Last night, the world’s most famous musicians all stuffed themselves into Carnegie Hall in New York City to pay proper tribute to David Bowie. The lineup was insane, but why wouldn’t it be? Bowie deserves the best. Before we spill who covered what, read on to hear about Rolling Stone’s Greatest Drummers list, Paul McCartney’s 67-track compilation, why Kanye West finally caved and is letting his new album come out on services that aren’t TIDAL, Rihanna’s new music video, and Andrew Bird’s captivating video for “Capsized.”
Carnegie Hall is honoring David Bowie‘s legacy by throwing two star-studded tribute concerts. The first of the two took place last night at the New York City venue. Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips, Pixies, the Mountain Goats, Cat Power, Debbie Harry, J Mascis, Sean Ono Lennon, and more covered the iconic musician. It was touching, beautiful, and weird (we’re looking at you, Wayne Coyne). If you want to watch tonight’s show, you can. Radio City Music Hall is streaming it live if you make a donation which goes to a non-profit. Find out more about that here. [Pitchfork]
Leave it to Rolling Stone to list the greatest drummers of all time… out of order. Of course, this is always up for debate, but the famous publication got a bit controversial with their new “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” list. Meg White is higher up than Blink 182’s Travis Barker. Keith Moon nor Neil Peart are number one. It’s a strange order. Thankfully, the fellas behind it explained their reasoning. [Rolling Stone]
Beatles fans have a new release to get giddy about. The band’s frontman is gearing up for an epic album. Paul McCartney announced he’s going to put out a compilation album of 67 songs highlighting his career. They aren’t all hits, they aren’t all fan favorites, and, best of all, they aren’t meant to be heard alone. “Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to,” he said in a statement. “Maybe it’s to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends?” Let’s wait to find out. [Nerdist]
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
TIDAL will never rule the world. Even though the biggest musician of modern day, Kanye West, decided to release his album solely through the new streaming platform, its appeal couldn’t win everyone over. Succumbing to pressure, West has announced that The Life of Pablo are now on Apple and Spotify. Looks like his threatening tweets weren’t so scary after all. [Rolling Stone]
Rihanna‘s slow roll out of this year’s new LP, Anti, has been worth it if only so we can consume her new work slowly over time. The singer-songwriter just shared a gorgeous video for “Kiss It Better” that sees her against a stark background, contorting and posing until she walks away into a mysterious blackness. The whole thing is shot in black and white by director Craig McDean. Check it out above and wait for your heart to stop beating. [Rolling Stone]
Andrew Bird will always be able to win us over with his subtle charm and quiet confidence. In a new video for “Capsized” off this year’s incredible Are You Serious, Bird can be seen in a dream world that mirrors the song’s lyrics. It’s disorienting yet calming, the type of cacophonous wonder that fills the violinist-singer-songwriter-whistler’s music with ease. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]
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