The biggest news of the week, if you’re a music fan of any ilk, is Outkast’s Coachella reunion. But since that was already heavily rumoured (and all but confirmed), the social media insta-reaction preceded as usual: “BEST EVER,” “WORST EVER,” and “meh,” with nothing in between. So we made a playlist of prospective Coachella anthems that should convince you one way or the other, because music speaks louder than snark.
In other ’90s rap duo reunion news, Clipse are in the studio with the Neptunes, cooking up something that may or may not be a new album that may or may not be called As God As My Witness. Pusha T seemed to be relishing the solo thing, but blood runs thicker than GOOD Music.
Yet another reason Tupac’s murder sucks (other than, you know, murder): a new interview suggests he was being considered for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Rap’s loss turned out to be Samuel L. Jackson’s gain.
That sin-against-nature posthumous Aaliyah album that Drake was working on is on wobbly ground. Drake’s right-hand producer Noah “40” Shebib has caved into the overwhelming backlash and “politics” and decided to walk. Hey, sometimes your snark actually does get results.
Following an earlier indie rock test, “It’s A Rap” showed up as a category on Jeopardy!, which may have just been an excuse by the producers to see Trebek spit Biggie lyrics.
Weird Canada continues to make its transition from champion of fringey independent music to straight-up catalyst. They’re launching their cross-Canada physical distribution network, Wyrd Distro, with a party in every province and territory. Get excited, Nunavut.
The death of former Women guitarist Chris Reimer continues to be felt all over the landscape of current music, and Quickdraw Animation is planning a tribute. They’ve extended their call for animators for the upcoming Dude, That’s Insane: A Tribute to Christopher Reimer, to January 29. Chad VanGaalen is participating, and you can too. Just follow this link.
Mac DeMarco returned home to Edmonton for New Year’s and dropped into CKUA for a quick, spontaneous acoustic session that doubled as a live debut of three songs off his upcoming album, Salad Days. But he wasn’t supposed to announce that, so erase it from your brain right now.