People: Kanye West’s Swish is closer to happening every day, and early this morning, we got some essential info on the album. But that’s not all: Comedy Bang! Bang! has a new bandleader, Brian Wilson is doing something special for the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Father John Misty wrote a song for Stephen Colbert, Mac DeMarco wears a lot of literal hats, Flying Lotus scored a new short film, and Bruce Springsteen makes up for his postponed Madison Square Garden concert.
So happy to be finished with the best album of all time pic.twitter.com/JBWa8OWvqw
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 25, 2016
You might have a hard time reading it, but up there is the tracklist for Kanye West’s upcoming album, Swish. He shared it early this morning on Twitter, and there are a few songs we’ve already heard: “No More Parties in L.A.,” “Real Friends,” “Fade” and “Wolves.” The album comes out on February 11, just in time for to you fall in love before Valentine’s Day. [Pitchfork]
First it was Reggie Watts, then it was Kid Cudi, and now, it’s been revealed that the next bandleader of IFC’s offbeat talk/sketch show Comedy Bang! Bang! is a man you’ve known and loved for a long time: not your father, but “Weird Al” Yankovic. In the above episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! The Podcast, host Scott Aukerman and Yankovic make the announcement and say that “Weird Al” will be around for 300 episodes. The pair was surely being facetious, but we’re down for 300 episodes of those two. [Nerdist]
The Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds turns 50 this year, so Brian Wilson is planning something special to celebrate: Wilson is taking the album on the road for an extensive world tour, and he’ll play the record in full at each gig. He’ll be occupied all the way from March to October, and among other highlights, will appear at LEVITATION Festival in Austin, Texas and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. You can see if Pet Sounds will be in your neighborhood here. [Consequence of Sound]
Father John Misty was the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert not too long ago, and for the appearance, he was asked to write a lullaby to perform on the show. The song ended up getting cut from the episode “for time/content,” according to Father John Misty himself, but he shared the track on his Soundcloud for us all to be mortified by. He sings about hats made of human hair, maggots, dead birds and detached genitalia as only Father John Misty could. [Billboard]
The world record for most baseball hats worn at one time is 61, and that record is the basis of the inaugural installment of The A.V. Club’s video series “Talent Show,” in which musicians are asked to perform impressive feats. DeMarco is only challenged to stack 30 caps on his head, and we’re not going to tell you how well he does, because that totally takes the fun out the video, although we will tell you that the amount of hats he does manage makes passing through doorways a more strategy-intensive process. [The A.V. Club]
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Flying Lotus is no stranger to composing music for films, and his latest effort of that sort is providing the music for a short film called FUCKKKYOUUU. The film is an official Sundance selection for 2016, and is described thusly by a press release: “With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.” Flying Lotus’ creepy and sinister sonic soundscapes only enhance the sense of unease that is likely the film’s intent. [FADER]
Winter Storm Jonas has done a fine job at shutting cities down, and part of the impact was on Bruce Springsteen fans, who were unable to see his gig at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night because it didn’t happen, having been postponed due to the inclement weather. Not one to disappoint his fans, Springsteen is making up for the inconvenience by offering a free download of his January 19, 2016 concert in Chicago as a consolation. The free audio isn’t going to be available for much longer though, so if you’re down, hurry up and download it here. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s all for today, so bundle up, stay warm out there and we’ll see you on Wednesday!