Everyone knows that bassline, but can everyone sing it on the same beat? Apparently so. “Seven Nation Army” just saw over 1,000 people cover it thanks to some dedicated Italian fans. That’s not all the Jack White-related news we have for you. His record label played the first vinyl in space, plus Frank Ocean shared a mysterious video, Warpaint dropped a new single, and the Amy Winehouse foundation announced a beautiful charitable effort that will save the lives of thousands of women in time.
Anyone who has been to a hockey game or major sporting event knows that it’s hard to get 100 people on beat when clapping, nevertheless 1,000. Turns out Italian group Rockin’1000 shows it’s possible after all. The 1,000+ musicians perform stadium shows where they cover famous songs all in time. The “biggest rock band on Earth” recently covered “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes and, well, they didn’t get off beat once. Watch footage above of the crowd messing up while the real band nails it during a show at Orogel Stadium in Cesena, Italy. [Pitchfork]
Ever wonder what a record would sound like in space? The truth is out there and you can learn about it via YouTube. To celebrate their seventh anniversary, Third Man Records decided to make history by playing a record in space. Sure enough, they pulled it off. Jack White‘s record label created a “space-proof” Icarus Craft turntable which they rocketed into the sky on Saturday night. What did they play? Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn,” of course. Check out footage above and marvel at what we’re capable of in 2016. [Rolling Stone]
This morning, Frank Ocean broke his silence… kind of. The beloved crooner updated his website to include an Apple Music-hosted video live stream. So far, it has shown a lone figure (presumably Ocean himself) sawing some wood at workbenches. Muffled chatter appears. So does slow synth. It sounds like some loops, so who knows how much, if anything, is truly live. Ocean said he would release a new album in July 2016, but now that deadline has clearly passed. Details of Kanye West web designer David Baker are embedded in the site’s code now, suggesting he played a role in the video’s development. Check out what’s happening now in the video here. [Pitchfork]
It’s been two years since Warpaint‘s last album and all four members are eager to share their next work. On September 23rd, Warpaint will release Heads Up. To celebrate the announcement, they shared lead single “New Song,” which takes a funk angle on dream pop. “The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us,” drummer Stella Mozgawa says of the recording process. “The roles that each of us individually had — or had established — were a little more malleable.” [Consequence of Sound]
Five years ago, Amy Winehouse passed away from a drug and alcohol overdose. The singer-songwriter struggled with addiction for years. Now, to honor her life, the Amy Winehouse Foundation announced it will open a London home to help women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The building, called Amy’s Home, will include 12 apartments, each able to house 16 women, with hopes of helping said women recover and reintegrate into society. The only other women-only recovery house in London has four beds and, unfortunately, a six-month waiting list to even be considered for entry. One small step at a time, they’re helping make a difference and saving lives. To donate or to learn more about the organization, head here. [Rolling Stone]
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