Lady Gaga has unveiled a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.
A song by the pair was due to feature on the Lamar’s debut studio LP ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’, however Gaga last month confirmed that she wasn’t able to submit her vocals on time for the album’s deadline.
Writing on her social network littlemonsters.com, she put: “When I collaborate with an artist I work solely with them, not with their camps or management. Its purely organic and creative. I love Kendrick dearly as a friend, but was not willing to compromise musically to the changes his team was making to my music.”
“This is why I am not [on] his record. I have a very specific vision as a producer and songwriter, and I always have. That song will be released at a different time, for a different project. I love you, and think you should check out his stuff because he is truly great. He’s a good kid, its just sometimes a mad city.”
Gaga has now unveiled a mix of the track that features her on vocals.
Okay, can we vote on Nicki Minaj once and for all? Hate or love?
After a news year fraught with trumped-up drama, Nicki Minaj is making a point to clear the air and reinvent herself in a more flattering image. In last night’s first episode of Nicki Minaj: My Truth, her new three-part reality special on E!, the Pink One confronts heinous gossip blogger Perez Hilton about his love of beef (he’s been having a field day with her supposed spat with fellow American Idol host Mariah Carey). And in her just-leaked song “Freedom,” no doubt aiming to give listeners a new framework by which to view her outsize good deeds, she compares herself to Jesus Christ in the opening line. Also, despite having a reality show spinoff of her talent-judging spinoff of her actual music career, she laments all of the attention she’s getting and poses the timeless philosophical query, “Do I really want this fame?” Spoken like a true martyr.
I happened upon Yellow Ostrich last summer by random, and their last album became a quick favorite for those “riding my bike around the neighborhood with not shit to do” days. So I’m super excited for the release of their upcoming EP, due out later this month. Today, Stereogum has a teaser of the album, a new song entitled “Ghost”.
David Byrne and St. Vincent have collaborated on a new album. Love This Giant, which even draws in Antibalas and The Dap-Kings for a track. While the record won’t be available for another week, NPR is currently streaming Love This Giant in its entirety. Click here to check out the album on the NPR site.
Considering the depth of my adoration of this dude, I think I could a pretty good job of not blowing up your faces with Bon Iver posts. But this project sound super swell.
The Silver Lake Chorus, a 25-member Los Angeles vocal group, will be releasing their Wreckage EP this fall. The EP features new songs by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman that were written exclusively for the group.
The choir will be self-releasing the EP on Sept. 18, which was produced by Ben Lee. According to Pitchfork, a future album from them will include original songs by Tegan and Sara, Of Montreal, Aimee Mann, The Bird and the Bee, and Sia.
You can listen to the first cut from the EP, Justin Vernon’s “From the Snow Tipped Hills.”
Somedays, the blog gods (or blods, naturally) have such a fine-tuned laser beam of knowing pointed at my brain that I start to get all atwitter with paranoid THE INTERNET IS WATCHING MY THOUGHTS thoughts that make me want to unplug, disconnect, throw my Macbook through the window and read a goddamn book where I know what the characters are going to do instead of the other way around.
Butother days, that terrifying laser beam of all-knowing Internet-ness susses out that I’ve had an old Sondre Lerche song stuck in my head for the last 4 days, and knowing that I love his sweet, little, Norwegian face, but hate reeling the same tune over and over, the blods compromise with me: same great guy, totally new (old) song.
To the point: Norwegian songwriter Sondre Lerche (who truly has been taking up residence in my brain for days now) just released a previously unheard track called “Boxing Day” that he recorded during the sessions for 2007’sPhantom Punch.
Guillermo Scott Herren is one of those people I always forget to worship and adore as often as I should. His various music projects should be applied to your life daily, like audio moisturizer to protect you against the effects of the life-sucking, dry, brutal, Bieber-filled desert that is most of popular music.
Since I’m too busy watching Kardashian shows to remember important shit like this, thank god this guy regularly pops up with new projects to keep him near the front of my brain, like this newPiano Overloadcompilation.
Read more from CoS and listen to a sample track below:
Without any notice, Guillermo Scott Herren (AKA Prefuse-73) has dropped a compilation of material from his Piano Overlord project. According to XLR8R, Aninha Mission is a 13-track collection of unreleased material that Herren recorded in Barcelona in 2004, and features contributions from Tortoise’s John McEntire and former Battles singer Tyondai Braxton, among others. Below, you can listen to the track “Aninha”; the entire album is available via iTunes.
Aninha Mission Tracklist: 01. Conception 02. Reception 03. I Moved Here 04. Somewhere South 05. Overising 06. Better Things 07. The Last Picture Washed Away 08. Eygtology 09. En Sveno 10. Aninha 11. Untitiled Feat. Cibelle 12. I Moved Here (Reprise) 13. Better Things (Reprise)