For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »
Gorillaz have announced a new documentary film, “Gorillaz: Reject False Icons.” Directed by Denholm Hewlett, the film will appear in theaters worldwide for one night only on Monday, Dec. 16.
The documentary will be released in partnership with Gorillaz Productions, Eleven, Trafalgar Releasing, and Warner Music Entertainment. Reject False Icons will focus on the making of the band’s fifth studio album Humanz and sixth studio album The Now Now and their respective touring. According to the press release, the film also features appearances from artists Vince Staples, PUSHA T, Jehnny Beth, Danny Brown, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Noel Gallagher, and more.
The Grammy award-winning virtual band partnered with Levi’s earlier this year on a customizable apparel line that starred an exclusive library of co-creator Jamie Hewlett’s art. The collaboration also follows Gorillaz’s partnership with G-Shock on a watch line.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 27 here.
Last month, Danny Brown released his excellent new album uknowhatimsayin¿, which he made with executive producer Q-Tip. And last night, Brown was the musical guest on The Tonight Show. The obvious thing for Brown to do would’ve been a performance with the Roots. It would’ve made sense. Brown and the Roots come from … More »
“Ain’t no next life, so now I’m tryna live my best life.” So goes the hook from “Best Life,” Danny Brown’s philosophical materialist anthem from the recent uknowhatimsayin¿ Like lead single “Dirty Laundry,” it’s produced by Q-Tip. And like “Dirty Laundry,” it now has a music video. More »
“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
The Cave, the regular YouTube show from the great rap producer Kenny Beats, might be the rap album of the year. Every couple of weeks, Kenny invites a different rapper to the studio, makes a custom beat according to their specifications, and then has them freestyle over it. More »
@xdannyxbrownx just got my wisdom teeth pulled but as soon as I heal I’d love to sing on one of your tracks 👁
— Angel Olsen (@AngelOlsen) April 14, 2017
❤️❤️❤️❤️ Deal!!! https://t.co/YR1RlC33g2
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) April 14, 2017
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The 1979 cult documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s is an image of a dark place at a crucial cultural point. The movie is about the kids in the bombed-out wasteland of the South Bronx — the gangs like the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads, people who looked like The Warriors but in real life. More »