Kevin Abstract confirms new Brockhampton album coming soon

Brockhampton leader Kevin Abstract has reassured the group’s followers that a new album is indeed on the way, and will be released before the end of 2022.

As confirmed earlier this year, the group’s seventh album will be their final outing. They revealed back in January that 2022 would be their last year active as a group, with farewell shows being held at this year’s Coachella. It was there that Brockhampton announced their last album, following the news up shortly thereafter with a teaser trailer.

June saw the group drop a cover of Kool & The Gang‘s ‘Hollywood Swinging’ (released as part of the soundtrack for Minions: The Rise Of Gru), as well as a new solo single from rapper Merlyn Wood, however since its announcement in April, news on their final album has been slim.

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Breaking his long-held silence, Abstract wrote in a Tweet yesterday (October 2): “BROCKHAMPTON ALBUM BEFORE YEAR IS OVER FUCK I AM EXCITED THANK U FOR BEING PATIENT.”

He went on to reveal that the album would be titled ‘No Cap’, and shared what he claimed to be its cover art (the latter earning some criticism from fans). It should be noted, though, that years past have seen Abstract share similar teasers for new Brockhampton albums, only for their titles and covers to be changed upon their formal announcements.

In another tweet, which he’s since deleted, Abstract stressed once again that ‘No Cap’ would be the last-ever Brockhampton album, writing: “Band is over. We broke up. But we will be releasing the final album before the year is over. And you do not want to miss it. It’s incredible. Also – thank you for tuning in and this nice message. Appreciate it. Big love!”

Have a look at Abstract’s remaining Tweets about ‘No Cap’ below:

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At the time of writing, a release date for ‘No Cap’ is yet to be announced. It’ll follow up ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’, which arrived last April via RCA and the group’s own Question Everything imprint, and was supported by the singles ‘Buzzcut’ (featuring Danny Brown), ‘Count On Me’ and ‘Don’t Shoot Up The Party’.

In a three-star review of that album, NME’s Will Richards wrote: “Even on the album’s lighter musical moments – ‘Count On Me’ is a summer hit purpose-built for road trips, complete with a whistled melody, while ‘Old News’ also has a light, airy quality – every note of ‘Roadrunner’ is imbued with a deep melancholy.

“While it might not provide the same hit as the jubilant likes of early hits ‘Boogie’ and ‘Gold’, Brockhampton are still masters of tapping into a mood, and it’s an immersive trip as a result.”

Meanwhile, Abstract is also working on his fourth solo album. He claimed last May that the follow-up to his 2019 record, ‘Arizona Baby’, would be released later that year, releasing the Slowthai and $NOT-assisted ‘Slugger’ that July, and the Ryan Beatty-assisted ‘Sierra Nights’ a month later.

The album is still yet to materialise, but Abstract has kept busy: in May of this year, he linked up with Easy Life for a guest spot on their single ‘Dear Miss Holloway’.

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Emo supergroup L.S. Dunes announce UK tour for 2023

Emo supergroup L.S. Dunes have announced their first ever UK tour in January 2023.

The band is set to play across four cities in the UK, alongside special guests which are yet to be announced.

“UK Lost Souls – They said it wasn’t a good time to come visit but we say fUK the dollar and fUK the pound – let’s dance!” the band said in a statement. “We would NEVER leave our UK Lost Souls alone, so here we come.  Mainland Europe – should we visit you also? If so where?”

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L.S. Dunes – fronted by Circa Survive‘s Anthony Green, with My Chemical Romance‘s Frank IeroCoheed and Cambria‘s Travis Stever and Thursday‘s Tim Payne and Tucker Rule – formed last August, and played their first ever live gig at last month’s Riot Fest in Chicago.

The band is set to release their debut album ‘PAST LIVES’ on November 11 via Fantasy Records, and previously shared new tracks ‘2022’ and ‘Permanent Rebellion’.

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“We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we’d ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again,” Iero said of the new music. “‘Permanent Rebellion’ is about taking back what is rightfully yours.”

Rule added: “We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls.”

L.S. Dunes UK tour dates 2023: 

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JANUARY

27 – Garage, Glasgow

28 – Electric Ballroom, London

29 – Club Academy, Manchester

30 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

Tickets for L.S. Dunes’ forthcoming UK tour will go on sale this Friday (October 7) from here.

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Christian Bale says daughter wasn’t impressed he sang with Taylor Swift

Christian Bale has said his daughter wasn’t impressed he sang with Taylor Swift in Amsterdam.

The actor stars in David O. Russell’s new comedy, which also features Swift in a smaller role and sees her sing alongside Bale and John David Washington towards the start of the film.

Bale recalled first hearing the news and telling his family about the forthcoming role alongside Swift, and said his daughter seemed disappointed.

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“That was a real nice surprise, and I actually didn’t tell anybody about that until afterwards,” Bale said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I went to my daughter and said, “You know who I sang with today? Taylor Swift.” And she was like, “Wait, what? Why would you be doing that?”

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Discussing the scene, Bale went on: “It was a very funny scene, actually, because J.D. and myself had been practicing that song a little bit. David had us sing it all day long, but then there were moments where I would forget the lyrics.

“So I’d look at J.D., he’d look at me and then he’d forget, too. So I would have to mouth it to him. And then we were going flat. Our pitch was all over the place, but we were like, ‘Yeah, but the feeling is right!’”

Elsewhere, Bale recently said he had to ignore Chris Rock on the set of Amsterdam as he was “too bloody funny”.

The Dark Knight actor said he had to start ignoring Rock after he started making him laugh on the set of the film, and Bale found he “couldn’t act”.

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Amsterdam will be released in cinemas next month.

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2manydjs re-release ‘As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2’ and announce London gig

2manydjs are re-releasing their 2002 LP ‘As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2’ to mark the 20th anniversary, and playing a show in London.

The DJs, brothers Stephen and David Dewaele, will be giving the mix a deluxe reissue treatment, featuring restored photography from Richard Young. The mix will also be available to stream soon for the first time ever.

A new live date for 2manydjs has been set for December 17 at O2 Academy Brixton, with tickets going on sale on October 7 here.

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Also known as Soulwax, the Belgian brothers will perform in London alongside Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Kittin, and more “2002-specific” guests that are yet to be announced.

“As ever, it’s Stephen and David Dewaele connecting the past, present and future like no-one else; as they say, ‘doing it the hard way since 2002,’” 2manydjs said about the announcement in a press release.

At the start of this year, David Dewaele told Lauren Laverne about a number of new remixes 2manydjs had worked on, including a 20-minute remix of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ for the show’s Desert Island Disco slot.

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Speaking about how the song came about, Dewaele said: “We…found all these versions and cover versions and people playing the song ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order. Many years ago, we’d also been sent the multi-track which is the separate elements of that track.”

He added: “Given how seminal that song is, not just for us, but for millions of people, but for us especially…the first gig my brother and I played together…was in 1997. And the first record we put on was ‘Blue Monday’. And as a DJ, you constantly change the records that you play and yet I think there is only a handful of gigs where we didn’t either fully play or tease or didn’t play a little bit of ‘Blue Monday.’”

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‘The Simpsons’ producer names John Lennon as his dream cameo

The Simpsons producer Al Jean has said he wishes John Lennon could have featured as a cameo on the series.

The longtime writer and executive producer recently reflected on “dream” cameos after telling the PA news agency (per Bloomberg) that it was too late to cast Boris Johnson.

“He definitely was a character right for satire but we had our own issues in America,” Jean said of former prime minister Boris Johnson following his resignation.

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Discussing other celebrities who have featured on the beloved animated show, Jean says it “astounds” him in terms of how many famous faces agree, while he named Lennon as one of the few that didn’t end up starring.
“Many of the ones that I’d say would be a dream are never going to be on, like John Lennon or Neil Armstrong,” he said.
“We had tried to get a few US presidents, not recently, and they said no so that was the sort of like the Holy Grail we never found.”

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Jean recently opened up about a potential follow-up to The Simpsons Movie, saying he would be keen to work on another film in the future but that it wouldn’t be in the near future.

“I’d love to work on another Simpsons movie, and we’ve talked about it,” he said, before questioning if a potential sequel would receive a theatrical release or go straight to streaming.

“I don’t know exactly what the animation feature world is at the moment,” he continued. “I know there are some movies that have done well, but is it streaming, is it theatrical?

“So I think that’s actually a question we would have to wrestle with before we even started working on a script.”

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