Wesley Joseph and Jorja Smith take a drive like no other for the “Patience” music video

Wesley Joseph and Jorja Smith take a drive like no other for the “Patience” music video
Joseph’s debut album ULTRAMARINE is out tomorrow.

By Jordan Darville

June 17, 2021

Walsall rapper, director, and all-around multihyphenate Wesley Joseph will share his debut project ULTRAMARINE tomorrow after spending 2020 building a reputation for iridescent, effortlessly cool music. Today sees the release of “Patience,” a collaboration with Jorja Smith, who is a member of the OG Horse collective along with Joseph. Their creative chemistry is all over their collaboration, a song of deeply textured and futuristic soul music.

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Joseph gets equally ambitious for the track’s self-directed music video, streaming above. Co-starring Smith, the “Patience” video is a collage of emotional and often heartbreaking images based around a leisurely drive. “When coming up with the video,” Joseph said in an email, “I knew I wanted there to be a distinctive storyline that provides a metaphoric ‘crash’ of dramatic incidents from different perspectives in life that were all unrelated. I wanted to showcase raw emotions in a way that doesn’t make you too attached to one individual experience, but lets you appreciate it. Life is complex but can be simple at the same time and I wanted the video to reflect that.”

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Hubert Lenoir discusses the magic behind “Secret” and his new album

Hubert Lenoir discusses the magic behind “Secret” and his new album

In a new interview, the Québécois pop artist went behind-the-scenes of the music video for his new single and his upcoming album Musique Direct.

By Jordan Darville

June 17, 2021

Hubert Lenoir. Photo by Daniel Dugas.

 

Hubert Lenoir knows how to cut a figure. The 26-year-old pop musician, who emerged from Quebec City in 2018, captured interest in Canada and beyond its borders with his debut album Darlène, an excellent and sprawling rock epic duly shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. Appearing in public and onstage, Lenoir appeared as a rock star princeling in the classic sense, capable of articulating himself in unusual and often controversial ways: during an appearance on La Voix in 2018, he revealed a tattoo on his left buttock depicting an ejaculating fleur-de-lis, the icon found on Quebec’s flag. The same year he won three prizes at the ADISQ Gala (basically the Québécois Grammys) and celebrated during his acceptance by miming oral sex on one of the trophies. Media saturation led to intensified scrutiny, so he stepped back from the public view to regroup without apology or strong regrets.

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“I’ve already been working in self-isolation for the past two years now,” Lenoir says when I ask him over FaceTime if the pandemic changed how he worked on Musique Direct, his upcoming album. The new music resembles Darlène only in its ambition: whereas Lenoir introduced himself as a glam-rocker globetrotter on his debut album, Musique Direct is a pastiche of pop elements both contemporary and classic colliding with a pinball machine’s frenzy. The project germinated from years worth of iPhone recordings, clips of conversations, and random sounds that acted as citations of a sort for the record. “I feel [on] a lot of personal albums,” he says, “[the artists] portray themselves as victims. I feel that the interesting thing with this way of working [is that] you have the proof when you try to portray yourself.”

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His gambit has paid off: While Darlène’s narrative was based on Lenoir’s relationship with his romantic and creative partner Noémie Leclerc, the bold and dizzying structure gives Musique Direct a more immediately human and progressive feel. That vibe is captured in “Secret,” the project’s lead single. A wispy cut of lounge-pop that evolves into a gloriously funky form, “Secret” is “about the feeling of unshared love and being rejected when you know that it’s only because you’re different,” Lenoir says. To that end, Lenoir stars as an ostracized human-skunk high schooler in Noémie Leclerc’s music video for “Secret,” premiering today on The FADER. it’s what Degrassi would look like if the world were a bit more exciting, shot in 16mm film and with a joyous free-association spirit.

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Below, watch Hubert Lenoir’s “Secret” music video, followed by our interview on the song’s creation and the upcoming album.

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The FADER: How did your life after Darlène influence Musique Direct?

Hubert Lenoir: When I released Darlène, we were a little bit naive about life, and I feel like this record pushed me into the world in a good and much more violent way. This new record is [saying] it’s okay if you can be your true self, and you can go out into the world being like “this is me.” It’s also about the consequences that come from it, and how you try to cope from these consequences.

The way you say it, it sounds like the music could be quite downcast, but the album is really playful.

Yeah. Throughout the record, I tried to embody the mixed feelings that I was having at this moment, and that you get from this amount of excitement. A thing that I tried to portray throughout the record was that there’s two sides of my personality, the more vulnerable side and also the bravado that is a way to protect yourself from your more vulnerable side.

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I think the artists that I love are full of paradoxes. We’re complicated and that’s what makes humans interesting to me. So I always go with what I feel doing and I don’t try to be the most badass person ever. And I’m hopeful that at the end of the day, it’s just going to be a good portrayal of who I am.

I just do what I feel like I need to be doing at this moment. I know that people may say, “Oh, it feels calculated.” It always bugs me. And it’s a fear that I have, because it always bugs me when I see artists that are trying too hard to [be] provocative.

I think the artists that I love are full of paradoxes. We’re complicated and that’s what makes humans interesting to me.

That’s something that struck me about the new music: how natural it felt. It really is a left turn sonically from Darlène. But at the same time, you sounded very comfortable

Oh, well, thank you. The process of making this album was [inspired by] this movement in Quebec, which is called Cinéma Direct. There’s tons of theory of where it first began, but a lot of people can say that it was made by Quebec filmmakers, especially Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault. They would just go on the road and film these people in the countryside of the province of Quebec.

I was inspired by this and for maybe two or three years, I’ve been recording some things on my iPhone. Just conversations and anything that was coming to me. I didn’t chase these sounds, I didn’t really know why I was recording them but I was just doing it.

When I was beginning to make this record, I was having a hard time finding something that was symbolic and that resonated emotionally with me. The music that I was making was cool, but I didn’t really see the excitement. Then I thought back of this Quebec cinema, and then about my iPhone recordings. And I don’t want to make it this movie moment, but it was really this lightning bubble thing. I was like, “Yeah, this is my album.” This is it and went straight into it. And it worked.

Tell me about the process of writing “Secret.”

Well, the song is something that I had left out [from the album]. It came from this jam that we were doing at Mac DeMarco’s place. He was playing drums, Kirin J Callinan was on the guitar. It sounded very different from what we have now. And then when I was working on the record, there was this piece missing at the beginning. And I felt that there was a way of getting into the story that was missing.

And so, I wrote “Secret” about wanting to feel accepted. You’re just going there with all these intentions and then you just get rejected. You don’t necessarily hold grudges against the people that reject you because It’s not their fault. It’s just, like, insanely sad.

I feel like this song is something that I’ve been trying to write since I’ve started to write songs. I feel like I got it this time. This public rejection that I had from time to time — and I don’t want to call it bullying because it’s going to make me feel a victim, but it’s kind of bullying — it brought me back to high school traumas and the way I was suffering from bullying back then.

I just wanted to say hey in a way, to everybody out there, I’m sorry. It’s not going to be easy. And there’s not a lot you can do about it. But it is also a good way of saying you’re not alone, too. I was thinking about the high school person I was. Maybe the same person will hear the song and feel a little more comfortable or at least would just comfort them in their pain.

Those themes really fit with the visuals.

The idea came from Noémie, who’s directing. The lyrics are not too abstract, you get what it’s about right away. So I think she knew too. She came up with the idea of a skunk. Skunks are not trying to do anything wrong except just survive and do their thing in their skunk life. But people just despise them in such an awful way. And so I think it was portraying the feeling in a nice and cinematic way.

At some point, when we were shooting the high school scene, there was this gap in the mask between the nose so it was creating this condensation. I don’t like to whine, but the level of discomfort was insane. It was something crazy. It gets all sweaty but you cannot wipe it and it starts to get itchy, and oh my God. I’m sure you can feel the discomfort. When I realized that I needed to have it for six hours, I had this panic attack and I went to the bathroom and I puked. But there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for art.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

Tyler, The Creator announces new album Call Me If You Get Lost

Tyler, The Creator announces new album Call Me If You Get Lost
The project drops on June 25.

By Jordan Darville

June 17, 2021

Tyler, The Creator. Photo by Luis ‘Panch’ Perez

 

After days of teasers and anticipation, Tyler, The Creator has announced a new album. Call Me If You Get Lost, the follow-up to Tyler’s Grammy-winning Igor, will be released next Friday, June 25 via Columbia. Check out the cover art below.

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Call Me If You Get Lost cover art

 

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Call Me If You Get Lost was first previewed earlier this week. Tyler shared a video titled “SIDE STREET” containing a snippet of new music as well as the album’s title, which also appeared on billboards in cities around the world. Just yesterday, Tyler dropped a brand new single and self-directed music video called “LUMBERJACK.

Pop Smoke’s new project is 95% done according to his manager

Pop Smoke’s new project is 95% done according to his manager
The late rapper’s sophomore album is reportedly almost completed.

By Sajae Elder

June 17, 2021

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Pop Smoke‘s manager Rico Beats says the rapper’s next posthumous project is 95% completed, according to an Instagram post. Beats shared an image of himself, Victor Victor CEO Steven Victor, and Pop Smoke into an iconic image of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson with a caption that reads: “Pop Album 95% loading the f$&k up!!!!” Steven Victor also shared the post promising an announcement about the release.

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At press time, there are no further details or a release date for the upcoming Pop Smoke album. The rapper’s posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon dropped back in 2020, featuring singles like “Mood Swings” and “What You Know Bout Love.”

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Pop Smoke was killed last February, during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. Four people were subsequently charged in connection with the rapper’s murder. Revisit The FADER’s memorial to the late rapper here.

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Eric Bellinger lets his light “Shine On The World” in his new visual

Eric Bellinger lets his light “Shine On The World” in his new visual
The record is set to appear on the singer’s forthcoming album, set to drop later this summer.

By The FADER

June 17, 2021

Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger shared the innovative visuals for his latest single “Shine on the World” on Friday, serving as the first single from his forthcoming album dropping later this summer.

The inspirational record along with its dynamic video follows Bellinger’s life story from his church roots to his current place as one of R&B’s biggest songwriters. He makes his way through adoring fans and goes on to enjoy the fruits of his labor. In the end, he performs alongside a group of vocalists, empowering listeners to not be afraid to shine their light.

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The video feels like one of Bellinger’s most personal, the Loris Russier-directed visuals are also completely shoppable courtesy of TAP IN XR & .show, offering viewers a chance to purchase new merch from Eric throughout the music visual, including the Rich Before The Money Tee, Don’t Be Afraid Tee, and Soul Sistas Tee.

TAP IN XR founder Mayowa sat down with Bellinger to discuss his long-spanning career, and ow he defines success.

Mayowa: Eric, looking through your catalog, you have never released a record like “Shine On the World”. So why “Shine On The World” and why now?

I think my natural elevation needed to take place in real life in order for it to genuinely translate in the music. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and spoke about whatever I may have been going through at the moment or even how I felt. I’m at a point now where I realize it’s up to me to Shine On The World. A conscious decision from self rather than an allowance from anyone else.

Photo by Akilah Townsend. Styled by Neon Complex.

 

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The opening scene of the visual feels like a short film. We see a boy walking into a church raising his hand to sing only to be rejected once he sings to the audience. Can you tell us why that scene was put in the visual and what it means to you?

That beginning scene is actually based on a true story. When I was younger that exact same thing happened to me. I grew up in a Church where singing anything outside of those four walls was frowned upon. It traumatized me for years causing me to question if I was at fault for simply wanting to use the gift God gave me. Luckily it didn’t get to me too bad & instead of letting the judgment keep me down, I used it as fuel and motivation to guide me to my own personal happiness and ultimately my success.

How will you know if “Shine On the World” has made the impact you wanted?

I already know it has and will continue to do so. We live in a world with quick results. As soon as a song is out the people will let you know how they feel. I always get people telling me the songs are great or they love the music but this time around the feedback has been a little bit different. People are telling me they hear God in the music. Lives are being touched and faith is being restored. That was the goal with Shine On The World. It’s truly inspiring to be an inspiration.

Photo by Akilah Townsend. Styled by Neon Complex.

 

There were a couple of lines in ‘Shine On The World’ that really stuck with me “Your beauty could paint a picture” and “Should have been a scripture about you in the bible”. Your music has always seemed geared towards the female audience and in this record more even focused on empowering them. How have women influenced you as a man and as an artist?

I think women have enabled me to do what I do. From singing about them to them, with them & for them… It’s created a lane for me that I didn’t know I was paving. By genuinely doing what I’ve always felt was right, I gained an organic following of not only women that needed to hear the songs, but also men that wanted to dedicate emotion and thoughts to their Queens.
There aren’t too many artists that make positive music for lovers. It’s tough growing up on old-school music while trying to release it in a new school time. But staying true and consistent to myself is what’s kept me around and that’s uplifting women any & every chance I get.

You recently did a performance with an all-female band. Can you tell us a bit about that experience and why you chose to go in that direction?

I’ve always been a fan of bands. I just respected the process so much I never wanted to really half do it. This time around, I feel like we’re on the verge of elevation. I knew in order to get different results we would need to approach things differently. And what better way to show appreciation to women than to have all females holding me down as representation for the foundation of my shows. Not just any ladies tho. Four of the most talented women I’ve ever met! S/O to the Angels.

The landscape of R&B music has changed since you first started your music career. What are some of the things you have noticed that are different since you started?

Being in the game for so long I’ve seen a lot of things & people come and go. At one point it was about the songs. Then it became about the best voice. Then it was the biggest clique. After that, the co-sign was a necessity. And as the times changed music has also been ever-evolving with the popular sound of the moment switching from ATL to NY to LA back to ATL regions. Then the features were the most important. Next was who was viral and what was trending.

Marketing strategies have jumped from radio to social media platforms and now streams have become the determining factor on who’s who in the culture. Dances and challenges have become the new wave in breaking new records. If you’re not tapped into all these things and paying close attention to when to slow down your melodies or speed up those cadences you’ll eventually get lost in the sauce.

Photo by Akilah Townsend. Styled by Neon Complex.

 

It looks like you’re in rollout mode. How has your approach and process of working on your upcoming album differ from the way you have worked on albums in the past?

A lot of my music is based on me finding love and falling in love with love. The ups and downs of it all. But this time around I’ve been in more of a self-reflective space. With the pandemic putting the world on hold placing us all in isolation, I was blessed with the gift of time. No shows, no sessions, no flights, no meetings… The only time to work on me. I got to a place where I mattered more than anything I was dedicating my time to.

I began to write about things I normally wouldn’t write and it caused me to challenge concepts a little deeper. Knowing what I wanted to say and didn’t want to say helped me get more specific and intentional with not only my sound but my look and the overall mission I wanted to send to the world.

What can fans expect from the upcoming album?

I think fans will love and appreciate this new Eric Bellinger. As I’ve grown so has my music. My experience has taught me how to be better. For each album, I examine the outcome from comments to reposts to tweets and even in-person word-of-mouth feedback. I’m finally comfortable enough to give the people what I feel they need rather than what I know they want.

Photo by Akilah Townsend. Styled by Neon Complex.

 

Outside of working on your own music are there any other artists you are writing or producing records for?

Definitely! I also believe it’s important to continue to do what you did to get here in order to stay here. Lately, I’ve been having a fun time going back and forth from writing on my own projects and being of assistance to some of the biggest artists in the world. From Diddy to Summer Walker, to Ty Dolla Sign, and Chris Brown to name a few.

You have won Grammys, written and been part of records that have gone gold. How do you let those accolades define you and how would you define the true meaning of success?

I never let those moments define me but I always used them as leverage. Consumers typically tend to gravitate towards familiarity. And since I never had the big cosign or major label backing I had to find a way to sneak into their hearts lol As my writing career took off it enabled the spotlight to shine on me as an artist. My pen opened the minds and ears of people that were strangers to me but already fans of my work.

Once word got out that I was behind some of the people’s favorite songs over the past decade it made it easier for them to trust my style and sound because it was something they were already accustomed to. I never tried to reinvent the wheel either, I just made it an obligation to continuously fine-tune & smooth it out for a much more enjoyable ride. Get used to me. It’s Eazy!

Stream “Shine on the World” here.

Interview by Mayowa (TAP IN XR)

Sample fancy wine and raw beats in The FADER’s Hanging Out with GOON DES GARCONS* and Na-Kel Smith

Sample fancy wine and raw beats in The FADER’s Hanging Out with GOON DES GARCONS* and Na-Kel Smith
In our latest episode, two rising rap stars give us a personal tour of Los Angeles.

By The FADER

June 17, 2021

The FADER may be New York-based, but we’re more than happy to head to Los Angeles anytime we can. It’s even better when we get shown around the city by artists like GOON DES GARCONS* and Na-Kel Smith, who know all the spots and how to have the best time at them. Our journey begins at Gilbert’s for tacos and a conversation between Na-Kel and GOON about making art without boundaries. Then it’s off to Echo Park with GOON for an unorthodox wine tasting (you’re still supposed to spit out the wine, right?) followed by a trip to Na-Kel’s home studio for some insight into his beat-making process. Watch the whole day go down above, and listen to Na-Kel and Goon’s collaborative single “BULLY” below.

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Tyler, The Creator shares video for new song “LUMBERJACK”

Tyler, The Creator shares video for new song “LUMBERJACK”
Could a new album be on the way?

By Jordan Darville

June 16, 2021

Tyler, The Creator strongly hinted at an imminent return on Monday with the release of “SIDE STREET,” a quick video teaser with new music. Today, he’s shared a brand new song called “LUMBERJACK” along with a self-directed music video. Check it out above.

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Tyler, The Creator’s last album Igor was released in 2019 and won the 2020 Grammy award for Best Rap Album. This year saw a verse from Tyler on the Brent Faiyaz song “Gravity” and “Tell Me How,” a jingle written for Coca-Cola.

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JAY-Z sues Reasonable Doubt photographer Jonathan Mannion for using his name and likeness

JAY-Z sues Reasonable Doubt photographer Jonathan Mannion for using his name and likeness
The suit alleges Mannion has made thousands of dollars from selling photos of the rapper.

By Sajae Elder

June 16, 2021

JAY-Z. By Brian Ach/Getty Images for Something in the Water.

 

JAY-Z has filed a lawsuit against photographer Jonathan Mannion and his company Jonathan Mannion Photography, LLC, for using the rapper’s name, image, and likeness without permission, according to Reuters. According to the suit, Mannion, the photographer behind iconic rap images including JAY-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt cover art, has been selling prints of the rapper for thousands of dollars, later demanding tens of millions of dollars when asked to no longer use the photos.

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“[Mannion] made an arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases,” the rapper alleges in the suit. “It is ironic that a photographer would treat the image of a formerly-unknown Black teenager, now wildly successful, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce.”

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JAY-Z now wants Mannion to stop selling the photos, and other merch where his image appears, and give him the profits he’s made with his likeness. An attorney for Mannion has responded to the suit by saying: “Mr. Mannion has created iconic images of Mr. Carter over the years, and is proud that these images have helped to define the artist that Jay-Z is today. Mr. Mannion has the utmost respect for Mr. Carter and his body of work, and expects that Mr. Carter would similarly respect the rights of artists and creators who have helped him achieve the heights to which he has ascended.”

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The FADER has reached out to representatives for JAY-Z and Jonathan Mannion for comment.

Wet share new song “On Your Side”

Wet share new song “On Your Side”
It’s the pop group’s first new song since 2018.

By Jordan Darville

June 16, 2021

Footage from underground raves from the ’90s might not be the first visual that comes into your head when listening to the dreamy R&B-tinged pop music of Wet, but the band are seeking to change that with the visuals for “On Your Side.” The song is Wet’s first since releasing Still Run in 2018 (the group covered The FADER in 2015 on the heels of their debut album Don’t You). Bliss doesn’t know genre, I suppose, and the alluring atmosphere “On Your Side” has that in spades.

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“‘On Your Side’ is about the feeling of embodying unconditional love as a special and fleeting experience,” Wet frontwoman Kelly Zutrau said in a press statement. “Even though it sounds contradictory, unconditional and fleeting, it’s about that duality. I often find myself in more ambivalent places in relationships and then when it happens it’s epic like planets and trees and rivers and then like that it’s gone again. I think I wanted to capture it as a way of holding onto that feeling. To me a lot of love songs are about capturing that quick moment before it’s gone, there’s a desperation to it.”

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Little Simz shares new song “Rollin Stone”

Little Simz shares new song “Rollin Stone”
The third release from the U.K. rapper’s new album, due in September.

By David Renshaw

June 15, 2021

Little Simz has dropped new song “Rollin Stone.” The track is the London-based artist’s latest release from upcoming album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert following “Woman” and lead single “Introvert.” Check out the “Rollin Stone” video above.

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Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is due on September 3. The album is Simz’first since 2019’s Grey Area and her fourth studio effort in total. A qurantine project, Drop 6, arrived last year amid Covid-related lockdown conditions across the globe.

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In addition to “Rollin Stone,” Simz recently announced details of a 2021 U.K. tour. See below for dates and venue details.

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Yves Tumor shares new song/video “Jackie”

Yves Tumor shares new song/video “Jackie”
It’s their first new single since last year’s album Heaven To A Tortured Mind.

By Jordan Darville

June 15, 2021

Yves Tumor was not only behind one of the most convincing reinventions of 2020 — from experimental texture alchemist to glam-rock god — but they also created one of the year’s best albums in the process, Heaven To A Tortured Mind. Today Tumor returns with another single “Jackie,” a towering space-guitar epic that builds on his latest, transformative era. Rick Farin and Claire Cochran direct the song’s music video, where Tumor battles the titular Jackie under a sky of piercing purples. Live-action anime adapters, take note.

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Along with the new single, Yves Tumor has shared some rescheduled dates from their canceled 2020 tour. Find those below:

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Yves Tumor 2021 tour

USA 2021

9/11 2021 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee WI
9/12 2021 – Pitchfork Festival – Chicago IL
9/12 2021 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL
10/22 2021 – III Points Festival – Miami FL
10/24 2021 – Terminal West – Atlanta GA
10/25 2021 – Union Stage – Washington DC
10/26 2021 – Webster Hall – NYC
10/29 2021 – Warehouse On Watts – Philadelphia PA
10/30 2021 – TBA – Austin TX
10/31 2021 – Outside Lands – San Francisco CA
11/2 2021 – Stanley Hotel – Denver CO
11/3 2021 – Neumos – Seattle WA
11/8 2021 – The Fonda – Los Angeles CA
11/13 2021 – Day N Vegas – Las Vegas NV
11/15 2021 – Desert Daze – Pioneertown CA

UK/EU 2022

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2/23 2022 – Hydrozagadka – Warsaw PL
2/24 2022 – Meet Factory – Prague CZ
2/26 2022 – Gretchen – Berlin DE
2/28 2022 – Vega – Copenhagen DK
3/12022 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam NL
3/2 2022 – Balzaal Vooruit – Gent BE
3/3 2022 – Trabendo – Paris FR
3/5 2022 – Strange Brew – Bristol UK
3/6 2022 – Stereo – Glasgow UK
3/7 2022 – Whelans – Dublin IE
3/8 2022 – Electric Brixton – London UK
3/9 2022 – Chalk – Brighton UK
3/10 2022 – Yes – Manchester UK

Chicago offering free 2021 Lollapalooza tickets to boost its vaccination rates

Chicago offering free 2021 Lollapalooza tickets to boost its vaccination rates
The one-day, four-location vaccination event is being dubbed Lolla Day

By Sajae Elder

June 14, 2021

Lollapalooza. Daniel Boczarski/Redferns.

 

In an effort to boost vaccination rates across the city, Chicago is offering up free one-day Lollapalooza passes to those who make appointments at select vaccination sites, according to NBC 5. Those who sign up to be vaccinated on June 26, bubbed Lolla Day, can get one of 1200 free passes.

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After being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the festival is returning this July featuring Miley Cyrus, Megan the Stallion, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, DaBaby, Tyler, the Creator, Playboi Carti, Marshmello, Roddy Ricch, Steve Aoki, Jack Harlow, and more. “Lollapalooza has called Chicago home for the past 16 years, and we truly love this vibrant city,” said C3 Presents’ Charlie Walker in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with and support the City to encourage vaccinations.”

Each of the four vaccination sites will be turned into a “Lollapalooza experience” complete with DJs, festival merch giveaways, and passes for different days of the festival at each of the vaccination sites. Those who are already vaccinated can win passes through the Chicago Dept. of Public Health starting June 27.

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Japanese Breakfast announces Sable soundtrack release date

Japanese Breakfast announces Sable soundtrack release date
Composed for an upcoming video game, the new music from Michelle Zauner is out on September 23.

By Jordan Darville

June 14, 2021

Japanese Breakfast. Photo by Tonje Thilesen

 

Sable is a highly-anticipated open-world video game heading to Xbox this fall, and it boasts a soundtrack by none other than Japanese Breakfast. On September 23, the same day the game drops, you’ll be able to stream the project’s OST as well. Get a glimpse of Sable and hear a snippet of the new Japanese Breakfast music in the trailer below:

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This year Japanese Breakfast released her third studio album Jubilee. Last week, Michelle Zauner announced that her best-selling memoir Crying In H Mart would be adapted into a feature film.

Tyler, The Creator shares “Side Street” teaser

Tyler, The Creator shares “Side Street” teaser
The videos appear to be previewing something called “Call Me If You Get Lost.”

By Jordan Darville

June 14, 2021

Tyler, The Creator. Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

 

It’s been just over two years since Tyler, The Creator shared Igor, his fifth studio album and the 2020 Grammy Award winner for Best Rap Album. While an official follow-up has not been announced, on Monday Tyler teased some new music on Twitter and YouTube with two clips, both titled “SIDE STREET.”

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In each video, Tyler kisses a girl next to a pink sports car then drives off before the girl’s partner (played by Odd Future associate Taco) appears; the videos end with a title card reading “Call Me If You Get Lost.” The key difference between the clips is the car, which is pointing in a different direction in each video. Watch both for yourself below:

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— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) June 14, 2021

This year, Tyler has featured on the Brent Faiyaz song “Gravity” and shared a new song created for Coca-Cola titled “Tell Me How.”

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Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Tyler, The Creator will headline Day N Vegas 2021

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Tyler, The Creator will headline Day N Vegas 2021
The three-day Las Vegas festival’s full lineup has been announced.

By Jordan Darville

June 14, 2021

(L) Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella. (M) Travis Scott. Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images (R) Tyler, The Creator. Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images.

 

After taking a year off, the Day N Vegas festival will return to Las Vegas Festival Grounds on November 12 to the 14, 2021. The full line-up has been released, and headlining the three-day event are Kendrick Lamar — who will perform songs from across his career, “from Section.80 to DAMN. — Travis Scott, and Tyler, The Creator. Other performing artists include Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Polo G, Isaiah Rashad, Thundercat, Griselda, Earl Sweatshirt, Young M.A., Freddie Gibbs, and many more.

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For early access to tickets, register for a pre-sale code, beginning Friday June 18. Three-day passes start at $399.95 plus fees with VIP packages going for $699.95 plus fees. You can also buy one-day passes for $199.95 plus fees. See the full Day N Vegas 2021 lineup below.

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Megan Thee Stallion shares new song “Thot Shit”

Megan Thee Stallion shares new song “Thot Shit”
Tina Snow returns in the Houston rapper’s brand new visual.

By Jordan Darville

June 11, 2021

In 2020, Megan Thee Stallion did the following: released her EP Suga, scored massive hits with “Captain Hook” and the Beyoncé-featuring remix of “Savage,” performed on Saturday Night Live, and won Best New Artist at the Grammys (as well as Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Savage.”) When she announced that she was taking a break, it seemed to make sense.

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Then, a few months later, Megan announced the release of a new single called “Thot Shit,” which she said would mark the return of her persona Tina Snow. On Friday, the song dropped along with a video in which Megan, as her Tina Snow alter ego, chases down a politician determined to punish confident women who want to express their sexuality. She is joined on her mission by a number of her fans, the Hotties. On Twitter, Megan said the song was about reclaiming certain pejorative words. “I’m really just talking shit and taking ownership of the words ‘thot’ and ‘hoe,'” Megan wrote, “bc they’re not the drag the men think it is when trying to come at women for doing them.”

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Clairo announces new album details, shares “Blouse”

Clairo announces new album details, shares “Blouse”
Sling will be released in July.

By David Renshaw

June 11, 2021

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Clairo has dropped new song “Blouse,” the first release from her upcoming second album Sling. The album, Clairo’s follow-up to 2019 debut Immunity, will be released on July 16 via FADER/Republic Records.

Written and recorded in up-state New York at Allaire Studios, Sling was co-produced by Clairo and Jack Antonoff. New song “Blouse” features Lorde on backing vocals (with Clairo returning the favor on Lorde’s new song “Solar Power”). Stream the song below alongside her first performance of the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Since releasing Immunity in 2019, Clairo has shared a number of demos of new material with fans as well as appearing on Arlo Parks’ album Collapsed In Sunbeams, starring in a Haim video, and forming new band Shelly.

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The 9 projects you should stream right now

The 9 projects you should stream right now
New albums from Migos, Polo G, Dean Blunt, and more.

By Jordan Darville

June 11, 2021

Polo G, Hall Of Fame

The new album from one of Chicago rap’s biggest artists comes on the heels of his No. 1 single “RAPSTAR.” That song is on Hall Of Fame along with Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Nicki Minaj, DaBaby, Young Thug, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, and more.

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Migos, Culture III

The game-changing Atlanta trio seek to reassert their dominance with Culture III. Drake, Cardi B, Future, and Justin Bieber are some of the featured artists, with posthumous contributions coming from Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke.

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Dean Blunt, Black Metal 2

The first Black Metal was as close as the experimental auteur Dean Blunt ever came to “indie music,” yet his ostensible dive into the genre was far more memorable than most capital-I indie creations. Announced just this week, Black Metal 2 became one of our most anticipated releases of 2021, and we can’t wait to dive in right…..now.

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Marina, Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land is the fifth album from Welsh disco-pop songwriter Marina Diamandis and her second under her first name after three projects as Marina and the Diamonds. Diamandis co-produced the album along with Jennifer Decilveo and James Flannigan.

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Sleater-Kinney, Path of Wellness

After dropping The Center Won’t Hold in 2019, Olympia rock gods Sleater-Kinney are back with Path of Wellness. It’s the legendary group’s first full-length without drummer Janet Weiss since 1997’s Dig Me Out. The project was announced with the lead single “Worry With You.”

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Slayyyter, Troubled Paradise

Rambunctious pop artist and FADER Label signee Slayyyter returns with her first new project since 2019’s debut mixtape. The singles “Throatzillaaa,” “Self Destruct” and the title track “Troubled Paradise” are all here. “These songs are just written by me and my friends,” she writes in a press statement. “I want to keep the ideas raw.”

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Pi’erre Bourne, The Life Of Pi’erre 5

One of hip-hop’s most sought-after producers is also a great rapper. Pi’erre Bourne’s new solo project follows 2019’s underrated The Life of Pi’erre 5. Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert feature (albeit separately) on the project.

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Cold Cave, Fate In Seven Lessons

Wes Eisold revives his goth synth-rock persona for his fifth album of obsidian-plated jams. Black eyeliner stock just went through the roof.

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KennyHoopla, SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE

Cleveland’s KennyHoopla attracted some deserved attention for his inspired channeling of emo, ’90s alt-rock, and indie favorites like Bloc Party into one sound. SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE is executive produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who features on the singles “estella//” and “hollywood sucks//.”

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HAIM are back as the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson

HAIM are back as the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson
Read The FADER’s 2013 cover story on HAIM ahead of part two of their conversation with Ronson on next week’s podcast.

By David Renshaw

June 11, 2021

The sixth episode of The FADER Uncovered, a new podcast series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is coming on Monday, June 14. This week Mark returns to part two of his conversation with HAIM. Having discussed their long-standing friendship in part one a few weeks ago. this time round they talk about everything from the secrets to a good party to long lost Ghostbusters theme cover Haim and Mark once recorded together.

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Before the interview goes live, check out HAIM’s FADER cover story from 2013. Follow The FADER by clicking on the cover photo, taken by Alex Wesh, below.

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Follow and subscribe to The FADER Uncovered here, check out this week’s episode with Tame Impala here, and check back for new episodes every Monday.

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Mad Rey and Jwles share the French house-rap vibe “Joe Da Zin”

Mad Rey and Jwles share the French house-rap vibe “Joe Da Zin”
Hear the French artists’ new collaboration, released on Ed Banger Records.

By Jordan Darville

June 11, 2021

Mad Rey and Jwles. Photo by Zako Sapey-Triomphe

 

Ed Banger Records, the legendary French label behind Justice, Uffie, and DJ Mehdi, has added a new artist to its roster: Mad Rey, the house producer who turned dancefloors everywhere up with “Quartier sex” in 2013. His new single for the label is “Joe Da Zin,” a collaboration with Parisian MC Jwles. The chemistry between the two artists produces a sleek vibe, with Mad Rey’s lively beat dovetailing into Jwles’s snappy monotone, sounding neck-deep in a cool tidal pool on a hot day. The aesthetic of Mad Rey’s music video, streaming below, is equally fetching with its VHS lens, and dance moves and flashy street fashion aplenty. “Joe Da Zin” will appear on Mad Rey’s upcoming EP B.R.O..

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Doja Cat shares new video “Need To Know”

Doja Cat shares new video “Need To Know”
The track serves as the second single from her upcoming album Planet Her.

By Sajae Elder

June 11, 2021

Doja Cat shared the intergalactic visuals for her latest single “Need To Know” on Friday. The track serves as the follow-up to the SZA-assisted “Kiss Me More” and will appear on her upcoming third album Planet Her, set to drop on June 25.

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The clip finds Doja as a blue-skinned being preparing for a night out with her girls; a clique that includes actress Ryan Destiny and singer Grimes, who both make cameos in the video. Eventually, they end up at the club where things start heating up.

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After sharing the official tracklist earlier this week, Doja revealed Planet Her boasts features from The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, J.I.D, and Young Thug.

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Watch “Need To Know” above.

SAINt JHN and SZA team up for “Just For Me”

SAINt JHN and SZA team up for “Just For Me”
The track will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Space Jam: A New Legacy.

By Sajae Elder

June 11, 2021

Brooklyn artist SAINt JHN shared his latest single on Friday, the SZA-assisted “Just For Me.” The track is set to appear on the official soundtrack for the upcoming Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy. The downtempo track finds both artists yearning for a distant love and choosing their favorite vices instead.

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The film’s soundtrack is set to drop on July 9th, a week ahead of the film itself. While a full tracklist has not yet been revealed, the album will reportedly feature songs by Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, and more.

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Listen to the song above.

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Lorde returns with “Solar Power,” her first song in four years

Lorde returns with “Solar Power,” her first song in four years
This marks the singer’s first release since her 2017 album Melodrama.

By Sajae Elder

June 10, 2021

In the since time Melodrama, Lorde has stayed out of the public eye until reviving her long-dormant onion ring review page on Instagram and, most recently, teasing the release of new music earlier this week. Today, she returns with the brand new song “Solar Power.”

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After sharing the single’s artwork earlier this week, the acoustic track officially dropped after making a brief appearance on Apple Music and YouTube early Thursday afternoon. With production by longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, the song also features background vocals by Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo.

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Lorde’s last album Melodrama, dropped back in 2017.

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Doja Cat announces Planet Her album release date

Doja Cat announces Planet Her album release date
The project, due later this month, will feature The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, and more.

By David Renshaw

June 10, 2021

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Doja Cat will release new album Planet Her on June 25. The album is Doja Cat’s first since 2019 breakthrough Hot Pink and will include recent single “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA.

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The album will include a number of guest stars, with The Weeknd apearing on “You Right” and Ariana Grande collaborating on a song titled “I Don’t Do Drugs.” Doja Cat has worked with both artists before, most recently appearing on a remix of Grande’s “34+35” alongside Megan Thee Stallion. Other guests confirmed for Planet Her include Young Thug and JID. The album artwork was shot by David Lachapelle.

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Since dropping Hot Pink two years ago, Doja Cat has become a pop mainstay with multiple songs from the project going viral on TikTok. She has subsequently worked with Saweetie (“Best Friend”) and City Girls on “Pussy Talk.”

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Lil Gotit shares new project Top Chef Gotit

Lil Gotit shares new project Top Chef Gotit
Young Thug, Gunna, NAV, Lil Keed, and more feature on the Atlanta rapper’s fourth full-length.

By Jordan Darville

June 10, 2021

Lil Gotit. Photo via Audible Treats

 

Lil Gotit emerged in 2018 as one of the most hotly-tipped new rappers in Atlanta, and that’s something special considering his hometown is a hip-hop city where there’s never any shortage of exciting emerging talent. Inspired by Young Thug and buoyed by his ties with his brother Lil Keed, another Atlanta rap freshman, Gotit kept the hype alive and secured himself a couple of underground hits in the process. Today, Gotit returns with his fourth tape, Top Chef Gotit. He’s enlisted features from Atlanta rap royalty Young Thug and Gunna, with his brother Keed on the song “Get N Dere Gang” and NAV on the previously released single “Burnt N Turnt.” Have a listen below.

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Listen to a new mix from Doss

Listen to a new mix from Doss
For The Lot Radio in New York City.

By Jordan Darville

June 10, 2021

Doss‘s new EP 4 Hit Songs, released after a seven-year absence from electronic music production, packs a full-length’s amount of energy and catharsis. Even when she’s recontextualizing other artists’s work for a DJ mix, hearing Doss in the musical realm is always notable. Her latest set is an hour-long mix of electro bangers performed for The Lot Radio in New York City. Things kick off with a remix of Madonna’s “Music” that sounds ripped from the soundtrack of a futuristic racing game for the Playstation One, a vibe that continues throughout. Bonus points for the cute, 3D Dreamcast-era puppy character in the stream’s YouTube video, playing above.

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Watch Migos perform “Avalanche” on Fallon

Watch Migos perform “Avalanche” on Fallon
The track appears on the trio’s album Culture III, out on Friday.

By Sajae Elder

June 10, 2021

With their new album Culture III dropping this Friday, Migos took the stage on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to perform album opener “Avalanche” on Wednesday night. Backed by a full band, the trio wore matching black suits for laid-back performance.

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After sharing the official tracklist on Wednesday, Culture III boasts appearances from Cardi B, Polo G, Drake, Justin Bieber, Future, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and late rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD. The album comes three years after Culture II, and following the release of each member’s solo projects including Quavo’s Quavo Huncho, Offset’s Father of 4, and Takeoff’s The Last Rocket.

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This October, the trio is set to head to Las Vegas for a headlining show and a number of hotel and club takeovers to celebrate the album over the course of three nights.

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HBO’s PAUSE with Sam Jay swaps the late night TV desk for the perfect kickback

HBO’s PAUSE with Sam Jay swaps the late night TV desk for the perfect kickback
We spoke with the show’s creator, comedian Sam Jay, about the unconventional show.

By The FADER

June 10, 2021

Krystal Stark, Jak Knight, Zack Fox, Sam Jay, Yaya Vincent. Image via HBO.

 

Join us for a special screening of HBO Original PAUSE with Sam Jay and an exclusive conversation with the show creator Sam Jay moderated by comedian and show writer Zack Fox tonight June 10 at 9pm ET.

On HBO’s PAUSE with Sam Jay, viewers are more than just an audience—they’re invited to an intimate house party with comedian and former SNL writer Sam Jay and her cast of opinionated friends and fellow comedians. Toeing the line between comedy, social commentary, and clever skits, Sam Jay flips the late-night format from behind a desk to space often rife with opposing opinions. In its first episode, Sam tackles the idea of Blackness as a monolith, hopping between raucous arguments about appropriation and community criticism in her own home to interviewing two Black conservatives with whom she ends up having surprisingly more in common with than she thought.

By the show’s second episode, Jay takes on the delicate balance of celebrity, delving into how someone can go from beloved to social pariah in a matter of minutes if not seconds and even trying out a number of cringe-worthy scenarios with a crisis manager. “Say I shit my pants in public,” she asks.”Would I need a crisis manager for that?”

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The hilarious episode feels like the ideal setup for the show’s third episode, where Jay explores the idea of personal freedom and liberation in its many forms. Like any space where opinions and personal politics vary, tensions fly, but are often subdued by a perfectly-timed punchline. After over a year inside and away from most of our family and friends, PAUSE offers a glimpse into the familiar moments we probably miss most: dimly lit apartments, drinks, and a host of characters with their own understanding of the world.

The FADER sat down with Sam Jay to learn more about representation, potential backlash, and who, if anyone, “wins” these energetic debates.

Sam Jay. image via HBO.

 

The FADER: The show has this really dope “party” format, why was it important to anchor the show with this space where you commune with friends and other comedians? What else pushed you towards that format?

Maybe subconsciously that was a part of it was just like craving those interactions again. But the main thing that pushed me towards it is, honestly, that’s just the most authentic version of me that you can find: me socializing, drinking with friends, and screaming about something that I believe I’m correct about.

How is the process for writing your own show different from writing for SNL?

The process is different because when you’re writing for SNL, you have to consider everybody that you’re casting. What they’re good at, what their strengths are, the roles that you’re putting them in. When you’re writing your own show, you’re just writing for yourself. I have to consider all the writers and I have to make sure that all of them feel like they’re breathing life into this thing and they’re a part of what the end product is. So, I think the pressure shifts from “oh my God, I gotta write this right for Kate” to “Oh, my God, I have to carry this right for [writers] Ryan [Donahue], Emmy [Blotnick], Zack [Fox], Langston [Kerman], Robin [Henry], Megan [Gailey], and Jak [Knight]”.

I get the sense that nobody “wins” in any of the debates, everyone just agrees to respect each other’s opinions. Is your opinion ever swayed by any of the debates in the end?

I think my opinions are always being influenced. I don’t know if necessarily swayed, but I’m hearing everyone and I’m considering what they’re saying. And I think that’s why you don’t get the energy of “win or lose.” Because we’re all just bringing our life’s perspective to the table and saying what we think. have I ever been swayed in an argument? I feel like episode three kind of does. I’m pretty steadfast on this idea that I can’t be a stud with my titties out. But as the episode grew in the room, and we got to the soul stroke of it all it was kind of like, I can’t be kind of asking and challenging people to step out of their comfort zones if I’m not going to be willing to step out of mine. And so I do think it’s more of a growth process than an immediate sway. But, I also think that’s how I am in my life, I’m pretty stubborn. So I usually take something someone says and carry it with me until another life experience makes me go “ok, that makes sense. They were correct on that thing.”

Do you anticipate any backlash from that as a Black, queer creator with respect to how personal politics are handled on the show? For example, did you have any concerns about having the Black conservatives on the first episode or that piece about appropriation?

Of course, there’s going to be backlash, because people are always going to agree or disagree with you or your perspectives. But I do think that I have to keep the integrity of what I’m doing at the forefront of what I’m doing. I thought that it was important to talk to those Black conservatives, because it fit the narrative of what we were discussing, and I also thought it was important to put a lens on the fact that Blackness is not a monolith. Our approach to what we feel is best for the culture may be different, but we should still be embracing all of those things because they are still all a part of the culture. I feel like we’re so ready to kick Black people out of Blackness that don’t align with a very narrow view of what that is. I just wanted to try to expand that because I think there’s definitely more power in numbers. And I do think that there is more that we can do together than we can do apart.

Who do you feel like your ideal audience is?

Honestly, whoever watches the show. I do have a hope that people who grew up in similar environments to where I grew up can turn on the TV and finally see something on Late Night that feels like them and feels like it’s trying to connect and communicate with them. I just feel like so many people get these opportunities and feel like “oh, now I got a button-up, put on a suit, and be something else.” I’m a big advocate of not doing that because you limit the number of people who come from where you come from having access to you. You should be able to come in as you are and be embraced for your ideas, your heart, and your spirit and not because you speak a certain way or you wear chains. That stuff doesn’t really matter when it comes to someone’s humanity.

In the first two episodes so far, music plays an important role: from setting the mood of this kickback to you choosing this national anthem (which, I raise you a classical take on “Ante Up”). How did you know that working with Knxwledge was going to be a great fit for the show?

I didn’t know! It was just a vibe with his music and his energy. I thought he was funny! We spoke one night one evening and I just was like, this dude gets it and he’s funny and he’s chill. We set up a meeting with HBO and he shows up late because he couldn’t figure out how to use Zoom. He was smoking a joint and blowing the smoke in the camera, and the first thing he said was, “I don’t know how to use this Zoom shit. I’ve never done it before.” And I was like, this guy’s gonna be perfect.

PAUSE with Sam Jay airs on HBO Fridays at 9, and streams on HBO Max.

Pi’erre Bourne shares new Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Sossboy 2”

Pi’erre Bourne shares new Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Sossboy 2”
The producer’s new album The Life of Pi’erre 5 is out this week.

By David Renshaw

June 09, 2021

On Friday (June 11) producer and rapper Pi’erre Bourne will release his latest solo album, The Life of Pi’erre 5. In the run up to the album’s arrival, Bourne has dropped “Sossboy 2” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. Listen to it below, now.

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The Life of Pi’erre 5 is the follow-up to Bourne’s 2019 album The Life of Pi’erre 4. He has also shared album tracks “4U” and “Groceries.” Bourne was among the primary producers on Uzi’s 2020 album Eternal Atake. That project was one of two Uzi released last year, with a second album titled Lil Uzi Vert vs The World 2 following shortly after. He ended the year by dropping Pluto x Baby Pluto, an album made in collaboration with Future.

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Mor recently Uzi distanced himself from Eternal Atake, suggesting that the album was “dumbed down” and should have performed better.

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SUUNS give isolation a haunting soundtrack with “Witness Protection”

SUUNS give isolation a haunting soundtrack with “Witness Protection”
The band’s new album The Witness is out September 3 via Joyful Noise.

By Jordan Darville

June 09, 2021

In the decade-plus since their formation, Montreal three-piece SUUNS have established themselves as one of Canada’s most respected purveyors of avant-garde rock music. On September 3, they’ll release The Witness, the follow-up full-length to 2018’s gorgeous Felt, and today The FADER is premiering the music video for the band’s new single “The Witness.” The song taps sounds that have been present throughout the band’s catalogue — krautrock wound tight to the verge of snapping, gossamer electronics, and serene vocal melodies — for a compelling reintroduction to the world of SUUNS. In Antoine Dasseville’s music video, a woman passes the time in a hotel room, her movements and surroundings capturing the unreality of isolation amid the barrage of images from a screen. Sound familiar?

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“‘Witness Protection’ is a kind of ballast for this record,” SUUNS said in a statement, “not only because it is one of the thematic centrepieces lyrically, but because it’s a meeting point between the expansive energy we’re bringing today, and something more classically SUUNS. In a way, ‘Witness Protection’ could have been on almost any SUUNS album, and yet it is very specific to the mission of this one. Making something that feels emblematic of your sound and also like a step forward, timeless and timely, is the kind of thing that gives you energy as a band. When this song started coming together, it gave us a ground to stand on, a cornerstone to expand outwards from.”

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Below, find dates for SUUNS’s upcoming tour of Canada, the UK, and Europe.

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Suuns tour dates

9/22 – Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial
9/23 – Alma, QC – Cafe du Clocher
9/24 – Sherbrooke, QC – La Petite Boite Noire
9/29 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC – Le Zaricot
10/1 – Ottawa, ON – Club Saw
10/2 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/23 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
10/24 – London, UK – Oslo
10/25 – London, UK – Oslo
10/26 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
10/27 – Manchester, UK – White Hotel
10/28 – Brussels, BE – Orangerie
10/29 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
10/31 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
11/1 – Koln, DE – Bumann & Sohn
11/2 – Berlin, DE – Lido
11/4 – Copenhagen, DK – Alice
11/6 – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
11/7 – Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
11/8 – Paris, FR – Maroquinerie

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