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Andrew W.K.’s NYC Club Santos Party House Closed Amid Neo-Nazi Controversy

Andrew W.K.'s NYC Club Santos Party House Closed Amid Neo-Nazi Controversy

Downtown New York City venue Santos Party House, owned in part by Andrew W.K. and Despot, has closed, DNA Info reports and Event Coordinator Jackalyn Tipchaieuh confirms. Last night, Santos Party House hosted the second night of NYC Oi! Fest, a punk festival with ties to neo-Nazis that has been condemned by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The festival had been moved to Santos from Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg. The club has not yet issued an official statement, and it has not been confirmed that the closing had anything to do with the controversy around NYC Oi! Fest. 

Manager Sean Kane was quoted by DNA Info as saying, “It was a 10 year lease. Our lease is up and we’re not renewing it.” An auto-reply email from Tipchaieuh said, “Our last day open will be Sunday – May 29th, 2016. If you have an event after the previously mentioned date, please consider it cancelled.”

Pitchfork has reached out to Andrew W.K.’s team for comment. On Twitter, Despot denied any knowledge of the booking of NYC Oi! Fest in advance and stated that he tried to put a stop to it once he was made aware. He did not comment on the club’s closing.

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Diplo Announces New Major Lazer Song Will Feature Justin Bieber, MØ

Diplo Announces New Major Lazer Song Will Feature Justin Bieber, MØ

After tapping Justin Bieber for the Jack Ü mega-hit “Where Are Ü Now,” Diplo will team up with the Canadian pop star again for the latest Major Lazer single “Cold Water,” also featuring past Major Lazer collaborator . It will premiere via the new Lazer Sound show on Beats 1. An exact release date has yet to be set, but Diplo says it’s “coming up in a couple weeks.” Bieber and Diplo teased at the new song on Twitter a few weeks before it was announced; it will be the first single off Major Lazer’s new LP.

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Snoop Dogg: “Fuck” the New “Roots” TV Show

Snoop Dogg: “Fuck” the New “Roots” TV Show

In a video posted to Instagram, Snoop Dogg expressed his distaste for the “Roots” revival and called for his fans to boycott the series, as well as other shows and movies highlighting slavery in America’s past. Citing films like 12 Years a Slave, Snoop said, “No disrespect, but I can’t watch no motherfucking more black movies where niggas get dogged down… I don’t understand America, they just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago, but guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When are y’all gonna make a motherfucking series about the success that black folks (are) having?” He then asks his fans to boycott the show, and to “create our own shit based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today.” The remake of the 1977 series features T.I. and features a soundtrack executive-produced by Questlove. It’s slated to premiere tonight on the History Channel. Watch Snoop Dogg’s full statement below. 

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Snoop Dogg Calls for “Roots” Revival Boycott: “Fuck Them Television Shows“

Snoop Dogg Calls for “Roots” Revival Boycott: “Fuck Them Television Shows“

In a video posted to Instagram, Snoop Dogg expressed his distaste for the “Roots” revival and called for his fans to boycott the series, as well as other shows and movies highlighting slavery in America’s past. Citing films like 12 Years a Slave, Snoop said, “No disrespect, but I can’t watch no motherfucking more black movies where niggas get dogged down… I don’t understand America, they just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago, but guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When are y’all gonna make a motherfucking series about the success that black folks (are) having?” He then asks his fans to boycott the show, and to “create our own shit based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today.” The remake of the 1977 series features T.I. and features a soundtrack executive-produced by Questlove. It’s slated to premiere tonight on the History Channel. Watch Snoop Dogg’s full statement below. 

Message 💫👍🏾🕊🕊

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Questlove Lists 40 Reasons Prince Was a “Hip Hop Pioneer”

Questlove Lists 40 Reasons Prince Was a “Hip Hop Pioneer”

Questlove has wasted no opportunity to pay lip service to the late, great Prince since the icon passed away last month. Following his special DJ sets, written essay, and Billboard Music Awards tribute, Questlove has now posted another touching (and light-hearted) tribute, this time on Instagram. He writes that, seeing Prince on the cover of the Source’s new issue, he began to consider the many ways Prince could be considered a “#HipHopPioneer.” Check out his memorable list below. 

1st i chuckled cause well…—ok it’s been a min since I saw The Source but after I pondered —-yeah it made sense: 1) came from troubled home 2) limited access to music forces him to create his own world of music 3) Overcame Poverty 4) creates fictional background tales to keep the press guessing 5) lives by the DIY creed 6) takes fashion taboos & makes them mainstream and acceptable 7) cock blocks & steals yo lady on the low (ask Rick) 8) puts his crew on—get them deals & makes them stars 9) pretty much wrote the book on gettin some better than any of his contemporaries 10) had beef w his peers who hated on him 11) invented the remix (not disco edits, but reimagining the album version) 12) played mystery card—let us think what we wanted—gave the press middle finger 13) ghostwrote for everyone 14) used mad aliases 15) refused 2 b ordinary & eschewed the proper English language as a ways 2 communicate 16) knew the B side wins again and again 17) used the exotic honey to his advantage 18) used his music to give his views on the po po, politicians, gun control, war, god, squares & “the man” 19) turned a long music video into a revolution 20) best drum machine programmer ever 21) used synthesizers as a way of life 22) could make an entire album in less than a week 23) balled so hard in Paris & other parts of France—so he made a film about it. 24) cut his crew off and got a new crew. 25) went all hippie like it was nothing. 26) made dis records 27) never wifed em, mostly replaced em 28)started his own label 29) Parental Advisory was invented because of him 30) made a Black Album w a chip on shoulder to prove to black people he was still bad. 31) plays sports better than u 32) had mad songs in the stash 33) had an MTV mansion/compound long before anyone did 34) changed looks constantly 35)dropped music on the net in record time 36) looked out for his peeps on the low doing benefits and raising money like a modern day Robin Hood 37) tries taking on the man for his complete freedom 38) couldn’t tell him NOTHING 39) always escaped into thin air 40) left us way too early #PrinceRogersNelson #HipHopPioneer. @TheSource.

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Bon Iver and the National Join Forces for Invisible Bridge Project

Bon Iver and the National Join Forces for Invisible Bridge Project

The National’s Bryce Dessner has organized a new concert, Invisible Bridge, taking place September 25 at Paris’s Philharmonie. For the show, he’s enlisted brother and National bandmate Aaron Dessner, who’ll join Bryce on guitar, as well as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on vocals. Other band members include eighth blackbird (who contributed a song to the National’s recent Grateful Dead tribute comp) and pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. Read the Philharmonie’s event description below:

Passing nimbly between rock and contemporary music, Bryce Dessner cultivates the art of collaboration with shared compositions and performances. For this concert, he brings together guests from a variety of backgrounds: his brother and close collaborator Aaron Dessner (The National), singer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and the Labèque sisters.

Watch the National and Justin Vernon do “Slow Show” at Primavera 2014:

Watch the National’s “Over/Under” on Pitchfork.tv: