Morrissey may be a man with fickle words, but his songwriting will always go down in history as an essential part of music culture. So it’s with total joy that we can say two previously unheard demos by The Smiths will soon hit your ear holes. While you’re waiting for them, watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and special guests in an episode of Drunk History, see Vince Staples’ awesome Wes Anderson-inspired tour poster, cry to the new Anohni video, and contemplate buying sneakers designed by Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame.
This charming band just got even more charming. The Smiths revealed they will put out two previously unheard tracks: a demo mix of “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” and an alternate version of “Rubber Ring.” Those two songs are related because “The Boy,” which originally appeared on 1986’s The Queen Is Dead, was released as a single the year prior with “Rubber Ring” as its B-side. The band has yet to reveal when the songs are coming out, but Morrissey’s fan website, True to You, has confirmed this as fact. The demos will be a part of a 7″ single coming out. This doesn’t mean a reunion is in the works or a new album, but it does mean we get to hear songs by The Smiths that we hadn’t before, and that’s good enough for us. [Rolling Stone]
Lin-Manuel Miranda may have dipped out of his Hamilton production roles, but he isn’t stepping away from the cameras. He was a guest star on Comedy Central’s incredible series Drunk History which is exactly what it sounds like: guests getting drunk, retelling a part of history, and then having fellow comedians renact their drunk version. It’s strange to think Miranda wasn’t a guest already, but every guest apperance in this episode (Questlove! Aubrey Plaza! Dave Grohl!) makes it worth the wait. [Consequence of Sound]
Rappers are as in tune with pop culture as their lyrics suggest. Just look at Vince Staples. The hip-hop artist dropped his Prima Donna EP this year and then started a Beats 1 show based on arthouse sounds. With a fresh tour ahead of him, the Long Beach rapper decided to mix art with music yet again. The 2017 tour dates take inspiration from Wes Anderson‘s iconic film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, so the poster sees Staples and opener Kilo Kish dawning the iconic sailor ware with the tour dates bolded in Anderson’s recognizable font. Check out all the dates above.
Anohni knew what she was doing when she titled her new album Hopelessness. The record is full of gorgeous vocals that haunt you to your core, stirring up emotions of longing, despair, and solitude while also touching on the importance of empathy. In her new “Marrow” video, we get a look at all of this. Visual artist Lorraine O’Grady sits in the center of a static shot, singing along to Anohni’s vocals, forcing the viewer (in its own way) to feel for both Anohni and O’Grady at the same time. Be prepared to take a seat if you aren’t already before clicking play above. [Rolling Stone]
In the days following the election, Planned Parenthood has seen a spike in donations. Now, that organization will get another cool round of donations from a pair of sneakers. Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys teamed up with Keep, a Los Angeles-based vegan shoe company, to design a pair of sneakers where all proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. The shoes, called “Keep x Ad-Rock midtop,” rock a water-resistant, nylon body and sleek pink laces, plus Adam’s last name split between the left and right shoes. It’s cool and comfy, just like him. You can snag a pair here.
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Image: The Sound of The Smiths/Warner Music UK