Northern California producer Bleep Bloop is on a mission. Aaron Triggs, known professionally as Bleep Bloop, aims to bring his cosmic soundwaves to the masses. The DJ Shadow protégé just made his debut on Shadow's new label Liquid Amber with a new three track EP 10 Watt Lazers. We had the chance to chat with Triggs on the heels of his EP release to discuss his relationship with DJ Shadow, talk about the creative process behind the EP and his love for out space.
Elite food options and four themed floors of entertainment make Acme Feed & Seed the current "it" place in Nashville. The roof provides a beautiful view of the Cumberland River and the Tennessee Titans' pro football stadium. But don't get it twisted; music is the centerpiece.
Last month we shared a video (filmed by Taylor Swift) of Lena Dunham dancing along to a song named after her by the all-girl Brooklyn rap trio Hand Job Academy. Although the song isn't actually about the GIRLS creator, it references her in the hook and on the line "finna let it all hang out, Lena Dunham." The video for the song also features a parody the text from Dunham's book cover for her biography Not That Kind Of Girl, switching out "a young women tell you want she's 'learned'" for "a bad b*tch tells you what she's 'learned." Music Times caught up with the women behind the Dunham-approved track, Clara Bizna$$, Uncle Meg, and Ash Wednesday. Here's what they had to say:
Even though Will.i.am's song "The World Is Crazy" was released back in April 2013 on his most recent solo album #willpower, the song has finally been given a music video, though it's not quite your typical music video. The video stars Will.i.am as a news anchor reporting on all of the most important news stories of the moment, including the Sydney siege and the Taliban school massacre, but what sets this video apart is that it's interactive. When you click on one of the news stories scrolling across the bottom of the screen, you're taken to an article about the story, which will hopefully make you realize that there are more important and pressing matters in the world than listening to Will.i.am songs. Read this
G.O.O.D. Music has a new addition and, despite Pusha T's suggestion, it is not Lil Wayne. Instead, Kanye West has decided to sign Kacy Hill to his label.
Hill offered up her debut song "Experience" in September and served as a backup dancer for West during his Yeezus tour. During an interview with "Pigeons and Planes," the model-turned-singer revealed her newfound love for writing music.
"'Experience' was one of the first songs that I wrote, so it was only appropriate to release it first," she said. "Writing it was such a freeing experience; I can definitely say it was the first time I felt a real connection with what I was doing in my life. The whole process was so organic and I never want to lose that energy."
Hill, like West, also has a deep passion for fashion and hopes it will mesh into her music. She said she wants to make "music that feels good and creates movement in redefining pop and its interaction with fashion."
With her G.O.O.D. Music signing, Hill joins the likes of Big Sean, Pusha T, John Legend, Q-Tip and Teyana Taylor. Read this
Backstreet's back, all right! Earlier this month we reported that a new documentary called Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of was in the works about the famous boy band. Now the trailer has arrived. Read this
Taylor Swift's new single "Blank Space" is still holding out strong with audiences around the country. For the fifth week in a row, the second 1989 track has topped the Billboard Hot 100, keeping off major hits from Hozier, Meghan Trainor, Mark Ronson and even TSwift bestie Ed Sheeran from the top spot. Read this
Jennifer Lopez has a lot planned for 2015. She is working on new music, she has roles in movies and TV shows and "American Idol" is back for another season. The real news from J.Lo's recent "Self" magazine profile is that at 45 years old, she still has a fantastic figure. She revealed that her new partnership with BodyLab will be designed specifically for women and their diet/exercise needs.
First thing's first. J.Lo will resume her judging duties on "American Idol" next year on Jan. 7. It is the show's 14th season and Lopez's fourth, although her appearances were not consecutive. Fans can also see the singer in a new NBC cop show titled "Shades of Blue."
Lopez will star in the big-screen thriller "The Boy Next Door" alongside Kristen Chenoweth and Ryan Guzman. She will play a divorced woman who becomes infatuated with a new, young neighbor who has a dark secret. The movie premieres Jan. 23. Read this
While in New York, Big Sean stopped by Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club to catch up with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. They chatted about the success of his latest hit "I Don't F**k With You," his first Eminem collaboration "Detroit Vs. Everybody," his relationship with Ariana Grande, and some details on his upcoming album. However, he dodged a lot of their other questions by simply responding, "You think so?" Check out what he had to say below.Read more »
No other news reader seems to be dogged with rumors quite like "Today's" Matt Lauer. His 16-year marriage to Annette Roque has been plagued with rumors of Lauer's continued skirt-chasing and her instability. As it stands now, the couple are parents to three children and are rarely seen out in public together. In fact, there is speculation that Lauer and his wife split for a while this past summer after new allegations of an affair were made.
According to a report by Radar Online, Roque and her children spent the summer in the Hamptons, and even though NBC gave Lauer access to a helicopter to get back into the city faster for work, he instead chose to reside in the couple's New York City apartment. At that same point in time, Lauer was allegedly spotted out and about with a woman who was not Roque. Supposedly, the couple took a short break and then Lauer begged to come home for the sake of their kids.
Of course, sources close to the morning show anchor claim that his reasons for living alone in the city were completely work-related.Read more »
Things we knew about Madonna's next album before this morning: It would be coming out during 2015. Things we (could theoretically) know as of right now: The title, tracklist and what every song sounds like. Yup: The album, which had been rumored to be titled 'Unapologetic Bitch' even before today, was leaked to the internet.Read more »
Earlier this week, neo-soul pioneer D'Angelo surprised the music world by suddenly releasing his new album "Black Messiah," his first new album since his 2000 classic "Voodoo," with almost no warning whatsoever. Despite its absurdly long gestation period, however, "The New York Times" reports that the album's release was somehow still rushed, as D'Angelo's label RCA had originally planned to drop it sometime in early 2015. But following the volatile situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and the grand-jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, D'Angelo decided to push up the album's release to Dec. 15.
According to D'Angelo's manager Kevin Liles, D'Angelo had called him up in distress last month following the Ferguson grand-jury decision.
"He said, 'Do you believe this? Do you believe it?'" Liles recalls. "And then we just sat there in silence. That is when I knew he wanted to say something."
With the famously delayed album put on the fast track for release, D'Angelo and RCA pulled "many all-nighters" to finish the album, which included everything from the artwork and tracklist to the music itself.Read more »
Porter Robinson has had one of the biggest years of any artists in dance music. He completely transformed his image, his sound and, as a result, his career. The transition had started with his single "Language" and later the collaboration alongside Mat Zo "Easy," but it was made complete with the writing and release of his debut artist album "Worlds." "Worlds" ditched his heavy, glitchy electro sound that he professed, focusing more on technical prowess more than songwriting and creating "beautiful music" at 90 beats per minute that really satisfied the creative spirit of Porter Robinson. During his time at Stereosonic, he stopped at the Electronic Music Conference to deliver the keynote address with fellow DJ and friend Nick Thayer about the process of making the album, give some advice for upcoming producers and say what inspires him, via "In the Mix."
Porter Robinson sits down with Nick Thayer, who prompts the 22-year-old producer/DJ to discuss how he got to where he is in his career and give advice on how to get the attention of someone like him. His advice is a bit different from how others might view the music industry or "the game," as it is referred to in the discussion. He admits that his experience was largely shielded from many of the struggles and typical experiences that many artists go through, but in the digital age, where almost everything happens online, he urges artists to focus on being true to one's self and create something that is unique.Read more »
Last week Music Times confirmed that AC/DC would be playing its first dates in the UK since 2009, including a headlining spot at the prestigious Wembley Stadium, perhaps the biggest gig available in England. Recent changes to the band's lineup haven't disrupted its popularity in the region apparently. The band's Wembley concert sold out all of its nearly 73,000 tickets in less than an hourRead more »