Is anyone interested in hearing a stellar new Florence and the Machine song? You’re in luck. Here is the band’s New Orleans tinged “Not Fade Away,” a cover of a tune by Buddy Holly off a new compilation called Rave On Buddy Holly. The album also features songs from Paul McCartney, Cee-Lo Green, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Julian Casablancas, She & Him, and more. It’s a really fantastic album filled with odd little gems like this.
* [Ear-piercing shriek of air being slowly let out through the pinched valve of a child’s birthday balloon, followed by three seconds of guttural throat-clearing to dislocate stubborn Guinness buildup]
Well, here’s the Kanye feature off Sean’s upcoming Finally Famous: The Album. Pretty sweet track and I can’t wait to hear the whole album. I do it!!
This song is SO dope. It starts off slowly with violins and rolls into a relatively unremarkable chorus, but as soon as the hook ends, Kanye West enters with a series of “hold ups” that sound like his tongue is getting stung by a swarm of bees, as “hold up” turns into “hull up” in a flash. At the same time, the beat drops so hard as a scratching, bed rattling squeak reverberates in the background. SWAGSWAGSWAG.
Kanye’s verse KILLS it: “talk to the / talk to the / haaaaand / you talkin to a grown ass man / it’s like way way way too much up in your pants for us not to make the bed squeak / why they rip the swag off / before i rip the tag off / why my pants sag off / cause I’m rapping my ass off / flow so ugly / money so handsome / this the fucking anthem / get it? / the ‘fucking anthem.’”
Additionally, a friend commented on a song I posted the other day and pointed out how ghetto my description was. I genuinely think a switch in my brain goes off when I get back to New York. Maybe it’s just because I work in an office that blasts Hot 97, but seriously, rap and hip hop dominate my summers. Good observation Jamie-I’ve definitely never thought about it before!
“Gleeks, rejoice! Glee star Chris Colfer has just signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The first will be an adventure novel that draws elements from the very, very in-vogue world of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories is set to hit stores in summer 2012, with the second as-of-yet untitled novel coming later. While these will be Colfer’s first foray as a novelist, he does have some experience as a writer, having recently penned the scripts for a Disney Channel pilot and the movie Struck by Lightning. According to Colfer, The Land of Stories has been percolating in his brain for quite a while. “When I was ten years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance,” he says in the press release. “This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.””—
It has finally arrived! Thank God Kanye didn’t completely abandon the graphic, six minute clip after an unfinished version appeared online in December of 2010. Instead of the bleakly lit incomplete product, Kanye delivers fans his version of an epic, stocked with sexy she-werewolves and grasping corpse-like hands. Rick Ross and Jay-Z make appearances as well, but the crown really belongs to (who else) Nicki Minaj, who’s double scene-stealing appearance is dastardly mischievous and just as delicious as her verse on the song. It’s crazy that “Monster” dropped into our laps almost a year ago-how then do Minaj’s double entendre filled rhymes seem so fresh? (If the link doesn’t work, just refresh it a few times-people are totally flooding the website right now).