After first performing together on stage at Coachella in April, Phoenix and R&B hitmaker R. Kelly have unveiled their second collaboration (but their first on record) — a remix of the French band’s “Trying To Be Cool,” off their latest album Bankrupt!.
While a collaboration between the two doesn’t sound natural on paper, Kelly’s soulful flavor adds a nice layer to the band’s current single. While much of lead singer Thomas Mars‘ original vocals were left in the remix, Kells adds noticeable heft to the chorus, and sings “Everybody deserves a good time / Ain’t no exceptions / This feels like heaven” over the track’s grooving production on his own verse. The song further establishes Kelly as a crossover act —sounding completely at ease with Phoenix’s indie rock sound.
The most talked-about moment of Coachella back in April was R. Kelly‘s cameo during Phoenix‘s headlining set (it was so buzzworthy partly because everyone thought it would be Daft Punk joining the band, not the R&B singer). And now the two acts are going to collaborate on wax, for a remix of Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool” off their latest album Bankrupt!.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas is heading into its third year, and the fest has rightly earned its reputation for having the biggest pop talent, like, ever: The just-announced line-up features an absurd roster of performers, including Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry on the main stage with Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne in the adjacent iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, which will feature multiple smaller stages.
There’s a few other names with which you’re likely familiar, too: fun.! Bruno Mars! Adam Lambert! Maroon5! Miguel! Ke$ha! Jason Derulo! Elton John! And a lot of others, too. More »
The official lineup for Coachella 2013 is here. Rejoice! After teasing us with an “artsy” trailer earlier this week (which revealed zilch about this year’s musical acts) the music and art festival finally gave the Internet what it had been waiting for: the annual poster reveal. Those who mistook this photo of a rock in the middle of a field posted to Coachella’s Facebook page as a hint the Rolling Stones would headline after will be surprised to learn that the photo was actually referring Friday night headliners The Stone Roses.
It’s a great time to be a Daft Punk fan. The electronic duo have popped up as producers, appeared on highly anticipated movie soundtracks and ambitious Adidas commercials, and last night at Madison Square Garden, the French DJs — who haven’t performed live since their 2007 Alive tour — helped their buddies in Phoenix close out their show by performing “Harder Better Faster Stronger” and “Around The World”. And they picked a pretty neat palindrome to do it as well – 10/20/2010. Watch a bunch of New Yorkers go insane as Daft Punk makes their surprise cameo after the jump — and check out their day-glo Tron: Legacy poster, too.
Okay, so we have the Lollapalooza lineup pretty much figured out, or at least the top six acts booked at the fest. The Chicago music festival’s website has been playing a Wheel of Fortune-style game, revealing their lineup one letter at a time. Bonnaroo teased fans in a similar way on their MySpace page back in February, revealing one artist every five minutes. This game of hangman would be a much more painstaking process if we couldn’t easily guess which highly anticipated acts are filling out the top spots (not to mention the lineup has been leaked for weeks). Check out our pretty accurate guesses after the jump: More »
It’s been quite the high profile week for The-Dream. Not only did a wedding photo of the hit-making songwriter-producer and Christina Milian just surface, his Love vs. Money was also singled out in Time‘s picks for the top albums of the year. Hopefully this calms him down after his recent Grammy snub.
Lady Gaga just managed to scrape in at #10 with The Fame Monster, and the publication notes “there’s still a little too much filler for global domination to be a real goal. But the hits… are towering and undeniable.”
Hop below the jump to see the 10 albums that Time magazine felt were worth their salt in 2009.
TIME’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2009:
1. Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night
2. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
3. Mastodon, Crack The Skye
4. Miranda Lambert, Revolution
5. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
6. The-Dream, Love vs. Money
7. Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II
8. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
9. The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You
10. Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Following this morning’s post featuring Paramore covering Kings Of Leon, here are the Tennessee pop-punkers covering Phoenix’s 2006 track “Long Distance Call” in London. Apparently the band had just learned this track for an upcoming appearance in France; I like its nervous energy, although I think as far as Paramore covers that I’ve found today go, I think I prefer the Kings Of Leon track. (Hey, there are nine words that I never thought I’d say in order!) The original version of the song after the jump.
For Phoenix’s video for the pretty catchy single “Lizstomania” the band… visited a Franz Lizst museum and filmed it. Then, they performed and filmed it. Um, and then I guess someone edited the footage together. And that’s it. Huh. Excitement, she wrote! They do have this nifty personalized-zeppelin thing they carry around with them, and, like I said, the song is catchy, but reading some of the comments on Vimeo before actually watching the clip had me believing my mind was about to melt. When a tastemaker like El Coronel Blueberry is “completely blown away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”, I take notice. I hate to disagree with Col. Blueberry, but I was only “mildly interested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Clip after the jump.
Maybe I was expecting something more along the lines of Roger Daltrey’s work in the previous Lizstomania:
The standard format for any blog post recapping the musical guests from Saturday Night Live is to say how bad the mixing was and that the sketches were awful, and certainly Seth Rogen’s rough time playing any character that isn’t largely just like Seth Rogen and one of my least favorite tracks from The Lonely Island’s Incredibad serving as the bed for the digital short didn’t help the comedy situation. But the sound on the two and a half Phoenix appearances weren’t too bad. Add Bill Hader‘s Gizmo impression and a half-funny Muppet-themed sketch and that’s almost something, right? Phoenix’s full-length performances (and, as a bonus, the Muppet bus clip) are after the cut.