Speaking to Billboard last night, everybody’s favorite winter solstice singer/songwriter, Justin Vernon, spoke out regarding his ongoing tiffs with the Grammys, why he and Bon Iver will not be performing next weekend and the irony behind his relationship with Bushmills whiskey. Grammy specific: “We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else,” said Vernon, explaining that musicians should be calling those kinds of shots, not the Academy, tying a cute little middle finger around things, “We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”
As teased via Pitchfork, Sri Lankan spitfire M.I.A. dropped the video for her latest single “Bad Girls” on her website, taking its “live fast, die young, bad girls do it well” mantra to new provocative heights. Collaborating with “Born Free” director Romain Gavras again, dig on the suggestive Middle East themes, as all sorts of big budget car tricks ensue and trashes burn in a desert car race setting. Also there is dancing.
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In other M.I.A. news, her expected cameo, along with Nicki Minaj materialized today in the official video for Madonna‘s first MDNA single, “Give Me All Your Luvin‘.” Wether the faceless double-dozen crew of football players have anything to do with her upcoming Super Bowl Half Time show this Sunday is speculative. But regardless, directing team Megaforce did a fine job making Minaj’s rhymes visually digestible, M.I.A.’s trademark gun shots entertaining and stocking plenty of throwback Madge eras of yore, from Material Girl to Erotica.
The Pacific Northwest’s big budget Live Nation summer kick-off tour (May 25-28), Sasquatch, went live with their 2012 lineup following a launch party at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle last night. Jack White, Beck and Bon Iver are taking headlining roles over the Memorial Day Weekend festivities at The Gorge in George, Washington, accompanied by dozens of indie marquee names from Spiritualized to Explosions in the Sky and “Portlandia,” ex-Sleater-Kinney talent Carrie Brownstein with her new pop-punk crew Wild Flag.