song premiere: rett smith “one to blame”


+ cory kennedy interviews the singer.

I first met Rett in a rock n' roll bar. We began very close friends and then I styled his first video 'I Swear'. His music is most refreshing to hear because it's real, it's raw and has soul, which is something I haven't heard in music in quite a while. Thankfully, and finally, it's arrived.

Check out my interview with Rett below and check out the premiere of his new song "One to Blame" below.

You're a musician; songwriter, singer, guitar player...but why? How did this all begin? 

Well, luckily I had parents that were very into blues and a lot of Hank Williams. Those older records really struck a chord with me when I was a little kid. I started traveling and living away from home for sports and writing was always my refuge from that world. Poems, short stories, lyrics; they all seemed to mesh together once I focused on finding my own melodies and began playing guitar obsessively.  In my late teens it became apparent that my only true passion was music and I kind of left everything else behind.

Why do you think you're songs have hit so hard to the public so quickly?

I feel very lucky. Being able to make a record with a guy like Joe Nicolo who has worked with so many incredible artist that I look up to (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) is definitely a huge factor. He’s really taken me under his wing and I can’t say enough great things about him. I’d also like like to think it’s because the songs are honest.  We made a point when recording to just play and let it be real. I wasn’t trying to hide anything or be “perfect” and I feel like that translates to the listener.

I personally can't place your music in a music genre (I haven't heard anything this refreshing in years). Please elaborate on how you concoct this genius sound. 

That’s really kind of you to say, and a very hard compliment for me to answer. I just play what I want to hear and I’ve always been very conscious to not get pigeonholed into one genre or another. I don’t really think too much about what genre this song or that song falls into. Mainly my heart lays musically with the blues and country heroes from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s but I’ve never wanted to imitate their sound or try and call it my own. I’m into hiding some darker lyrics in with a heavy groove and seeing where it takes me.

So where does the ultimate inspiration lay for Rett Smith?

I’d say it lies in the extremes that we all experience. It doesn’t matter if its the extreme beauty of being by yourself in the middle of nowhere New Mexico or the extreme pain we feel when we’ve been wronged by someone we love. We always have to try and cope and just keep moving. A beautiful girl never seems to hurt either.

Your songwriting—where does it originate from? Are they from personal experiences?

My songs are extremely personal, although I rarely write about specific experiences as a whole. I don’t really know what’s specifically about me or not aside from a few lines in certain songs. I pull from the feelings I have in those experiences and try to tell the story that inspires me first and in it’s own way. Then all I can do is see if that resonates with anybody else.

Your hand-picked All-Star band to jam with. GO!

Jimi Hendrix, B.B King, Janis Joplin, Leon Russel and Ray Charles. Oh, and ya got to have Ginger Baker on drums! And Kanye on cowbell.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.