Don’t you often find yourself wishing that Stephen Colbert would record music with Chance the Rapper? Even if the answer is no, we have great news: the two created a song together that, apparently, will be released later tonight. They’re not the only ones with new songs on the horizon, too. David Bowie announced he will release a brand new album in January 2016, 41 rare instrumentals of J Dilla are streaming online, Weezer’s cannoli-filled music video will make you hungry, Blood Orange has a new track lined up to drop tomorrow, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shared a slinky cover song, and Public Enemy, performed a rousing set on Jimmy Kimmel.
Chance the Rapper told Hot 97 that he and Stephen Colbert worked on a song together and plan on releasing it soon. How soon? Very soon, as in later tonight. Chance told the station that Colbert is “amazing” on the track, so it’s fair to expect nothing less than that. Keep your eyes and ears peeled tonight and check Nerdist for further updates. [Hot 97] [Chance the Rapper photo by Arion Davis; Stephen Colbert photo by Chicago Now]
David Bowie may never tour again, but he will certainly keep on releasing music o. The iconic singer-songwriter announced he will celebrate his 69th birthday on January 8 by releasing a brand new album titled Blackstar. An insider told The Times UK that the album draws inspiration from krautrock, Gregorian chants, and long jazz jams. It serves as his 25th LP to date. Ruminate on that next time you think your laundry list of accomplishments is impressive. [Nerdist] [Photo by Jimmy King]
In four days, a massive collection of rare instrumentals by the late J Dilla will be released. Dillatronic, the 3xLP set, has 41 instrumentals in total. For a limited time, you can stream every single one thanks to permission from his mother to share the works. Let the improvisational raps flow. Pre-order a physical copy of it all here. [Pitchfork]
Last week, Weezer dropped a brand new track called “Thank God for Girls”. While we agree they’re essential, girls are projected a bit differently than we had hoped in the band’s music video for said track. Watch as the part-lyric video watches a man gorge on cannolis while a model-esque female feeds them to him. After, he starts going a little berserk with the pastries. Fingers crossed this means a purchase of the mp3 comes with a real-life cannoli.
If Dev Hynes is your spirit animal, you must be feeling extra giddy today. The man behind Blood Orange posted a photo to Facebook today that hints at new music. The shot of his notebook includes lyrics and the title “Sandra’s Smile” with a note that it’s arriving on Tuesday. Yes, that means he will be singing in your ears in less than 24 hours. [Pitchfork] [Photo by Dev Hynes]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is no stranger to cover songs or commercials. From her contributions to Target holiday ads to Where The Wild Things Are, she’s able to wield her whispering voice to several ends. Now, for a ballerina drama on Starz, Karen O has covered ’80s classic “Obsession” by Animotion. Her take slows things down, minimizes the synths, and draws out ambient tones suitable for bedtime dreams. Which is to say, of course, we love it. [Consequence of Sound]
Not all TV studios are bolted to the ground. Jimmy Kimmel ditched his desk to bring his late-night show over to Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House where he filmed five episodes. On the final night, he brought members of the New York Mets on the show along with the city’s own hip-hop act Public Enemy for a memorable episode. There’s a nearly-seven-minute medley of “Fight the Power” with samples of “911 Is a Joke” and “Man Plans God Laughs”. Check out their rousing performance above and let the Brooklyn-ness of it all overcome you. [Consequence of Sound]
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