Listen to The National's first new single 'Demons' from 'Trouble Will Find Me'

Listen to The National's first new single 'Demons' from 'Trouble Will Find Me'

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New track looks back at the past and sighs heavily

Grab your chalk and run crying toward "Demons," The National's new single from forthcoming album "Trouble Will Find Me."

As singer Matt Berninger intimated, the new music seems to deal with the past, and growing older, as the chorus to this wistfully cinematic, chugging track suggest "I stay down with my demons." It name-checks people of his past and sideways glances at the rock band's former album "Alligators."

I'm loving the singing in octave, unison with Berninger's looow baritone, and the strings and piano finale, like Rick Rubin was sitting on and smiling. "Wanna see the sun come up above New York/Oh, everyday I start so great/Then the sunlight dims," he sings. Everyone shivers.

This little heartbreaker is the second track on 13-song "Trouble Will Find Me," due May 21 via XL. It was recorded in Rhinebeck, NY, produced by the band and mixed by Craig Silvey, Peter Katis, and Marcus Paquin.

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<p>Danny Brown</p>

Danny Brown

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Listen to a new Danny Brown and Trampy track 'Express Yourself'

Detroit rapper out all spring

N.W.A.'s "Express Yourself" centers on freedom of expression and radio censorship. Madonna's "Express Yourself" is about empowerment and never settling. Danny Brown's "Express Yourself" is about bouncing asses.

To be fair, the Trampy-produced track is inspired by Diplo's own butt-empowering "Express Yourself" featuring Nicky Da B. "Spread your legs and watch your back," it vamps. Back-watching is actually fairly difficult, particularly when one is on the floor...

So anyway, Immaculate Noise favorite Brown has the perfect alto whine in his rhymes for the bumping, purring tone of the track, like he and the keys are in call-and-response.

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'Great Gatsby' soundtrack tracklist: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sia, Florence + The Machine

'Great Gatsby' soundtrack tracklist: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sia, Florence + The Machine

Watch the trailer featuring 'Back to Black' cover and new Lana Del Rey

Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming "Great Gatsby" film adaptation will boast some of the A-list-iest of A-lister actors, and the same goes for its soundtrack. Jay-Z was roped in as executive producer and supervisor on the film's soundtrack, so as you can imagine, he showed up, his wife Beyonce showed up and new songs from big names like Florence + The Machine made the cut.

A new trailer for the film dropped this morning, and it includes Beyonce and Andre 3000 previously confirmed cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black"; a fresh track from Lana Del Rey called "Young and Beautiful"; and Florence's new "Over the Love." "Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful," she sings. (Ugh, Lana.)

Bryan Ferry and his Orchestra show up twice, including for one take on Bey and Hov's "Crazy in Love" with Immaculate Noise favorite Emeli Sande taking the lead.

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Watch: Daft Punk launches video series on making-of 'Random Access Memories'

Watch: Daft Punk launches video series on making-of 'Random Access Memories'

First collaborator to bat: Giorgio Moroder

The members of Daft Punk like to hold onto their relative anonymity, yet want to promote the hell out of their next studio effort "Random Access Memories." So now they've launched a video channel to feature the album's various collaborators. Problem solved.

Up first to bat: legendary dance producer, label founder and studio-starter Giorgio Moroder, who regales viewers with tales on the come-uppance of dance music, working with disco queen Donna Summer and mentions he's working on a little "rap" with Daft Punk on "Memories."

And like Daft Punk itself, the clip has a high production value, and is nicely educational! Pencils down.

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Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

'The Terror' out in two weeks

Breaking news alert: Flaming Lips include nudity in new music video.

Just kidding, that's what they've always done. "Ashes in the Air" features bits, plus a baby, a meat-grinder and all the corners of your imagination you loathe.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

Watch: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne get sexy-frisky in 'High School' video

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Is this just a Young Money sex tape in-the-making?

In the music video for "High School," Nicki Minaj plays the lady-friend of a Latino crime boss, and Lil Wayne shows up as a dude who does business with him. The Young Money imprint founder is soon tussling around a bed with the Young Money signee. I assume they're playing Parcheesi, and both are winning.

So naturally Minaj spends the video in bandages masquerading as dresses and strings serving as swimsuits. Dress code for at the palace for men (well, Wayne, as per usual) is jeans-casual. Toward the end, director Benny Boom attempts to integrate a plot; but judging from Twitter, all anybody really wants is a Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sex tape.

Like in several Weezy music videos, Minaj and Wayne resolve into a "this is just a video shoot" posture, bringing the fantasy of mudflap girl poses and swinging slow-motion dreadlocks to a close. Wayne even brought a couple of other extra girls along for this steamy ride, because he has just that much love to give.

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Review: Black Angels, 'Indigo Meadow'

Review: Black Angels, 'Indigo Meadow'

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Psych-rockers score in songs with fourth full-length

 

The Black Angels will please – nay, impress – their fans with new collection “Indigo Meadow,” and I’ll venture a guess that they’ll gain a new following on the strength of some individual rock songs. “Don’t Play With Guns” was the first song to arrive online for a reason: the hook is fun enough, even with the cultural sub-plot there, and still has the droning, penchant psych grrrr. “War on Holiday” is up, up, up with splashes of tambourine and low grumbling that would have Julian Casablancas taking notes. “I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)” sounds exactly what you’d think a song titled “I Hear Colors” would sound like, then it warps into head-heavy “Twisted Light,” where Stephanie Bailey’s drum melodies lines are just as interesting as the coughing organ freak-outs and Alex Maas’ bookish sing-chanting.
 
Every chorus seems cherished, every solo contemplated, ever iso moment daintily dotted: and thus every song on “Indigo Meadow” seems indispensible. How 13 tracks feels a bit too long is a gluttony-of-riches problem. Highlights like  “Guns,” Doors-ian “Love Me Forever,” the title track, “The Day” and quiet fire closer “Black Isn’t Black,” makes it worth staying a little longer.

 

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<p>Chris Brown in &quot;Fine China&quot;</p>

Chris Brown in "Fine China"

Watch: Chris Brown's new song 'Fine China' is Michael Jackson meeting racial conflict

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Does it court controversy more than it raises MJ from the dead?

Chris Brown has released the sights and sounds of his new single "Fine China" and in it he seems to purposefully conjure images of Michael Jackson... and starts interracial dating warfare of the future.

Brown has intimated more and more he'd like to foray into film and acting, and "Fine China" is a video that showcases a plot at the very least. It opens with a beautiful girl at war with her father, who does not wish for her to date Brown. (Because what father would.) Brown pulls up to her house in a ridiculous car and she runs out to him, ready for a night on the town.

It then diverges into a mix of "Smooth Criminal" and "Bad," hats, leather, studs, lights and all. Brown and his bros dance for his giggling lady love before an Asian gang shows up, first to a martial-arts-dance-battle, and then they're out for blood, with futuristic guns, more ridiculous cars and dunnn dunn duuuuunnnnnn... the girl's father leading the charge. The mafia is met with Brown's gang outside, everybody's guns locked and stocked, and it ends with a "To Be Continued..." vibe.

Now for subtext: François Chau plays the intimidating father, essentially the same hardass, controlling Asian Father role as his character in "21 & Over."

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Listen: Yeah Yeah Yeahs head down 'Under the Earth' in new song

Listen: Yeah Yeah Yeahs head down 'Under the Earth' in new song

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Bass-heavy groover

Put your hood up over your head: we're heading down "Under the Earth" in a new Yeah Yeah Yeah's song.

This groovy trip has a cavernous synth and a bassline that will have the average YYYs fan in ready submersion and the occasional listener curious. After a demented firecracker like "Sacrilege" (and its accompanying, awesome video), this song is a little more eerie but simultaneously more accessible.

"Under the Earth" is off of "Mosquito," due on April 16. It's the rock act's fourth studio full-length, and its first since 2009's "It's Blitz!".

Listen to the song here. Be sure to spend some time with that photo, too.

 

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Watch: Tyler, The Creator stars in his 'IFHY' video, streams new album in full

Watch: Tyler, The Creator stars in his 'IFHY' video, streams new album in full

'Wolf' available for complete test ride

Tyler, The Creator shows up as the Barbie doll you never bought but keeps showing up in your collection and semi-stalking all your other Barbies in "IFHY" featuring Pharrell. The assumption here is that song title stands for "I F*ckin' Hate You," the contrast to what the Odd Future rapper is explaining in this self-described "emo" rhyme. "I love you / I f*ckin' hate you" and there, folks is the crux.

The Barbie of his desires spends most of the video running from him, in part from fear, and he kicks in the door. *Note to you Barbies: it's not OK for your boyfriend to kick in the door.

It's a cool presentation of dissonant emotions, and the want of possession. Also, I continue to love how game Tyler is in all of his videos, willing to look any way he directs himself to look like plastic garbage for the sake of the song.

"IFHY" is bookended by another track, "Jamba," featuring Hodgy Beats. The two drive recklessly in a car. What is it with Tyler and his cars? (The rapper also released two tracks and video at once with his last clip, for "Domo 23" and vehicular "Bimmer.")

"IFHY" is off of Tyler, The Creator's new solo set "Wolf," out on April 2. But for the curious, you can hear the full album streaming right now. Check it out below.

"Wolf" is the follow-up to 2011's "Goblin" and it features guests like Pharrell, Erykah Badu, OFWGKTA's own Frank Ocean and others.

 

 

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