So long Nerdoween (RIP) and Helllloooooo holiday shopping season. Today we’ve got news that will absolutely affect what you buy for your kids, what you buy for your parents, or what you want an avuncular, bearded fat man in red clothes to launch down your chimney come December 25. The Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack box set has been announced, so like, see you in line on Black Friday, right? We’ve also got some stellar new cuts from Aphex Twin, Shamir, The inimitable John Carpenter, and more pulpy news from top-40’s former queen of twang and current ambassador of New York, Taylor Swift. Also did we mention Queen released a never-before heard mix of “Let Me In Your Heart Again”? All and more are below! Let’s get to it, dudes!
“Had an Apple phone / fuck a Fisher-Price!” is, perhaps, the best marketing rap i have heard all year, and it came straight from the cutesy, high pitched mouth of 19-year-old indie disco up-and-comer, Shamir Bailey. Watch above as the brightly clad performer pops balloons full of paint and sings “On The Regular,” one of the oddest, catchiest songs of the year. [XL Recordings]
Taylor Swift, though a noted supporter of free music, has abruptly pulled her entire discography from music streaming service Spotify. The decision comes months after the service denied a request from the artist to only host the music in countries outside the United States, presumably to increase her star power abroad. Unfortunately, for fans of T-Swift at home, this isn’t the greatest marketing strategy she has ever had. Welcome To New York, So long to 21st century listening options (aside from, you know, all the other ones). [Wall Street Journal]
This past weekend, I watched Halloween and Halloween II while a a unicorn-rare rain storm washed over LA County. It was an especially harrowing event because i just got new speakers that allowed John Carpenter‘s original score to wash over me, as if there had been a hole in my roof when the skies opened up. The music is what scares me the most, which is why I was so excited to get NEW MUSIC from the master of horror. John Carpenter will be releasing a new album this February called Lost Themes and you can check out the first track right up above.
Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace released a new episode of True Trans in which she and other members of the LGBTQ community share their stories and give personal accounts of the difficulties and triumphs of gender self actualization. Its is a touching show that I recommend you absolutely catch.
Nils Frahm is a masterful piano composer who builds suspense with seemingly repetitive piano phrases on his song “Hammers.” It sort of gradually builds and morphs much the same way you’d expect a piece by Steve Reich to. The accompanying visuals are a perfect complement to the gradual trajectory of the song as you see all the musculature, wiring, and sinews of his preferred instrument come together and interact.
The Grand Theft Auto V box set has been announced and our resident gaming editor Malik Forté is already drooling at his desk. The set (Out December 9 via Rockstar and Mass Appeal) will include all the original music from the game from artists like Wavves, Flying Lotus, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, and more. Each radio station will also have extended playlists and additional commentary. Sup, Christmas? Sup, indeed. [Pitchfork]
A synth-heavy remix of Queen’s “Let Me In Your Heart Again” has been released in conjunction with Coca Cola and (RED)’s “Share the sound of an AIDS-free generation” campaign. Above, you can peep the whole version, which was remixed by William Orbit. The song will also appear on Queen Forever, which drops on November 10.
Aphex Twin unexpectedly (though it would be foolish to ever expect anything from this man at this point in his career) released a slew of previously unreleased compositions, which you can sample right here, courtesy of Pitchfork.
How stoked are you guys for the GTA V box
set though? Well played, Rockstar. Well played.