spin.comSufjan Stevens Composes Orchestral Score for New BalletSufjan Stevens has scored a new ballet for a past collaborator: New-York-based choreographer and designer Justin Peck. "New Peck 1" will premiere at the New York City Ballet in January 2019 and feature a full orchestral score by Stevens. Peck is also mounting another show in the three-part series featuring a score from Dan Deacon. Stevens composed original music for two other Peck ballets: last year's The Decalogue and 2014's Everything Must Go. In 2012, arranger Michael Atkinson also orchestrated selections from Stevens' 2001 heavily electronic album Enjoy Your Rabbit for Peck's ballet Year of the Rabbit. All productions were mounted by the NYCB. In other recent Sufjan news, the singer-songwriter and composer was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and performed during the Oscars this year, thanks to the original songs he contributed to the score of last year's acclaimed Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name.
spin.comTyler, The Creator – “Bronco”Tyler, The Creator’s year of freestyles continues. So far this year, the rapper has spit over songs from Jay-Z, Prophet, and Jacquees songs; this time, he takes on Drake and Lil Baby’s collaboration “Yes Indeed.” Titled “Bronco,” his version includes memorable lines like, “My new nigga pretty / Your new bitch is tacky like Busta Rhymes jackets.” Listen to the song below, and check out Tyler's recent video for "435" here.
spin.comCat Power Announces New Album Wanderer, Releases TrailerCat Power, born Chan Marshall, has announced a new studio album called Wanderer, which marks her first release since 2012's Sun. Due out October 5, the 11-track album notably features a guest appearance from Lana Del Rey on the song "Woman." Marshall has teased the album with a new desert-set trailer featuring a clip from the album's title song, which has an aura of reminiscent of early American traditional music. Of the album, which was recorded over the course of the past few years, Marshall wrote in a statement: “The course my life has taken in this journey — going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.” Marshall will also be hitting the road for a world tour this fall; check out the full list of dates here. See the trailer for Wanderer, and the full track list and cover art, below. 1.
spin.comVideo: Fleet Foxes – “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”Fleet Foxes released their "successfully daring" The Crack-Up last year, and put out an animated video for the album's single "If You Need To, Keep Time On Me" in April. The band has now returned with a gorgeous, if mildly inscrutable, short film based around that song. Directed by and starring Ryan Heffington (most notable for choreographing Sia's iconic "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" videos), the video depicts a dinner party where Heffington leaves to go outside, imagines himself holding another man in a pool, then comes back in to dance for his guests. It's a strange, captivating little video, and you can watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcoRehCI_5c
spin.comBaby Trump Balloon Takes Flight Outside Pearl Jam Show in LondonWhile the actual Donald Trump was awkwardly walking back some of his comments about Russian interference in the 2016 election, the helium-filled Baby Trump balloon was making a cameo at Pearl Jam's show in London. The band approved the flying of the Trump-baiting dirigible outside their show at The O2 on Tuesday night (July 17) in a flash back to the massive protests that greeted the American president when he visited England last week, in which more than 200,000 people took to the streets to rail against the reality star leader of the free world. According to NME, PJ gave their blessing for the Trump airship to be tethered outside the show, while inside singer Eddie Vedder addressed the huge turn-out for the Trump protests, noting that the band has never once felt any animosity on their current European tour despite the widespread disdain for Trump. “I know at home it feels very divisive. It feels like he's added such divisive energy into how we get along back home," said Vedder
spin.comTrump’s Handwritten Note on Russian Collusion Statement: “THERE WAS NO COLUSION”On Tuesday afternoon, Trump addressed Monday's shocking Helsinki summit where the commander-in-chief sided with Vladimir Putin over the entire U.S. intelligence community when it came to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election. During this afternoon's press spray ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump explained his remarks in Helsinki as simply a slip of the tongue and that he meant to say, “I don’t see why it wouldn’t be Russia" in regard to election interference instead of “I don’t see why it would be Russia.” It happens to the best of us! Reporters watching Tuesday's presser noticed notes scrawled in the margins of the president's prepared statements with black marker. Among those notes was one of the president's favorite catchphrases, although in this instance, it appeared to be misspelled. CNN producer David P Gelles shared a screenshot of what he assumed was the phrase "THERE WAS NO COLLUSION" written in all caps across Trump's talking points. Trump is fond of invoking
spin.comChief Keef Announces International Hologram TourChief Keef has just announced a new global hologram tour, kicking off in London with back-to-back dates on August 31 and September 1. The tour, in partnership with Hologram USA Inc., will include dates in Keef’s hometown of Chicago, as well as more yet-to-be-announced dates across the USA. The 22-year-old rapper has often faced difficulties with the law when attempting to perform, even via hologram; a 2015 virtual performance in Hammond, Indiana was shut down by the cops shortly after it started. This time, though, Keef is determined to make it work. "Police and the mayor wanted to stop my hologram show in Chicago. Fuck Rahm Emanuel, I'm bringing it anyway. First up, London," Keef told Billboard. Greek billionaire Alki David, who runs his label, is pushing this tour. "People are going to be surprised. Growing up Keef was influenced by what his grandma listened too. These included Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, and other great African-American musicians," David told Billboard. "Later,
spin.comNew David Bowie ‘80s Box Set Will Feature Unreleased MusicDavid Bowie’s label Parlophone has just announced a mammoth box set of the artist’s work from the '80s, titled Loving the Alien. Due out October 21, the 15xLP or 11xCD collection will feature some never before heard music, including an unreleased live album recorded in 1983 in Montreal, titled Serious Moonlight. The box set will also include a new take on Bowie’s 1987 album Never Let Me Down featuring production from Mario McNulty, strings courtesy of Nico Muhly, and a new guest vocal from Laurie Anderson on the song “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).” The compilation will also unpublished Bowie photos and notes from producers including Nile Rodgers and Hugh Padgham. More information is available on David Bowie’s website.
spin.comRadiohead's Philip Selway Speaks Out About Stage Collapse CaseIn 2012, a Radiohead show at Toronto's Downsview Park was cancelled after the collapse of the stage killed Scott Johnson, a drum tech for the band. Now the band is returning to Toronto for the first time since the tragedy, performing two shows at the Scotiabank Arena on July 19 and 20. Drummer Philip Selway took to BBC Newsnight yesterday to discuss the incident, which led to a suit against Live Nation, stage company Optex, and engineer Domenic Cugliari that was halted by a Ontario judge last year due to the long delay in bringing the case before the court. On Newsnight, Selway spoke about the band's frustrating with the unresolved investigation. "“It’s very frustrating," he said. "The court case broke down on a technicality…There have been no real answers." He continued: "Without the answers we can’t ensure that an accident like this can’t happen again.” Last year, Thom Yorke responded to the discontinuation of the case by tweeting "words utterly fail me," and the band issued a
spin.comBeck Performed "Wow" on 'Colbert': VideoBeck's Colors was released in October of 2017, with the singles dating back to 2015, but Beck is still on his Colors tour, including a stint at Madison Square Garden tonight. He stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night to perform early single "Wow," amidst a flurry of flashing lights, psychedelic imagery, and demonic iPhone screens. The band mimics the album track about as well as a live band could, while Beck works the crowd, encouraging audience participation as he shouts "if you love your life, say yeah!" and the crowd responds in kind. Watch the effervescent performance below.