Back in 1995, Nine Inch Nails hit the road with David Bowie, and Trent Reznor had some nice things to say about the fallen legend in a new essay. Meanwhile, Kanye West’s upcoming album has a new title, Rihanna and Drake dropped a fire collab, Wiz Khalifa transformed Adele’s “Hello” into something else entirely, Run The Jewels isn’t done with Meow The Jewels just yet, Vampire Weekend just got a bit smaller, and Earl Sweatshirt just dropped some new music.
That’s Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie on stage together. If that sounds too good to be true, the two entities hit the road for a joint tour between September 1996 and February 1996. Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor still has a lot of love for Bowie, which he demonstrated in a new essay in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. Reznor wrote of Bowie:
“For me, every Bowie album has its own set of memories. Back in the heyday of records, I’d go over to my friends house and listen to his collection of records in his basement. Scary Monsters was the first one I related to. Then I went backwards and discovered the Berlin trilogy, which was full-impact. By the early Nineties, as I found myself onstage with an audience, I was in full-obsession mode with Bowie. I read into all the breadcrumbs he’d put out — the clues in his lyrics that reveal themselves over time, the cryptic photographs, the magazine articles — and I projected and created what he was to me. His music really helped me relate to myself and figure out who I was. He was a tremendous inspiration in terms of what was possible, what the role of an entertainer could be, that there are no rules.”
New album title, WAVES
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
Goodbye Swish, hello Waves: Kanye announced last night that his new album has a new name, and there was so much more to behold as well. The tracklist has a new song called “Ultra Light Beam,” the album likely has new collaborators in A$AP Rocky, Swizz Beatz and The-Dream (and even Drake if this is to be believed). Stay tuned, because who knows what else can change between now and February 11, Swish’s/Waves’ release date. [Pigeons & Planes] Go ahead and hit play, because right up there is a new Rihanna song and it features The 6 God himself, Drake. Rihanna dropped the track this morning, and it’s going to to appear on her upcoming album ANTI, which is set to be released on Friday. The duo also collaborated in 2012 on Drake’s “Take Care” and in 2010 on Rihanna’s “What’s My Name.” Every big name is getting ready to release something right now and we’re very excited about all of it. [Pitchfork] In case Meow The Jewels wasn’t odd enough, Run The Jewels decided to partner up with Cyriak for a new video for the song “Meowpurrdy,” and it’s beyond bizarre. You might be familiar with Cyriak’s distinctive visual style from his YouTube videos and the intro to With Bob and David. Here, the collective adds another unsettling dimension to an already creepy endeavor. [Consequence of Sound]
A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I’m psyched about the work we’ve already begun for LP4 and I’m psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”…for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music – it’s coming. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa. A photo posted by Ezra Koenig (@arze) on
Above is Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig’s goodbye to now-former bandmate Rostam Batmanglij, who announced that he was leaving the group. There seems to be no animosity between the parties, and Koenig and Batmanglij still plan to collaborate in a creative way somehow. Batmanglij said that his “identity as a songwriter + producer needs to stand on its own.” This news follows a new solo single from Rostam, “EOS.” [Pitchfork]
Earl Sweatshirt recently had a productive evening when he decided to share three new songs on his Soundcloud: “Wind In My Sails,” “bary,” and “SKRT SKRT,” the latter two being instrumentals. Earl even sampled Kanye West’s “Barry Bonds” on “bary.” No word on whether or not this means a new album is on the way, or if he’s cleaning out his closet from last year’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. [Consequence of Sound]
And that’s what happened over the past couple days. Thanks for being here, and we’ll see you on Friday for the next installment of Music Dispatch!