Folk singer is back and into flight
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Carlton stop by the 'Graham Norton' show: Fabulous
Jaden Smith and his dad (or is he his best bud) Will Smith spent a good minute pretending they weren't about to do something zany on the Graham Norton's BBC show.
Then they got crazy, bopped around the stage with Jazzy Jeff and covered Smith's own "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song. Then Alfonso Ribeiro -- aka Carlton -- shows up, and does the Carlton. It was the most delightful quasi-train-wreck of my 13-year-old ideals, and I couldn't stop watching.
Will Smith has apparently been in the studio with Kanye West recently. As previously reported, Smith said, “I’ve been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times... I might get the bug. I’m not going to do it unless I get truly inspired, but ‘Ye’s been pushing me a little bit.”
A history lesson and a 'Lucky' start
Daft Punk are no strangers to homage, and their newest album "Random Access Memories" is an all-out history lesson -- and not just in genre. Of course, there's heapings of disco along with their house music, soul with their '70s soft rock and party-starting anthems along with the saddies. But the duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo go out of their way to introduce the influencers of their own brand of heart-beating beats, as well as collaborate with the new school of producers and music-makers that carry the banner. With that perspective, this album isn't just a spin of a globe or as "random" as the title insinuates.
Though, on first listen, it seems that way.
We're approaching the longest days of the year, folks, and you'll need summer jams to fill those days. Add Dan Black and Kelis' "Hearts" to that playlist, why don't you?
The music video to the uplifting tune is a time lapse from a roof, with minimal movements to maximum effect. Gorgeous and hip-moving, I think this will for sure make my rotation.
The song was co-written by the two artists, and will be featured on Black as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due sometime this year.
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Ball's in your court, Bruce Dickinson
Neko Case covered Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" for the Wits public radio show in St. Paul, Minn., and was eye-, ear- and all other orifice-opening.
Feist and Mastodon got together to make a Feistodon split 7" for Record Store Day last year, so I ask: Is the ball not in your court now, Bruce Dickinson?
Neko Case helped out on the New Pornographers' last, 2010 album "Together" and guested on New Pornos frontman A.C. Newman's 2012 album "Shut Down the Streets." She and is working on her sixth full-length solo album in 2013; her last was 2009's "Middle Cyclone."
My, if the first trailer for "Metallic: Through the Never" doesn't make it look freaking awesome to be in the band Metallica...
Dane DeHaan is featured in this feature-concert documentary hybrid, as "a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena." In the clip, he's featured driving a van with a case that may be very precious cargo. He's hit and then crawls out into what appears to be a riot against police.
And then there's pyrotechnics and smoke machines and a 360 stage. James Hetfield's vocals are sounding a bit weak on "Master of Puppets," but the mix and the rest of the band sound heavy and ready.
The Nimród Antal-directed film was shot in 3-D and heads to IMAX theaters on Sept. 27 and to the rest on Oct. 4.
As reported yesterday, Metallica is also at work on new songs for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."
From the Billboard Music Awards: 'Miguel would make a cool country duet'
LAS VEGAS - Kacey Musgraves nailed her performance of "Merry Go 'Round" at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but it doesn't mean she wasn't nervous.
The country singer, who is currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his world tour, stopped to talk to HitFix on the red carpet, revealing that she gets a little fright before she steps up to perform on awards shows.
However, the 24-year-old was in good company as singers like Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna and Miguel also took to the stage to perform or present at the show. "Miguel would make a cool country duet," she surmised.
Musgraves also said that she thought Little Big Town would come back around with their "Pontoon" this summer as a hot-weather jam (along with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"), and that she actually enjoys the "dress-up" aspect of ceremonies like these. Watch our full interview: Is "Blowin' Smoke" or "Merry Go 'Round" your jam?
Jared Leto takes a turn at shaman-Jesus, again
Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” starts with the song “Birth” and ends with a music box playing the them to “Swan Lake,” the go-to tune to signal Death. The rock band is counting on its listeners to make this connection and to follow all the other very obvious themes of “Love Lust Faith + Dreams.”
Brooklyn five-piece have done it again, with a melancholy (and lively) set of winners
R&B singer ain't nothin' to relate to
The Weeknd has always been a little dark. He's always been bold with his sexual exploits. But on one of his two new songs, "John Carpenter," he opens up about a different corner of his life.
"I got a brand-new place, I think I seen it twice all year/ I can't remember how it looks inside, so you can picture how my life's been/ I went from staring at the same four walls for 21 years/ To seeing the whole world in just 12 months / been gone for so long I might've just found God," he lament-excites. "I don't got no friends... this ain't nothing to relate to."
He still talks, literally, about how many women he can "f*ck" on the road, what ladies do with their tongues when they're around him, but it's a similar mold that got people in a tizzy over Drake: emotional coldness and boldness. The intense beat is met with noisy ghosts that trail off into Weeknd's monotone condition. It's weird, but at least it's new.
Sharing the same YouTube airspace (at the beginning) is "Kiss Land," which is apparently the title track to the R&B singer and producer's next album, due out later this year. It's much more on par with his usual sounds and tirade, like a lot of neon and a lot of blackness as he traipses through lines like "Go 'head girl strip it down, shut your mouth / I just wanna hear your body talk." No wonder there's a scream from the top. It's a track with lots of grring distortion and exhalation from his quivering, high voice. And it's too bad it didn't show up in time for the film "Spring Breakers," because they're serious soul mates.