Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, a conversation with Eels frontman E before Sunday's show at the Fitzgerald Theater.Deep into the catalog of his exquisitely weird band, the man called 'E' has delivered one of the best albums of his caree ... More >>
The irrepressible Kanye West is gearing up for a fall tour in support of one of 2013's most-discussed albums, Yeezus. From the frequent Justin Vernon collaborator who not only claims "I am a God" and to be the next Steve Jobs, this'll be a trek to remember. Hurry up with his damn croissants! This co ... More >>
A couple of interviews with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas. After the push for his side project Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year -- and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows -- these conversations were t ... More >>
Kanye West has never been one to let a big, zeitgeist-y moment pass without seizing and babbling narcisistically through it. So it comes as something of a shock that at the Occupy Wall Street protests the other day, he let hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons do all of his talking for him, which in rap ... More >>
Talk about putting your business in the street - or out on the Internet, as it were. Basically, for between $3.99 and $4.99 per month, you get to watch a carefully edited version of Kanye West's Life. As Pitchfork reported yesterday, this quasi-Orwellian cash-in includes concerts, rehearsals, det ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative effort Watch the Throne sees two of rap's hugest artists team up to become even more hugest-er. Prior to listening, I had mixed feelings about the whole concept: Both rappers are so gigantic and rich and bored that I figured the album would be like an episode ... More >>
We just received word that Prince will be joining the lineup for this summer's Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, which already includes -- wait for it -- Kanye West, Pulp, Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, the Jayhawks, Explosions In The Sky, James Blake, oh my god, where ... More >>
In case you hadn't guessed by now, Kanye West will not relent, he will not back down, he will not take a non-working vacation, he will not seclude himself on a remote island in a toga with Buddhist monks or exploit his life story in self-help book form or film a Twitter infomercial.No, West will ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHWhile there has been plenty talk locally about Justin Vernon's involvement on the new Kanye West record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the LA Times pointed out another local tie today: engineer Andrew Dawson, a Hopkins native who worked in the studio with Kanye.
And just like that, Kanye West's long, strange art-rap journey of a year winds down with a Christmas posse cut, of all things - a Christmas posse cut that leaks, then is hoisted for sale on iTunes, then is issued as the final, long-delayed piece of the canny/self-aggrandizing G.O.O.D. Fridays puz ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzMumford & Sons at the Varsity Theater last MayNow, before you get all bent out of shape with this list, let me point out that just because I feel a band or an artist is overrated doesn't mean I don't like them or their music. It just conveys my belief that the massive ... More >>
It's been close to three years since Lupe Fiasco's The Cool was released, a follow-up to his Grammy-nominated and universally-lauded debut from 2006 Food & Liquor. In the mean he's announced and abandoned as least as many projects as he's completed, including a novel, his group ... More >>
Holiday weeks are hell on columns like this one. Not because nothing happens, but because nobody's around to report on what's happening. In any event, here's what we were able to find out about what went down while we were hanging Christmas lights, getting sick, and stuffing ourselves full of tur ... More >>
Quite a few revelations abound in this fascinating in-depth report on the vibe in Kanye West's Hawaii studio during the creation of his just-released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Seriously. We can't stop chuckling about the rules Ye tacked up on the studio walls, including "No Tweeting" and ... More >>
Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.
How do you know when you're really, really, really ridiculously famous? When a tweet you compose about how you're not going to appear on a morning talk show gets picked up and reported by every news outlet in the country.
Kanye West gave a rapper's in-flight delight.It's there on video: Kanye West got a hold of the public address system on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to New York and treated passengers to some high-altitude rap. But for privacy and security reasons, Delta won't confirm that Taylor Swift's ... More >>
Like death, taxes, and incomprehensible, wrongheaded Fox News/Tea Party memes, we've become used to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Unlike death, taxes, and the GOP, G.O.O.D. Friday eucharists will cease to arrive at about the same time that Santa Claus begins his annual international rever ... More >>
Photos by Stefanie Odberg for 96.3 NOWBY HANNAH SILK CHAMPAGNEWhen is a listening party not just a listening party?When it's a Kanye West listening party.
Just a few short hours after elating fans in the Twin Cities with an intimate meet-and-greet and listening party, Kanye West decided to perform an impromptu show aboard his flight from Minneapolis to New York City.
Would you want this man in the cockpit of your flight?My first reaction to the leaked video of Kanye West rapping from the cockpit on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to New York City was: That is so cool. I wish I was on that flight.My second reaction was: I wonder which Delta employee is going t ... More >>
Via @justbradFans of the Top 40 station 96.3 NOW (formerly B96) were treated to a special meet-and-greet today with Kanye West amidst a whirlwind week of promotion for his new album. Thanks to Twitter, we got to sneak a peek at the action -- our quick Tweecap of the afternoon is below, and check ... More >>
It's kind of an unwritten law of modern pop stardom: if you're a power-player, you need a movie. It doesn't have to last for two hours, but it needs to run longer than a traditional music video, it should let you flaunt your acting chops, and it should tell a story.
Hot on the heels of Brett Favre's sext scandal, Kanye West is facing his own penis pic problem.Yesterday celebrity gossip site Radar Online reported that they'd seen two pictures--currently for sale--in which Yeezy displays his dong."These pics have been floating around since he hit so many girls ... More >>
"You've been putting up with my shit just way too long."Coasting up the charts after his announcement yesterday and sidling out of the gate with a beat that Beth Gibbons could eat alive, Kanye West's new single "Runaway" featuring Pusha-T is polarizing, arguably meh, and more ordnance targeted at ... More >>
Let's not get it twisted. Bon Iver's "Woods" is an amazing, mesmerizing song, a sort of Daft-Punk-gone-acapella existentialist mediation on loneliness and self-doubt that deftly exploits repetition and Autotune to make a gothic, isolationist point about how every man is, ultimately, an island.
In case you've been living inside of a Louis Vuitton handbag, Kanye West is kind of back. In a big way. As in, making himself totally unavoidable. Everywhere you turn, there he is again: popping up as an animated character on The Cleveland Show, closing out the Video Music Awards in the most bomb ... More >>
The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>
Two opinions crossing my mind at the moment: Kanye West is ridiculous, and Twitter is dumb. Highly unoriginal opinions to be sure, but still, I possess them. Hey, remember when Kanye pulled that stunt with Taylor Swift at the VMAs like a year ago? Of course, we all do. Is it worth talking ... More >>
Storytellers arrives at a moment when West's rep could maybe use a little polish.
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The rapper savant will join the ranks of American Idol singing mentors, alongside such vocal luminaries as, you know, Kenny Rogers.
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Metacritic is too damn slow. It's been over a week since the release of Atmosphere's You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, and the review-compiling website still hasn't managed to tell us the good word on the duo's latest disc. Okay, so maybe it's the major publications who aren't on top of t ... More >>
Here's a wonderful, Kanye West- (and hence Ray Charles-) sampling remix of West's notorious comment (you have seen the hilarious video of that, right?) produced by the Legendary K.O. with words by Big Mon and Damien, a.k.a. Dem Knock-Out Boyz. Listen as you read the Times of London: Business elite h ... More >>
Kanye West gets an honorary degree in Afro-American studies
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