Week in Pop: Daddy, Mike Sempert, VA Violet

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Adam Lempel, Air Max ’97 x Saturn Rising, Cameron Blake, guest selections by Armand Hammer.

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Sjimon Gompers | October 27, 2017

The incredible, expansive & introspective bedroom pop world of VA Violet; photographed by Oksun Kitagawa.

Delivering some of the brightest & best headlines weekly, Impose’s Week in Pop brings the world a handful of the latest breaking media exclusives & more. Providing you first with a quick news rundown of some of the big buzz you may have missed, Brian Eno & Kevin Shields dropped their collaborative track “Only Once Away My Son”; DOOM & Kaytranada are producing Bishop Nehru’s upcoming album Elevators: Act I & II coming soon; Open Mike Eagle dropped the Brent Bishop video for “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretends It Don’t Hurt)” starring Human Tornado, Trauma & Kimmy Gatewood; Pussy Riot protested at a certain executive golden bronzed NYC Tower; Frank Ocean’s photo feature; John Maus dropped the Jennifer Juniper Stratford video for “Touchdown”; Migos dropped “Motorsport” ft. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B off the upcoming Culture II; Aaron Maine announced the new Porches album The House available January 19 through Domino & dropped the Nick Harwood co-directed video for “Find Me”; Killer Mike endorsed ATL mayorial candidate Senator Vincent Fort & dropped a new episode of “Talking Shop”; Angel Olsen dropped the video for “Special”; Kanye West curated a zine for his new Yeezy Calabasas fashion line; Earl Sweatshirt’s new fashion line DEATHWORLD; Young Dolph dropped the video for “Point Across” produced by Zaytoven off the recently released Thinking Out Loud album; BIG K.R.I.T. released 4EVA Is A Might Long Time; NSTASIA dropped the video for “Trap or Die”; PARENTZ dropped “Ghost” off the Chill Mega Chill Record compilation The Chiller 5: Call Of The Chiller; RL Grime dropped the mix titled Halloween VI; SOPHIE dropped the Nicholas Harwood co-directed video for “It’s Okay To Cry”; dd elle, aka Dan Casey, dropped the debut self-titled album via Slow Release; Jeezy dropped “Bottles Up” ft. Puff Daddy & Cold Summer” ft. Tee Grizzley; Hovvdy dropped the video for “Petal” off Cranberry available February 9 via Double Double Whammy; Big Shaq, aka Michael Dapaah, dropped “Man’s Not Hot” visual; Boston, MA’s Birthing Hips joined the NNA Tapes family with news that Urge to Merge & dropped “Urge to Merge”; Sremmlife Crew’s Riff 3x dropped the Myles Harris video for “Oh Yeah!”; Alissia, a collaborator of Bootsy Collins, dropped the Bo Mirosseni video for “Get Away”; new Eminem album apparently titled Revival might be imminent; The War on Drugs dropped the Ben Fee video for “Nothing to Find” starring Sophia Lillis; Kevin Morby dropped “Baltimore (Sky at Night)” & “Baltimore (County Line)” as a charity for Baltimore’s Belive in Music; T-Pain dropped the video for “Goal Line” ft. Blac Youngsta; Molly Brazzy dropped the video for “Big Brazy”; Lil Durk dropped the Bama Boy Buck video for “No Fear” off Signed To the Streets 2.5; Gun Outfit dropped the Carrie Keith video for “Sally Rose” off the album Out Of Range available November 10 via Paradise Of Bachelors; The Soft Moon signed to Sacred Bones & dropped “Burn” off the upcoming album Criminal available in February; TUSKS dropped Dissolve on One Little Indian; Br’er dropped Brunch IS for A$$holes via BLIGHT. Records; Bad History Month announced Dead And Loving It: An Introductory Exploration of Pessimysticism available November 3 via Exploding In Sound Records & dropped “A Platitude and a Final Understanding”; Ezra Furman announced the new album Transangelic Exodus available February 9 via Bella Union & dropped “Love You So Bad” & the Joseph Brett video for “Driving Down to L.A>“; Lucianblomkamp dropped part one of the album Sick of What I Don’t Understand; Sufjan Stevens dropped “John My Beloved (iPhone demo)”; Cody Simpson & The Tide dropped the video for “Waiting for the Tide”; The National dropped Allan Sigurðsson & Ragnar Kjartansson video for “I’ll Still Destroy You”; the Knife’s Karin Dreijer announced the new album Plunge available February 23 through Mute/Rabid; celebrating the release of their Bigneck Records self-titled album, Madison, WI’s Fire Heads (ft. members of The Hussy, Proud Parents, Dumb Vision) announced tour dates; Bitchin Bajas announced December tour with their new double album Bajas Fresh available November 17 via Drag City; Franz Ferdinand announced the new album Always Ascending available February 9 through Domino & dropped the title track; They Might Be Giants announced the new album I Like Fun available January 19 & dropped “I Left My Body”; Kicking Giant to reissue This Being the Ballad of Kicking Giant, Halo: NYC/Olympia 1989 – 1993 on vinyl November 17 via Drawing Room Records; Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart announced the new solo album RAMU available November 10 through Verve Forecast & dropped “Wayward Son” ft. Avey Tare & “Big Bad Wolf” ft. Tank; Tom Waits announced new reissues; Starsailor announced a digital deluxe edition of their album All This Life & dropped an acoustic video for “Listen To Your Heart”; Taylor Swift dropped the Joseph Kahn video for “…Ready For It?”; Sam Smith dropped “Burning”; Charming Liars dropped the video for “Insomnia”; I, Us & We dropped “Tryst”; Thurston Moore & Charles Hayward from This Heat announced collaborative album Improvisations; Japandroids covered Tragically Hip’s “Nautical Disaster”; Billy Corgan covered Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”; Against Me! covered the “Squidbillies” theme; Flight of the Conchords announced UK tour; Northern California fire benefit Band Together Bay Area benefit to feature Metallica, G-Eazy, Dave Matthews Band & more; Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis is selling a plethora of musical gear; Aphex Twin track “Windowlicker” featured in a UK safety ad; Gucci Mane & Keyisha Ka’oir’s breathtaking wedding; Macklemore got his astrological chart read by Jessica Lanyadoo; Justin Timberlake to return to the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime show (but what about Janet?); Nicki Minaj called out sexism in the music industry; Drake’s More Life not submitted for 2018 Grammys consideration; Lil B allegedly got jumped by Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at Rolling Loud in Miami; Alice Glass revealed further details of abuse from Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath (oka Claudio Palmieri); Tori Amos released a statement about a Terry Richardson photoshoot; more R. Kelly abuse allegations surface; Death from Above’s Jesse F. Keeler denied being a part of the alt-right; Kid Rock is apparently not for senate; our warmest thoughts are with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Conway Savage for a speedy recovery; we remember Scott Putesky, aka Marilyn Manson co-founder Daisy Berkowitz; we remember Outrageous Cherry’s Larry Ray; we continue to celebrate the life & works of Fats Domino; Morrissey announced a 2018 tour & dropped “I Wish You Lonely”.

Switching gears now to our regularly scheduled content & programming—it is now our pleasure to present interviews, exclusives & insights from Daddy, Michael Sempert, VA Violet, Air Max ’97 x Saturn Rising, Adam Lempel, Cameron Blake, Dream Wife, Drifting in Silence, MERCH, Stimulator Jones, Street Joy, featuring guest selections by Armand Hammer (comprised of Billy Woods & ELUCID) & more—in no particular order.

Week in Pop Quick Links (Table of Contents):

1. Daddy
2. Michael Sempert
3. VA Violet
4. Air Max ’97 x Saturn Rising
5. Adam Lempel
6. Cameron Blake
7. Dream Wife
8. Drifting in Silence
9. MERCH
10. Stimulator Jones
11. Street Joy
12. Week in Pop media roundup
13. Armand Hammer’s (billy of woods & ELUCID) Week in Pop

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