Taylor Swift has been unrolling posters for her upcoming “Bad Blood” video over the past few weeks, and the reveals have been intriguing. First it was her face with some Quentin Tarantino-style slice and dice imagery and her character title, “Catastrophe.” Then it was a shot of Lena Dunham smoking quite a large cigar. Today, it’s the one and only Kendrick Lamar geared up to play “Welvin da Great” (according to T Swift, “each individual actor/actress chose their character’s name and persona”). The music video premieres this Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards. But wait, there’s more. The 1989 cut also stars True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, Zendaya, and model Lily Aldridge in its video. Director Joseph Kahn clearly wanted to go big or go home.
Back in 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s breakout LP Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City sold less than 250,000 copies. It also happened to come out the same week as Taylor Swift’s Red. Don’t mistake that for any real bad blood. The two have since become big fans of one another, hence Kendrick freestyling over “Shake It Off” and T Swift blasting “Backseat Freestyle” when dodging paparazzi. This is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
With every year comes another season of The Simpsons and its brilliant or boring gags. Last night, their team came up with the best possible use of Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky”. After the hellish embodiment of puberty haunts Bart for some time (squeaky voice and all), it gets pushed aside and Bart decides to man up. What better way to christen that moment than a dance with your crush to a song about getting laid? Actually, scratch that. The only thing that could’ve been cuter is Maggie finding her own lil’ baby soulmate. [Stereogum]
We’re not done talking about cartoons yet. This weekend, Hugh Jackman uploaded a clip of him lip syncing all the word’s to the great Adventure Time classic “Bacon Pancakes”. Rebecca Sugar’s song is so much more endearing when Wolverine starts singing all the words with furrowed brows, especially when he hits that high note at the end. Well, it’s great until you realize you’re bacon pancake-less and staring at your screen [insert tummy grumble]. Watch it here. [Nerdist]
Australian singer-songwriter and all around endearing gal Courtney Barnett released her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit to high praise. Today, she shares a music video for album cut “Dead Fox” and it’s full of animated goodness. Directors and animators Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge drew up the story of a cigarette-smoking fox who can’t quite figure out how to drive around obstacles in the road. When paired with the politically loaded yet conversational lyrics, the video’s shots spring to life with an organic, comical look. Check it out as long as you’re not behind the wheel right now yourself. [Pitchfork]
Don’t freak out, but you may hear the soundtrack from thriller The Babadook pulsing through your apartment walls in the very near future. Waxwork Records announced that Jed Kurzel’s score will be pressed onto wax for horror fans and insomnia addicts alike. While Jennifer Kent’s feature film debut will see its score released soon, no specific date has actually been set yet. Until then, keep all your children’s books stored away in the basement. [Nerdist]
NPR’s First Listen is back with another week’s supply of advanced album streams for you to check out early. The standouts in the batch sound great already. First comes Jim O’Rourke‘s Simple Songs, his first self-identified pop album in almost 15 years that uses orchestral folk and simple rock to soundtrack your highs and lows. Then there’s Holly Herndon‘s Platform, a rare look into post-human music that uses body sounds and odd experimental electronics to find a hybrid between nature and mechanics. Plus Circuit Des Yeux‘s In Plain Speech is there, a raw intensity boiled in ’60s free jazz and disorienting drums, all of which sees a handful of talented collaborators on board. Take your pick; you can’t go wrong.
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