Twas the Shut Up, Dude before Christmas when all through the blog not a reader was trolling not even RubJohn. This week D’Angelo messed up our Best Albums Of 2014 list, but his surprise LP doesn’t have to mess up yours: The Gummy Awards will launch next week — sorry for the delay, there was a tech problem — and you’ll all get a last chance to weigh in on the year’s best music. We also have a lot more great features coming to our year-end coverage. Your best and worst comments are below!
iLoveMakonnen has teamed up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Despot for a remix of his track “Down 4 So Long,” which was released as a one-off earlier this year. Both Koenig and Despot contribute verses surrounded by Makonnen’s hook — Koenig shouts out the “Shmoney Dance” and Monaco on his. The track was released as part of Red Bull’s 20 Before 15, and is the final song to be released in the series, which has featured tracks from Jessie Ware, Skrillex, and Lil Herb & Earl Sweatshirt. It was recorded at Red Bull Sounds Studios in New York. Listen below.
Nicki Minaj has shared a narrative short film to accompany her new album. The Pinkprint Movie is separated into three acts that correspond with songs from the record: “The Crying Game,” “Grand Piano,” and “I Lied.” “All Things Go” plays over the opening credits. Executive producers include Minaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman, and music video director Nabil. It was directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini, and stars Minaj, Willy Monfret, and Boris Kodjoe. Watch below.
Where did Claire Boucher get the name Grimes from? In an interview with The Guardian in 2012, she said that that “it’s a secret and I’m never going to tell because it’s actually really embarrassing,” and then ended up telling the reporter that she named herself after artist Ken Grimes. Turns out she was lying — she took to Twitter today to clarify the origins of her moniker and set the record straight:
Darlene Love has been singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s late-night shows for almost 30 years. She originally recorded the track for Phil Spector’s 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You, first performed the track for Letterman in 1986, and she’s done it during the holidays without fail ever since. Last night, with Letterman retiring in a few months, she performed it for the last time. Love told The New York Times that she wouldn’t sing it for any other talk show hosts after him, so you can watch the final late-night rendition of her Christmas classic below.
Madonna responded to the massive leak of her unfinished demos by announcing a new album, Rebel Heart, and sharing six new tracks, which are all available to download and stream now. “I was hoping to release my new single ’Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” she wrote in a statement on her website. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.” Rebel Heart is scheduled for release on March 10th. The new songs include “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which features Nicki Minaj and sounds a lot like the rumored collaboration between her, Diplo, and SOPHIE. Additional tracks also feature production from Kanye West. Listen to all of them below.
Following the announcement that Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s 1970s music industry drama was given the go-ahead at HBO, news has trickled out that David Fincher is also working on a music biz series. The Gone Girl director is currently prepping a half-hour comedy pilot called Living On Video, according to Deadline. The series is set in 1983 in Los Angeles during the advent of the music video industry, which Fincher himself was a part of, directing videos for Madonna, Paula Abdul, and the Rolling Stones. He developed the idea with Rich Wilkes and Bob Stevenson, who wrote the script. Preliminary casting is underway, but the pilot hasn’t gotten a greenlight from the network yet.
Since 2008, an obsessive and extremely dedicated Nine Inch Nails fan has been collecting the band’s live audio from a massive pool of sources in order to create a free online database of fan recordings titled “Reflecting In The Chrome: A NIN Recording Archive.” The drive has gone through several evolutions, some of which the collector Ryan calls “messy,” but this latest iteration is the highest-quality group of tracks so far — and it’s finally being made available to the public. There is a way of downloading the entire drive, which you supposedly need 750 GB of free space to store, or you can mail a harddrive to Ryan and he will mail it back to you with the archive stored on it. Ryan hopes to eventually include fan-shot video on the site as well. The torrent and details about the project can be found here.