May 19, 2013

LIVESound: Kanye West, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis and More Play SNL

With a global takeover late Friday night that saw his brand new single "New Slaves" projected across 66 buildings and landmarks, the media blitz surrounding the imminent arrival of Kanye West's loud return and new album officially was underway. It's rumored to be called Yeezus (which baby mama Kim Kardashian seemed to confirm via Instagram) and is set to arrive on June 18th via Def Jam according to Rap-Up. Also on 'Ye's list of things to-do was a visit to Studio 8H at 30 Rockefellar to close out this season of Saturday Night Light with a bang by performing "Black Skinhead" in front of a backdrop flashing signs that read "Not for Sale" and "Discount Price" amongst others that put the entertainment industry and celebrity culture on blast, as well as a fired up live rendition of "New Slaves." Dark and futuristic sound pretty spot in the early hours of Kanye's next coming.

"Black Skinhead"

"New Slaves"

In other happenings, it was graduation day at SNL and this year's valedictorian was arguably its last funnyman standing (seeing that Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis are leaving, too!) Fred Armison. For his goodbye ceremony, he played the part of his punk rock character Ian Rubbish and was joined on stage by Portlandia co-star / Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis for an indie star-studded send-off to the Rubbish original "It's a Lovely Day," which was a fittingly bittersweet end to this chapter of Armison's storied late night TV-music connection.

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