Stream all of Daft Punk's new album, 'Random Access Memories,' now
Oops. They meant to give you just a taste, but the entire new Daft Punk album has leaked. So now it's up on iTunes for anyone to hear. Listen to the record here.
Damn, they're good. Daft Punk continues (along with David Bowie) to rewrite the rules of marketing music in 2013. While everyone else is trying to get all the exposure they can, Daft Punk has been cheekily dropping tiny hints, clues and snippets. Mysterious posters all around SXSW. A snippet of music released in a TV commercial during "Saturday Night Live." A first single, "Get Lucky," recorded in complete secrecy and now inescapable. And everything they do goes viral every step of the way.
"Random Access Memories" is due out on May 21, but it can't get here quick enough for fans. Daft Punk released another snippet -- there's just 15 seconds of music in the video for the unboxing of the album below.
Enough to hear them play one song for SIX HOURS?
Bill Clinton tried to reunite Led Zeppelin
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Bowie to raise some eyebrows with new music video
And we thought Ziggy Stardust was shocking at the time.
David Bowie's new video for the title track of his album "The Next Day" is here, and there's a little something for everyone. Blood, lots of blood, including two eyeballs served up on a platter. Stigmata. Nudity. Gary Oldman as an errant priest (use your imagination). The pope, a lot of religious symbolism, and did we mention the blood and nudity? Toss in Marion Cotillard and Bowie in the Obi-Wan Kenobi garb we told you about a few weeks back and you've got it all going on here. Not safe for work, for your mother, for your kids, for your fellow churchgoers -- but if there was any doubt that classic Bowie is back, this should settle the matter. Watch the explicit video, which YouTube gave an "adults-only" rating, below.
"Beautiful" features singer Miguel for much of the track
Why "half" a single? Because as Gawker points out (and your ears will tell you) the R&B singer Miguel is as much a part of the single or more than Carey -- he takes the first verse and to some ears (mine) is the best part of the song. Or as Gawker puts it, she's "a guest on her own comeback single." You be the judge.
"Neurotic Society" posted to rapper's Tumblr page to satisfy legal agreement
Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss [of former label mate Chris Kelly], I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!
Brooklyn turns out to celebrate the late Adam Yauch
"It's fitting that we're here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch because like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children. I was trying to think of what to say today, and I was thinking what it means to be a New York kid: People come to New York to be themselves, to express themselves and to be who they want to be. And although Adam's mom Frances is a New York kid herself, his father Noel came to New York to be himself. And together they raised a New York kid, Adam Yauch, and Noel and Frances raised him right. They taught Adam to be curious, thoughtful, kind and just enough crazy – that craziness that is New York. That New York frenetic energy: It's musical, artful and always moving forward. And that's not only Brooklyn, that's Adam Yauch. And Adam and his wife Dechen raised a daughter Losel, a New York kid that's equally talented, curious and utterly awesome.
"In life you don't really get to chose your family, your siblings – you get what you're given. I got lucky cause I got two great sisters and two great brothers, but I got extra lucky because around 1982, I got the chance to choose two other brothers: Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch. And together our families have grown. I'd like to thank the New York Parks Department and the people of Brooklyn for honoring my friend and brother, and recognizing how cool it is to have an Adam Yauch park for other crazy New York kids."
Two promised songs turn into four on iTunes
Buckingham told us about the new songs "Sad Angel" and "Miss Fantasy," both written about Nicks. Nicks told us about resurrecting an old Buckingham/Nicks outtake, "Without You." Now those three songs are available as an EP through iTunes, with the addition of another song, "It Takes Time," a Buckingham piano ballad that neither mentioned in earlier interviews.
Remarkably, it has been 10 years since "Say You Will," the last Fleetwood Mac album of new tunes, though both Buckingham and Nicks have put out numerous solo albums in the ensuing decade. Maybe the Buckingham/Nicks reunion will have legs after the current Mac tour wraps up. If nothing else, maybe we'll finally get the official release of the long-out-of-print "Buckingham/Nicks" album, which is available pretty much everywhere despite its alleged scarcity.