Choirs, harpisocord, the Eternal and -- or course -- glorious pop music
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Don't worry. This is not to sell you the same liquor Solange was hired to sell you.
This is about selling Solange.
The singer's "True" EP dropped in November, as a little taste-tease for a full-length that's supposed to be due out some time this spring.
And this video for "Locked in Closets" is a little taste-tease for it. The other Knowles is seen strutting in in her newly adoptive home-base Brooklyn, at bodegas and salons, subway stops and the dance floor. I know that I lived in New York too long because I'm thinking, "Someone had to do serious neighborhood association battle to paint their brownstone building that shade of pink."
"True" was produced by Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and released by Terrible Records, a label co-founded by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. No word yet on when to expect Solange's third full-length.
Hey, at least diamond teardrops aren't a bindi (Selena.)
Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" was one of my (very few) favorites from off of "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack, so you can imagine my disappointment that the singer has admittedly killed two people. Or at least, that's how I'm reading her diamond teardrops from the "Young and Beautiful" music video.
Aside from the movements from the conductor -- similar to that of Bugs Bunny as Leopold (because I'm a five-year-old child) -- the Del Rey clip keeps fairly stationary, perhaps due to the heft of her aching soul.
"Great Gatsby" is in theaters starting today, with its Jay-Z-aided soundtrack out on Tuesday.
Brief cameos make for a focused video
If Pusha T's "Numbers on the Boards" is a prime example of what to expect from the rapper's oft-delayed album "My Name Is My Name," add me to the pre-orders.
I like Push's ferocity and sense of humor here, displayed in this new video as a series of neck-ups with the usual backdrops: dark tunnels, rooftop views, the Paris Metro. But it's all pretty dark -- the execution, plus the shots -- equalling something tight, focused, minimally produced but lithe and bounding. It's a cool creation, produced by Kanye West who makes about a one-second appearance at the end. Chief Keef took time out to stop reading Shakespeare to make a cameo too.
"I might sell a brick on my birthday," the former dealer boasts in one of his many drug-dealing boasts. "Thirty-six years of doing dirt like it's Earth Day (god)."
"My Name Is My Name" is due on July 16 via mouthful Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Co-written by fiancé Chad Kroeger, co-sponsored by 1998
My favorite part of Avril Lavigne's "Here's to Never Growing Up" is that there isn't a single acoustic guitar or drum machine in it. Think about it.
My least favorite part is there was no pig's blood involved.
While the track itself is a combo of Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" and Miley Cyrus' "Party In the U.S.A.," the video will remind you why you left your prom early to go drink in the car. In 1998.
"Here's to Never Growing Up" is the first song from Avril Lavigne's next album, her fifth, due some time in 2013.
Hit that, then go out
The-Dream and Jay-Z combine yet again for a new song off of the former's "IV Play." "High Art" is pretty low-brow, with The-Dream intro'ing "I'm tired of talking 'bout it, lets do it / Girl I'm missin' you like bitches miss my music / And I swear I can't wait to drop ya, hit your body with that yoppa." Bitches, note, also love being called bitches. Also, dropping E is the universal language for "I miss you, and I'm going to go out with my friends soon."
There's a lot of filler on this party song before you get to Hov's goods, when he gently explains his success and how, y'know, controlling girls are when they think you're going to be hanging out with "nasty bitches." Ugh, right?
Redone checks the 2012 carbon copy
Jennifer Lopez combines with Pitbull for a generic, Redone-produced single, for promotion around "American Idol" and the summer-bound months: "On the Floor." According to Lopez, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and thus a new song is born. "Live It Up" by Jennifer Lopez, featuring Pitbull, dropped today in a haze of deja vu.
NSFW video is predictably sacrilege... or is it holy?
"Thank you Gary. Thank you Mary. Thank you everybody," says David Bowie, playing Jesus. He's also giving gratitude to his co-stars in the new music video to his song "The Next Day," from his fresh album of the same name: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star as a corrupt priest and a prostitute in the short film, which strangely clocks in a little shorter than the song's 3:27 run-time.
Still, it's enough tape for some self-flagellation, stigmata, the beating of a homeless man, a depraved Catholic cardinal dishing out money, Mother Mary and madonna/whores, kissing of rings and cutting of rugs by Cotillard and Oldman, the latter of whom should win Lifetime Achievement For Hair in one fell swoop.
Hudson Mohawke also oiling the hype machine?
Even as his girlfriend Kim Kardashian was whipping fashion-watchers up in a frenzy, Kanye West still managed to be the belle of the ball at the Met Gala last night. The punk-themed evening was, coincidentally, a fine match for what appears to be fits of screaming coming from the rapper and producer, who intro'ed his set with the phrase "I am a god."
What follows is a series of Vine clips from the event, including what appears to be an ode to his pregnant girlfriend: "You're awesome."
And what matters less is how they sound: what's more is that West is previewing new material at all.
A second case-in-point is that his production protege Hudson Mohawke, who's signed to Ye's GOOD Music label, reportedly spun two new West tunes during a gig last night [via Fake Shore Drive]. Details are a little more hazy on this one, but Kanye West forum Kanye To The ran a couple of short videos, having had some input from Kanye cohort Mike Dean.
Considering the clips haven't been pulled, and that Mohawke has no need to bite the hand that feeds, either they weren't finished enough to offend or he got Ye's blessing to throw them on.
West took to his vacated Twitter account over the last week, to post just the words "June Eighteen."
It will suck your blood
One of your least favorite things about the summer months is the featured creature in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Mosquito" music video. The famed blood-sucker spends the clip doing as the song says.
The CGI winged nuisance also changes shape over the duration, taking on neon colors and getting greedy, chowing down on a little boy's hand. Curiously, director Shimbe Shim shows the mosquito's victim's face in the lower right hand corner, making a display of him watching us and watching it, without the ability to do anything to warn him. The insect ultimately gets his, but it is a very uncomfortable time up until then.
Perhaps the wily song has the same initiative: to make the listener a little perturbed and slightly violent, a little raging weirdo among the other weirdos on the album that shares the same name as this track.
Whatever, just keep it away from me.