Maybe I've just been spending too much time in the Phoenix newsroom,
but it was hard to sit inside the Garden on Monday night and not let
my mind wander to those holed up around the corner in Dewey Square. And
no, not just because of JAY-Z's recent bout of exploitation in the name of the Roc. Or because of KANYE WEST's recent bout of solidarity (read: opportunity to flash his fronts) on Wall Street.
Well, shit. I don't like mash-ups, and I don't really dig KANYE, but shag me eight ways to Sunday I do love me some M83, especially the instant Jam of 2011, "Midnight City." So all things considered I'm feeling the fuck out of this beast from the mad lab of Chicago duo THE WHITE PANDA, taking Anthony Gonzalez electronic masterpiece and letting 'Ye do his "Good Life" thing all over it.
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.
If Kanye West's ego gets any bigger it's going to need its own Twitter account. Seriously. K Dub's legendary hubris is so out of control that he now thinks that he can turn a video into an oil painting. Just by proclaiming it so. (Insert your water-into-wine joke of choice here.)
Thus, his newest video for "Power", which he's been plugging for days on his Twitter account as the "The Portrait of Power."
This weekend, most of us went to see Where the Wild Things Are and went "Damn, that's awesome."
And then there's that other guy. Kanye West went to see Where the Wild Things Are this weekend and went, "Damn, that's awesome. I should totally leak that fucked-up unreleased 11-minute short film I did with Spike Jonze."
It's all here: the self-righteous celebrity outrage, the half-apologetic apology, the instant "Kanye West Is A Bitch" t-shirt. You know it's a Cultural Moment when Larry King weighs in. And you know it's time to call the emergency PR specialist when Shawne "I swear I didn't hit Tila Tequila" Merriman weighs in with a "WTF?"
We take one lousy long weekend, and then apparently everyone decided yesterday was going to be "premiere your new stuff" day. Sheesh...
Sonic Youth, "Sacred Trixter" (mp3)"Sacred Trixster" appeared on Matador's blog yesterday, and it's quite awesome. It's a fairly straightforward punk song sung by Kim Gordon, bolstered by new bassist Mark Ibold.
We cannot claim to have watched the whole thing as of now, but last night's South Park somehow involved Kanye West coming out as a gay fish and singing a ichthyological version of "Heartless" to celebrate said fact. You can watch the entire episode here.
Of course, Kanye West being notoriously thin-skinned and prone to somewhat unintentionally hilarious outbursts over all slights both real and perceived, many people were just as excited about Yeezy's response as they were about the episode itself.