there’s still plenty of music news to sink your teeth into: Miley Cyrus jumped on a remix of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” Questlove tells the whole story of the time Prince fired him, Chance The Rapper might have new music out soon, Radiohead is going on the road for the first time in a long time, a Wu-Tang Clan member wants that secret album of theirs to leak, and Iggy Pop and Josh Homme are cooking something up together.
It looks like Weezer didn’t learn anything from Run The Jewels, who were forced to make Meow The Jewels after a ridiculous pre-order option was actually purchased. Weezer has a new self-titled album coming out soon, and one of the pre-order options they made available was the Weezer Experience Bundle, which includes—among a bunch of other stuff—a Greyhound trip to the Galapagos with Cuomo for “bird watching to try and find the elusive White-cheeked pintail.” The good news is that it seems the band plans on honoring the purchase: On Facebook, they wrote, “Whoa, got word that someone bought the $25k pre-order package on weezerwebstore.com late last night. Time to figure out how to get a Greyhound to the Galapagos.” [Consequence of Sound]
After the Grammys in 2013, two of the most out-there figures in popular music—Miley Cyrus and Kanye West—got together and recorded a remix of ‘Ye’s “Black Skinhead,” which hadn’t surfaced anywhere until today. The song seems pretty unfinished (Miley sings snippets of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and it’s pretty disjointed overall), but the remix, which also features Travi$ Scott, makes us wonder what a full-fledged Kanye/Miley collaboration could be. [Consequence of Sound]
Remember when we told you about the time that Prince fired Questlove from a DJ gig and played a Finding Nemo DVD instead? The original story was just a tweet from Questlove, but now—in a video he made with Okayplayer—he tells the whole story, and the added details make it all the more hilarious and bizarre. Who knew Prince could be so savage? [Consequence of Sound]
Above is Chance The Rapper. Specifically, above is Chance The Rapper and he’s teasing new music on Snapchat. His most recent solo effort was 2013’s Acid Rap, so here’s hoping we get some new Chance soon. Thankfully, that now seems very likely. [Pigeons & Planes]
It’s been four years, but Radiohead is finally ready to return to the road. No, there’s no word of any sort of tour yet, but the band has been confirmed to headline a few European festivals: Primavera Sound, Nos Alive, and OpenAir St. Gallen. Their long-awaited album is also forthcoming, and it might be sooner rather than later, given the band recently registered a new company called Dawn Chorus LLP. Their last two albums were surprise releases (and both preceded by the registration of new companies), so keep your eyes peeled. [Pitchfork]
Ghostface Killah is none too pleased with the controversial pharmaceuticals CEO, Martin Shkreli, who bought Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. If it was up to Ghostface, the band would have never sold the album to Shkreli, but he said the matter was “out of his hands.” Originally meant to be an exclusive, Killah now says that the record should be owned by “the people,” and he also had this to say about Shkreli: “I don’t even know him. But I know what he did with the AIDS [drug] like that, that’s not right, that’s not right.” [Pitchfork]
It might seem strange for Iggy Pop and Josh Homme to have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert together, but it all makes sense once you realize that the rockers are actually releasing an album together. The album comes out on March 18, and you can watch the two perform “Gardenia” on Colbert below. And if you want to know what it’s like working with Iggy Pop, here’s Homme: “I’m such a huge fan of Iggy, and to see him in a kimono is… it’s just enough to leave something to the imagination. And I’ve got a really good imagination.” [Pitchfork]