Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos shares holiday album, Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields: Stream/watch

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The Frenchkiss Records release was completed only recently, and its video element, helmed by Haley, was filmed in just four days at Angelakos’ alma mater, the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. Fields was originally the brainchild of   Angelakos and Katz, who together sought to explore “an inspiring response to terrorism that seeks sanity and unity, not panic and division,” according to a press release. Evergreen 04. In addition to 1940’s music, the album is said to include elements of “the classicist’s take on orchestral musical theater” and a “post-Beatles John Lennon and gooey Beach Boys sort of earnestness.” …


Cass McCombs made his TV debut on The Ellen Degeneres Show — watch

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Watch the performance above. Along with a four-piece band, McCombs offered a lovely rendition of “Bum Bum Bum,” the first track from Mangy Love, which he dropped in August. Well, here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: The elusive, impenetrable California singer/songwriter Cass McCombs   was on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning. I doubt anyone would peg Degeneres a Wit’s End fan, but her live intro is fawning and her website cites McCombs as “one of Ellen’s favorite artists.” Too bad he didn’t show off his tea blowing skills. McCombs has long been a cult favorite, as …


Mick Jenkins and Kaytranada light up the sky on new collaborative song “Aurora Borealis” — listen

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Take a listen below. On debut album The Healing Component, Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins tapped beatmaker Kaytranada for assistance. Taken from a new compilation titled 119 Presents: Countdown to Midnight, the track glows and flows coolly like the Arctic-loving Northern Lights for which its named. This week, the two continue their studio chemistry with a fresh joint called “Aurora Borealis”. It was a smart move, considering the Montreal producer’s own 99.9% LP is one of the best of the year.


Warpaint perform “New Song” on Fallon — watch

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On Friday, however, Warpaint turned the attention back on the original version of the track as they performed it live on   The Tonight Show. As they did at Iceland Airwaves in November, the dream pop purveyors offered up an enthralling and memorable performance. Replay it up above. In the last two months, lead single “New Song” was reworked not once, but twice   — first by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, then by Belgium’s Soulwax. Much of the Warpaint news lately has involved remixes of their latest album, Heads Up.


Update: Video allegedly shows cell phone exploding in Cee-Lo Green’s hand

Posted On Dec 24 2016 by

As there are no timestamps on the video, it’s unclear when exactly the incident took place, and the   musician has yet to publicly comment on it. Editor’s Note: As the veracity of the video is in question, we’ve changed the title of the article. Samsung was forced   to recall and discontinue production of its Galaxy Note 7 after numerous reported cases of the phone overheating and even exploding. Following the explosion, Cee-Lo is seen laying motionless on the floor. Surveillance footage of the harrowing incident surfaced online Saturday morning. Update – 10:40 p.m. Cee-Lo Green knows of its …


Big Sean and Chance the Rapper debate the merits of “Living Single” on new song — listen

Posted On Dec 24 2016 by

The Grammy-nominated rapper will be appearing on the late night show for the third time. (Read: Artist of the Year: Chance the Rapper) A   rough version of the track trickled out in July, with both   Sean Don and Chance tweeting   their frustration   about the leak, but the   finished version, which you can find below, was well worth the wait. This summer, Big Sean made a big appearance on the Cruel Summer   posse cut “Champions” and teamed up with DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar for “Holy Key”   before gearing up for his unnamed forthcoming …


Spotify leaks word of new Dirty Projectors music called Little Bubble

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Back in September, Dirty Projectors returned with a   new single called “Keep Your Name”. Watch the video for “Keep Your Name” below. Dirty Projectors’ last full-length album   came in the form of 2012’s   Swing Lo Magellan. However, there is record of the release on Shazam. As Stereogum points out, Spotify recently sent an email notifying subscribers of new Dirty Projectors music called Little Bubble. We haven’t heard much since then, but it looks like that’s about to change. It appears the email, which also contained new artwork, was sent prematurely, as the   release is not yet …


Aphex Twin releases surprise 12-inch vinyl at Day For Night Festival

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The sleeve of the 12-inch is completely blank. The performance in itself is a pretty big deal, but he’s given festival attendees even more reason to be excited: a surprise 12-inch vinyl   is being sold exclusively at Day For Night. We hope to have more details shortly. It appears to contain two tracks, but its exact contents remain unclear. Our staffers are on the ground at Day For Night and have the vinyl in hand. #vinyl #holyshit A photo posted by @ladalaika on Dec 17, 2016 at 12:52pm PST The vinyl is white and imprinted with the logos of …


Fuck you: Cee-Lo’s cell phone explosion video was a hoax

Posted On Dec 24 2016 by

Presented as leaked surveillance   footage, the video   quickly went viral. Now, though, Cee-Lo has revealed that the video was merely a hoax done in promotion of a new project called “Gnarly Davidson.” In a video posted to Facebook, the musician said   he is “alive and well and OK” and apologized to anyone disturbed   or upset by the footage. Earlier today, video surfaced appearing to show a cell phone exploding in Cee-Lo Green’s hand, causing him to collapse onto the floor.


Chance the Rapper steals the show on SNL’s Christmas episode — watch

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Near the end of the sketch, the real-life DMC made a cameo. Alongside Keenan Thompson and Leslie Jones, Chance (playing DMC) celebrated Barack Obama’s final Christmas in office and everything we’ll miss about his presidency. Chance the Rapper   capped off his banner   year by appearing as the musical guest on   Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmas episode. He also starred in a pair of sketches, including a   parody of Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis”. Replay all the highlights below. Later, he played one of the Three Wise Men in a sketch about a low-rent   Christmas production. Our …


SNL’s Kate McKinnon reprises Hillary Clinton, goes Love Actually on an electoral college member — watch

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Replay   one of the highlights from tonight’s SNL Christmas episode below. The electoral college is all   that stands between humanity’s long-term survival   and Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States. In a   sketch parodying Love Actually’s famous cue card scene, the Democratic presidential candidate shows up at an elector’s door and makes her last-minute pitch. While it’s unlikely there are enough faithless electors to change the result of the election, it hasn’t stopped Kate McKinnon — er, Hillary Clinton from trying.  


Aphex Twin performs first US show in eight years at Day For Night Festival — watch

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Photo by Philip Cosores Aphex Twin hit the stage at Houston’s Day For Night Festival on Saturday night for his first US performance in eight years. A full audio recording of the set is available here, and fan-shot video footage of a majority   of the show can be seen below. Update: Members of the Aphex Twin sub-reddit have begun to piece together the evening’s extensive setlist. To coincide with the performance, Aphex Twin released a   surprise 12-inch vinyl available exclusively to attendees of the festival. Next summer, Aphex Twin will perform additional shows at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, London’s …


The Weeknd brings out Kendrick Lamar for “Sidewalks” in LA — watch

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Update: Check out pro-shot footage below via Vevo. On The Weeknd’s new album Starboy, he and Kendrick Lamar joined forces for the first time on the track “Sidewalks”. @Theweeknd just brought out @kendricklamar ? #vevopresents #XO #theweeknd A video posted by REAL923 (@real923la) on Dec 17, 2016 at 10:34pm PST Watch fan-shot footage below. On Saturday night,   The Weeknd performed   a concert in Los Angeles, and he brought out Kendrick as a surprise guest to give   the collaboration its live debut. Wasn't expecting that ? @theweeknd brings out @kendricklamar for Sidewalks at @vevo Presents ?? A video …


Bryan Cranston says “there’s been conversation” about a Malcolm in the Middle movie

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I don’t know if my character would go to the reunion though. It would be fun to play with all those people again.” (As a playful aside, he added, “It would be like if you [(James Franco)] did a Freaks and Geeks movie.” Franco liked the idea, saying, “Maybe for Freaks and Geeks it could be the 20 year high school reunion! “There has been some conversation about that,” Cranston responded. “I really do, for no other reason than that I miss those people like crazy and I stay in touch with them… There’s a possibility we want to start …


David Lynch’s Gordon Cole eats a delicious donut in new Twin Peaks teaser — watch

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While you’re at it, revisit our recent dissection of Lynch’s entire filmography, in addition to our friendly Lynchian discussion with the likes of   St. Watch above and catch the past two teasers below. It’s a simple, delightful treat and a pleasant reminder that, yes, 2017 is right around the corner and, yes, that means we’ll soon be returning to our favorite gloomy small town. Vincent, Rhye, and Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of Blondie. There are few things more Twin Peaks than watching David Lynch eat a donut. Of course, there’s still no release date, so who knows when …


Listen to an audio rip Aphex Twin’s surprise Day For Night 12-inch vinyl

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By the sound of it, the A-side and B-side are the same track, albeit different   versions. The   vinyl itself is white and imprinted only with   the logos of Aphex Twin, Warp Records, and Day For Night. Via reddit, listen to audio rips of both below. Copies are already reselling   for $350 a piece on Discogs. To coincide with his first US performance in eight years at Houston’s Day For Night Festival, Aphex Twin released a surprise 12-inch vinyl available exclusively to attendees of the festival. The contents of the 12-inch remain unclear, as the sleeve of …


In greatest career move in years, Sylvester Stallone turns down Donald Trump’s job offer

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However, the actor has now seemingly made   his greatest career move in years by turning down an offer to work in President-Elect   Donald Trump’s White House. However I believe I could be more effective by bringing national attention to returning military personnel in an effort to find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance these heroes respectfully deserve.” (via   Variety) This is just another example of Trump being unable to rally the support of any sort of credible celebrity figure. Trump was said to be readying an offer to ask Stallone to chair the National Endowment for …


Fiona Apple debuts anti-Donald Trump song at Standing Rock benefit show — watch

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The track, a parody of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”, notably featured lyrics about the President-elect’s “nuts roasting on an open fire” and an incendiary   “Fuck you!” send-off, the latter of which especially got both Apple and the LA crowd fired up. Part whatever the trim option on IG sucks fuck you here's another clip A video posted by Brett Peter (@brettmpeter) on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:10am PST Four A video posted by Brett Peter (@brettmpeter) on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:17am PST Fiona #5 A video posted by Brett Peter (@brettmpeter) on Dec 19, 2016 at …


The Black Keys’ discography is finally available on Spotify

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— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) December 19, 2016 No advance or money was exchanged. (Read: Which Artists Are Still Holding Out on Streaming?) Carney announced via Twitter that an agreement had been reached,   noting that while he still isn’t a fan of the pay deals, “I’d rather people hear our music than not.” In a second tweet, he expounded, “No advance or money was exchanged. The Black Keys — and in particular drummer Patrick Carney — have been some of the most vocal opponents to free music streaming services. I'm still apprehensive. I’m still an advocate for artists to be …


Tegan and Sara establish foundation for LGBTQ and women’s rights

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We started the Foundation to dismantle the systems of inequity that prevent LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential. Every day we read your letters. “Since the beginning of our career, our LGBTQ   fans have supported us in innumerable ways. We see hope and strength in our community, whether through every day acts of kindness or through the power of mobilizing behind a common cause. Join us.” Now, the Quins   are taking their activism another step further by launching their own foundation dedicated to fighting for “economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women,” …