Last night, Dev Hynes opened for Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The two have been working together quite a bit recently: Hynes also did a Blood Orange set at the Tyranny album release show at Shea Stadium and they had a long talk with each other on Hynes’ radio show a few months back. During last night’s concert, Hynes came out on stage during the Voidz set and performed the Strokes’ track “You Only Live Once” with the band. Watch video of that below.
Chris Rock’s new film Top Five — which was produced by Kanye and Jay Z — hits theaters next month. Questlove served as the movie’s music producer, and The New York Times sat down for a talk with both of them behind the scenes of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. They had a fascinating conversation: Questlove recalls a recent experience when he was hired to DJ a black bar mitzvah and was unprepared (“I had nothing but 5 Seconds of Summer and Taylor Swift, and I had to scrap everything and get clean Nicki, clean Wayne, clean Drake,” he says), they discuss their relationship with their fathers in relation to Joe Jackson, and talk about whether or not black films like Top Five can be made within the current studio system anymore. (Top Five was made independently and picked up by Paramount after a good run at the Toronto Film Festival.) Read the whole talk here — it’s well worth it.
Mudhoney have been around for over two decades and released nine albums, but that doesn’t mean the whole band can (or wants to) quit their day jobs. Bassist Guy Maddison — who has been with the band since 2001 — works as a registered nurse and splits his time between that and playing with the band. In a new interview with University Of Washington’s NewsBeat publication, he sheds some light on how he juggles his two jobs. “For me, music is more of an area of fun and entertainment,” he explains. “Nursing fills a different space; it is a career. My time in Mudhoney is a very extensive and elaborate hobby. I think the other guys would say the same thing.”
(Most of) Wu-Tang Clan performed on Letterman last night and they’ve followed that up by releasing the title track from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow. The track samples the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Teddy Pendergrass collaboration “Wake Up Everybody.” It follows a long string of singles that have included “Ron O’Neal,” “Ruckus In B Minor,” and “Necklace.” Listen below.
Kid Rock — alleged possessor of glass dildos, singer of songs — will release his tenth album, First Kiss, early next year. In advance of the new record, Rolling Stone sat down with the aging rocker to get a preview. And he’s angry about a lot of things! First off, he admits that his 2012 album Rebel Soul was bad — “I didn’t spend enough time on it at all,” he says — but insists that the new album contains one of the best songs he’s ever written. Kid Rock also describes a few specific tracks on the album. One, called “Good Times And Cheap Wine,” targets “Coldplay, Coachella, social media, and hipsters.” Seriously. “I’m fucking old,” Rock explains. “I’m not going to fit in, I’m fucking fine with that, I don’t fucking understand the Internet or Coachella or any shit. And I just can’t fucking try to pretend like I know. I like good times, cheap wine and back-beat rock & roll.” Another one is called “Ain’t Enough Whiskey” and on the song, Rock takes aim at politicians who “talk about taking my guns away.” Rock bravely states, “It’s not going to be considered politically correct. But it says what’s going on.” Sounds fascinating! First Kiss is out 2/24.
In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their 1993 debut Pablo Honey, AKA the Radiohead Album That Never Actually Happened. Much like Blur’s Leisure, Radiohead was a band that began with derivative, comparatively uninspiring music that would evolve into something much grander, much more exciting, much better. Unlike Blur, Radiohead released “Creep,” a song whose shadow would linger throughout their career, despite the fact that by now they’ve distanced themselves very far from Pablo Honey, both musically and in the their ethos. (Some people still go to Radiohead shows expecting to hear it which, at this point, is simply confounding.)
Creed were one of the most successful bands of my lifetime, but frontman Scott Stapp is not enjoying a life of luxury these days. Stapp announced today in a video titled Public Statement #1 posted on Creed’s Facebook page and his personal account that he is “completely penniless” after the IRS froze his bank accounts. (Separately he states that someone has accessed his account online, changed his password, and cleaned out his savings.) He’s staying at a Holiday Inn after sleeping in his truck for two weeks. He mentions that a personal audit revealed that money had been stolen and royalty payments had not come through. He alludes to rumors that he’s back on drugs and says they’re false, and he repeatedly refers to his Christian faith as a basis for forgiving his accusers. He apologizes to his kids for embarrassing them with his prior alcoholism and says his wife is trying to get him committed. He also mentions the crisis in Ferguson, as you can see in this excerpt from the end of the video:
Tom Vek has remixed “Brooklyn Baby,” Lana Del Rey’s song poking fun at NYC hipsters. The reclusive, self-taught producer and musician has also released remixes of Bombay Bicycle Club, De Lux, and plenty others, always adding some new flare to the original song. Here he’s given the formerly somber, expansive “Brooklyn Baby” new life with a dance-pop feel and a melodic keyboard interlude. Listen.