Music

  • ‘Big Chano: 25 & Alive’ Birthday Playlist Curated by Chance the Rapper

    ‘Big Chano: 25 & Alive’ Birthday Playlist Curated by Chance the Rapper

    Yesterday was Chance the Rapper’s 25th birthday. It’s OK if you didn’t get him anything, but in his typically generous fashion he along with Apple Music has given us something for the occasion: A specially curated playlist of 31 of Chance’s favorite songs entitled Big Chano: 25 & Alive.  Big Chano: 25 & Alive stretches back to […]

  • ‘Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs’ from ZZ Top

    ‘Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs’ from ZZ Top

    Good news for anyone looking to beef up their ZZ Top record collection. A followup to last year’s box set Cinco: The First Five LPs has been announced, and it’s called the only thing such an item could ever be called: Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs. Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs includes the five […]

  • ‘We Beefin?': A Mixtape from Wendy’s (Audio)

    ‘We Beefin?': A Mixtape from Wendy’s (Audio)

    You might be unaware of this, but fast food burger chain Wendy’s has cultivated a certain social media persona based largely on insulting its competitors and even sometimes its own customers. That’s the important but probably not vital context for We Beefin?, a very real hip hop mixtape put out by the restaurant. Wendy’s is not […]

  • ‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ by Andy Warhol to Sell for $30M

    ‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ by Andy Warhol to Sell for $30M

    In the art world, pictures of Elvis are among the least respected, but Andy Warhol had and continues to have a knack for making the disreputable extremely reputable among art collectors and admirers. Take, for example, his life-sized portrait of the King of Rock and Roll in full Rio Bravo mode (but actually from a publicity shot […]

  • Songwriters Fonts: The Handwriting of Famous Songwriters, Now Downloadable

    Songwriters Fonts: The Handwriting of Famous Songwriters, Now Downloadable

    An underrated but still crucial part of the art of songwriting is the actual physical process of writing lyrics down on paper. Today this probably happens on computers and smartphones, but back in the day(s) famous songwriters like Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, and so on wrote what would become generation-defining lyrics in their […]

  • ‘The DAMN. Chronic’ Mixtape: Kendrick Lamar Meets Dr. Dre

    ‘The DAMN. Chronic’ Mixtape: Kendrick Lamar Meets Dr. Dre

    I recently revisited the classic 1993 album Doggystyle, and was struck by how brilliant it feels even after 25 years, and how much of that brilliance is owed to the studio expertise of Dr. Dre. I bring it up because DJ Critical Hype has come up with a new way to appreciate that expertise, and that of […]

  • “Framed”: New Eminem Music Video/Horror Movie (Video)

    “Framed”: New Eminem Music Video/Horror Movie (Video)

    Eminem’s latest album Revival seems to have come and gone without making too much of a splash, but the newly released video for its standout single “Framed” will probably get some extra attention. That’s because the video is basically a horror movie in miniature, starring Em as a psychotic killer who blacks out and goes into murderous […]

  • ‘This is Tom Waits’ Spotify Playlist Compiled by the Man Himself

    ‘This is Tom Waits’ Spotify Playlist Compiled by the Man Himself

    If you’re a Spotify user, you’re probably familiar with the streaming service’s series of This is… playlists, giving listeners an intensive primer on a given artist’s work. I don’t know how these playlists are usually compiled, but I have received word that the recently released playlist This is Tom Waits is reportedly curated by the artist himself. This is […]

  • ‘My Dear Melancholy': The Weeknd’s New Album Drops Tonight

    ‘My Dear Melancholy': The Weeknd’s New Album Drops Tonight

    It’s been over a year sinceThe Weeknd has put out a new studio album, but now we have the name of his next record: My Dear Melancholy. And the final product is dropping tonight at midnight, if a recent post straight from The Weeknd’s Instragram account is to be believed. Earlier today, The Weeknd posted a shot of the […]

  • “Pin-Ups: David Bowie Goes to the Movies” from TIFF

    “Pin-Ups: David Bowie Goes to the Movies” from TIFF

    The cool thing about being a David Bowie fan is that even if you’ve listened to all of his music (an impressive feat on its own), unless you’re an absolutely obsessive completist there are probably a few movies of his you haven’t seen yet. The Toronto International Film Festival, as part of its series of […]