For the catchy hook, ridiculous lyrics, and meme-able video, Drake’s massive hit, “Hotline Bling”, should have been a Grammy nominee frontrunner. As it turns out, it wasn’t cut intentionally. It was an error on his label’s part. Meanwhile, other labels are doing just fine with their own artists; Wu-Tang Clan sold their one-of-a-kind album to the Sith, Joanna Newsom rocked out on live TV, Dinosaur Jr. brought the frontman of My Bloody Valentine onstage in New York, Jarvis Cocker wrote a wishlist for Santa, and Wavves and Best Coast announced a tour together for February 2016.
You used to call me on my cell phone. There’s a reason that’s in the past tense. Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” appeared to be snubbed by the 58th annual Grammy Awards since it received no nominations. As it turns out, that’s a result of a clerical error. Cash Money Records never submitted “Hotline Bling” for Grammy consideration. And so, like that, Drake must sulk in a corner knowing he only has five Grammy nods this year without the help of “Hotline Bling”. Boo hoo. [Consequence of Sound] [Featured image courtesy of Drake/Republic/OVO]
When you’re one of the world’s few Sith Lords, what better way to intensify your sour note on the planet than purchase the sole copy of a rare Wu-Tang Clan album? Martin Shkreli, the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO who raised the price of AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, has done it again. We reported on the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin record being purchased for “millions” to an unlisted buyer. As reports detail, Shkreli is the one who nabbed the one-of-a-kind album. Wu-Tang Clan, in good taste, “decided to give a significant portion of the proceeds to charity.” [Pitchfork] [Photo by Jonathan Weiner]
It’s rare to catch Joanna Newsom live, especially in the US. While her hubby Andy Samberg is an award-winning television actor, she rarely shows up on TV, so last night’s performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was a total treat. Watch her dive into “Leaving the City” off this year’s excellent LP Divers. Backed with a keyboardist, pianist, and drummer, the song pummels through her most punk harp song yet, leaving most everyone in the crowd speechless (and swooning). [Stereogum]
Dinosaur Jr.‘s week-long residency at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom has seen an impressive list of guests show up to play onstage with them. As OMG-worthy as Kim Gordon, Jeff Tweedy, and Henry Rollins are, it’s Tuesday night’s guest that’s the most shocking. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine joined them to perform his own “Thorn” as well as a cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer”. Talk about a good show. [Pitchfork]
Letters of Noel project lets celebrities pen letters to Father Christmas asking for whatever they hope to receive this year under the Christmas tree. Jarvis Cocker wrote one, and it’s as comical and cute as any Pulp fan could hope for. In the letter, Cocker asks for sexy glasses, cashmere underwear, and blind faith. Come to think of it, those are the things we put on our Christmas lists, too. How do you think this Christmas letter stacks up to Benedict Cumberbatch’s? [NME] [Photo courtesy of Letters of Noel]
California lovin’ is now a whole lot easier for those who don’t live in the state. Best Coast and Wavves both hit the road for a joint tour called “Summer is Forever II” with one of our favorite rising acts, Cherry Glazerr, opening. See them anywhere across the United States in the months of February or March. The full list of dates is here. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo courtesy of Wavves and Best Coast]
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