“We want to make sure his beard and his belly keep growing,” says one dedicated Action Bronson follower. It’s a sentiment we all share for our hairy, heavy leader in the build up to his forthcoming Mr. Wonderful album. Watch Bronson’s latest comedic turn in the following video, then keep reading to discover enough new music from Blur, Chic, and Rihanna to keep you dancing through the weekend.
Under the reassuring watch of their many Action Bronson portraits, a group of dedicated worshippers expound their impassioned love for their rapping, cooking demigod, in Mr. Wonderful: The Documentary. The funny short is the latest video promoting the Bronson’s forthcoming big studio release, Mr. Wonderful, and following his Boogie Nights parody of a month ago. [Consequence of Sound]
Blur has released “There Are Too Many of Us”, the second single from The Magic Whip, their first album since 2003’s Think Tank. The overwhelmingly dour track marches forward with a military drum beat and spacey synths. The Magic Whip comes out April 27th internationally and April 28 in the U.S. Why we always gotta wait? [Pitchfork]
Is St. Vincent a violent criminal?! According to Chilean artist Constanza Ragal Chaigneau, the answer is a definitive yes. The indie rock darling has been accused of using “knives and violence” to destroy $4,500 worth of the artist’s paintings, on display in the greenroom of Chile’s Lollapalooza. According to MTV, St. Vincent delayed her departure from the country, either by order or by personal decision, to resolve the issue.
Death Grips are streaming the long-awaited second-half of their The Powers That B double album, Jenny Death, a week before the announced debut. You can listen to the full album through the above YouTube playlist. Death Grips sure have been suspiciously active this year for a supposedly disbanded band. [Stereogum]
Over 75,000 people (and counting) have signed a petition to urge the UK’s Woodstock-like Glastonbury Festival to replace the Saturday night headliner, Kanye West, with a rock band. While it’s possible the 65,000 signers of the open, online petition have tickets to the festival (which manages 175,000 attendees a year), it’s highly improbable. At least this humble writer suspects more attendees would be upset by the removal of one the most buzz-worthy artist of the moment. [Spin]
James Murphy, previously of LCD Soundsystem, and who previously produced the popular mix of David Bowie’s “Love is Lost”, now brings us a short, glockenspiel cover of Bowie’s “Golden Years“. The song comes as the first track off the Murphy-produced soundtrack to Noah Baumbach’s upcoming film, While We’re Young. In addition to Murphy pieces, the super-hip soundtrack will also feature works by A Tribe Called Quest, Foreigner, and Haim (because you can’t have a modern day soundtrack without Haim; it’s the law). [Rolling Stone]
Rihanna, along with Jennifer Lopez, is providing voice work to the new animated film, Home. In addition to voicing a character, the Barbados singer is naturally also providing a handful of original tracks. Previously, we had heard “Towards the Sun“. Now, the two remaining tracks, the forlorn “As Real As You and Me” and the upbeat “Dancing in the Dark”, have released only days before the soundtrack release. Both can be heard (at least for now) at Direct Lyrics.
While Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, and every other DJ of the last decade was looking for ways to infuse funk and disco back into mainstream dance tracks, Chic and Nile Rodgers were sitting back, biding their time, waiting for the vernal equinox to release their explosive “I’ll Be There” upon the universe. And, suddenly, a giant disco ball eclipsed the sun and the world erupted in the hustle. [Stereogum]
According to a new RIAA report, streaming services inched out CD sale revenues for the first time ever, bringing in $1.87 billion to CD’s $1.85 billion. Streaming services now account for 27% of the music market share, with physical copies at 32%, digital downloads dominant at 37%, and the difference made up by alternate streams (like ringtones. Remember ringtones?).
That’s all on our end. Let us know what you’ll be listening to this weekend in the comments below!