Next month TOPS will release will release their new album Picture You Staring, and we’ve already heard a pair of excellent singles with “Sleeptalker” and “Way To Be Loved.” Now you can hear “Outside,” which moves with the same slow burning grace that this band is proving so skilled at generating.
Last summer Forbes released a list of the world’s highest-paid DJs topped off by Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and David Guetta. This year’s list is out, and guess what? It’s topped by Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and (in a third-place tie with Avicii) Tiesto. Harris is pulling in $66 million, more than double his closest competition. Notable movers include Zedd, who’s at #7 after not cracking the list last year, and cake-thrower at large Steve Aoki, who charged up from #11 to #5. Meanwhile, Nyan Cat enthusiast Deadmau5 falls from #5 to #10, and the likes of Armin van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia have fallen off the list entirely. They’re all filthy rich though. Here’s the full list via EDM Tunes:
The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn’t mean it’s made of money. Do you know how much the League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artists for the privilege of playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The League already doesn’t pay its halftime performers, but it’s got a new scheme in mind. The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL reps have narrowed their wish-list of possible Super Bowl performers down to three candidates — Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna — and they’ve reached out to the artists to ask whether they’d be willing to contribute some of their post-Super Bowl tour money to the League, or to make “some other type of financial contribution.”
The Journal also reports that the artists’ reps gave that suggestion “a chilly reception.” If the NFL is really that hard-up for cash, though, I would personally pay $5 to watch Rihanna hit NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with her death-stare for at least 60 seconds.
The Foo Fighters have accepted Zac Brown Band’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and decided to go all out. In their video they recreate the climactic scene from Brian De Palma’s Carrie, with frontman Dave Grohl playing the part of the titular character in a lovely dress. It is shot and edited to mirror the film, and when the Foos aren’t on screen, the action cuts to actual footage from the original. It’s very funny, but two of the three people Grohl calls out to go next — Jack Black and Stephen King — actually already did it. Watch below and send it to John Travolta.
The Unicorns recently reunited to play some shows — their first in a decade — opening for Arcade Fire, and as we reported, those performances have been incredible. Timed with this is a reissue of their sole album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone, which comes with a handful of bonus tracks. We’ve already heard their cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Rocketship,” but now they’ve shared an original song, “Let Me Sleep.” Probably not a surprise, but the song is fantastic. Listen.
Pallbearer don’t sound like Black Sabbath. Or they do, sort of, but only to the extent that early Low sounds like a Phil Spector girl group, or that second-album Bon Iver sounds like Bruce Hornsby. The influence is there, clearly audible, underpinning everything Pallbearer do. But it’s all filtered through waves upon waves of oceanic gloop, melting and warping and refracting that original sound until it’s something entirely different. It’s the Sabbath sound when heard through a couple of different Babelfish filters. If, for instance, Iron Maiden were a sped-up drama-class version of Black Sabbath, then Pallbearer sound something like a DJ Screw remix of Iron Maiden, or like Iron Maiden after they’ve been petrified in black tar for a few thousand years. Pallbearer trade in triumphant leads and instinctive juddering caveman riffage and higher-than-the-sun vocal wails, just like so many metal greats before them. But they don’t use those sonic ingredients to batter or scream. Instead, they fold them on top of each other, layering them up like blankets on a cold night, and slowing them down into psychedelic sludge.
Quit Your Day Job is a series that ran on Stereogum from 2007 to 2013, and in that space, we talked to dozens of indie artists — from Girl Talk to the National to Deerhunter to the Hold Steady — about the work they did when not making music, the things they did to make, y’know, money. Today, we’re bringing back QYDJ … in video form!
The VMAs are coming up this weekend, and the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview is coming out this December, and to cross-promote both events, MTV staged a special episode of the fictional Interview program, featuring Franco as the show’s host, Dave Skylark, Rogen as his useless, hapless producer, and VMA nominees Jason Derulo, Iggy Azalea, and Nicki Minaj as Skylark’s terrorized guests. (It also features a smaller but still notable performance from Ben Schwartz — aka Parks And Rec’s immortal Jean Ralphio — as a crew member.) It’s basically a 20-minute commercial for two things that probably don’t need any additional exposure, but goddamn it’s pretty funny. My favorite part is when the Interview crew assaults Azalea with a barrage of Australian paraphernalia: a stuffed kangaroo, a boomerang, a didgeridoo … If you have 20 minutes to kill, you should watch it, because it’s really good. Stereogum friend Joe Mande, who is a writer on these MTV award shows, is in there, too. Check it out.