Entries tagged with: Kanye West
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Yeah we all totally know who those people are." - Chelsey Broussard
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Arcade Fire just won "Album of the Year" at the Grammys. WEIRD.
P.S. The Black Keys won best alt-album.
by Ryan Barkan
Super Bowl XLV (45): Dallas Cowboys vs...oh wait....The Green Bay Packers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas' brand new, state of the art, big ass stadium. The Packers won, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to small town America and less sales back to Wiz Khalifa. I wonder if Jerry Jones was faking all of those smiles? Enough of the sports talk. This feature is the return of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post.
The real winner tonight - Detroit. A town that has been down on its luck, due for something inspiring to happen. Well here you go. Laura R. Charron tweeted that "#Detroit area agrees that #Chrysler200 had THE BEST commercial." Decide for yourself:
"Yes, he sleeps on fur pillows, searches for marble conference tables on eBay, and has opinions about credenzas (whatever those are), but let no one say that in 2010, Kanye West's proletarian dreams weren't equally peculiar and rich. In a year of economic suffering and disastrous unemployment rates, West interrupted his own wealthy anomie to pen "All of the Lights," an incongruously star-stuffed song about a disoriented parolee trying to beat a restraining order and see his daughter, working out a brief reunion with her estranged mother: "Public visitation, we met at Borders." Shortly thereafter, the bookstore declared a real-life liquidity crisis and delayed payments to vendors, who in turn stopped sending the store books; bankruptcy proceedings may even now be pending." [Village Voice]Cee Lo Green won best single. Full results of this year's critics poll at the Village Voice.
Gucci Mane at the last (?) Pool Party (more by Chris Doss)
Rapper Gucci Mane has been ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, following an Atlanta court appearance on a charge he violated terms of his probation. Radric Davis, the rapper's real name, appeared before Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger on Monday. Davis' attorney, Michael Holmes, filed a special plea of mental incompetency on behalf of Davis, who has battled drug problems in the past. The rapper was sent to Anchor Hospital, a 111-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment facility in Atlanta. Records show Davis has been in the Fulton County Jail at least five times since 2005 on drug, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. His court appearance stemmed from a November altercation. [AP]It also hasn't been the greatest of days for Gucci Mane's protege Wacka Flocka Flame, who surrendered to the police in connection with drugs and weapons charges. Wacka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" currently sits at #4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart.
Also coming up at BB King's: Ice Cube.
SOB's hosts Joe Budden on on January 23rd.
Those on the West Coast can catch Joe, along with Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9" on Saturday, April 2, 2011, as Slaughterhouse have been added to the the sixth annual Paid Dues Festival along with Black Star, Immortal Technique and Murs. Slaughterhouse will drop a six song EP on E1 next month.
And last but not least, two humourous Kanye West-related videos are making the rounds, and you can watch both of them, below...
MIA at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Chris Gersbeck)
M.I.A. released ("leaked") a new mixtape at 7pm EST on New Year's Eve. It features b-sides and rarities and is called Vicki Leekx. The nineteen song mix (which is actually a single track) features production from M.I.A., Danja, Munchi, Diplo, Blaqstarr, Switch, Rusko, Sugu Arulpragasam and So Japan.. Download it for the price of an email address.
Vicki Leekx (rhymes with Wiki Leaks) is the follow-up to 2010's / \ / \ / \ Y / \, which was recently awarded 5th "Most Underrated Album" of 2010 in the Pitchfork Readers Poll. MGMT were #1 on that list. MGMT were also #14 on the list of "Most Overrated" artists, and they have a new release this week too. Daytrotter released a live session by them today.
You can probably guess who got #1 on the "Most Overrated" list. Both Pitchfork lists in full and the VICKYLEEKX track list, below...
And the winner is... (obviously) Kanye West. Pitchfork posted their annual much-talked-about list of the best albums of 2010. Much like Rolling Stone, SPIN and others, Kanye's new album topped the list. Pitchfork's recipient for best song of the year, Ariel Pink, landed the 9th best album. Wavves, who they dissed pretty hard in 2009, was given the #50 spot this year (Best Coast got #39). Metal was represented by Kylesa at #44 (BBG's #21). You can scan the whole list below...
Both Rolling Stone and Spin Magazines have released their top LPs of the year. Guess who tops them both? Full lists below....
Cam, Jimmy, and Julez of Dipset at Hammerstein (via)
[For] ...the Diplomats -- Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey -- ...this was the reunion show [for a crew]... torn asunder a few years ago by petty animus and financial accusations back and forth, survivors of arrests and family struggles, but now brought back together for another chance at harmony, if not quite world domination.Yes, the New York Times was in attendance when The Diplomats staged their triumphant reunion at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, 11/26, the day after Thanksgiving. In addition to the core quartet of Jones, Santana, Zekey, and Killa Cam, Hammerstein's stage was blessed by the requisite surprise appearances from Dipset crew members Hell Rell, 40 Cal, and JR Writer in addition to an appearance from Black Rob (he of "Whoa" fame, who also appeared at the Duck Down Anniversary). The Dipset crew reportedly covered upwards of 50 songs over the evening (snippet or otherwise).
For the last decade, the Diplomats have been synonymous with Harlem -- even if some of its members have moved elsewhere. In an era in which New York is decreasingly central to hip-hop's landscape, as a group and as solo acts they have been regionalist holdouts, sticking close to the stylistically flamboyant street rap pioneered by Cam'ron and tweaked by the rest.
At almost three hours this rapturously received concert, sponsored by the hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), was a tribute to the persistent power of geographic mythology. Every summer Hot 97 hosts the giant Summer Jam concert, in which the Diplomats, local heroes infiltrating what is effectively a national stage, tend to get short shrift. This raucous night was the group's own Summer Jam, full of hits and obscurities and split into five parts: first, an opening group set; then three solo sets, by Jim Jones, then Juelz Santana, then Cam'ron; then everyone reunited to close the show. -[New York Times]
If you missed Juelz at Hammerstein on 11/26, maybe you caught him at Hammerstein.... on 11/25. Santana made a surprise appearance at the Fabolous/Nicki Minaj show alongside another not-so-surprise performer, Kanye West who "played" the Thanksgiving Parade earlier that day and a show with the help pf Nicki at Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier. Santana appeared with Fab for "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" while West again appeared with Minaj for "Monster" from his new album.
Videos from both Hammerstein shows below...
today in NYC
* Keiku Matsui @ Blue Note
* Nicki Minaj @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Arlo Guthrie, Gladys Knight, India Arie, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Kylie Minogue, Macy Gray, Kool Aid Man, Kanye West & more @ The Thanksgiving Day Parade
SuperVegan lists where to eat today.
Kanye West is supposedly playing a Justin Vernon song in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but unfortunately, though Justin did come to town to play his parts at the Bowery show, he didn't stick around long enough to make an encore appearance.
UPDATE: A video of Kanye's "performance" in the parade, waving people dressed as the Statue of Liberty included, below...
AM NY: Because of your solo career, Junip has had to take many breaks over the years. Was there any time you thought that a hiatus might be permanent?today in NYC
Jose Gonzalez: I think we weren't dramatic enough to call it quits. Once in a while we talked about getting together and giv[ing] the band a proper try, so I guess we felt that it would happen someday.
AM NY: You create your songs through group improvisation. Do you have a great "aha! Moment" when you you've hit on something?
Jose Gonzalez: When we improvise we do get aha! moments all the time and that's when we start recording. But it's only afterwards that we realize if it's crap or gold. We have a lot of gigabytes of crap. We continue working on the sketches and at the last minute I write the lyrics at home.
AM NY: What made you decide to write lyrics in English as opposed to Swedish?
Jose Gonzalez: When I started to write when I was 14, I just what everyone else did. It's very common for Swedish bands to sing in English. Swedish felt too direct while English was more enigmatic, but now that aspect is gone since we're touring mainly in English-speaking countries. So now it's only because of habit -- we'll see what I'll write in the future.
AM NY: On the website, you guys discuss each track from the album in detail, but some musicians are reluctant to share that process. What made you open to it?
Jose Gonzalez: I think it depends on what you're saying about each track. With lyrics I like some sense of mystery, that's why I usually don't explain in detail what I mean. But if you're talking about anecdotes of the recording sessions or some nerdy facts about our sound then it doesn't matter at all.
* Bruxos @ Barbes
* Jen Shyu @ Barbes
* Bob Dylan @ Terminal 5
* Ken Filiano @ The Stone
* Gino Sitson @ The Stone
* Chrisette Michele @ BB Kings
* Ryan Francesconi @ Sycamore
* Paul Oakenfold @ Roseland Ballroom
* Junip, Lost in the Trees @ Irving Plaza
* Mucky Pup & Murphy's Law @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Mussels, The Zoobombs, Hard Nips @ The Rock Shop
* Kidding on the Square, Bocat, Daniel Wayne @ Southpaw
* Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Bowery Ballroom
* Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Viva L'american Death Ray Machine, DJ Inspektor Strawberry Soda Pop @ Zebulon
* Grimace Federation, Jason Fraticelli & The Wet Dreams, Caveman, Becca Schack @ Mercury Lounge
* Twin Shadow (DJ set), Computer Magic, Hooray For Earth, The Vandelles, Paul and the Patients @ Pianos
Ray Davies is no longer playing the Beacon tonight.
SuperVegan lists where to eat on Thanksgiving.
"Great show. Though, totally unnecessary 3+ hour wait to get in." - Anonymous
Nicki Minaj & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Questlove)
Kanye West played his entire new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from start to finish, followed by a four song encore Tuesday night at the intimate Bowery Ballroom in NYC where Kanye literally brought in "all of the lights" (there were lots of lights). The show started with people who weren't Diddy (he walked right in) waiting on a long line. The show ended with Kanye going on a rant about racism, George Bush, Taylor Swift, the Today Show, etc. Audio of that final portion can be streamed below.
Album guest stars Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z and RZA were nowhere to be found, but Terena Taylor, Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who might appear again with Kanye in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (who plays Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving), Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (whose friend Questlove was in the balcony taking pictures) all performed at the show that started around 12:40am and was was over by around 2:15. Full setlist, videos and that audio below...
"Dear New York and Me, we won't forget this will we? Oh shit." - J Vern, 5pm EST
Justin Vernon @ MHOW in January (more by Paul Birman)
This Thursday, while the rest of us are pounding down turkey, Mr. West will be performing on a float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parade reps tell MTV News that the rapper, whose new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released on Monday, is set to perform "Lost in the World"--a somber track that features Bon Iver--during the parade. There's been no announcement as to whether falsetto-voiced Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will be joining West, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.Kanye West (and Justin Vernon?) play Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Kanye will travel along the parade route on the New York Daily News Big Apple float. "The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and of course Macy's Herald Square, share the landscape with New York's signature taxi cabs and subway stations on the New York Daily News Big Apple float," the reps said. "With a giant, 30-foot inflatable apple at its core, the float perfectly represents the frenzied and bustling city." [MySpace]
Joanna Newsom @ Bowery Ballroom in 2004 (more)
today in NYC
* Bob Dylan @ Terminal 5
* Marc Ribot @ The Stone
* Nat Baldwin @ Sycamore
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Steve Martin @ Barnes & Noble
* Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom
* Joanna Newsom @ Carnegie Hall
* Delta Spirit, Darker My Love, The Fling @ Webster Hall
* MC Chris, MC Lars, Schaffer The Darklord @ Knitting Factory
* Matthew Dear, GAMES, Noveller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lloyd Banks, Theo Martins, Homeboy Sandman @ Best Buy Theater
* Diamond Doves, Vandaveer, The Nico Blues, Open Road Love Affair @ Glasslands
* Hey Battlefield, My Cousin The Emperor, Robbers On High Street @ Bowery Electric
* Manawi Thorn, Ice Machine & Swift, Bridge Farmers, Fake Hooker @ Death By Audio
* Walter Schriefels, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Palomar, Melody Lane All-Stars @ Rock Shop
Luckily for Kanye West, Idlewild and The Happy Hollows cancelled their show at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
New Sufjan Stevens video below...
"Kanye reacts to getting a 10.0" (pic by Hipster Runoff)
As I retweeted earlier Monday night, TEYANA M.J. TAYLOR (who is "all over his new album") spilled the beans. "Just got to rehersals for my performance with mr Ye West tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom 2morr. Dark Fantasy Baby!!!," she wrote. She since followed it up with a retweet of her own too. "At rehearsals with @TEYANATAYLOR & @KANYEWEST for their show tomorrow. They both just sat here and made another hit too..smh GENIUS," said Mo-Barz. And if rumors are true, it will be a full album performance of his (perfect?) new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. How does one get in?
That I have no idea (at the moment anyway). UPDATE: There are tickets.
To be clear, Kanye West is not Michael Jackson. As he told MTV last month, "I do have a goal in this lifetime to be the greatest artist of all time, [but] that's very difficult being that I can't dance or sing." He ended the thought with a laugh, but you get the impression he's not kidding. Unlike Michael, he's not interested in scrubbing away bits of himself-- his blackness, his candidness-- to appease the masses. And while Jackson's own twisted fantasies of paranoia and betrayal eventually consumed him whole, West is still aware of his illusions, though that mindfulness becomes increasingly unmoored with each newspaper-splashing controversy. The balance is tenuous, but right now it's working to his advantage. On Twisted Fantasy, Kanye is crazy enough to truly believe he's the greatest out there. And, about a decade into his career, the hardworking perfectionist has gained the talent on the mic and in the control room to make a startlingly strong case for just that.PREVIOUSLY: NY Times says Kanye West 'seems virtually incapable of making a bad album'
[Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, Best New Music]
"...On Monday West, who is 33, will release his fifth album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), and it's terrific -- of course it's terrific -- a startlingly maximalist take on East Coast rap traditionalism. And yet that doesn't matter nearly as much as it should, at least partly because of West's insistence on his own greatness. By not allowing for responses to his work other than awe, the value of the work itself is diminished; it becomes an object of admiration, not of study. Instead the focus is on the whole of West's persona and character, which is more fractured and subject to a far wider range of responses. The result is that West becomes a polarizing public figure who happens to be the most artful pop musician of the day, not the other way around."Runaway" video below...
Nevertheless, West seems virtually incapable of making a bad record. He's committed to pop, and he's savvy and talented enough to make it great, every time. What's more, for him to make something other than a universally accepted smash would be a thing that his ego couldn't bear. Every Kanye West album, until the cancer of the world around him begins to encroach on the parts of his cerebral cortex that control his musical ear, will be excellent and huge. He'll never have an idiosyncratic period.
Even at his most extreme, West isn't an experimenter. His music is ornate, ostentatious, curious and vivacious. But risky? No. All of his fiddling is within recognized formulas. A producer as well as a rapper, West controls all of the major elements of his songs, unlike other artists who have to rely on their taste (or their record label's taste) in outside producers or songwriters.
To work on this album he retreated to Hawaii, as he did during the making of his previous album. And West's gravitational pull is such that he can import talent. Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nicki Minaj -- they all made the trip to make music that will appear on the album. The spooky indie folky Justin Vernon from Bon Iver spoke of smoking marijuana with Rick Ross on one of his three sojourns to Hawaii to work with West, about as surreal a tableau as has been created in the making of any pop album this year." [JON CARAMANICA, Sunday New York Times]
Kanye West recently responded on the Today show to George Bush's reaction to West's infamous "George Bush hates black people" tirade on national television in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. View his response below. And as Matt points out at the end of the video, Kanye is set to play a live show outside the Today Show, on the plaza, on November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving) (if he doesn't cancel).
UPDATE: he's cancelling
In happier news for Mr. West (whose recent stunts include rapping on a Delta flight), his new LP My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will hit store shelves on November 22nd (though yes, it has already leaked). Featuring appearances from Jay-Z, Raekwon, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and even Bon Iver, the 13 track LP comes with five different album covers.
Kanye isn't afraid to return the favor either, as he appears on Kid Cudi's spankin' new LP, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (out now) (NME gave it a 9/10, Rolling Stone gave it 2.5/5 stars, Pitchfork hasn't reviewed it yet though they did give Cee Lo's new one a 7.3 today). Kanye joins a list of collaborators that includes Cee-Lo Green (who plays a NYC show Saturday), Mary J. Blige, GLC, Cage and St. Vincent, the latter two of which appeared on his latest single "Maniac". Both Cage and St. Vincent appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Kid Cudi on 11/3, and you can check out video of that performance below too...
photos by Brook Bobbins
"Last night at BK Bowl. Stuff of legends. Kanye x DipSet x GZA x Donnis x CyHi x The Suzan x Treasure Fingers x Kindgom. FOOOOOL'S GOOOOOLD!" - Chromeo
"It was a rumor the whole night-- first a whisper, then a text, then a Tweet, then a blog post. It seemed too improbable to be true. Kanye West performing at Williamsburg's 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl?! No way. But then, around 2 a.m., the man showed up on Pitchfork's #Offline Festival stage with his Horus chain and pyramid ring to celebrate the third anniversary of his friend and collaborator A-Trak's Fool's Gold imprint. He would go onto perform an all-killer five-song set of nothing but 2010 Internet smashes: "So Appalled", "Monster", "Devil in a New Dress", "Power", and "Runaway".More pictures and videos from the Scion-sponsored Fool's Gold Anniversary Party that went down at Brooklyn Bowl late Saturday night (10/23), below...
While Kanye was naturally the star of the evening, he was not the only surprise. GZA rolled through after Kanye's set to lead a "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" sing-a-long and do "Liquid Swords" and Chromeo (led by singer Dave 1, who is also A-Trak's brother) stopped by deep in the night. Other performers for the anniversary blowout included G.O.O.D. Music up-and-comer CyHi Da Prynce, Japanese rockers the Suzan, MPC freak araabMUZIK, and Atlanta DJ and producer Treasure Fingers." [Pitchfork]
"Yankee Stadium was #EPIC last night. Performances by JayZ,Drake,Kanye West,Eminem,G-Unit,Dr.Dre,Nicki Minaj,B.O.B & Eminem all on one stage!" -ThisIsChi_JEG
"Apparently a Coldplay concert broke out in the middle of Jay-Z's Yankee Stadium set last night. Can safely say no one saw that coming." -BarthDoesThings
"I've been trying to find a word to explain the Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium show.. I got it.. WOW!!!!!" -DJCK_BROOKLYN
Jay-Z & Chris Martin on stage @ Yankee Stadium
Jay-Z and Eminem tore down Yankee Stadium last night (9/13), the first of TWO shows that the pair of MCs will play in the Bronx. And there were guests... Kanye was present. Chris Martin of Coldplay dropped in. Beyonce had her say. Dr Dre was there. 50 Cent too. Not to mention Drake, Nicky Minaj, D12, B.O.B, Swizz Beatz, Lloyd Banks, and many others.
"The concert lasted well past midnight, and a few thousand in the crowd started to make their way to the exits while Jay-Z was still rapping to beat the after-concert rush. But most stayed behind, sensing what Jay-Z told them. ''This is historic: They ain't never gonna be another night like tonight.''After the show, Jigga, Mrs Hova, and guests headed down to the 40/40 Club for a nightcap.
Well, maybe one more night -- the pair has another show at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday." [NY Times]
The madness continues tonight (9/14) at Yankee Stadium. A bunch of videos and both setlists (with guests listed) from last night, below...
Gayngs member Justin Vernon (more by Drew Kaiser)
Gayngs have slightly updated their tour dates since we last spoke. Glasser will open all of them, and they've confirmed the following live lineup:
Ten of the twenty-plus contributors on the Relayted album will be there, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold. Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple will all be there too!Gayngs played their first show, "The Last Prom on Earth", in Minneapolis in May. Grab the Chromeoesque live version of "The Gaudy Side Of Town", that was recorded at that show, above. Two studio versions of songs from their debut album Relayted, which was released by Jagjaguwar in May, are up there too. "The Gaudy Side Of Town" video is below with all dates (including two happening in NYC which are still on sale).
Glasser's debut album "Ring" will be released by Matador/True Panther on September 28th. Check out "Home" from that album above.
And speaking of Bon Iver,
"The rumors are true. And then some. Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon laid vocals down on "at least 10 songs" during three separate week-long trips to record with Kanye West in Hawaii earlier this year. While it's unclear how many of those tunes will actually make Kanye's forthcoming record-- due November 16-- at least one, "Lost in the World", seems to be a lock. In fact, the track-- which features newly recorded vocals by Vernon as well as a prominent sample of his Auto-Tuned song "Woods"-- could very well be the as-yet-untitled album's next single, according to a Kanye Ustream broadcast that aired last week.Kanye played a private show with John Legend in NYC last week
All this news comes courtesy of Vernon himself, who excitedly chatted with us about the collaboration yesterday. Talking about "Lost in the World", Vernon said, "We were just eating breakfast and listening to it and Kanye's like, 'Fuck, this is going to be the festival closer.' I was like, 'Yeah, cool.' It kind of freaked me out." Along with West, Vernon met and worked with Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Rick Ross while in Hawaii. He said, "I was literally in the back room rolling a spliff with Rick Ross talking about what to do on the next part of a song. It was astonishing."" [Pitchfork]
BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini, like he did for WAVVES, spoke to Gayngs ringleader Ryan Olson backstage at Lollapalooza. Gayngs didn't play the festival, but Ryan was hanging out (he DJ'd an afterparty). Check out that video with the other video and all dates, and a NSFW Gayngs picture, below...
Kanye West at The Box last night
Kanye West popped into the 200 capacity club The Box on the LES last night for a 1:30 AM surprise set:
An e-mail went out to a select group late Thursday evening, alerting recipients that West and John Legend would be holding a function. If not quite a black-tie affair, the invite asked guests to be suited and booted. No exceptions. Also noted in the message was a phone number to call to learn the address of the venue, which was Manhattan's Chrystie Street club, the Box. The stage set-up was pretty simple: a baby grand piano at which Legend sat, two microphones (one just for Auto-Tune), an 808 beat machine and a keyboard. -[MTV]The fully-suited Mr. West crooned through favorites like "Homecoming", "Flashing Lights", "Heard 'Em Say", "Love Lockdown", "Power," "Good Life", and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and even ventured into new territory like "Moma's Boyfriend", an unheard Billy-Joel's-"Moving Out"-sampling track viewable in the video below. Besides John Legend, who contributed with his hit "Ordinary People", Estelle was in the house (and joined him for a rendition of "American Boy") as well as A-Trak, Consequence, and his "latest signing to G.O.O.D. Music" Pusha T (of Clipse).
Some video from the show (which was also an afterparty for Rihanna's MSG show), is below...
Damn I wish Hermes made edible snacks, Cheezits just ain't dope enough for my mouth. #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz
yo how @levarburton got a million more followers than me!? i aint better than reading rainbow?!! #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz
THESE SHOES I GOT ON ARE DOPE AS FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz
Just saw a girl with huge titties at Del Taco #PredictingKanyeTweets (@kanyewest) -Aziz
Tickets to Aziz Ansari's recently announced show at Beacon Theater went zoooom! Fortunately, those of you who want to hear Aziz talk about his cousin Harris and Kanye, and who live in the garden state and/or are willing to brave NJ Transit can head to Wellmont Theatre on 9/15 for another, just announced show as part of the "Deliciously Delicious" tour. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (8/13). The Wellmont show is the day before Aziz takes the stage at the also sold-out Town Hall on 9/16.
Full tour dates and some video are below...
Keepaway on Governors Island in June (more by Andrew St Clair)
Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Vincent Cornelli)
tonight in NYC
* DJA-Rara @ Josie Robertson Plaza
* Furthur @ Nokia Theatre
* Darius Jones @ Roulette
* Jon B @ Springfield Park
* Blockhead @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Gories, Jimmy Ohio @ Maxwell's
* DJ Questlove (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Soft Black, Ivana XL, Lacrymosa @ Pianos
* The National, Suckers, Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5
* Rope, The New Colossus, Radical Dads @ Union Pool
* Blind Benny, Dan Sartain (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Telephoned @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mother of Fire, Up Died Sound, Bow Ribbons @ Zebulon
* Gary War, Amen Dunes, Coconuts, Prince Rama @ Coco 66
* The Lemonheads, The Candles @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Broadway Danny Rose (film) @ The Elevated Acre at 55 Water St
* Sisters, Knight School, Nude Beach, Giant Peach @ Silent Barn
* Javelin, Keepaway, I Love Monsters @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Ansanm (In Love We Stand): music of Haiti @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* Innumerable Forms, Naughty Girls, Mammoth Grinder, Longpigs @ The Acheron
* Pretty Good Dance Moves, Rumanian Buck, Bambara, Ego Puppets @ Glasslands
* Fixed w/ Trouble & Bass, Breakage, Zombie Disco Squad @ Santos Party House
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Seaside/Asser Levy Park
The Gories are reunited and here.
Interpol, who play a New York in November, play their new song "Barricade" on Letterman tonight.
Kanye West dropped some new verses off his forthcoming album, not titled Good Ass Job, at the Facebook offices on Tuesday. He did the same, with different material, at Twitter on Wednesday. That video is below.
Keepaway, who are playing a boat today, took a boat to Governors Island when they played the Converse Gone to Governors free concert series back in June. While there, they hooked up with Show Cobra Film who recorded the exclusive session (not on stage) that you can watch for the first time below...
Willie Nelson @ Grand Ballroom in May (more by Samantha Marble)
tonight in NYC
* Furthur @ Nokia Theatre
* Darius Jones @ Roulette
* Olu Dara @ Queensbridge Park
* Marc Cohn @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Built To Spill @ Irving Plaza
* Dead Man (film) @ McCarren Park
* Locksley, Jimmy Gnecco @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Immolation, Arsis @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Morning Teleportation, ArpLine @ Mercury Lounge
* Willie Nelson, Levon Helm @ Radio City Music Hall
* Forgetters, Mother Of Fire, Miracles @ The Rock Shop
* Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Matt Hires @ Maxwell's
* We Are Country Mice, The Futurebirds, Blair @ Cake Shop
* The Postelles, Ambassadors, The Beets @ Bowery Ballroom
* Channeling Chilton w/ The Box Tops, Big Star, more @ City Winery
* The Cloud Room, And The Wiremen, Palaceaides @ The Bowery Electric
* Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy @ Madison Square Garden
* The Black Keys, The Morning Benders (early) @ Central Park SummerStage
* Robyn, Kelis, Dan Black, Far East Movement @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kid Congo and The Pink Monkeybirds, Hunx and His Punx @ Knitting Factory
* German Measles, Easter Vomit, The Surprisers, Just Friends @ Shea Stadium
* The Black Keys, Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Whigs (late) @ Terminal 5
* Adler's Appetite (w/ Steven Adler), Anchor, Misstallica @ The Bell House
* ETHEL w/ guests Adam Schlesinger, Mike Viola, Dayna Kurtz, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, Patrick Derivaz @ Damrosch Park
* TiRon, Skyzoo, The Kid Daytona, Game Rebellion, The Illz, Ca$he, J. Ferb, Sugar Junkie, more @ Littlefield
String quartet ETHEL kicks off the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival with a free show at Damrosch Park. Big things are on the way there this weekend.
Kanye West spoke/performed and debuted new material at Facebook's office. Video below...