Not content with being the musical mastermind of one of the greatest groups in modern music or being an Academy Award-winning film composer, Trent Reznor is now composing music for video game trailers … like this one for Batman: Arkham Knight. Reznor has LONG been a fan of video game composition. Back in the mid-’90s, Reznor composed an entirely original score for the Quake video game, years before anyone else was seriously paying attention to video game music composition. I LOVE that TR is now working on the Batman video games because, honestly, I can’t think of a better pairing. Check out the Be The Batman trailer above to hear a new version of the Nine Inch Nails song The Wretched adapted for this video game see how well Reznor‘s music works in the video game world of Batman.
Last week we got a tiny tease of a new Drake song titled Can I? that features Beyoncé on guest vocals. Today we learn that the demo version of the song has leaked in full for our listening pleasure. Altho unfinished, the demo sounds like the song is going to turn out well. I can’t say that I’m a Drake fan by any means but anything Beyoncé-related will get my attention. It’s unknown if we will get to hear more of Bey on the finished track but even her minimal vocals on this demo are enough to get me to like it. Click below, have a listen, see what you think. More »
The TV Guide
Last night I made my way up to Ventura, CA to see Courtney Love live in concert at the Majestic Theater. The night before, she performed in concert with Lana Del Rey at the Hollywood Bowl but since I saw LDR play the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last October and I doubt any LDR concert ever will surpass that show, I decided to take a pass and just see Courtney by herself in a much more intimate setting. C. Love has been sober for the past few years and its shown in her life performances. Her concert last night was so fun. She sounded great, she looked great and thank ye gods, she appeared stone cold sober and coherent! More »
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"FIND YOUR SOUND. FIND YOUR FUTURE."
So … Zac Efron has a new movie coming out this summer but it’s not THIS movie that he has been filming lately with Robert de Niro that will feature a LOT of nekkid flesh. No, the movie that Zac will be starring in this summer is titled We Are Your Friends and it tells the tale of a down-and-out kid from the Valley named Cole Carter who wants to grow up to be a superstar DJ like Calvin Harris. Yes, this is really the plot of this feature length film. As you can see in the trailer embedded above, this movie will feature all of the usual things that you see in any given rags to riches story but with DJs. When I first heard that this movie was being filmed last year, directed by Max Joseph (of Catfish fame), I was under the impression that the story would be more … substantial. I mean, I get that I’m not the target audience for this movie and it very well may be a huge success but, yeah, this movie just doesn’t look very good to me. What do you think? Do you want to see Zac try to become a superstar DJ in We Are Your Friends? If so, you can see the movie in full when it opens on August 28.
Mimi's vocal strength continues to improve
On Sunday night, Mariah Carey performed a career-spanning mini-medley of her first single Vision of Love (1990) and her current single Infinity (2015) at the Billboard Music Awards. I, personally, thought Mariah sounded great … especially since she is recovering from a throat illness that forced her to cancel shows from the second week of her just-launched Las Vegas concert residency. Last night, Mimi performed VoL and Infinity again on Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of the release of her new album #1 to Infinity and as you can hear above, her vocal strength continues to improve. Mariah Carey has long ago proven herself to be one of the greatest voices of our generation so she really doesn’t have anything else to prove … but it’s nice when she delivers a strong performance to silence the haters. Listen to MC sing Vision of Love and Infinity above and see how a real elusive chanteuse gets the job done.
Listen to 'Laughing in the Sugar Bowl' NOW!
Following the release last year of their comeback/reunion Record Store Day 2014 single The Museum of Broken Relationships b/w It’s Holy, the original members of Veruca Salt announced that they were going into the studio to record their third full-length studio album. Today, VS has announced that their new album is titled Ghost Notes (out in July) and they have released two songs for our listening pleasure. Click below to see the cover art for Ghost Notes and see the album’s tracklist of 14 songs … then listen to their new songs Laughing in the Sugar Bowl and The Gospel According to Saint Me which give us our first taste of THE NEW VERUCA SALT ALBUM!!! More »
Watch Now, no TIDAL required
Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have released their music video for Nicki‘s song Feelin’ Myself exclusively for TIDAL subscribers but the video has made its way to You Tube … for the time being. Someone at TIDAL will yank the video sooner rather than later so watch while you can. The video is fun and I love the song so it’s a win for me. Enjoy.
UPDATE … damn, that was fast … yanked already. But, click below to check out another non-You Tube embed to watch WHILE YOU CAN. More »
Vision of Lost Love
Mariah Carey was a featured performer during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards last night but before she performed a medley of her first single, Vision of Love (1990), and her new single, Infinity (2015), her Billboard Music Charts accomplishments over the years were celebrated … reminding us all that MC is truly one of the greatest pop singers living today. After Mimi did the damn thing on stage at the BMAs last night, she released a short teaser of the forthcoming music video for her single Infinity. Click the embed above to watch Mariah Carey perform Vision of Love and Infinity live at the Billboard Music Awards last night then click below to watch the teaser for her Infinity music video. More »
Did Taylor enlist every friend she has to diss Katy Perry?
After teasing the release of her music video with a massive character poster campaign, Taylor Swift finally unleashed her Bad Blood music video/mini-movie tonight for the world to see. As you can see in the embed above, the storyline of the Bad Blood video focuses squarely on betrayal … and revenge. The speculation that has emerged since the release of this video is that the video is meant as a not-so-subtle diss toward Katy Perry who used to be friendly with Taylor and, after a betrayal, well … came the bad blood. Selena Gomez‘s character Arsyn is said to be playing the Katy role and Taylor‘s Catastrophe character is obvs the Taylor role. It’s an interesting theory … but the video is so good overall that the rumored subtext is secondary. Taylor has outdone herself with this video for Bad Blood. The week-long hype promo was well worth it, I think. Have a look, see what you think. Are you impressed?
"All Around the World"
Britney Spears and her latest collaborator Iggy Azalea took to the stage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards live in Las Vegas, NV tonight to perform their new single Pretty Girls for the first time. As you can see in the embed below, the ladies took some cues from their totally outrageously ’80s-themed music video for this live performance that is full of dance and FUN! You can tell that Britney is having a great time during this performance … and my love for this song grows every time I hear it. The performance is short but sweet but only because the song is short and sweet … a perfect pop confection to indulge in again and again. I love!! More »