Thursday Music News

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  • This morning, Flying Lotus continued the rollout of preview tracks from his forthcoming fifth album, You’re Dead!, with the release of “Coronus, The Terminator”, a jazzy, smooth three minute track from the album’s middle section. The track follows the release of the FlyLo/Thundercat/Herbie Hancock collab “Moment of Hesitation” and the Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Never Catch Me“. Listen to “Coronus, the Terminator” below; You’re Dead! arrives in full on October 7th.


  • Onetime LCD Soundsystem and current The Juan Maclean member Nancy Whang has payed tribute to her ’70s influences with the release of a new EP, the aptly-titled The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks EP. Featuring covers of Casablanca Records artists Donna Summer, Parliament, Kiss, and Dennis Parker, the EP finds Whang singing over some of the disco classics that influenced her own work, including the recent and great new The Juan MacLean album, In A Dream. Listen to the EP over at Gomma Records’ Soundcloud.
  • Kanye West‘s forthcoming seventh studio album is one of the year’s most anticipated releases, and keeping with Yeezy tradition, details about it are scarce. However, this morning, Page Six is reporting that West and Lorde, both mutual admirers, are in the studio together. The teenage Kiwi sensation now joins Sir Paul McCartney on the list of West’s recent collaborators. No release date is set for the follow up to last year’s Yeezus, but Kanye was reportedly thrilled by Beyonce’s surprise release last December and looks to do something similar himself.
  • When U2 released a new surprise album in partnership with Apple, some (38 million, according to Apple) people were very excited. Others were not. Either way, iPhone users (and the world in general) should buckle up for hearing more about the two in the near future, as the Irish titans and the California tech giants have detailed more of their long-term partnership in a Time Magazine feature. The pair are working on a new digital music format that “will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music — whole albums as well as individual tracks”, and is aimed at making money for non-touring musicians. (It’s worth noting that this is a different approach to the high quality sound-angle that Neil Young’s Pono format is taking.) Additionally, Time reports that another new album, an acoustic version of Songs of Innocence, and a world tour are all in the works for Bono and co.
  • Only a few months removed from his less-than-positive (and later rescinded) comments about the Black Keys, Jack White took aim at another rock band last night during a show at Boston’s Fenway Park. After decrying cordless microphones (“most performers don’t use microphones anymore… singers don’t use microphones that have cords”), White criticized Foo Fighters for having a second (and, presumably, their third) guitarist “playing the same parts” to cover up mistakes played by their primary guitarist, Dave Grohl. The recent Rolling Stone cover star also extensively criticized Rolling Stone’s content and founder Jann Wenner, before wrapping up his spiel by semi-sarcastically noting how the media would portray his comments as a “Kanye West-esque rant”. Considering White’s complicated history with the media, it’s unclear as to how sincere last night’s comments were, but they’re entertaining nonetheless. Listen to them below, and read/listen to a much calmer interview White did with KEXP’s Greg Vandy here.

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