Archive for August, 2010



Weezer’s New Album Art, Title and Lead Single

I’ve had a rocky ride with Weezer for the past 15 years or so. The thrilling highs, the befuddling lows, and their uncanny ability to do the very thing you least expect them to do at every turn.

Well, they have topped themselves AGAIN, which is staggering after the dog-jumping-across-the-living-room cover of Raditude, and the fact that Rainn Wilson named their last album, and that he named it Raditude, and that Lil Wayne was on the album in a song that Jermaine Dupri co-wrote. Forget all that. The new album is called Hurley (you know, the guy from LOST?), and the album cover is a big, glorious photo of actor Jorge Garcia’s face.

If that’s not mind-boggling enough for you, the lead single, “Memories”, is actually pretty satisfying. Loud, sloppy guitars, scratchy, shouted, emoted vocals, and a searing synthy hook that hearkens back to early b-side “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly.”

You never know what awaits you just around the corner with Weezer, but for now, rejoice in the fact that all the news is great news.

Listen to “Memories” at Stereogum

-Jack

Rewatch Kanye’s First Ustream Broadcast

Did you, like me, miss Kanye West’s first ever ustream broadcast because you were at work? Well, watch it here, now! If you’re like me, you’re still wired from drinking purple Nos and grape vodka out of a goblet, so you are totally ready to watch the whole thing before going to sleep. Let’s sit down and have a look.

Watch Kanye’s first ustream

-Jack

Kanye West: Portrait of Power

Incase you missed this earlier today (what, are you not following Kanye’s tweets?), get on it. Get your mind blown. Kanye insists it’s not a music video, but a moving painting, and you know what? He’s right.

Watch Kanye West’s Portrait of Power

-Jack

Mad Decent: PO PO Summer 2010 Mix

Are you crying yourself to sleep because the summer is basically OVER? (Don’t feel bad, we are too)

Well, Diplo is trying to make you feel better. He just posted a link to this summerific mix at the Mad Decent bandcamp on his twitter. It’ll remind you that, hey, we’ve still got August. Let’s make it last!

Download or stream the PO PO Summer 2010 Mix

-Jack

Wale: More About Nothing Mixtape

Did you love Wale’s Seinfeld Themed Mixtape About Nothing? Well, whatever you thought about Wale’s official debut LP, Attention Deficit, DC’s own is giving the people what they want (Seinfeld mixtapes) on More About Nothing. The mixtape just dropped, and The Fader has the link. I haven’t given it a listen, so let’s explore it together, shall we?

Download More About Nothing via The Fader

-Jack

Nicki Minaj Talks to Stuffed Animals, Announces Album Title (Pink Friday)

You heard it first if you were watching Nicki’s live broadcast on ustream. Since her album is dropping the week of “Black Friday”, she will be naming the album (and renaming the day itself, apparently) “Pink Friday”.

She announced the title seconds before switching off the camera, but before the announcement came countless phonecalls to fans, and the added bonus of seeing Nicki talk to and personify two stuffed monkeys. It’s a brave new world out there, folks. Countdown to Pink Friday.

-Jack

Nicki Minaj Live on Ustream Tomorrow

Nicki Minaj just hit 1,000,000+ followers on Twitter. Ya know, like, no big deal, right?

Well, as a treat to her fans, she’ll be on ustream tomorrow night at 6pm Eastern to announce the title of her upcoming debut album and more! And what might these mysterious “surprises” be?:

“Thx 4 understanding. Let’s do tmrw @ 6pm EST to be fair to the UK ok u guys? Plus, I’ll have more time to plan ur fetch surprises!” – Nicki Minaj

Follow her on Twitter for the latest updates on the streaming event – don’t miss it!

-Jack

Photo via @NICKIMINAJ on Twitter