Supertouch favorite MIA just dropped her new 8-minute "Matangi Mixtape" created for fashion house Kenzo as the soundtrack to her upcoming collaboration with the design house. "Matangi" is also the name of M.I.A.’s next album which is tentatively dropping April 15th, so this is likely a good taste of what's to come. Head to MatangiMixtape.com for the stream Read More
One of numerous variants of his forthcoming album, "Wolf," due out on April 1st, Tyler The Creator commissioned Supertouch buddy Mark Ryden to paint this woodland portrait of the Odd Future ringleader astride his BMX bike, surrounded by the artist's usual coterie of cuddly creatures. Strange & unexpected indeed. The full album is currently streaming in advance of the release, listen below:
In one of the most unpredictable charity collabs ever, Depeche Mode has teamed up with luxury watchmaker Hublot to create an incredibly badass timepiece to raise funds for global relief NGO Charity : Water. Read More
Little mention's been made in the mainstrem media about the fact that OBAMA hosted a substantial night of music at the White House last week to commemorate the the Civil Rights Movement, that included BOB DYLAN performing "The Times They Are-a Changin" for a house full of bitterly warring politicians...
MGMT goes psychedelic surfing with Ausgang...
Our old friend, psychedelic artist ANTHONY AUSGANG has been keeping a pretty low profile in recent years, so it was music to our ears when electro rockers MGMT released the cover art for the upcoming album, "Congratulations" featuring the ever trippy imagery of AA. The LP drops March 13th, it's just too bad you won't be getting a nice 12" cover with this art on it to stare at...
"MICHEL GONDRY'S newest music video for Mia Doi Todd's 'Open Your Heart'. After several years conceptualizing a video involving dozens of dancers wearing bright multi-colored outfits, Michel found a perfect fit with Mia's tune. The music was produced and arranged by long-time friend and collaborator, Jon Brion and the video features the Riverside Community College Marching Band."
Our friends in THE DOORS camp have finally put together a proper cinematic tribute to LA's most important rock band. The film, narrated by JOHNNY DEPP, is a time capsule, composed entirely of footage shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and frontman Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Director TOM DiCILLO's revealing documentary is a treasure trove of live performances, TV appearances, home movies, studio footage, and a never-before-seen independent film made called "HWY" by and starring Morrison. The movie will make its US theatrical debut at this summer's LA FILM FEST, June 18–28.
**Watch RAY MANZEREK's history of The Doors mini-film series HERE
If Borat went to Napoleon Dynamite's high school and did Vanilla Ice covers in the talent show backed by Spank Rock's production crew, you're starting to approach understanding the M.O. of the amazingly weird South African "Zef" rap trio DIE ANTWOORD ("The Answer"). Comprised of Capetown rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek (along with a revolving cast of skid row homies like their Gollum-esque sidekick), the trio's inimitable brand of dirty, cracker-ass, Afrikaner Hip-Hop literally must be seen to be believed:
The influence of the greatest, most powerful, and most innovative hardcore band of all time, BAD BRAINS, literally cannot be overstated. There is not a genre of popular heavy music today that does not benefit from the mighty steps taken from the unlikely Rastas from DC who infused reggae, dub, and speed metal into the otherwise homogenous, suburban white genre. The band's camp has been working on a long-overdue comprehensive documentary for over a year now and our buddies at METAL UNDERGROUND say the reels are almost ready to roll:
"BAD BRAINS has announced that it is in the final stages of production for its acclaimed documentary. No release date has been set yet.
The yet-untitled film was directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan and traces the history of the band from their formation in Washington, D.C. in 1979 to the present day. In addition to tons of footage from the band’s vault, the movie includes interviews with all four members (vocalist HR, guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson) and their manager Anthony Countey, as well as testimonials from Henry Rollins, ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye, ex-Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar, ex-Cro Mags vocalist Jon Joseph and guitarist Harley Flanagan, Murphys Law guitarist Jimmy Gestapo and Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who produced Bad Brains 2007 album Build a Nation.
In addition to giving birth to the hardcore movement with their song “Pay to Cum” and inspiring all of the aforementioned musicians in the process, the Bad Brains had a huge influence on a new breed of late ‘80 and early ’90s metal bands, including Living Colour, Faith No More, 24-7 Spyz and Fishbone. While the Bad Brains flick is currently in post-production, it will be ready for release in a Jamaican minute."