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St. Vincent Covers the Rolling Stones’ “Emotional Rescue”

St. Vincent Covers the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue"

Photo by Renata Raksha

A Bigger Splash is the new movie from Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson. Ahead of the film’s U.K. release on February 12, St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, has shared her contribution to the soundtrack. Listen to her cover the Rolling Stones’ “Emotional Rescue” below. The track was made with Sounwave and Terrace Martin. 

Watch Clark on’s “Over/Under”:


Owen Pallett, Balam Acab, Ricky Eat Acid Appear on Free Compilation Art Week 2016

Owen Pallett, Balam Acab, Ricky Eat Acid Appear on Free Compilation Art Week 2016

Owen Pallett photo by Peter Juhl, Balam Acab photo by Erez Avissar

Sam Ray of Ricky Eat Acid/Julia Brown has released a new compilation called Art Week 2016 featuring new songs from Alex G, Foxes in Fiction, Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad, Ricky Eat Acid, and others. Ray asked artists to contribute songs they wouldn’t normally release. The entire thing is available as a free download. Listen to contributions from Owen Pallett and Balam Acab above, and check the compilation out here.

 The compilation is the follow-up to his similar 2012 record Art Week 2012. It was mastered by Warren Hildebrand and features the below artwork by Adam Pichardo.


Dr. Dre to Executive Produce and Star in Apple’s Debut Television Series

Dr. Dre to Executive Produce and Star in Apple's Debut Television Series

Dr. Dre is set to executive produce and star in Apple’s first original television series, as The Hollywood Reporter reports. Titled “Vital Signs,” the six-episode series is described as a “dark” and “semi-autobiographical” drama, with each episode centering on a different emotion.

THR says Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae have been cast in the show, which is being directed by longtime music video director Paul Hunter. All episodes of “Vital Signs” are expected to be released at once.

Dr. Dre released Compton last summer, his first new album in 16 years.

Watch the trailer for the 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton:


Kanye West Shares New Song “30 Hours,” Adds More Songs to New Album The Life of Pablo

Kanye West Shares New Song "30 Hours," Adds More Songs to New Album The Life of Pablo

Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images

The new Kanye West album, The Life of Pablo, was launched yesterday afternoon at an event at Madison Square Garden. While we await its official release, he’s dropped a track that didn’t make the cut. Listen to “30 Hours,” featuring a sample of Arthur Russell’s “Answers Me,” above. He also said he’s bringing back G.O.O.D. Friday, his weekly giveaway of new music. 

Kanye also tweeted out a new tracklist for The Life of Pablo, which features more songs than what we heard at the MSG event. He said the album is being mastered, and will be out today. 


Watch Vindata’s “Can’t Say No” Music Video Starring Chuck Ellis

Watch Vindata's "Can't Say No" Music Video Starring Chuck Ellis

Today, Vindata have shared their new music video for “Can’t Say No,” a track off their debut EP Through Time and Space from Skrillex‘s OWSLA label. The video was directed by Adam Newport-Berra and filmed on a farm in upstate New York. Chuck Ellis stars in the video and is seen with heavy ropes tied around his waist that eventually become weighed down by huge molars… as in teeth. Watch below.


Killer Mike and El-P Tease Run the Jewels 3

Killer Mike and El-P Tease Run the Jewels 3

Last night, Killer Mike shared a brief Instagram video clip captioned “#RTJ3.” In it, Mike and El-P nod their heads to what is, presumably, a track from Run the Jewels 3, the followup to Run the Jewels and Run the Jewels 2 (which was our favorite album of 2014). Check it out below.

This is the third preview clip they’ve shared – check out the first two here and here.


A video posted by Killer Mike (@killermike) onFeb 11, 2016 at 5:33pm PST

Read our feature on Run the Jewels, Last Rappers Standing.

Watch Killer Mike and El-P on’s “Over/Under”:


David Byrne Writes About Donald Trump: “How Do Folks Continue to Ignore Facts?”

David Byrne Writes About Donald Trump: "How Do Folks Continue to Ignore Facts?"

In his latest newsletterDavid Byrne wrote an essay examining the rise of Donald Trump. In it, Byrne looked at social media, the political system, economic strife, the “end of the American dream,” and other social factors, as he explored how “Trump supporters [are] so seemingly unaware of his lies and bullshit.”

Byrne suggested that disenfranchised voters feel “Congress is beholden to the money of special interests and consequently the voice of the people goes unheard.” Citing bleak financial prospects for white middle-class men, he added, “My guess is that the middle class senses the end of the American dream and that white middle class Americans are experiencing a lack of mobility and opportunity in the economic spheres where they were previously the privileged and entitled majority.”

This, Byrne wrote, has contributed to a “feeling of impotence” amongst the public. “This probably drives a lot of Sanders supporters, too,” he added “though my bias leads me to assume that Sanders isn’t propagating outright lies and misconceptions—he’s actually addressing issues and not simply massaging his ego and building his brand.”

Byrne went on to link Trump supporters’ perseverance with the echo-chamber effect of social media, “where one only hears what one agrees with.”

The problem with Facebook and Twitter is that those platforms mostly present a point of view that you already agree with, since you only see what  your “friends” are sharing. … The algorithms built into those social networks are designed to reinforce this natural human tendency and expand upon it—if you like this, you’ll like this. The networks reinforce your existing point of view in order to give you more of what you like, as that will make you happy and keep you on the network—and, in turn, more ads can be accurately targeted your way. You remain blissfully happy “knowing” or, rather, believing, more and more about less and less. … Once you’ve surrounded yourself with only one point of view, soon that point of view is all you hear.

Read the full essay on David Byrne’s website.


Arca and Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver Share New Track as Wench

Arca and Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver Share New Track as Wench

Photo by Daniel Sannwald

Arca has been working on a new album with Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver. The project is called Wench, and they’ve just shared its first track as a free download, via Dazed. Check it out above.

We have dozens of songs,” Arca told Dazed. “Forty to fifty tracks. Shayne is doing vocals – it’s a combination of chanting and singing and rap. There wasn’t any conversation. It was completely spontaneous.”

Oliver added:

A lot of it comes from chanting and mantras. Letting up my soul. I think, more than anything else, the beats that were selected were very sexy. You know what I mean? And I reacted to that. They are sexy chants. But not in the way of, ‘I’m going to take you home and take off your panties’ – it’s more sensual.

Last year, Arca released Sheep, his soundtrack to a Hood By Air fashion show.

Read Philip Sherburne’s “The Year in Electronic Music”.

Read “Arca’s Warped Beauty”, our interview with the producer.


Kanye on Taylor Swift Controversy: “It’s Actually Something Taylor Came Up With”

Kanye on Taylor Swift Controversy: "It’s Actually Something Taylor Came Up With"

Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV

Update (2/12, 12:42 a.m.): Apparently, TMZ’s sources are mistaken—Swift’s spokesperson has shared a statement (via Jon Caramanica) saying that West did not ask for her approval and that she “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” Apparently she wasn’t aware of the “made that bitch famous” line at all. Read the statement below.

Update (2/12 9:08 a.m.): According to Kanye, Swift did in fact approve the lyrics, after an “hour long convo.” Not only that–he says Swift inadvertantly came up with them. Read his tweets below.

When Kanye West played his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden earlier today, one line from “Famous” stuck out right away: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ I made that bitch famous.” It sounds like an uncomfortable reference to Taylor Swift, but according to TMZ, Swift approved the line in advance.

Apparently, West called her to explain that it was a joke. According to TMZ’s sources, Swift gave him her approval to release the song with that line.

FYI re Kanye/Taylor/”Famous” aka mom and dad broke up again

A photo posted by joncaramanica (@joncaramanica) onFeb 11, 2016 at 9:37pm PST

Not everybody in Swift’s camp are OK with the line. Shortly after West’s streaming concert event, Swift’s brother Austin shared a video of him throwing his Yeezy Boosts in the trash:

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

A video posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) onFeb 11, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, and then during the 2015 VMAs, the two of them seemed to make up. 


Ty Segall and the Muggers Perform “Candy Sam” on “Colbert”

Ty Segall and the Muggers Perform "Candy Sam" on "Colbert"

Ty Segall was the musical guest on last night’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Joined by his band the Muggers (King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, and more), he came through with a wild performance. Wearing disturbing white makeup, they performed the Emotional Mugger track “Candy Sam” while the baby from the album’s artwork loomed on the screens behind them. At the end, Segall started dumping candy into the audience and collapsed on the ground. “He’s OK,” said Colbert. Watch it happen below.