The Bounce: This Week In Music News

By Ally Schweitzer

Kanye West's new song with Paul McCartney launched 1,000 freakouts this week.
Kanye West's new song with Paul McCartney launched 1,000 freakouts this week. Def Jam Recordings

Bandwidth’s Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

Kanye West released a new song with Paul McCartney. People on Twitter pretended not to know who McCartney is. Folks over 40 lost their minds. [Noisey]

… Yet few seem surprised that greyhairs don’t know who Kanye West is. [Noisey]

… And who says youngsters need to know McCartney, anyway? [The Atlantic]

… Plus, the West/McCartney song is terrible — at least according to this critic. [Los Angeles Times]

In other news: How did Pro Era get this private photo of Malia Obama? The White House would like to know. [Fox News]

Remembering Bill Washington, the Dimensions Unlimited promoter who brought big names like Donny Hathaway and Funkadelic to D.C. [Washington Post]

Is Makeshift Shelters D.C.’s next big rock band? [D.C. Music Download]

Is Kali Uchis D.C.’s next pop superstar? (I think so.) [Express]

D.C. rapper Kokayi set out to release one track a day in 2014, and this was his last one of the year. [2dopeboyz]

The Walkman is back — and you can’t afford its latest model. [The Verge]

Is it OK to be an old rapper? [The Guardian]

Good Charlotte‘s Benji Madden (a Maryland native) married Cameron Diaz. Mazel tov! [Washington Post]

These are the Spotify songs that humanity forgot (or never cared about in the first place). [Thump]

If you remember these crummy red sneakers from our video with Mac DeMarco, they’re the same ones that sold for $21,000 on eBay. [Pitchfork]

White rapper Iggy Azalea says male white rappers like Macklemore don’t see the same criticism she does. [Vanity Fair]

How are pressing plants weathering the resurgence of vinyl — and what’s in store for the industry? [The Guardian]

Universal Music wants to stop a group of companies from sending mixtapes to prisoners. [Billboard]

Women-focused metal event Flight of the Valkyries Festival returns to Baltimore this weekend. [DCist]

Why do bands change their sound? [The Runout]

D.C.’s U.S. Royalty has another music video prominently featuring a moving vehicle. [Brightest Young Things]

Coachella is dead. Thanks, Steely Dan. [Washington Post]

On Bandwidth: D.C. rapper Ardamus unpacks one of his new songs, Sean Gray reviews the best D.C. hardcore of 2014Gogol Bordello gives Fugazi the gypsy-punk treatment and Reesa Renee opens up about grief and depression.