Entries tagged with: Kanye West
photos by Chris Graham
"Mos Def took the stage looking like a New Orleanean shaman.That review comes from Mos Def's performance at the 2009 Sasquatch Festival in Washington State over Memorial Day Weekend. The pictures in this post are from that show too.
He kept gesturing beyond the crowd to the Columbia River, saying, "The dream is real! Look around you!"
My favorite moment: Mos Def rapping over a personal favorite beat by Oxnard, CA artist called Oh No (find it on an album called "Dr. No's Oxperiment"). It's got a strong '60s/'70s Turkish psych-rock guitar line running the whole way through...I want to say the original is by an artist called Selda. Not sure. But I remember when heard the beat about two years ago, I went straight to the music store and bought the album it was sampled from. Pretty sure Selda is the correct name. I just bought a greatest hits album. I don't know a lot about Turkish/Anatolian psych-rock. Wish I knew more,
Anyhow, I'm one of those long-time Mos Def fans that loves his singing voice, but wishes he'd rap a little more. And there he was, killing one of my favorite beats, rapping like he meant it. Felt great." [Seattle Weekly]
Tonight (5/30), Mos Def reunites with Talib Kweli for two Black Star shows at NYC's Nokia Theatre. The early show (with 88 Keys and Black Violin) is sold out, but tickets still remain for the late one (with Blaqstarr).
As the NY Daily News pointed out in a feature yesterday, 88-Keys is also known as a "Kanye West protege". Special guests are definitely rumored at tonight's show.
More pictures from Sasquatch below...
words & photos by Faith-Ann Young
True - it was the worst kept secret and the most corporate plumping event of all of SXSW (if Kayne would have worn grillz sporting the The Levi's® logo, it would have completed his Levi's® outfit) - but that doesn't mean Saturday night's show at the Fader Fort wasn't one of the best (3/21). Kayne West acted like a grand circus ringmaster - introducing his whole G.O.O.D. record label crew including Consequence, GLC, and his prized diamond rapper all-star Kid Cudi. Then, just when you got sick of Kayne's world, in came fellow Chi-towner Common sweating out "Universal Mind Control." And then, like Mary Poppins on uppers, Kayne smiled and pulled out yet another prized gem from backstage: the gorgeous divine Erykah Badu (who is a Texas native and was wearing full-sequined silver pants- the combination of which got a hot scream from the crowd). To close out, like a big, super-talented brat pack, the entire G.O.O.D. crew came back on stage and danced around to songs from West's 808s. Whether you love him or hate him, Kayne sure knows how to party (or promote).
More pictures and the entire setlist below...
photos by James Trevenen
In a move that was either pure coincidence or pure brilliance, the Playboy bash was held in an empty grocery store attached to a slightly skeevy strip mall in a decidedly unsafe area of Austin. It's difficult to think of a more perfect setting for Jane's tawdry, tarty rock (the bevy of Bunnies parading around the party were a nice touch too). Whether it was due to the joy of feeling at home, or the joy of playing music together again, Jane's came out feisty, fiery and fierce.Metallica plays a more-official SXSW party tonight (3/20) at Stubb's. Kanye West is rumored to appear as the guest at the FADER House where Kanye's label GOOD Music is having a showcase (makes sense). More pictures from the Playboy party below...
On this night, there were no selections from Jane's softer side, just plenty of pummel, from opening number "Three Days" to the incredibly raucous set-closer "Stop!" Showing a swagger that only the best bands possess, Jane's threw haymakers, with guitarist Dave Navarro pulling solo after solo out of his axe, frontman Perry Farrell patrolling and posing, and the reformed rhythm section of Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins remaining in lockstep.
Songs like "Standing in the Shower ... Thinking" (during which Farrell patted his crotch dry with a towel, then tossed it into the crowd), "Ted, Just Admit It ..." and a particularly massive "Ocean Size" sent the crowd into hysterics -- there was even some crowd surfing, which sent the Bunnies scattering -- and showcased a band still very much at the top of its game. Navarro and Farrell shared a smooch, Avery and Perkins exchanged knowing nods, and frankly, it was as if those 17 years never happened. [MTV]
"A week after Miley Cyrus shared with the world her plans to 'ruin' Radiohead after they snubbed the young starlet at the Grammy Awards, the band has responded to the singer's threat... The band wasn't amused by her story. 'When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement,' the band told the new issue of Us Weekly in a statement." [MTV]
"Dozens of investors who came to federal court in New York to hear Bernard Madoff's admission that he ran a $65 billion Ponzi scheme in which he lied and stole for decades applauded his jailing." [Bloomberg]
"Yet Miley is not the only star that has a beef with the band. Kanye West is another temperamental superstar who was also snubbed by the band. West told audiences at his VH1 Storytellers taping that he too was dissed by the band at the Grammy Awards" [andPOP]
"wish us all a safe journey if you still like us and you're not one of those people i have managed to offend by doing nothing xx" [Thom Yorke]
"We are working on new material" [Ed O'Brien]
"U2 celebrated the number one debut of its new album 'No Line on the Horizon' with an intimate gathering for a few friends Wednesday night." [Boston Globe]
"It's not U2, but 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' will get its own multiple dose of pop royalty this month. Prince will perform on three consecutive nights on the NBC program as he girds for the release of a pair of new albums. The mini-residency will run March 25-27; he also plans to hit the 'Tonight' stage May 28 for Leno's next-to-last night as host of the venerable talk show." [Reuters]
"Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson's London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows." [Billboard]
"Hundreds of fans have queued through the night to buy the first tickets to Michael Jackson's 'final curtain call' of concerts in London." [CNN]
AC/DC @ The Izod Center (more by Ryan Muir)
If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2008 should hammer the point home.I hope Kanye West can handle being below The Jonas Brothers (and Lil Wayne). The whole list below...
Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's Moneymakers list toured in 2008. (Taylor Swift mostly opened for Brad Paisley but doesn't get credit for that revenue). For almost all of them, touring generated the most revenue. And in a year when recorded-music sales declined yet again, many earned more at the box office than ever before. [Billboard]
Final Fantasy the other night @ the Kitchen (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
* Louis CK @ Comix
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Demetri Martin @ Pianos
* Ferraby Lionheart @ Pianos
* Estelle & John Legend @ the Apollo
* comedy, Jason Trachtenburg & Arms @ Cake Shop
* Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis @ Lincoln Center
* Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schall, Leo Allen & Zach Galifianakis @ UCB
The Dead Milkmen have announced a Brooklyn show.
Video of Estelle performing 'American Boy' with Kanye on the Grammys last night, below...
TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police.Radiohead did show up the Grammys, as did an even MORE pregnant M.I.A.. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took best album (for an album that came out on indie label Rounder Records). Video of Radiohead and M.I.A.'s performances, and a list of all winners (including Daft Punk) below...
Chris is being investigated by the LAPD for an alleged domestic violence felony battery that occurred early this morning near Hancock Park in L.A. Police officials said earlier today they may arrest Brown when they found him. Well, now they know where he is.
According to the female victim -- who cops refuse to identify -- she and Chris got into an argument which turned violent. Cops say when they arrived to the scene, Brown had split, but the woman had "visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."
Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna were together earlier last night, attending Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- and both canceled their scheduled performances at tonight's event.
Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. [TMZ]
Lucero @ Terminal 5 Friday night (more by Mike Lerner)
Underground Lounge is located 955 West End Ave @ 107th St in Morningside Heights. The WAVVES show starts at 2PM.
Kanye West has been blogging about a lot of 'indie' music (and comedy) lately. There was the recent Aziz Ansari post, and the exclusive new Peter Bjorn and John track he posted. Kanye's other recent likes include TV on the Radio's David Bowie cover, Bon Iver covering Feist, Friendly Fires, Francis and the Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LAND OF TALK.
Antony was just on NPR.
Little Boots played Studio B last night. Video below...
Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and the quadruple threat of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West have been added to the performance lineup for the 51st annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center.The pictured poster is an actual Grammy promo and Thom Yorke actually appears in a video commercial. Watch it below...
McCartney will be backed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums, while Radiohead will be making its first live U.S. television performance in nearly nine years.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z, Wayne, T.I. and West will team to perform the hit single "Swagga Like Us," while T.I. and Timberlake will also perform together.
Previously announced Grammy performers include Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. [Billboard]
Animal Collective @ Grand Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Chief @ Mercury Lounge
* Previously on Lost @ The Bell House
* Mickey Factz & Theophilus London @ SOB's
* Doug Gillard, Unsacred Hearts, Arrows & Nights @ Pianos
* Animal Collective, Drawlings @ Bowery Ballroom
* Spectre Folk, MV & EE, Kurt Vile @ Monster Island Basement
* Cubic Zirconia, Michna (w/ Raw Paw) @ The Studio at Webster Hal
* Colourmusic, Hockey, David Karsten Daniels @ Union Hall
* Yoni Gordon & The Goods, Franz Nicolay, Emilyn Brodsky, Cowgirl
* Laurie Anderson, Brightblack Morning Light, Dirty Projectors and friends @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
Tonight is Cubic Zirconia's first show. The new band features Tiombe Lockhart on vocals.
Kanye West performed at the Obama Youth Ball yesterday. In an interview with CNN at the event, he called George Bush "a human being". Video below...
by Ryan Barkan
The B.I.G.gest music licensing story last week was the release of Notorious, the film based on the life story of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. As you may already know, a virtual unknown was cast to play Biggie. The film hit theaters Friday and so far has received mixed notorious reviews. Notorious contains a number of Biggie's music; the official soundtrack even contains three unreleased songs (listen to them here).
The movie ended up in fourth place on the holiday weekend box office list, grossing an estimated $24 million. According to Variety, Notorious had the best per-location average of the weekend with $14,652 earned (approx) at each of the 1,638 theaters screening the film. I personally didn't see it this weekend because I was too busy helping Paul Blart Mall Cop take top spot on the weekend draw.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Commuters in Liverpool Station were surprised last week with the spontaneous (yet meticulously calculated) filming of a T-mobile commercial. The spot started with music coming over the loudspeaker and igniting a few members of the crowd to begin dancing. As the songs change (there are eight of them), more dancers join in until the entire station is engulfed in the excitement. The spot was created then on air within 48 hours and was shown as an exclusive premier on BBC 4. The songs in the spot, in order, are: Lulu's "Shout", Yazz's "The Only Way Is Up", Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha", Viennese Waltz, Kool & the Gang's "Get Down On It", Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone", Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop", and Contours' "Do You Love Me". Watch the spot below.
Another spot out of the UK recently is this lyrically driven commercial for the Ford Ka appropriately using Soundtree's "Go Find It".
The Roots really like Cody Chesnutt; so much so they remade one of his songs ("The Seed") for their 2002 album and even had him play and sing on the record. Not sure if The Roots like Axe products, but the band and brand have mutual love for Chesnutt - his jam "Look Good In Leather" is the feature of a new claymation spot for the Lynx line. Check the spot below.
Continuing with the cool Euro commercials trend, Dutch snowboard gear company Protest uses a great Josh Ritter tune, "To The Dogs Or Whoever", in their new campaign. One interesting jump over to Protest's website finds some more interesting licensing: the brand hopes you will enjoy tunes by The Beastie Boys, N.W.A., The Kooks, and MGMT while you get your shop on. Watch the commercial below.
Fox TV show Fringe is running a promo that features Lykke Li's "I'm Good, I'm Gone". Watch it below.
Animal Planet is stepping up its entertainment offerings with a new show called Jockeys. No, it does not have to do with undergarments; it will follow a group of riders and will debut next month on the channel. The promo steps up the cool factor a bit by including Kanye West (and Daft Punk's) "Stronger". Watch the promo below.
"I WENT TO THE AZIZ GLOW IN THE DARK TOUR AND IT WAS AMAZIIIING!!! OH AND I EVEN GOT TO MEET HIM!!!!" [Kanye West]That's awesome that Kanye got to meet Aziz. I wonder if he got to meet Obama last night when he played at one of his many inauguration parties...
Opening the show from the Hilton Washington, the night's host, Sway, reminded everyone that after what was sure to be an exhausting first day, it was time to celebrate President Barack Obama's historic inauguration.Aziz Ansari's Glow in the Dark tour came through NYC earlier this month. He played four shows at Comix. Before the shows, Aziz was telling Gothamist about how much he loves to read Kanye West's blog, so he is surely pretty excited about the post.
Kanye West kicked off the show with a medley of hits like "Touch the Sky," "Stronger" and "Good Life." "Let's make some noise for our new president, Obama," he told the crowd. "It feels so good to be standing here. My mama would be so proud to see her baby boy with the #1 song in the country and our new African-American president."
Later in the night, he joked, "I still can't believe it. I feel like I'm in the future -- first iPods, now this!"
All Kanye-related accolades aside, the night really belonged to President Barack Obama, who dazzled the 7,000 party goers with a heartfelt speech about how thankful he is for the work the young people put in to get him elected. [MTV]
Aziz's still-untitled new TV show with Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones premiers on NBC on Thursday, April 9th.
Kanye West is thinking about posing naked.
"...Europe's finest musical 3-piece, Peter Bjorn and John, release their new album Living Thing on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International on March 31st 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén, who also had the control of the mixing dials, the album was recorded in 2008 in Stockholm, New York City and Los Angeles with an unprecedented level of input from the band and reflects the musical tastes, influences and personality of each individual member more than any previous PB+J album. The first taster "Lay It Down" sets the stage for an album full of perfectly crafted gems, all of which carry the distinctive sound that has come to define the trio. From the moment the album opens with the minimalist groove of "The Feeling" to the childlike hook of "Nothing to Worry About," PB+J have created a thoughtful, finely tuned follow-up to Writer's Block that combines the unique strengths and talents of each musician to ultimately find the band at their most adventurous and cohesive.Primal Scream will play Webster Hall in NYC on March 28th, and since that show was announced, it has come out that Primal Scream will also appear at SXSW in Austin a few days earlier. Also appearing at SXSW this year: Peter Bjorn and John, and it can't be long before they also announce a NYC show.
In addition to recording Living Thing last year, PB+J released a low-key and mostly instrumental album Seaside Rock and lead singer Peter Morén released his solo album The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling was also quite busy producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling and Primal Scream.
I posted that new Peter Bjorn and John track, and its accompanying funny video, last month. That "Shut the Fuck Up" song is actually called ""Lay it Down" and will be track #8 on the album (thx japple26). The MP3 Kanye West posted on January 6th is also on the new album. Kanye modestly wrote:
WORLD PREMIERE ... THEY SENT THE SONG TO ME FIRST! PETER BJORN & JOHN... SHIT IS DOPE!! DRUMS ARE CRAZY AND I LIKE THE KIDS ON THE HOOK. THERE NEW ALBUM IS CALLED "LIVING THING" ..... WITH ALL THAT SAID I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG... LOL!!!... I'M GONNA ASSUME IT'S CALLED, "NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT""NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT" is the name of track four. Full tracklist, and all tour dates, below...
by Ryan Barkan
10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY" - ESURANCE.COMThis commercial came out late in 2008...though I think I only saw it one or two times. But thanks to an increase in rotation (January is the busiest month for car insurance!) partially influenced by the above placement in Ad Age, Esurance's Cloud Cult cartoon commercial has been on TV heavily over the past few weeks. The band shows up as animated characters in what comes off more as a music video for their 2005 song "Lucky Today", than as a sales pitch for insurance. A quick jump to Esurance's website and you can find a special Cloud Cult microsite where you can watch the commercial, stream/download a few songs, read why the band finds similarities in their and Esurance's love for being green, and learn how to be more eco-friendly.
It's a music video! It's an ad! It's a music videad! It's the band Cloud Cult, fully animated in a TV spot for Esurance, but there isn't a sales pitch to be found. The Minneapolis psychedelic-pop band had traditionally shunned marketers, but the DTC insurance company won them over with some hard-fought green credentials. The result is a charming spot that not only fits in with the visual style of the band, but also features one of Cloud Cult's best songs.
[Ad Age Ad Songs of the Year]
According to SoundScan, the band sold more individual digital downloads of "Lucky Today" (1,400) in the last week than they usually sell in a month from all albums...combined.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Radiohead gave gratis (aka free) permission to the National Coalition For The Homeless to use the song "MK1" in a spot that attempts to show homelessness can happen to anyone. (via Songs For Soap). This was their first commercial license ever. Watch the spot below.
Michael Stipe was cool with giving a gratis license for Amnesty International to use REM's "Until the Day Is Done" in a powerful new spot. Watch that below as well.
"In fact, it seems like the one thriving corner of the music business is ad placement. The only people making any money are the artists landing their songs in TV commercials and the royalties that come along with that, so the most successful bands this year will be the ones whose songs are most conducive to selling shit. Which means that Santogold is your Artist of the Year for 2009. Once the shampoo companies find out about 'I'm a Lady', forget about it. It's a wrap." [Tom Breihan in the new L Magazine]
Santogold says 'aha' a lot in the new commercial for the Samsung Pixon phone with her song, "Say Aha". Watch it here.
Audi goes old school in the new spot for the Q5, breaking out Woodie Guthrie's fun "Car Song."
Another car manufacturer went NOT-old school - Volkswagen stayed local (German) with the Berlin electro-group Team on their new (clearly inspired by the movie The Matrix) spot for the Golf. Watch below.
Vancouver band, Readymade, has a song used by Unilever in their new Sun spot, highlighting "Human Potential."
I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi. It's my friend-mesis. Pepsi has rebranded my favorite drink and its overall image with a new "smile" logo. The brand launched its commercial campaign with a spot featuring the music of The Apples In Stereo (Via YANPicasso).
Papa John's sponsored an NCAA football bowl game last month. During said bowl game, the pizza maker debuted a commercial celebrating their 25th anniversary featuring Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
John Lennon may not be alive, but that didn't stop Yoko Ono from lending his voice to a good cause. Watch the OLPC PSA below.
Walmart promotes the football season with a commercial using Queen's anthem "We Will Rock You".
Fashionista Kanye West is teaming up with one of his favorite designers, Luis Vuitton, to create six shoes for the brand. You may have also noticed Kanye's song "Flashing Lights" in the Season 6 promo to the F/X channel's show "Nip/Tuck". Commercial below.
continued, with videos, below...
It was also Amy Poehler's final SNL episode
Kanye videos below...
photos by Tim Griffin
big pimp Bjorn w/ Santogold & Lykke Li @ The 2008 Woodies
Santogold, Lykke Li and Kanye West are all on the new N.A.S.A. track that everyone is talking about. That reminded me of the rest of the Woodies pictures I have sitting here. The new song (streaming as a video), and more pics, below...
With the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. this week, albums are released today/Monday instead of tomorrow stateside...
Reissues this week include the remastered R.E.M.'s Murmur (which comes with a bonus disc of b-sides and unreleased material), Death Cab For Cutie's Something About Airplanes (also remastered with a bonus disc), along with vinyl reissues of the Replacements' Tim and Asobi Seksu's Citrus.
Editor's note: Chinese Democracy was also released on Sunday.
What new releases can you recommend?
Q-Tip @ the Woodies (more by Tim Griffin)
Other hip hop shows coming up at the Highline include Ludacris's album release party this Tuesday, Slick Rick on November 28th, Jean Grae on November 30th, Wale & Kid Cudi (and DJ Mark Ronson) on December 9th, AND last but not least: Hip Hop Harry on December 27th.
Some other upcoming hip hip shows are listed HERE.
Kanye West's new album is out today.
Video of Q-Tip performing with Lykke Li at the Woodies below...
Kanye West's new album 808s & HEARTBREAK is out in stores on Monday 11/24, but will be streaming at MySpace in its entirety as of midnight (pacific time) Friday night/Saturday morning. Monday is a weird release day.
In a move no doubt designed to get a jump on holiday sales (and facilitate maximum one-stop shopping), Island Def Jam announced that it has moved the release date for three of the label's biggest albums -- West's 808s & Heartbreak, Luda's Theater of the Mind and the Killers' Day & Age -- from a traditional Tuesday launch up to Monday, November 24. All three albums will be available both digitally and physically on that date.Chinese Democracy is also now streaming at MySpace.
According to a spokesperson for the label, it's a "one time only" strategy, which will jump the industry-wide release schedule "in anticipation of big Thanksgiving-weekend holiday gift shopping."
It bears mentioning that Tuesday release dates have become more and more arbitrary in recent months: Metallica's Death Magnetic was released on Friday, September 12, AC/DC's Black Ice hit Wal-Mart shelves on Sunday, October 20, and Guns N' Roses' much-anticipated Chinese Democracy is slated for a Sunday, November 23, release at Best Buy. [MTV]
Meanwhile, people are already making end of year 'Best Of' lists.
Takka Takka @ Pianos (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* DANCE (stay tuned)
* Nick Lowe @ Zankel Hall
* Baltimore Round Robin (early and late)
* Kirsten Ketsjer @ Dead Herring
* Pierced Arrows @ Maxwell's
* Ben Kweller, Whitley @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, And The Moneynotes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Skull Defekts, Talk Normal, S-S-S-Spectres, Boneless @ Cake Shop
* Suckers, Amazing Baby, Violens & Chairlift @ Danbro Studios
* Japanther, NinjaSonik, Killer Dreamer, SS Pyramid Snake @ Mercury Lounge
* Antipop Consortium, Takka Takka & more @ The Bell House
* Menahan Street Band & Phenomenal Handclap Band at Southpaw
Kanye West's official video for "Love Lockdown" is at YouTube.
Apollo Sunshine's new video for "Singing To The Earth" below...
Antony @ the Clocktower (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Kirsten Ketsjer @ Lit
* Gwar @ Starland Ballroom
* Iced Earth & Saviours @ Nokia
* NOFX & Dillinger Four @ Irving Plaza
* Trey Anastasio @ Roseland Ballroom
* Billy Joel & Bruce Springsteen @ Hammerstein
* Elephant 6 show @ Purchase
* Titan, Villians & Saviours @ The Charleston
* Antony & The Johnsons @ Apollo Theater
* Cold War Kids, AA Bondy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Little Ones, Anya Marina @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dirtbombs, The Nouvellas @ Southpaw
* Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Inepsy @ Market Hotel
* TV on the Radio, Dragons of Zynth @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Diplo, Boy 8 Bit, Telepathe, Abe Vigoda @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, Morning Benders @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dave Hill, Walter Schreifels, Doug Gillard & Moby @ UCB
Bob Mould was born today in 1960.
Today is World Food Day
Video of Kanye West performing "Love Lockdown" on Jimmy Kimmel, below...
Moby's new video for "Ooh Yeah" below...
"Inspired by the grassroots movement created by Barack Obama's historic presidential run and his call for the change Americans need, artists supporting Barack Obama teamed up to create a new CD that taps into the campaign's universal themes of hope, unity and change. The disc, titled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, includes a collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and John Legend. Through their musical contributions, the artists seek to mobilize voters in the final stretch before the November election. Many of the artists involved will also be volunteering their time to promote voter registration."Coming soon: a blog post by Kanye West asking why he wasn't mentioned in that official CD description paragraph and a CD by the McCain camp that gets a higher Pitchfork rating than Obama.
Stream Obama clips HERE. See the mostly-uninteresting tracklist below...
Kanye West @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Sept 9, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Rapper Kanye West was arrested this morning at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism and his road manager was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after the two men reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed the man's camera, authorities said. [LA Times]Kanye made a surprise appearance at Knitting Factory in NYC two days earlier.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
As you would expect him to do at a showcase of rappers signed to his own GOOD Music label, Kanye West made an appearance at Knitting Factory in NYC last night (Sept 9). The whole show went: 88 Keys, Termanology, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, Kid Cudi, and then Consequence. Wale did some deejaying between sets. Kanye West came out during Consequence's set. They did "Gone" and "Flashing Lights" and a few of Consequence's songs. Then, as he's done before with his cousin Consequence, Q-Tip joined them on stage. Then Kid Cudi came back out and eventually pretty much everyone from the night was on stage by the end. As expected, people went nuts for Kanye.
In related news,
The release date and title for Kanye West's upcoming fourth solo album has been revealed.More pictures and video from Knitting Factory below....
According to a posting on Target's website, Kanye's album is titled 808's & Heartbreak and will be hitting stores on December 16th.
West performed a single from the album titled "Love Lockdown" at the MTV Video Music Awards this past weekend.