When flying to a country is too hard to do, let the country fly to you. If you’ve been dreaming of Haiti ever since Arcade Fire sang about it in 2004 and again in 2013, you may soon have the chance to get a taste of the culture — literally. In collaboration with a pair of Toronto restaurateurs, The Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are opening up a Haitian dining and cultural space in Montreal. The restaurant, named Agrikol, will open later this summer. Butler says its rooted in the “warmth of nostalgia” which they felt at the restaurateurs’ other Haitian joint, Rhum Corner. Until then, keeping dancing to their music on the beach in your head. [NME]
Jonah Hill and Action Bronson could be best friends by the end of the year. When Interview magazine sat down the Queens MC and the Hollywood star to interview one another, the two immediately hit it off. That’s not surprising considering that both inject comedy into everything they do. Apparently Jonah Hill said he’s Bronson’s “number-one fan” and couldn’t wait to talk about using his music to prep for Wolf of Wall Street, dissecting the Ghostface Killah comparisons, and what it’s like to be a kid in an adult world.
The best part (and believe us, there were many great parts) came when the two talked future projects. “With this new s–t, man, it’s a f–king musical. I’m going to make a f–king Broadway play out of it, on Broadway, where Cats was, the Winter Garden Theatre, I’m taking over,” said Bronson. Musicals aside, he could go straight into acting. Well, at least according to Jonah Hill. “I’m constantly trying to get you cast in movies,” said Hill. “I have to explain to these older white directors who you are. It’s been a hilarious process so far.” [Interview]
Meanwhile, a real film is in the works that will get even noisier than Action Bronson’s ruckus. Legendary Pictures confirmed they have an epic deal in the works to create a biopic about the eternally influential Jimi Hendrix. The classic rock legend won’t be cut short. Producer Thomas Tull and director Paul Greengrass waited more than four years to get permission from Hendrix’s estate, Experience Hendrix. With their blessing, the two can use his plethora of psych rock jams, meaning that tunes like “Voodoo Child” and “Hey Joe” will rightfully play onscreen to commemorate the musician who passed away in 1970 at 27 years old. Pledge allegiance to the wah-wah pedal and get ready for arguably the best biopic of the year. [Nerdist]
Son Lux is as creative with his music as he is with his music videos. The electronic singer-songwriter makes soothing, synth landscapes that explode with piercing drums. In the clip for “Change is Everything”, he elevates his sound with a remarkable stop-motion video directed by Nathan Johnson of The Made Shop. With 200 push pins, 500 feet of black yarn, and one hell of a sturdy corkboard, his team takes patience to a whole new level. Watch as geometric shapes seem to leap from the page, darting across the board and shape shifting every five seconds. Let this serve as a reminder that even the most basic objects can warp reality. Never say you’re bored again. [Nerdist]
For anyone that’s been through heartbreak, keeping a stiff upper lip in times of total despair (read: the entire breakup) is incredibly hard. No one is as resilient as Sharon Van Etten. Actually, maybe Taylor Swift is, but Van Etten knows how to write about it without that cheeky pop lens. Last year, the singer-songwriter returned with her fabulous, emotionally open LP, Are We There. Today, she’s sharing the gorgeous scars of “Just Like Blood” off her upcoming EP, I Don’t Want to Let You Down. It comes out a month from today, but you can stream it now. Give it a listen above and remember that it’s okay to cry. We already are. [NPR]
Now that Friday is here, it’s time for an album stream that will get the party started. Look no farther than Hot Chip‘s upcoming full-length, Why Make Sense? The London electronic group put plenty of grooves into this one that you can stream directly from their website. Looking for something a little less flashy? Head here to watch Blur perform songs from The Magic Whip live from New York City. Throw a flashy, electro dance party or stay in with your own private concert. The choice is yours and both options are excellent. [Pitchfork]
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