After talking up tonight’s Eagles/Jim Dolan concert at Madison Square Garden on yesterday’s Late Show, David Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer to play some Eagles music to celebrate. But after he was told they wouldn’t allow it, he decided to mess with the notoriously litigious classic rockers and make a big deal out of it. Apparently, when producers asked the “licensing people” in charge of the Eagles’ catalog if the CBS Orchestra could perform some of their music, they said no: “I don’t think they make exceptions,” a producer said. “They have a flat ’no’ policy for television.” Some back-and-forth between Letterman and behind-the-scenes workers goes on and Letterman asks, “So if we play an Eagles song, we’d get sued, correct?” After discussing it for five minutes, he concludes, “You know what? I’m not that interested anymore.” Watch the whole exchange below.
The Yeezus tour is making its way through Australia right now and Kanye is catching flak for some comments he made regarding handicapped people during his show last night. According to The Daily Mail, he demanded that everyone stand up and dance “unless y’all are sitting down because y’all handicapped” at a Melbourne concert on Wednesday. He continued the shtick at a show in Sydney on Friday, when he allegedly stopped singing during “The Good Life” to make everyone stand up. He eventually focused on two seated fans and made security check if they were in wheelchairs. He allegedly told the crowd, “I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. … Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that.” After several minutes (during which time the rapper complained that it was the longest he ever had to wait to do a song) it was confirmed that one fan in question was in a wheelchair; Ye apparently said “it’s fine” and continued with the song. Another member of the audience waved a prosthetic limb in the air to explain why he was sitting.
Grimes made an album that sucked and scrapped it. U2 made an album that sucked and snuck it into your iTunes. And as for albums that don’t suck, Arcade Fire’s Funeral turns ten years old tomorrow. It’s not just an instant-classic, but the rare life-altering discovery that inspires the whole mission of this site (i.e., to stoke band beefs to spotlight vital new music). I remember writing about Funeral for the first time; 387 Arcade Fire posts later it’s rightly recognized as one of the best albums of that decade. So fire up Funeral this weekend and head to N. 10th & Driggs in Brooklyn to wonder what happened to the last ten years.
It’s pretty brave to come out against the new U2 album that was dropped onto everyone’s computer last week, considering all the unanimous praise it’s gotten. (Well…) Leave it to Tyler, The Creator to go against the grain: “GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE. YOU COULDNT COME UP WITH AN ACTUAL MARKETING IDEA? FUCK @U2 I DONT WANT YOU. FUCK BONO. I DIDNT ASK FOR YOU IM MAD,” he tweeted last night. He goes on to compare getting the U2 album to “waking up with a pimple or like a herpes,” then backtracks a little bit and says that it’s “kinda sick that they are on peoples phone out of no where” before ending his rant with “Bono is fucking awesome got damn.” Read all of his thoughts below.
We know that Miley Cyrus has an ear for the classics: she’s covered the Smiths in concert, is apparently readying a Leonard Cohen cover, and has been working with Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips on their Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album. Last night, she uploaded a cover of “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” an Anne Bredon-penned folk song that’s probably best known for the Led Zeppelin version that was included on the band’s debut album. (Miley called it “Baby, I’m Gonna Leave You,” but hey, close enough, right?) Listen below.
Watch Awesome Performances From The Simpsons Take The Bowl By Weird Al, Conan O’Brien, & The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus
The Simpsons took over the Hollywood Bowl last night to celebrate their 25th anniversary and highlight some of the show’s best musical moments. Weird Al was there to perform a song about Homer and Marge set to the tune of John Mellencamp’s “Jack And Diane,” Conan O’Brien did “The Monorail Song” from the famous Simpsons episode that he wrote, and the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus was led by Hans Zimmer and sang “Spider Pig” and the Stonecutters song. Series creator Matt Groening and cast members Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria were also there. Watch video from the show below.
Riding High On “Anaconda,” Sir Mix-A-Lot Plans Reunion With The Presidents Of The United States Of America
With “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj brought Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” back into the mainstream pop culture conversation, after it had been relegated to the world of wedding parties and high school dances for decades. In an interview with Billboard, Sir Mix-A-Lot revealed that he was reviving a collaborative project that he started in the ’90s with the Presidents Of The United States Of America. They used to record under the name Subset, but never had an official release beyond a few stray songs. “I have no illusions of grandeur and I don’t think I’m going to put out a record that [hits] charts, because hip-hop won’t allow that,” he said. “We did this record and it was crazy [but] we never put it out. I’m thinking about recording that.” In addition to that project, Sir Mix-A-Lot also said that he has a new single that will be coming out within the next few weeks.var chartbeat_zone = "misc";
In addition to Caribou, Dan Snaith sometimes releases things under his Daphni moniker, which usually trend in a more club-oriented direction. This time he’s remixed one of his own songs, “Our Love,” from the upcoming Caribou album of the same name. He punches up the track a little bit without changing its essence, taking away some of the emotional hit but leaving a smoother vibe in its place. Listen below.
Big Sean put up four new tracks on his Soundcloud earlier today and they share a first-rate laundry list of producers: Kanye West, DJ Mustard, Mike WiLL Made It, Nate Fox, Da Internz, Key Wane, L&F, and DJ Dahi. The four songs are the first collection of new music we’ve heard from Big Sean since last year’s Hall Of Fame. The Detriot rapper just signed to Roc Nation’s management side, though he’ll still retain his G.O.O.D Music label deal. Listen to the songs below.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour is currently making its way across Europe. On Friday night at their first of two shows in Paris, Nicki Minaj joined Bey on stage to perform their “Flawless***” remix live for the first time dressed in coordinating Versace outfits. On social media, Minaj quoted a line from Pink Friday bonus track “Girls Fall Like Dominoes” that predicted the pairing: “I’m out in Paris motherfucker with Beyoncé.” The Paris shows are being filmed for HBO’s On The Run concert special, so we should expect to see full video when that premieres on 9/20. Watch some fan-shot clips from the show below.
True story: Just last week I was diagnosed with GERD, AKA acid reflux disease. Too much coffee, I’m guessing. Anyway, Michgan shoegazers Pity Sex have a song called “Acid Reflex” (not sure if that’s an error or a play on words) on their new split with Adventures, and it’s far sweeter than that nasty taste in the back of your throat when chemicals are bubbling up. The song continues this band’s consistent output of high-quality, densely layered guitar-pop theatrics. “I need drugs, I need God, I need comfort, I need fortune, I need something,” they sing. So the music is much more upbeat than the sentiment. Listen below.
We’ve long heard tell of a new Panda Bear album tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. Now it’s looking like the actual title is Panda Bear Vs Grim Reaper — at least that’s what’s implied by PBVSGR, a new website where you can stream a new mixtape assembled by Noah Lennox himself. There is at least one snippet of what sounds like new Panda Bear music as well as a bunch of other stuff; one Shazam search turned up a Moodyman song remixed by Laidback Luke. It’s certainly in the headspace we’ve come to expect from Animal Collective’s own Paul McCartney. Check the SoundCloud below or click here and scroll down past the psychedelic imagery (which looks pretty similar to the projections from his live show) to hear all the hottest tracks.
We decided on this week’s 5 Best Songs only after a fairly brutal culling process: No question, Mastodon, Mr. Twin Sister, EMA, Beach Slang, and John Southworth deserved to be on here, and there were numerous others that made a strong case for themselves, too. But what eventually made it did so virtually unanimously — there was no argument whatsoever among Team Stereogum that each of these songs had to be on this list. You guys, though? You might argue. Check out the list below, and refute in the comments.
Spike Jonze is arguably the greatest music video director of all time, but he’s mostly retired from the art form. But he just made a quick exception for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O, who just released her debut solo album Crush Songs, an album of quiet acoustic home recordings. The video for the album track “Ooo” is strictly an impromptu affair for Jonze — recorded on the spur of the moment, and possibly without Karen knowing about it, while Jonze and the actress Elle Fanning were preparing to stage a one-act play at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House as part of Fashion Week. The video is just Fanning dancing and mugging across the stage and the backstage area at the Met, and yet it is still somehow unmistakeably a Spike Jonze video. Watch it and read some words from Jonze below.
Among Knicks fans, team and Madison Square Garden owner Jim Dolan is a universally reviled villain — an impulsive self-regarding blowhard legacy case who inherited his billions, who operates without a shred of self-awareness, and who has crippled his team time and again by making dumb decisions. He also has a band. JD & The Straight Shot are a blues-rock laughingstock, and their videos have been sports-blog bait for years. But public perception hasn’t stopped Dolan from promoting his stupid fucking band. And now he’s booked them into the gig of a lifetime: Opening for the Eagles at Madison Square Garden, the venue he owns.
We’ve posted before on Erol Alkan, the UK DJ, when he did high-profile remixes of songs like Tame Impala’s “Be Above It” and MGMT’s “Congratulations.” Soon he’ll get a nice spotlight of his own with his addition to FabricLive; his will be the 77th entry in the long running mix series. Below you can listen to a new original from the mix, the simmering “Sub Concious.”
Grandparents: Gotta love ’em! Especially when they engage in technological foibles. As Buzzfeed points out, quite a few grandmothers have attempted to tag themselves as “Grandma” on Facebook — an inherent misunderstanding of the tag function on multiple levels — and instead ended up tagging “Grandmaster Flash,” the legendary and influential hip-hop DJ (pictured). Apparently it’s one of the names that comes up when you type “@Grandma,” which is hilarious. There’s an entire Tumblr called Love, Grandpa And Grandmaster Flash dedicated to this phenomenon. Here are a few particularly funny examples:
Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. In a slower week, almost anything from this week’s top five could’ve topped the list. Check out this week’s picks below.
Mac DeMarco is no stranger to messing with people. When I saw him perform a couple weeks ago at FYF Fest, he introduced one of his most popular songs, “Blue Boy,” as “Big Big Big Dirty Diaper.” He’s also no stranger to covers, as his recent acoustic cover of Angel Olsen’s “Lights Out” reminds us. Now he’s introduced his new guitarist, Andrew Charles White, with this strange and funny clip that shows Andy adjusting to life in the Big Apple. The soundtrack provided is inexplicably a cover by DeMarco of Burt Bacharach’s “This Guy’s In Love With You,” which is just as bizarre as when These New Puritans opened their album with a cover of it, albeit for completely different reasons. Watch the clip below, and meet Andy.