Minimum Gauge: Kanye Dresses Like a Giant Water Bottle and Calls for Abolishment of the 13th Amendment

Plus, members of Pulp and Happy Mondays compete on a reality-TV game show and Ancestry and Spotify team up to offer playlists of contemporary Pop music from your homeland.

HOT: West Goes South (Again)
Kanye West’s appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live was baffling and controversial, even by the rapper’s own standards. Kicking things off by performing a song dressed as a water bottle (he was Perrier to guest Lil Pump’s Fuji), West returned for a rare third song to close out the show. Though unaired, footage surfaced of West awkwardly ranting at the end of the program to a largely stunned-silent audience. Among other unclear ramblings, West said he was bullied “backstage” for wearing a MAGA hat and suggested he was running for President in 2020, presumably against the current President, who tweeted that he loved West’s statements. The next day, West took to Twitter to apologize for his erratic appearance. Just kidding — West’s Sunday posts included more MAGA-hat selfies and a call to abolish the slavery-outlawing 13th amendment.


WARM: This is Hardcore?
Brit Pop stars Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Bez (Happy Mondays) recently competed on the BBC game show Bargain Hunt, in which contestants shop for antiques to re-sell at auction. The competitor who earns the highest profit is usually the victor, but for the music-themed edition, Cocker won on multiple levels without meeting that qualification. After refusing to wear the polo shirt/fleece pullover outfit contestants usually sport, it was later discovered that Bez’s girlfriend was a primary bidder on his lot, so he was disqualified and the ending of the program had to be re-shot, with Cocker declared the new winner.

COLD: Homeland Sounds
Spotify has partnered with the genealogy site Ancestry.com to provide playlists for those purchasing one of the site’s $99 DNA analysis kits. But the playlists of music from your ancestors’ homelands isn’t what they listened to generations ago. Irish and Scottish descendants, for example, get a playlist that features mostly modern Pop — instead of bagpipes and tin whistles, there’s Electronic artist Talos, Sinead O’Connor’s version of Nirvana’s “All Apologies” and hits by Franz Ferdinand and The Cranberries. If you don’t want to share your DNA, Ancestry also has a free site to plug in your ancestral regions and get personalized playlists. 



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