We should be back to our regular programming here on the Walrus next week after what has been a tumultuous few months behind the scenes, and we'll start that with getting back into the groove of a weekend playlist. Weekend Playlist 2015/07/04 was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Over the past week, M.I.A. has been sharing new visuals and music on her social media accounts. As Pitchfork points out, it all seems to be tied to some project called “Matahdatha.” Some of the stuff she’s shared so far include a bunch of new press shots and what looks like a video shoot. One […]
Mark Barrott releases the latest installment of his Sketches From an Island (the “island” in... Read more »
“Yes All Cops” is a protest song designed to combat complacency. Worriers use the rhetoric of apologists (“Not all cops are bad”) and flip it, suggesting that anyone in a position of power deserves to be carefully scrutinized, that remaining silent in the face of oppression is often more damaging than taking a risk and […]
Meek Mill’s new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is racking up critical praise right and left — including our own blessing in Status Ain’t Hood last week. Following a stint in jail, Meek rejoined society and bossed up his social status; following weeks of rumors, he’s now publicly dating fellow rapper Nicki Minaj. Their […]
The only visuals we’ve gotten from If You’re Reading This-era Drake has been the 14-minute Jungle short film, but it looks like that’s about to change soon. Yesterday, he offered up a quick look at an “Energy” music video on his Instagram, featuring a dramatic shot of two kids standing in a field while one […]
While The Game is better known these days for his sexually explicit Instagram phraseology, he’s been teaming up with big names for his forthcoming album Documentary 2 as well. Drake showed up on a Game song called “100,” delivering that freestyle he’d been performing live over the track’s warm soul sample and burbling, snap-click beat. […]
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...
Emerging from the dark cloud surrounding convicted child sex offender Ian Watkins and their former Welsh metal band Lostprophets, No Devotion are well on their way to, well, permanence. Former Thursday and current United Nations member Geoff Rickly took over as frontman for the newly christened band, and last year they realized the terrific debut […]
Later this month, the lightly fictionalized Daft Punk/French electronic music origin story Eden will be released in theaters. We’ve already seen a few trailers and clips from the film, and here’s another one courtesy of DJ Mag. This one shows the two Daft Punk stand-ins nervously queuing up their legendary “Da Funk” for the first […]
Do you really want to go down this road, Miguel? As NME points out, a reporter from The Sunday Times asked the Wildheart singer about his relationship with fellow R&B innovator Frank Ocean, a relationship Miguel described as “cordial” at best. Then Miguel lit the fuse: “I wouldn’t say we were friends. To be completely […]
Jack White and Alison Mosshart’s supergroup side project the Dead Weather have been releasing a string of singles of the past year-and-a-half in the lead-up to their third full-length album. That album’s just been announced — it’s called Dodge & Burn, and was recorded in Nashville during spare moments in White, Mosshart, Queens Of The […]
Swedish experimentalists Goat are following up their breakthrough 2014 album Commune with a one-off single called “It’s Time For Fun.” The track was apparently recorded in their claimed mythological voodoo-steeped hometown of Korpilombolo, an origin story that’s been disputed but feels just about right for this mysterious collective. The single will be released by three […]
Denmark’s Roskilde Festival ended this past weekend, and concertgoers who made it to the Africa Express supergroup set were treated with a very special performance by Damon Albarn. The Blur and Gorillaz frontman played a 5-hour set that came to an abrupt conclusion when a security officer told Albarn that his time was up. Albarn […]
The UK’s foremost brotherly duo Disclosure are in the full swing of things for their sophomore album Caracal, having shared the Gregory Porter-featuring lead single “Holding On” last week. As is customary in the electronic music community, a remix of the track has already surfaced. Julio Bashmore released his “Elevated Mix” of “Holding On” today, […]
Heather Woods Broderick has been quietly stringing together a slew of tracks off her new album Glider. Today she’s shared “Up In The Pine,” which follows up “A Call For Distance,” “Wyoming,” and “Mama Shelter.” I used to be an avid tree-climber when I was younger, and the longing in this song reminds me of […]
Wolf Alice - "Freazy". One of my favourite movements is the hopeful reach. You on a kitchen chair, tippy-toes, straining to grasp the vase. You on all fours, under the bed, dreaming of that distant box of picture frames....
Back in May, Public Image Ltd. announced that they would release their 10th studio album, What The World Needs Now…, in the fall, and today they’ve shared the lead single from the record. It’s called “Double Trouble” and frontman John Lydon says that the song “arose from an argument with his wife about plumbing but […]
Jamie xx wrote the score to a new ballet, Tree Of Codes, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival this past Friday. This marks the festival’s first major dance commission, and Jamie xx worked on the project alongside the Paris Opera Ballet’s choreographer Wayne McGregor and the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who arranged all of […]
Laura Jane Grace is the latest guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast — not as big of a get as Barack Obama a few weeks back, but still a pretty big deal. They talked about her military family upbringing, transphobia in the punk scene, Against Me!’s history, the pressure to label yourself when you’re in […]