The Voidz return with new single “Did My Best” produced by Mac DeMarco: Stream

Even with a new album from The Strokes on the horizon, the band’s individual members continue to roll out music of their own. The other day we saw Fabrizio Moretti drop his debut LP under his Machinegum moniker; now, Julian Casablancas and The Voidz are back with a new single, “Did My Best”. The track is a fuzzy offering that comes paired with a grainy, lo-fi music video/short film. Directed by Promiseland, it finds the band members apparently lost in relationships with mannequins… or sex dolls, it’s kind of hard to tell. The nearly 11-minute clip also incorporates a new version of “The Eternal Tao”, The Voidz’ previous 2019 release. Dubbed “The Eternal Tao 2.0”, there’s an extra verse tacked on at the end. What’s more, the visuals feature cameos from Mac DeMarco and Kirin J Callinan, who co-produced both “Did My Best” and “The Eternal Tao”. Watch it below. (Read: The Top 25 Rock Albums of the 2010s) The Voidz’ last full-length, Virtue, dropped in 2018. There’s no word yet on whether these new songs are leading up to another full-length, though at least Casablancas fans have the continually teased Strokes record to anticipate. There are also a number of […]

Usher Enlists Ella Mai for New Song: Listen

Usher has shared a new single feature British singer/songwriter Ella Mai. “Don’t Waste My Time” was co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri. Give it a listen below. Usher’s last studio album as a solo artist was 2016’s Hard II Love. Last year, he dropped “A”, his collaborative project with Zaytoven. Ella Mai’s self-titled debut also arrived last year. Find out where Ella Mai’s 2018 breakout single “Boo’d Up” landed on Pitchfork’s List feature “The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s.” [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Jack Black says Jack White’s studio is like going to Elvis’ Graceland

The ‘School of Rock’ actor and the ‘Seven Nation Army’ hitmaker have finally collaborated on the Tenacious D song ‘Don’t Blow It, Kage’, which the former White Stripes star has producer, after years of fans calling for the duo to team up. And the Hollywood actor revealed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ this week just what White’s Third Man Records HQ in Nashville is like. He told the US host: “We toured all around the world, and we even stopped off in Nashville, and we got a call from Jack White, who has his headquarters there in Nashville. “He was like ‘Hey, if you’re coming through, why don’t you come by and record a little something at my home studio?’ “And we were like ‘Yes, we can’t say no to that,’ because he’s a legend. He’s my idol. I love Jack White.” He then compared his recording space to the late King of Rock and Roll’s former residence and now-museum.He added: “Every room has been meticulously curated with magic and humour and weirdness.” Addressing the crowd during his band’s Nashville show in August, Black teased: “Jack White – we went over to his house today and recorded a brand new song.” […]

ASCAP launches health and wellness program for musicians

Back in June, a troubling study revealed that at least 73% of musicians suffer from mental illness. The same report from Sweden’s Record Union found that only 19% actually felt the music industry was working to improve conditions for artists. Perhaps in light of those dismal numbers, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, aka ASCAP, has created a new health and wellness program called “TuneUp”. As Pitchfork reports, this program will provide all ASCAP members with access to wellness services and events (think meditation classes and audio workouts), recovery support groups, and more. Per a statement, it’s “designed especially for our music creator members, intended to help nourish your body, mind and spirit so you can be your creative best.” (Read: Revisiting the Tragic Last Days of Kurt Cobain) “Creating music is an all-consuming passion and a labor of love, but you’ve got to take care of your instrument — in the case of music creators, your body, mind and spirit,” ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams commented in a elaborated. He continued, “ASCAP has a long commitment to supporting the livelihoods of its songwriters and composers. With TuneUp, we’re taking that one step further. If […]

Wonder Woman 1984 trailer rides in on lightning: Watch

It’s been two years since we last saw Gal Gadot wearing Diana Prince’s tiara. After the film was pushed back more than half a year to give it summer tentpole status, we’re finally getting a solid look at Wonder Woman 1984 with the first trailer. The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman moves the action from World War I to the Cold War. Now, an Amazonian goddess making it 66 years without so much as a wrinkle is one thing, but how in the world did Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) survive an exploding airplane and six decades without a single scratch? And on top of that mystery, Wonder Woman has a pair of dangerous new adversaries to face in archaeologist/Cheetah goddess Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig) and the devious business man Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). The trailer also reveals a hyper-vibrant new look for Wonder Woman to go along with her impressive powers — like using her lasso of truth to swing from actual freakin’ lightning. Take a look below. (Read: Top 25 Comic Book Movies of the 2010s) Directed once more by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, Wonder Woman 1984 also stars Connie Nielsen […]

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate 40th birthday with a huge party on an oil rig

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate his 40th birthday next year with a huge party on an oil rig. The Kasabian guitarist turns 39 on December 15 but he’s already thinking about how he’s going to commemorate the milestone age and has been inspired to host a big bash by his pal Noel Gallagher, who had a ‘Narcos’-themed 50th birthday party. Serge intends to fly his guests out to sea via a helicopter. In an interview with Q magazine, he said: “That’s never really been a thing for me. I don’t mind ageing. I’m looking forward to it! Will there be a big party? Yeah, I’ve got my eye on hiring this oil rig out in the sea. I’m having that – you get there by helicopter, out in the middle of nowhere, and have a party for three days. Job done.” Serge – who released his first solo album ‘The S.L.P.’ this year – admits he gets drunk quite easily but insists he can handle it well and keep going. When asked about the last time he fell over drunk, Serge replied: “You know what, I’m pretty steady on my feet. I get drunk quick, but I can […]

Watch the Weeknd Perform “Blinding Lights” on Colbert

The Weeknd returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night for the second time this week. This time around, he performed his comeback single “Blinding Lights.” The Weeknd’s set was broadcast in black and white, and the singer performed in a hall of mirrors while audience members held up small, square mirrors to reflect light from the stage, resulting in a kind of strobe effect. Watch it happen below. [embedded content] Pharrell Williams was one of Colbert’s interviewees during the episode (Pharrell was also a performer on the show earlier in the week). Colbert and Pharrell discussed music, space, and time travel. When Colbert asked if Pharrell was interested in visiting space, Pharrell said, “No I think the pixilation on Nat Geo is awesome.” He later added, “Man, I’m such a poser. I love space but I’m not trying to go.” He said the same of time travel. On Thursday’s episode of Colbert, the Weeknd performed another new single, “Heartless,” as he wandered through the halls of the Ed Sullivan Theater. The Weeknd originally debuted “Blinding Lights” last month in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. Shortly after releasing that single and “Heartless” on streaming platforms, he shared a trippy music […]

Film Review: In Fabric Perversely Challenges Our Habits, Routines, and Desires

The Pitch.There’s something profoundly gratifying about watching a film take off into some uncharted part of the imagination and wondering, Did that just happen? Did this film really just do that? And when you see it happening over and over again—a director’s purest surreal impulses steering the car, taking you with them, unworried about shock, disturbance, bafflement, anything—you may feel, once the film is over, that your mind has been truly, as the cliché goes, bent. Such is the experience of watching In Fabric, the new film from Peter Strickland, purveyor of such previous oddities as The Duke of Burgundy. Ostensibly about a red dress that has a distinctly unpleasant effect on its wearers, often bringing violence or worse on them, it’s not really about a dress. But the movie isn’t a metaphor, either; it’s more a philosophical character study of the dress’ purchasers, a who-how-why-dunit in which you have the answer to begin with, after which many larger questions start. Is the film perverse? At the least, yes. At the same time, though, it’s intimate, and real, and sad, even when one could claim some of its parts, by themselves, are unbelievable. It’s a Bargain, in More Ways Than One: The film […]

Justin Timberlake apologises to Jessica Biel for ‘lapse in judgement’

Justin Timberlake has apologised for his “strong lapse in judgement” after pictures emerged of him holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright. The singer/actor, who is married to actress Jessica Biel, was photographed looking cosy with his Palmer co-star during a night out in New Orleans last month. In the images, Justin was seen holding Alisha’s hand, while the 30-year-old also put her hand on his knee. However, the 38-year-old finally broke his silence with regards to the scandal in a grovelling Instagram post on Wednesday night, writing: “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumours that are hurting the people I love. “A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my co-star. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behaviour. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.” Continuing to apologise to Jessica, with whom he shares four-year-old son Silas, Justin wrote: “I apologise to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such and […]

Comedian Brian Posehn announces guest-heavy Grandpa Metal album, covers A-ha’s “Take on Me”: Stream

Comedian Brian Posehn has recruited an all-star list of musicians for his first metal album, Grandpa Metal. The funny man has previewed the LP with a brutal cover of the A-ha hit “Take on Me”. The towering comic teamed up with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman, and Dethklok’s Brendon Small to create the album, which was produced by Jay Rustin. The 14-song tracklist features 12 original compositions, plus the A-ha cover and a rendition of the novelty dance song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by Ylvis. Among the guests on the album are Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Steel Panther’s Michael Starr, who both contribute vocals to “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”. Elsewhere, such musicians as Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg, Slayer’s Gary Holt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and others appear on the album. Posehn’s cover of “Take on Me” turns the ’80s synth-pop classic into an extreme metal track, complete with guttural vocals. The song features guest appearances from Testament’s Chuck Billy, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza, and late Huntress singer Jill Janus. “I honestly feel that every good song would be better if it were heavy metal,” […]