“Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…” Wait, no. Wrong Will Smith era. Fun fact: Before the Fresh Prince taught us all about the dangers about playing b-ball after school, he was part of a music duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Well, the two may be back. According to an interview Smith gave recently on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio, the two are plotting an album and tour for next year. Sure, this will be a first for both of them, but Smith says he’s “pretty certain” it could happen. Hopefully, this time, parents of the world will finally understand. Check out the interview below.
Once upon a time in the late 1990s, a magical group of female musicians toured together for three consecutive summers and called themselves The Lilith Fair. OK, so maybe this sounds like the stuff of myth thanks to today’s often male-centric music events—but it won’t be for much longer if HAIM has anything to say about it. The sister group recently spoke to The New Yorker where they mused about the idea of starting an all-women music festival. Their dream lineup? Lorde, Florence And The Machine, Savages, CHVRCHES, Jenny Lewis, Taylor Swift. Hey, if they can join T-Swift’s squad and tour every country everywhere (or at least it seems) behind their debut Days are Gone, this ought to be a snap, right?
Here’s what eldest Haim Este had to say:
We talk about this all the time, how there aren’t enough female-represented bands and artists at festivals. You don’t see them. And it’s really sad for us. We came up with the idea basically of why can’t we just bring back a festival that’s just ladies. Not that we don’t love the boys...
I did see Melissa Ethridge in concert, I saw Sarah McLachlan in concert, I saw Paula Cole in concert, and Sheryl Crowe. All these amazing ladies had such an amazing outlet and place to play music, and it was really beautiful and I feel like that’s not really available anymore and that outlet isn’t there. We talk semi-jokingly but semi-seriously about making it happen. So stay tuned. I think that would be really magical.
This just in—the newest way for hipsters to listen to their music is actually quite old. As reported by NBC nightly news, the cassette is making its comeback. While it hasn’t quite hit has hard as the vinyl craze, the numbers are impressive. A Springfield, Missouri-based tape manufacture called National Audio Company reports having sold more than 20 million cassette tapes. (20 million!) Kinda insane to think about it. (Seriously, who knew that there were that many tape players still in existence?) But it’s also nice to hear from someone like National Audio Company president who owes his success to “stubbornness and stupidity.” Check out the full video segment below.
One way to know if a top-40 hit holds up as a song is if it can be performed in other styles and become something different but no-less great. As this soulful rendition of the classic hip-hop jam “Hey Ya” from Sara Niemietz shows, Outkast knew how to write a really amazing song. It’s the second best “Hey Ya” cover you’ll find. Discuss
Ben Carson may soon have a political ally in Washington. Reality TV star and wife of hip-hop artist Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, was recently a guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, and said that her husband was serious about running for president in 2020. She also said she was not informed about his political ambitions or that he would be making the announcement at the VMAs. The potential First Lady admitted that even though she didn’t know if he came up with the plans on the spot, "I believe he is serious. If he puts his mind to something, he'll do his best." Even GOP hopeful Ben Carson, who West called “the most brilliant guy,” seemed opened to the possibility after speaking with him. He told ABC News, “I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business.” When asked about a Kanye presidency, Carson said, “Well, I am certainly willing to give him a chance. He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.” Discuss