As the politics & news of the world continue to make us dizzy & queasy, Impose’s Week in Pop offers up a variety of enlightenment & instant inspiration. Bringing you just some of the world’s breaking media exclusives, we give you the latest top stories from the week you might have missed beginning with word that Michelle Zauner announced the new Japanese Breakfast album Soft Sounds From Another Planet available July 14 from Dead Oceans & dropped the self-directed video for “Machinist”; Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa dropped the video for “Elastic Astral Peel” from their album Are Euphoria available June 16 from Thrill Jockey; Michael McDonald announced the new album Wide Open, and it arrives September 15; Amber Coffman dropped the Zia Anger video for “No Coffee” from her solo album City of No Reply available June 2; Skip Marley dropped the single “Calm Down”; Nicki Minaj dropped the Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott video for “Regret in Your Tears”; Beach Fossils dropped the Dustin Payseur video for “Down The Line” off Somersault available June 2 from Bayonet Records; Beyoncé announced a $300 Lemonade boxset; Phosphorescent dropped their cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” off Our First 100 Days; The Coathangers dropped the Matt Odom video for “Captain’s Dead” off their ParasiteEP available June 30 from Suicide Squeeze Records; Big Sean dropped the Lawrence Lamont video for “Light” ft. Jeremih; RL Grime returns with first single after three years with “Reims“; Lapalux announced the new album Ruinism available June 30 from Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder & dropped “Rotted Arp” feat. Louisahhh; Staten Island’s Squidnice returned with the Director Gambino video for “Everywhere I Go”; Haim dropped “Want You Back”; Paramore dropped “Told You So” off the album After Laughter available May 12 from Fueled by Ramen; Juana Molina’s Halo is available now from Crammed Discs & dropped the video for “Paraguaya” co-directed by Alejandro Ros; Sam O.B. (fka Obey City) just dropped “Midnight Blue” from an upcoming album available later this summer from LuckyMe; Nick Hakim dropped the Micah Buzan video for “Roller Skates” off the upcoming album Green Twins available May 19 from ATO Records; Algiers dropped “The Underside of Power” video; !!! (Chk Chk Chk) dropped the Will Galperin video for “Dancing Is The Best Revenge” off the album Shake The Shudder available May 19 from Warp Records; Australia’s Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) dropped the “Missing Link” video co-directed by Murphy and Johann Rashad; The Shins covered The Smiths’ “Panic”; Emperor X released Oversleepers International via Tiny Engines; Dead Cross (comprised of Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson & Michael Crain) are readying their self-titled for August 4 via Ipecac Recordings & dropped “Grave Slave”; Erykah Badu announced tour; Lil Yachty announced tour & dropped the video for “Bring It Back”; Afghan Whigs announced tour; Janet Jackson rescheduled her tour; Chance the Rapper cancelled his European tour; Frank Ocean cancelled his headline Sasquatch! Festival set; Halsey announced tour with Charli XCX & PARTYNEXTDOOR; Gorillaz announced UK/EU dates & dropped an awkward live freestyle; The Avalanches expanded their tour; hype for Radiohead’s OKNOTOK; Interpol announced Turn On the Bright Lights fifteenth anniversary gigs in NYC & LA (Paul Banks from the band has also stated that Carlos D will not be joining them for said tour); Allie X dropped “Paper Love” off COLLXTION II available June 6 from Twin Music; Tyler, the Creator announced the return of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival happening October 28-29 at LA’s Exposition Park; Jawbreaker announced the documentary Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker & dropped a trailer; LCD Soundsystem dropped “Call the Police” & later dropped “American Dream”; Juiceboxxx dropped “Freaking Out” off the upcoming Freaked Out American Loser; Wavves dropped “No Shade” off the new album You’re Welcome available May 19 from Ghost Ramp; Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart announced a new recording of the old single “Public Image” available May 26 from 3Ms Music; hype for Adult Swim’s dream-pop/future-soul comp LUXE & you can hear Tei Shi’s “One Thing”; Slowdive dropped their self-titled album after 22 years; At The Drive In dropped in•ter a•li•a after a 17 year break; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio with the city’s entertainment commissioner Julie Menin announced that June is “New York Music Month”; Arcade Fire’s Win Butler & Régine Chassagne awarded Companions of Quebec’s Order of Arts and Letters; Grant McPhee (2015’s The Big Gold Dream) continues covering the DIY histories behind the “Sound of Young Scotland” with word of Teenage Superstar currently in the crowd-funding phase; Kanye & Kim have launched a children’s line of clothing called The Kids Supply; Future dropped the Colin Tilley video for “Mask Off” starring Amber Rose; Grizzly Bear dropped the new single “Three Rings”; Mac DeMarco billboards; Nicki Minaj x Lil Wayne x David Guetta dropped the video for “Light My Body Up”; Dan Deacon talked about 5 records of interest in his collection; Fleet Foxes’ fabled Crack-Up test pressings; the Game versus Viacom; Johnny Jewel destroyed all copies of Chromatics Dear Tommy after an apparent near-death incident in Hawaii; hear Elliot Smiths’s “Pretty (Ugly Before)” (Live at Largo) from the forthcoming Planned Parenthood benefit compilation; Blur’s Dave Rowntree got elected to England’s Norwich County Council; Schoolboy Q was not involved in an alleged armed robbery incident; lawsuits have begun over the Fyre Festival debacle (and another one was recently filed); Hova & Roc Nation sued over copyright issues with Iconix Brand Group; wishing DMX an expedient recovery; we remember New Orleans Rich Gang/Birdman affiliate BTY YoungN; all of our warmest thoughts are with Rusko in his fight against gastric lymphoma; all of our warmest thoughts are with Loretta Lynn in hopes for an expedient recovery; we remember Grandaddy’s Kevin Garcia (Grandaddy’s upcoming North American tour has also been cancelled); Kanye West allegedly has deactivated his Twitter & Instagram accounts; and Morrissey claimed that despite what the media tell you, Marine Le Pen won the French Election debate.
As we switch gears to the best news of the week, it is our honor & privilege to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from ETA, tomemitsu, Mommy Long Legs, Natural Velvet, Metro Riders, Siberian Traps, Studio_Dad, featuring guest selections by John Fryer (of Black Needle Noise, 4AD co-founder, This Mortal Coil, producer extraordinaire) & more—in no particular order.