There’s No Leaving Now:

Swedish folk howler Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man On Earth is readying his third album on the Dead Oceans imprint, the label announcing the news this morning, along with a likewise third sky lineage album cover photo and a ten-song track list. This one with birds! Meanwhile, there are two live debuts floating around the intranets of the title track and “Little Brother” if you need to get your Matsson fix on in the interim before the record’s June 10 drop date.

Drug Wars:

Some he-said-she-said fun went viral regarding Madonna‘s suggestive new album title, MDNA, and house-head deadmau5 late Monday night. Story goes Madge unexpectantly showed up at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami to introduce Swedish DJ Avicii, taking a moment to tell an EDM (electronic dance music) tale about a DJ saving her life, and proceeded to ask the audience, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” teasing what she would later say was simply a plug of a song she worked on with her friend Cedric Gervais. But the drug references irked deadmau5 so aggressively, he passive-aggressively unleashed an 800-plus word rant on Tumblr titled “Responsibility,” calling Madge a “fucking idiot,” and posing a follow up question, “That’s your big message to ultra attendees? hipsterspeak for looking for drugs? Fuck off.” The two went back and forth publicly and seemed to make amends, but save yourself some time and savor that aforementioned Gervais defense and Madge’s accompanying mouse photo (via Billboard). Also, why is ecstasy still popular?

Adult Future:

Now that iconoclast hip-hop poster children Odd Future have officially dropped The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 and seen at least one arrest on tour promoting it, the Jackass talent-produced Adult Swim extension of their brand, Loiter Squad, has arrived, as well, making its debut over the weekend on said alternative animated channel, in all its banana-eating, cheese-slathered, backyard-gator wrestling glory, via Youtube.


Early-90s Seattle rock heroes Soundgarden have callaborated in the studio for the first time in 15 years, brought together by all things, the soundtrack to another Marvel summer blockbuster, Avengers. All we have is a 22-second rabble-rousing guitar-and-drum battle dubbed “Live to Rise” thus far that frontman Chris Cornell blasted on Twitter, but it’s still enough, along with their officially reunited status, to get excited about, we suppose. Watch ’em headline Lollapalooza. You heard the hypothesis here, first.