Nicki Minaj’s anaconda may not want some love, but ABC Family does. In a rather surprising announcement, the TV station revealed the singer-songwriter-rapper will see her life story turned into a comedy series in which she also stars. The rest of music’s big names have slightly less mainstream news. Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker interviewed Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches with awesome results, Tyler, the Creator launched a new cartoon series, The Simpsons dropped sonic acid with Spacemen 3, TIDAL planned the most epic concert of the year, Deerhunter shared a creative interactive map for their upcoming LP, and Ty Segall has formed yet another band (really).
Nicki Minaj never sleeps. The rapper, songwriter, and role model announced she is executive producing and appearing in a scripted comedy series coming to ABC Family. The show is based on her life growing up in Queens as an immigrant with a vibrant family, and the pilot episode will be filmed this winter in her hometown. Considering she was one of the better musicians-doing-comedy on SNL (Try harder next time, T Swift), chances are the series will actually have you laughing out loud. [Deadline]
Sleater-Kinney continues to be the feminist role model with in-your-face punk rock that we aspire to be. For Interview Magazine, singer and guitarist Corin Tucker sat down with Chvrches‘ Lauren Mayberry to discuss lyric writing, media figures, and how to handle sexism from online trolls. It was a beautiful conversation that’s very much worth your time. Read the full transcript here. [Interview]
From his hand-drawn cartoon donut to the album artwork for everything he drops, rapper Tyler, the Creator is, in many, many ways, a caricature. So it’s pretty much expected that he would move beyond his Odd Future TV show Loiter Squad to a new series called The Jellies. The animated cartoon is co-written and voiced by Tyler and Lionel Boyce (also of Loiter Squad) and animated by Augenblick Studios. By the looks of it, it’s about a family of jellyfish and their mediocre and outlandish happenings in a human world. Why aren’t we surprised? [NME]
Did you see The Simpsons season 27 premiere? It got heavy. Homer and Marge separated, Homer found new love, and then Lena Dunham showed up as a pharmacist. There to make sense of it all was Spacemen 3, one of the most iconic-yet-underground psych bands to exist. When Homer mixes alcohol and prescription drugs (doh), the world takes flight through a stream of lucid colors and ’70s art — a perfect match for their track “Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here).” We never thought the British psych band would fit in on The Simpsons, but the scene works astonishingly well. Rad, mannnn. [The Wall Street Journal]
This just in: TIDAL has an epic assortment of major label artists signed to its roster. Naturally, their first big concert, Tidal X: 1020 charity concert, brings out the big guns: Beyonce, Jay Z, Prince, Usher, and Nicki Minaj. That’s just the first wave, too. The show takes place October 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s a big space, but not so big that you’re safe to wait on buying tickets. Snag them here. [Rolling Stone]
On October 6th, Deerhunter will drop their highly anticipated new LP, Fading Frontier. To celebrate its release, frontman Bradford Cox drew an interactive map of influences that went into the record. On it appears R.E.M., Tom Petty, Al Green, Pablo Neruda, old linen, iced Earl Grey tea, his own car accident, and more. Here’s where it gets fun: click on the words and you’re whisked off to a video or PDF related to that item. Cox is a genius, and this is probably the closest we will ever get to understanding what it’s like in that creative brain of his. [Pitchfork]
Garage rock god Ty Segall has formed yet another new band. GØGGS is his newest project and it sounds like the sound of smashed drinks, buzzing pubs, busted volume knobs, and his eternally restless guitar. He’s joined by Ex-Cult’s Chris Shaw and Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart. Who knows what rocketing single they will share next, but for now we’ve got “She Got Harder,” a sample of the noise they’re giddy to curate moving forward. [Pitchfork]
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