Hey, you’re not a cop, are you? We’re asking on behalf of Weezer, who wants to know if you’re 420 friendly on their new single “Do You Wanna Get High?” Meanwhile, Wu-Tang Clan was once suspected of murder, the relationship between Adele and Damon Albarn grows even more sour, DIIV has a new album and song, Romania’s prime minister responds to the fatal metal concert fire, and Santigold announced a new album.
We knew the Wu-Tang Clan are a serious crew, but what we didn’t realize is that, according to recently unearthed documents, the rap group was investigated by the FBI for two murders in 1999. The files are newly relevant due to a federal trial of New York drug kingpins Anthony and Harvey Christian, who were found guilty of murder and running a drug empire for 20 years, and believe the files are the alibi they need to prove that they are innocent of said murder.
The duo’s lawyer, Michael Gold, said, “These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did. What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.”
“Hello” seems to foreshadow a killer upcoming album from Adele, but Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn doesn’t think too highly of 25, previously saying that the material is “very middle of the road.” Now, Adele has fired back, saying that the wishes she hadn’t met him at all: “It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments. And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him. […] He said I was insecure, when I’m the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved—because he has a child—and then he calls me insecure?” [Pitchfork, Image by Theo Wenner]
Big day in DIIV news: The band announced today that their sophomore album Is the Is Are will be released on February 5, 2016 and shared the full tracklist. They also shared a killer new hazy tune called “Bent (Roi’s Song)”. Frontman Zachary Cole Smith also released a statement that reads in part:
“it is a diverse record, it is a happy record, a sad record, a happysad, sadhappy, mad, glad, quiet, mad, dark, glad, poppy, fast, slow, heavy, fast, peaceful, angry, chaotic, beautiful, lost/found, ugly, dry, wet, f—, fast, dead, heartbroken, in love, loud, quiet, loud, loudquiet, quietloud, happy, mad, quiet, f—, and loud record. please like it. please love it. do you love me? DIIV is the real me. f—, xo cole”
Santigold announced today that she will soon return with 99¢, her third album and first since 2012’s Master of My Make-Believe. That’s the cover art above. She premiered the single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” today and spoke with Zane Lowe about the record, so check out the song and that conversation here. [Pitchfork, Image via artist]
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