Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (possibly the first of many). The song is called "Monster," and it also features verses from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. Vernon is barely recognizable at first listen, but his heavily distorted vocals bookend the track (that is him, right?).
Supposedly the rumors were all over the place at Lollapalooza last weekend, but we didn't hear about it until Stereogum said something: would Kanye's new album feature a guest turn from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver?
Well, now we know. Yes. It will. In a far-reaching interview posted on Pitchfork today, Vernon confirms it all, saying he worked on several tracks, actually, at least one of which seems pretty likely to appear on the formerly-titled-and-now-untitled album, West's fifth, fourth if you pretend 808s and Heartbreaks never happened.
Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David Byrne gathered at Radio City Music Hall to perform, among other things, music from the recent Dark Was the Night compilation, which benefits the Red Hot Organization.
Last night was also Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, so Sharon Jones, who, along with the Dap Kings, were set to close out the night, invited the whole crew up on stage to do "This Land Is Your Land."