Kooky is as kooky does. So is the case for Elton John, one of the world’s most entertaining musical acts, when he partners with dance extraordinaire group Christine and the Queens. After you watch their performance of “Tiny Dancer,” read about Beck’s massive vinyl rollout, Chance the Rapper’s convos with Kanye West, Leonard Cohen’s eerie comeback, and a creepy clip from the Dirty Projectors.
This past Sunday night, Elton John performed at the Apple Music Festival in London. When it came time to perform “Tiny Dancer”, he brought Christine and the Queens on to the stage to join him. The French singer-songwriter has a beautiful voice, and beside John, she added harmony vocals, building up an emotional song with even more strength. “I’ve been playing Christine and the Queens since last September, and [they’ve] finally broken England,” he told Beats 1 before taking the stage at the festival. “I saw her at the Roundhouse in the Spring, and she was amazing … Once you see her live on stage, you’re mesmerized.” Watching them onstage together makes his words ring with even more truth. Check out a preview clip of it above. [Rolling Stone]
Any Beck fan knows how hard it is to track down vinyl from his career. He put out records back when vinyl wasn’t the popular monster money-making machine it is today. Now you can grab Odelay and Sea Change without breaking the bank. Beck’s entire discography, excluding the Grammy-winning Morning Phase, is getting reissued thanks to Universal offshoot UMe. The first releases of the bunch drop on October 28. The rest will follow at a later date. Ready, set, GO! [Consequence of Sound]
Chance the Rapper recently stopped by Power 106 FM in Los Angeles to talk on “The Cruz Show.” While on the air, he talked about a lot of things, the biggest of which is a collaborative album with Kanye West called Good Ass Job. There’s plenty of quotes worth citing from the interview (and, really, it’s worth listening to in full), but one quote in response to a question about the Saint Pablo Tour stood out above the rest: “Man, if Ye is listening right now, it’s amazing. You gotta turn the volume down a little bit in that bitch, though.” That a boy, Chance. [Pitchfork]
Today, Leonard Cohen turns 82 and he got a present for us to celebrate. On October 21, Cohen will release a brand new album, his 14th to date to be exact, called You Want It Darker. It’s nine songs that were produced by his son, Adam Cohen. It looks like things take a turn, too, based on the title track. It’s somber synth and creepy tones suggest Cohen isn’t focused on those acoustic guitar days. Maybe that’s for the better. Check it out above and wish him a happy birthday! [Consequence of Sound]
What We Imagined And What We Became pic.twitter.com/NjcU3hAlP9
— Dirty Projectors (@DirtyProjectors) September 21, 2016
At the start of this week, Dirty Projectors shared a cryptic video on their Twitter. Now, the group has another short clip on that page, this time with some text. The black-and-white shot is creepy and ominous. In it, frontman Dave Longstreth moves his jaw in slow motion while warped music plays behind him. Fingers crossed “What We Imagined And What We Became” is a song title, album title, or both. Whatever it is, it’s on the way. [Pitchfork]
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