Hello dear readers! Let’s keep the chit-chat nice and short today and get right to the music news. After all, the sooner you’re through this article, the sooner you’ll arrive at a much-deserved weekend, where you can relax whilst enjoying new tracks from Blake Mills, Fugazi, Lykke Li, Lil Wayne, and Beyoncé.
Leading up to the release of his 2013 album, Wolf, Tyler the Creator released a very limited edition (we’re talking 100 copies limited) DVD, including a half hour documentary, which has made its way to the internet, at least for the time being. The film is half a glimpse into his producing process, and half a skate video, complete with obligatory fisheye lens. Plenty of weed is smoked throughout, and Pharrell, Outkast and Frank Ocean all make appearances. Pharrell also gave Tyler an endearingly positive interview (as he tends to do) in this Mass Appeal video at Odd Future‘s recent Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. You’ll notice that Tyler, who was moved to tears during Pharrell’s reunion performance with N.E.R.D, breaks the “don’t wear a band’s shirt to their show” rule. [HipHopDX]
We at Nerdist Music have an audio infatuation with the unhinged musical stylings of Blake Mills. We’re not the only ones; Eric Clapton recently stated, “Blake Mills is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal.” The man and his band stopped by NPR’s Mountain Stage in Charleston, West Virginia for an intimate six-song performance, which you can listen to HERE. Mills singing sounds strikingly similar to Hi Ho Silver Oh’s frontman Casey Trela, and his sophomore album (which is out now) is called Heigh Ho. Is this simply a coincidence, or clues pointing us towards a deeper folk-rock conspiracy?!
From Blake Mills we go to General Mills, where the latest Buzz around Usher is that animated bee mascot from Honey Nut Cheerios. Big Ush has partnered with the breakfast cereal to release his new single, “Clueless”, which will only be available through a download code printed within specially marked cereal boxes, sold specifically at Target stores. If you ask a spokesperson for the brand, the interesting endorsement deal came about through Usher’s passion for “spreading the word about heart health,” but if you ask us, it’s all a clever ploy to implant Usher into the daily routines of children, aiding in his task of discovering the next Justin Bieber. [The Verge]
Another musical mystery (we didn’t know existed) solved! The question, “Who is Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’?” may not have plagued listeners to the levels of Simon Carly’s “You’re So Vain” (most of us naively assuming it was a general statement regarding ALL babies with back), but, alas, Sir-Mix-A-Lot has provided an answer. TMZ recently stuck a camera in the Seattle rapper’s face and asked him for a statement regarding Kim Kardashian’s recent gluteal-centric covershoot for Paper magazine (don’t act like you haven’t seen it; it’s been trending on Twitter for a week). While he approves of her work, said Mr. Lot, she’s no Jennifer Lopez, whose work as a Fly Girl on In Living Color, he added, inspired his iconic song. It’s been more than two decades since “I like big butts” entered the lexicon, and Jenny From The Block is proving their can be longevity in a derrière career. For evidence, one need only to refer to her recent collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Booty”. [TMZ]
Lil Wayne’s latest single, “Off Day”, begins with a reference to his pal’s ILOVEMAKONNEN’s “Tuesday”, then evolves into a what could easily be a comedically vulgar South Park parody rap. It’s like he and Kanye (re: “I’m In It”) have a bet going over who can write the most groan-worthy sex metaphors. That being said, this track is tight and worth playing on repeat. [Noisey]
Fugazi’s first demo, which has been kept sealed in a vault fashioned out of biker patches and safety pins until now, will finally be released November 18. Dischord Records has released the album to stream in full, and it’s surprisingly well-formed for a punk band that had only performed ten times before recording. Dischord is also rereleasing Rollins Band’s Life Time, remastered for vinyl. [Noisey]
Not to throw any shade at Beyoncé’s new 50 Shades of Grey track, “Haunted”, but we seriously doubt any of the music on the soundtrack will compare to the off-Broadway musical parody 50 Shades! I invite you to replay the trailer with the volume off and listening to the musical’s buffa-esque “Red Room” number instead. [Billboard]
The one problem with traveling by private jet, as U2’s Bono recently learned, is sometimes the doors fall off mid-flight. German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation official Germout Freitag explained, “The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in… There can be many reasons for this incident. Either something broke on the door or the door wasn’t closed properly. Those are the usual problems that occur.” Thankfully, this accident caused less collateral damage than U2’s sneaky Songs of Innocence. [Spin]
Lykke Li just wrapped an extensive tour, and surprised fans during her final show in London with a dramatic reinterpretation of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home.” It is brooding and dare we say, even sadder than Drake could make it.
Happy weekend! See you back here on Monday.
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