Handsome Ghost Has A New Kind Of Graduation Song

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Listen to “Graduate” here

A year or so has gone by since Handsome Ghost debuted their Steps EP. In that time, Tim Noyes and his band have traveled, toured, lived, loved, written, and then some. Today, they’re ready to show what all that’s amounted to. 

“Graduate” is the new track off the synthpop act’s forthcoming album. Through a driving synth bassline and a chorus that will surely be sung by their audiences, it plays with the reckless abandon of youth on the threshold of young adult maturity. There’s a lightness to “Graduate,” but a conscious one; Noyes says it all when he sings, “I know you know the time has come to let it go.” Speaking to us over email, Noyes explained, “I knew I wanted to share ‘Graduate’ first just about as soon as we finished it. We released our EP about a year ago and we’ve grown so much in that short time, both musically and personally. ‘Graduate’ is a nod to the past and how it shapes us, but also a celebration of moving forward and how wonderful it feels to let all the yesterdays go and start again.” It’s comforting to know we’ll all grow up together.

Listen to and watch the new lyric video for “Graduate,” below.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.