Montreal collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor released “Undoing a Luciferian Towers,” the opening salvo from the upcoming LP Luciferian Towers.
Clocking in at a svelte – by Godspeed standards – eight minutes, “Towers” packs a handful of seismic shifts, starting with a lush, string-laden intro that builds toward a cacophonous middle before the melody emerges in the final minutes.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor obliquely said of the opening track, “Look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!”
Of the new LP: “This, this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy – we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat.”
Luciferian Towers, the group’s first album since 2015’s Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, arrives in a variety of formats on September 22nd.
When Taylor Swift‘s cinematic new video for “Look What You Made Me Do” debuted during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Todrick Hall was just happy he didn’t have to carry the secret any longer.
The 32-year-old YouTube star/dancer, who was previously in Beyonce’s Lemonade, was one of Swift’s backup dancers in the video. In an interview via People and Entertainment Weekly’s video platform INSTANT, Hall said he was sworn to secrecy by Swift’s camp since the video taped in May.
“It was the hardest secret ever to keep,” said Hall. “I think it speaks volumes of what type of a person Taylor is as a human being, as an artist. That she was able to get all of these people on a set, shoot an epic – what I don’t even want to call a music video because it’s more of a movie at this point – and get them to not say anything.”
Hall reflected on his take on the meaning of the video: “I’m assuming what she means by that is, ‘You made me break every record, you made me out-sell everyone,’” he said. “‘You made me hire the best backup dancers in the world, you made me come out of a grave, you made me tilt a bunch of tombstones at one time.” He added that the choreography “was like a flashmob of tombstones. It was really, really cool.”
After becoming a semi-finalist on American Idol Season Nine, Hall launched a career as a singer-songwriter that went viral on YouTube. Hall became a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and danced in Broadway’s Tony-winning musical, Kinky Boots.
Jay-Z reads an inspiring new poem, “Dream. On.” in a video teasing his headlining set at the upcoming Budweiser Made in America Festival.
“Dream. On.” finds Jay recalling in stark rhymes his youth in the Marcy Houses of Brooklyn and the ambition he cultivated there. “It takes tears, sweat, blood, five CCs,” the rapper says. “Because I know what a kid in apartment 5C see/ Heaven knows all I had was hella hope/ Speed dating with destiny, I couldn’t tell her no.”
The video complements the words with simple footage of a humble apartment. The camera jumps between peeling wallpaper, a steaming tea kettle, photographs stuck on the fridge, records, recording equipment and piles of notebooks. As Jay-Z closes “Dream. On.” – “You are whatever you say you are/ Turn any situation around” – a pigeon on a windowsill takes off and a sunbeam lights the apartment.
The “Dream. On.” clip will play at the beginning of Jay-Z’s set at Made in America fest, which takes place September 2nd and 3rd in Philadelphia. The lineup also includes J. Cole, Solange, the Chainsmokers and Migos.
Jay-Z released his most recent album, 4:44, in June.
The Rolling Stones unveiled a mind-bending new lyric video for “2000 Light Years From Home” in anticipation of the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Their Satanic Majesties Request. The new box set arrives September 22nd via ABKCO Records.
The Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy-directed clip begins with a slow zoom into the wide-open third eye of a yogi, which serves as a portal to a new dimension. Using collage-style animation, the clip moves through a constantly changing psychedelic universe where the lyrics from “2000 Light Years From Home” mingle with cut-outs of astronauts, ancient explorers, demons, flowers, monks, city skylines, can-can dancers and swimmers.
The 50th anniversary edition of Their Satanic Majesties Request is available to pre-order. The expansive set celebrates one of the Rolling Stones’ most divisive albums as it found the group forgoing their blistering rhythm and blues sound for pop psychedelia. The new set includes stereo and mono versions of the album on vinyl and hybrid super audio CD, as well as a 20-page book featuring new liner notes from Rob Bowman and photos from the original cover shoot.
The Rolling Stones released their most recent album, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016. In July, Mick Jagger shared two new solo tracks, “England Lost” and “Get a Grip.”
Khalid and Los Angeles synth-pop artist Empress Of partner for a new dancefloor duet, “Why Don’t You Come On,” the latest track from production duo DJ Dodger Stadium (a.k.a. DJDS).
“Why Don’t You Come On” finds Khalid and Empress Of trading lovestruck lines and building gorgeous harmonies over elastic synths and skipping drums. “You got the world underneath your sleeve,” Khalid sings, “And I got a heart that skips off beat/ Love might be harder than it used to be/ But you keep holding on.”
“Why Don’t You Come On” follows DJDS’ previous 2017 single, “Trees on Fire.” The duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy released their most recent album, Stand Up and Speak, in 2016. They also notably contributed to Kanye West’s 2016 LP, The Life of Pablo.
Empress Of – the project of musician Lorely Rodriguez – released her most recent single, “Go to Hell,” in July, while her debut album, Me, arrived in 2015. As for Khalid, the Texas R&B star released his debut LP, American Teen, in March and recently picked up Best New Artist at MTV’s Video Music Awards.