Interviews: Wavves’ Nathan Williams on drugs and the beach, Albert Maysles on HBO’s new Grey Gardens, Ian Svenonius on Kanye West and his new band, Chain and the Gang, Anvil on Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Matt Wasowski on speed dating for the four-eyed set, and playwright Craig Lucas.
Toumani Diabate gives pounds to the crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. The Felice Brothers sing about guns at Webster Hall. The lousy onstage pickup line hall of fame hereby inducts Mickey Factz. Plus: Fischerspooner’s pre-“Entertainment” rehearsal at the Performing Garage.
If you found a CD-R with Islands MP3s on the C train Tuesday, please smash it with a hammer immediately. Jarvis Cocker wants to get the beard questions out of the way now, okay? Gary Shteyngart pays a visit to Blurbistan. Prince will audit until the last copy of Purple Rain is counted; no word from his camp yet on whether or not he’s a “fancy lesbian.” Bill O’Reilly is still apparently willing to watch endless videos of rappers smoking weed on the internet. And the Tribeca Film Festival snubs Heidi and Spencer during jury selection.
Eminem’s “3 A.M.” leaks, and we just get sadder and sadder. R. Kelly, meet The-Dream. Nick Cannon celebrates Earth Day. Lil Wayne gives haters a facelift. Speaking of which: Soulja Boy’s “Gold Grill Shawty,” featuring OJ Da Juiceman. Kanye, Clipse still kinda like a big deal when it comes to rapping. Major Lazer wins. Matt and Kim naked. Vacuous sprites Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch at Elizabeth Dee Gallery.
Plus Coachella 2009 by the numbers, Pulitzers announced, Ross & 50, again, Asher Roth sons some dude out at NYU, and Sonic Youth deploy a giant cricket helmet at BAM–not unlike the one we’ll be wearing in the park tomorrow. See you Monday.