Slayer just upped the game. The metal legends dropped a brand new song that’s blissfully brutal for a whopping $0.00. They’re not the only ones making waves, either. Carrie Brownstein revealed a star-studded list of guests to join her on her book tour, Kanye West made us tear up at the VMAs, Miley Cyrus left us confused at the VMAs, Justin Timberlake is planning a classy live concert film, Siouxsie Sioux dropped her first new song in eight years, and that Big Boi + Phantogram collaboration is finally coming true. Let’s dive into it all, shall we?
Slayer are back with a brand new song, and they may as well have gone and called it “No Mercy”. The song, titled “Cast The First Stone”, is a brutal track to preface their first new album in six years, Repentless. The new song also serves as their contribution to Adult Swim’s Singles Series of 2015. “Cast The First Stone”‘s dark intro quickly jumps out of the way for sludge that explodes into a kick drum frenzy of headbanging metal, complete with power chords and drum fills. The best part? Like all the other Adult Swim Singles of this summer, you get to download it for free. [Adult Swim]
Remember bookmarks? You won’t need one for the new memoir from Carrie Brownstein. On October 27, the Sleater-Kinney singer, guitarist, actress, and total idol will release Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl via Penguin. From the title alone, we know we’ll read through it in a single day most likely. Get a ticket to one of her book tour stops and all her special guests will no doubt confirm that. Her cross country book tour sees Questlove, Amy Poehler, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hopper, Gaby Hoffmann, and more showing up by her side for readings. Learn more here and snag your tickets before they’re all gone. [Pitchfork]
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards managed to be predictably unpredictable this year not in performances, but in drama. The histrionics stood out the moment they occurred, but no single moment was more breathtaking than Kanye West‘s 13-minute speech. After accepting the iconic Video Vanguard Award, West went on to speak with great heart on the importance of kids, forgiveness, rebuttal, and, of all things, a decision to run for president in 2020. “We not going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids,” he said near the end. “We going to teach our kids that they can be something.” Cue the tears. [Rolling Stone]
What else happened at the VMAs? Well, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift squashed their Twitter feud by performing together, Minaj blasted Miley Cyrus during her speech, Justin Bieber cried during his own song, and Cyrus announced a new album. The Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana performed with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips before sticking a phallic confetti cannon between her legs and shooting glitter onstage to a URL for the free LP. How does it actually sound? Stay tuned for our review and we’ll let you know what songs are worth spinning and which are… well, different. [Nerdist]
Not everything is out of control. Justin Timberlake is crafting a more classic form of entertainment than the VMAs by teaming up with iconic director Jonathan Demme–the same mind behind the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense–for a concert film that captures his January 2nd performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The final date of his 134-stop 20/20 Experience World Tour will feature emotional, exciting, “space age” editing that sees Timberlake as a “funky Fred Astaire”. By that, we think Demme means the boy knows how to dance. [Rolling Stone]
In even more exciting news, Siouxsie Sioux debuted her first new song in eight years. During the series finale of Hannibal, the songstress let “Love Crime” into the mix, a brand new dreary ballad that saw collaboration with the show’s composer, Brian Reitzell. Give it a listen above and join us in dreaming of new music from her sometime in the next decade. [Consequence of Sound]
Remember that Big Boi and Phantogram collaboration rumor? It’s finally coming true. The three performed live for the first time this past weekend at Epic Fest in Los Angeles. Under the moniker Big Grams, they played a mere three songs to a pretty small (unassuming) crowd along with word that their new album would be “coming soon.” [Pitchfork]
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