JAY-Z to purchase NFL team: Report

Earlier this week, JAY-Z’s Roc Nation struck an entertainment and social partnership with the NFL. The deal makes the billionaire rapper the league’s new “live music entertainment strategist” as well provides him with greater influence in key social initiatives. But if you believe TMZ, JAY-Z’s involvement won’t end there.

Turns out JAY-Z is set to acquire a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, and “it is going to happen in the near future,” TMZ reports. The identity of the team has not yet been revealed.

JAY-Z wants to become an NFL owner “because he’s a huge fan, already has a sports business, and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” the report adds.

Roc Nation Sports, the sports talent agency founded by JAY-Z, represents several current NFL players, including New York Giants star Saquon Barkley, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, because JAY-Z “is not an NFL agent and does not take part in the operations of the NFL players in Roc Nation,” he’s apparently in the clear to purchase an NFL team, TMZ contends.

JAY-Z previously owned a minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets before selling it in 2013.

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib share new track “The Next Day” featuring Oh No: Stream

After three long years of anticipation, Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs and veteran producer Madlib finally returned last month with their sophomore album, Bandana. Now just weeks later, the hip-hop duo is back with another new track, “The Next Day”.

A contribution to the Adult Swim Singles series, “The Next Day” features a guest verse from Madlib’s younger brother, Oh No. With the sort of soul sampling production we know and love from MadGibbs, the track feels like it could be featured in Eddie Murphy’s upcoming Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name. In fact, it even opens with a fitting reference as Gibbs spits, “Pulling stunts in my GTR/ 1990, Dolemite in momma’s VCR.”

Take a listen to Freddie Gibbs & Madlibs’ “The Next Day” below.

MadGibbs’ Bandana arrived five years after their collaborative debut, 2014’s PiñataThey’ll be supporting the record on the road through fall. Appropriately, given the release of “The Next Day”, Freddie Gibbs and Mad Lib are set to appear at the Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles this November. Get tickets to all their upcoming dates here.

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Foster the People promote bizarre Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory

On Saturday, billionaire financier and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. Government officials say Epstein, who was facing 45 years in prison on sex trafficking charges, took his own life by hanging himself. However, that hasn’t stopped people on both sides of the political aisle from promoting unfounded conspiracy theories suggesting Epstein was murdered.

Hours after Epstein’s body was found, Donald Trump retweeted a conspiracy claiming that former president Bill Clinton was responsible for Epistein’s death. (The Clintons, like Trump himself, associated with Epstein on occasion in the 1990s and early 2000s.) All the while, the hashtag #trumpbodycount went viral on Twitter.

And then there’s Foster the People, the alternative rock band best known for their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks”. On Saturday night, the band’s Twitter account promoted its own conspiracy theory, asserting that it was an Epstein body double who was photographed on the hospital gurney, and that the real Epstein is “on a private plane to somewhere in the middle east getting prepped for plastic surgery right now.”

Update: Foster the People singer Mark Foster has defended using the band’s official Twitter account to posit a conspiracy about Epstein’s death: “To anyone else who considers it ‘off brand’ for an artist to talk about social issues, cover-ups, and justice.. A. you need a history lesson B. you’re scared of what i’m saying C. my voice is my brand, whether it’s used to speak or sing.” After comparing photos of Epstein alive and dead, as well as highlight Attorney General Bill Barr’s connection to the case, Foster added, “More than ever artists need to speak up, because they’re not getting paid by sponsors or told how to spin a story by their bosses. Rupert Murdoch isn’t controlling their narrative. Support your artists. Support real journalism. Fact check everything. Do your own research.”

In related news, stay tuned for details on InfoWars’ 10th anniversary concert headlined by Foster the People.

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Monsanto Considered “Legal Action” Against Neil Young, New Report Shows

Agribusiness corporation Monsanto is the subject of a new report in The Guardian, based on court documents that were made public as part of the company’s ongoing legal battles related to their Roundup weed killer. According to the documents reviewed by The Guardian, Monsanto operated an “intelligence fusion center” to monitor and gather data on journalists and other individuals critical of the company. One of those individuals was Neil Young, whose 2015 album The Monsanto Years lambasted the corporation.

The documents include an internal memo from July 2015 with graphs and metrics of Young’s social media impact, as well as gathered data on articles surrounding the album release. That memo also contains a section about the lyrics found on The Monsanto Years, with a list of “potential topics” that the singer might touch upon. “We are developing a plan to proactively produce content and response preparedness for the following six topics that seem most likely to be Neil’s next targets,” the memo reads, before listing off topics such as “citizen rights,” “farm worker health,” and “undue political influence.”

At one point in the memo, it’s stated that Monsanto’s “fusion center” is also “monitoring discussions” about the 30th Farm Aid concert. “We have reached out to the legal team and are keeping them informed on Neil’s activities in case any legal action is appropriate,” it reads. “They believe our response to date has been appropriately measured and tailored; we are sitting tight to see where this goes.”

The Monsanto Years was released June 29, 2015. Before the release of the album, Billboard asked Monsanto for comment on the song “Monsanto Years.” At the time, a representative for the company stated: “Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately, for some of us, his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable. We recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do—and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”

Pitchfork has reached out to Neil Young for comment.

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Donald Trump: Hollywood is “racist” and “very dangerous for our country”

Hollywood-obsessed Donald Trump continues to “hate” Hollywood. On Friday morning, the Hamptons-bound Commander in Chief answered questions outside the White House, where he discussed Tinseltown’s treatment towards conservatives.

“We’re going to be very tough with them,” Trump said in his not-the-least disarming tone, before digressing: “They’re treating conservatives very unfairly. Hollywood — I don’t call them the elites, I think the elites are the people they go after in many cases. But Hollywood is really terrible You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Trump didn’t name the film — after all, he knows a thing or two about free publicity — but the “kind of movies” he’s referring to is likely Blumhouse’s upcoming The Hunt. The gun-toting satire depicts the “elite liberals” hunting “deplorables.”

In the wake of both the El Paso and Dayton shootings, the film has received plenty of backlash, and he’s just loving this bullshit scapegoat, seeing how he’s done nothing about the rising gun violence in this country.

Naturally, as he’s wont to do, Trump hit up Twitter to reiterate his asinine points:

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order…. to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”

It should be noted, of course, that Trump’s speech in El Paso this past February fanned the flames of anti-immigration, inciting his crowd to chant “build the wall” as he spoke of “Murders, murders, murders. Killings. Murders.” Following the shooting, it was revealed that the white gunman had written anti-immigration rhetoric online.

But yes, please, let’s continue to blame Hollywood.

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Jack Black and Jack White have finally recorded a song together

The dad joke of rock finally happened: Jack Black and Jack White recorded a new song together. Technically White joined Tenacious D as a unit, but as the old joke goes, this is as Jack Grey as it gets.

The news broke during Tenacious D’s performance in Nashville this past Sunday. During the band’s set, Black told the crowd, “Jack White, we went over to his house today and recorded a brand new song,” according to the Tennessean. It turns out Tenacious D stopped by White’s recording studio in Nashville, and as such the song will be released on Third Man Records.

No release date has been announced, nor did Black specify what White’s contribution to the song was. He could have added a shredding guitar solo, some backing vocals, or simply just produced it. Either way, it’s been a long time coming.

(Read: Tenacious D Aimlessly Drift Through Half-Baked Post-Apocalypto)

Given their separate celebrity statuses, Black and White have certainly known of each other’s existence for a while, and have been in the same award-show spaces before. But there has never been photographic evidence of the two meeting, or even being in the same room, until earlier this year. Tenacious D ran into White this June and jokingly posted a picture, captioned, “We hired a new merch guy.”

Here’s hoping he’s good at slinging merch — recently Tenacious D extended their 2019 US tour on through to the fall. Check out their full list of tour dates and grab tickets to see them live.

Over the weekend, while at Lollapalooza, Tenacious D took over our Instagram account. It was a total trip.

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Burial and the Bug Drop New EP: Listen

Burial and the Bug have teamed up for their second EP together. Dive / Rain, released under the moniker Flame 2, follows last year’s Fog / Shrine, which was released as Flame 1. Take a listen to the new two-track release below.

The Bug has had a busy 2019, releasing Solitude (as King Midas Sound with Roger Robinson), Sirens (under his own name Kevin Richard Martin), and the ZONAL EP (with Justin Broadrick).

This year, Burial has released his Claustro / State Forest EP. Read “How Burial Became a Meme” on the Pitch.

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Nick Cave hints at new Grinderman album from “yet to be completed trilogy”

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Grinderman — nine years, to be exact. Now Nick Cave is hinting that a new Grinderman album is on the way, almost a decade since their sophomore album dropped.

During a 2011 tour, Cave told an audience that “it’s over” for the band — a statement later clarified by drummer Jim Sclavunos as a “bye-bye” because “who knows what will happen in five or 10 years time.” Well, sure enough, the band got an itch to switch from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (which all of the band members are in) to Grinderman. Cave recently took to his blog to confirm Grinderman’s first and second records are “part of a yet to be completed trilogy,” NME notes. The new record would follow up their 2010 release, Grinderman 2.

(Read: A Streaming Companion to Nick Cave)

Cave brought up Grinderman in response to a simple fan question: “When was the last time you felt a sense of pride (in yourself)?” While responding, Cave detailed his love for prog rock, specifically the complexities of King Crimson, and went on to note that he hopes his music does the same. The Grinderman song “Heathen Child”, which features Robert Fripp on an extended version, brings him a sense of pride for mirroring that intricacy. But in his answer, Cave took time to note an important aside. Read an excerpt of his answer below:

“In 2010, Grinderman recorded a song called ‘Heathen Child’ for the Grinderman 2 album (part of a yet to be completed trilogy, you might be happy to know) and we invited Robert Fripp to play on the extended version. This version, called ‘Super Heathen Child’, is Grinderman at their very best. I felt as though Grinderman was laying claim to their roots. Many music critics thought that Grinderman was a return to the sound of The Birthday Party, but I never understood that. From my own perspective within the band, Grinderman was much more influenced by the British progressive rock of my youth than anything else (except Miles Davis’ late electronic period, perhaps).”

(Read: Ten ’80s Acts to Check Out on Tour This Summer

Meanwhile, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are working on a follow-up to 2016’s The Skeleton Tree, which his wife has dubbed as being his “Fever Songs.” He’s also announced a series of orchestral gigs with pal Warren Ellis. And on top of it all, he’s still performing “Conversations” tour dates in North America later this fall, where the singer-songwriter offers an “exercise in connectivity” with fans (get tickets here). It’s hard to believe there’s time to work on a new Grinderman album at all.

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Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie debuts fierce heavy metal song: Stream

Late last year, Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie promised to launch a “metal project” in the near future. After previously teasing with a raging version of the band’s “The Calendar”, today Urie returns with an all-new original heavy metal song.

Urie debuted the track during a Twitch stream filmed inside his studio, as Alternative Press points out. A fierce and explosive listen, the as-yet-untitled track features some especially guttural screams courtesy of Urie himself (he even points to his throat in the video). Quite a shift from his complete pop turn with Taylor Swift on “ME!”.

(Buy: Tickets to Panic! at the Disco’s Upcoming Shows)

Check it out below.

Urie’s metal adventures stem from his desire to challenge himself and try out new things musically. “I still feel like I can do more,” Urie told Rock Sound last December. He continued, “Even from song to song within one album I feel like things could change even more drastically, and maybe that’ll happen as time goes on. I still have so many different things that I want to do, particularly in terms of genres.”

No word on whether fan Mayor Pete Buttigieg is on board for this version of Urie and Panic! at the Moshpit, but statistics indicate it may only be a matter of time before he’s head-banging, too.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Joins Gryffin on New Song “OMG”: Listen

Carly Rae Jepsen has collaborated with DJ and producer Gryffin on his latest single. It’s called “OMG.” Have a listen below.

The new single follows Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album Dedicated, which arrived earlier this year and features the singles “No Drug Like Me” and “Party for One.” She’s currently on tour behind the new album. Gryffin—whose real name is Dan Griffith—has done high profile remixes for Tove Lo, Maroon 5, Years & Years, and more.

Read Pitchfork’s “5-10-15-20” interview with Carly Rae Jepsen.

Watch Carly Rae Jepsen’s installment of Pitchfork’s video series “The Song I Wish I Wrote”:

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