Arguably the biggest happening in the wonderful world of music since your last news instalment was the performance on U.S talk show Jimmy Fallon, by Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats from fast rising LA rap crew Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. For those of you in blissful ignorance of the crews existence, ODFGKTA have been creating a stir after a string of nine albums between them dealing explicitly with everything from coke to rape (despite being aged between 16 and 20) and their reputation for punk rock style stage theatrics. So it was with some surprise that middle America witnessed what could well be one of the best televised rap performances in memory as they proceeded to scream at the shows other guests and jump on the back of the shows host all backed by The Roots somehow making the tuba seem utterly menacing. What’s more, by the time you read this Tyler will have only just turned 20 (happy birthday!).
In perhaps equally odd news The Flaming Lips have released their newest track ‘Two Blobs Fucking’ which is designed to be played over YouTube in 12 different parts. According to the band “The more devices, the more harmonic possibilities can be constructed. You and your device, at one with the music, become the orchestra, just as the Gods of Technology naturally intended it to be.” Needless to say, I haven’t heard it.
Daft Punk continue to do anything but make a proper new album by teaming up with coca-cola to release a set of limited edition silver and gold coke bottles; like their helmets, get it?
Electro crunk pioneers Sleigh Bells have been reportedly working with producer extraordinaire Diplo on Beyoncé’s newest album which will hopefully be better than their work on M.I.A’s ill fated last album.
Queens of the Stone Age are also by day hard at work on their newest album and reportedly at night busy saving the lives of unfortunate gig-goers with appendicitis, according to a quote from guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen: “Do you wanna hear something fucked up? Of course you do. There was one time when we performed an appendectomy, backstage in Munich. We forgot the anaesthesia. I do know how to perform these operations, but I’d had too much to drink that day. But she’s okay.”
Ever been driving down a winding mountain road in your Ferrari when it suddenly flips out of control putting you into a several year coma only to be coaxed out by a group of iPad wielding doctors and a sycophantic Eminem? If not you obviously aren’t playing Dr. Dre in his hilariously epic new 8 minute video for single ‘I Need a Doctor’. It must be seen to be believed.
Curiously, Midwest cool kids, the Cool Kids have signed to beverage Mountain Dew’s Green Label imprint and reportedly made more profit off one single than the entirety of their excellent Bake Sale Ep. This forms part of a more regular trend of traditionally none music brands setting up indie record labels that could continue to put pressure on the old regime still just about controlled by the remaining major labels.
We previously reported that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and producer Atticus Ross won a Golden Globe for Best Orginal Score for their work on the movie, The Social Network. Well now the pair have won the Academy Award too. Upgrade! Trent Reznor will also be releasing a new album from him and his wife’s, Mariqueen Maandig’s, side project How To Destroy Angels which will be free to download in the Autumn.
As many of you may be aware before the release of Interpol’s self titled last album, smartly dressed bassist Carlos D left the band and was quickly replaced by multi instrumentalist Dave Pajo. Well now Pajo has also left Interpol leaving a skeleton crew on the sinking ship that is Interpol. It’s like Metallica all over again.
Finally Kanye West has released his video for ‘All of the Lights’ which is sadly absent of most of the artists on the original track but to compensate features a barely clothed Rhianna and Kanye standing on the roof of a cop car. Not much else happens.