Christian Mistress Singer Christine Davis: 'I Hope Kanye West Will Change His Artwork'

Categories: Kanye West, Metal

Artwork for the next Christian Mistress album is due in about three weeks, and the band is at a crossroads.

"We'd like to do something that is lighter and more reflective," says Christine Davis, singer for the Portland-based, Seventies-metal-inspired group. "We'd like to use less dark colors and have something that really pops out and really represents the power and sharp brightness that we feel the band is at right now." All of the band's previous releases have been decidedly more, well, black. More metal.

But the one constant is a religious symbol they've used on every release since forming in 2008, one that's become synonymous with the group. It clanged around the music blogs, Twitter, and Reddit this month, finding its way in front of more eyeballs than ever in its history: Kanye West was gonna use the symbol on his album, too.

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Paul McCartney, Miley, Kanye & Paul Simon Soundtrack SNL 40 in Style

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Miley Cyrus performs Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special.
A party four decades in the making, the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special embraced what the show's been about from the start: banking on old and new in equal measure for the sake of sparking laugh riots and iconic pop culture moments. The sketches, cameos, and monologues came from the crème de la crème of comedy, with a blitz of major marquee names — Steve Martin! Billy Crystal! Tom Hanks! Chris Rock! Melissa McCarthy! Tina! Amy! Maya! Chevy! — all making their appearances within the first hour of the 150-minute broadcast. Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (who nailed her Beyoncé impression) rolled through a handful of fantastic musical highlights that have soundtracked the show's history and made for some awesome characters (the Blues Brothers! the Butabi brothers! Marty and Bobbi!). While looking back on the musical clips of yesteryear made for an exquisitely curated nostalgic detour, SNL 40 offered four more to be considered for the list, but only two of them are worth joining the ranks of the 40 we've already gushed over — and both songs were written by the same artist.

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Paul McCartney Found New Romance in Old Songs at Irving Plaza on Valentine's Day

"That was great — and I don't even like that song!" So proclaimed a thirtyish dude last night as Paul McCartney — Sir Paul, Macca, the Cute One, the One Who Once Was the Dead One But Now Blessedly Is One of the Two Still Alive — treated a crowd of 1,000 or so to a stellar, stirring "And I Love Her."

McCartney invested this minor standard with wistful vigor and urgency. "Bright are the stars that shine/Dark is the sky" has accumulated significance over 50 years. Young Paul's stately wisp of a song about romantic timelessness has sneaked into the firmament, now as fixed in our lives as stars and sky, but Old Paul's treatment of it sounds far from settled: Savor those new "oooh"s he eases into at the coda.

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Kanye West Brings Out Several Guests for His Outdoor NYC Concert, the Roc City Classic

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Kanye West (center) with Big Sean (left) and Pusha T (right) on February 12 during the first Roc City Classic
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See our full gallery: Kanye West Fans Brave the Cold for His Outdoor NYC Concert

The show lasted about an hour, wrapping up a little after 9 p.m. Kanye brought out a number of guests, including Pusha T, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, and Fetty Wap, and he ended the concert with "Only One." The concert was live-streamed over YouTube, but the video's since been made private. If it goes back online, we'll post it here. Here are a few photos from the show tonight, shot by C.S. Muncy for the Voice.


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These People are Outraged at Beck's Album of the Year Grammy

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Hey Beyhive: You're not alone.

The majority of viewers who tuned in to the broadcast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards were nearly treated to another Kanye West outburst over a Beyoncé snub, as Beck's Morning Phase won over Queen Bey's opus for Album of the Year. (Morning Phase came in at No. 16 on our 2014 Pazz & Jop poll, while Beyoncé's self-titled album, released late in 2013, was No. 4 on our poll for that year.) Beck was thrilled, clearly, but the internet? They weren't necessarily feeling the "loser, baby" narrative that played a key part in forming the foundation of his career.

Here's a look at some of the more passionate reactions that Bey's loss and Beck's gain elicited via Twitter shortly following the awarding of 2015's Album of the Year. #whoisbeck indeed.

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Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss on Your Grave."

"West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name," the report said.

Hip-hop producer Statik Selektah recently revealed that part of the inspiration behind his new jazz-infused album, What Goes Around, was defying a criticism from West. "Kanye sat there and listened for like 10 seconds and he pressed stop," Selektah told MTV News. "and he was like: 'It's cool, but jazz is dead'." Selektah thought West's comment was "crazy" and moved forward with the project.

Here are more West-isms that have made the rapper an easy target for media jabs. Quotation above via gq.com.

See also: Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

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See the Movie That Inspired Kanye's Yeezus Tour Tonight at Nitehawk Cinema

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Kanye on his Holy Mountain
"I just talked to Jesus/ He said 'What up, Yeezus?'/ I said nuttin' just chillin'/ Watchin' Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain" That's Kanye, in a special, never-before-heard first draft of a verse on "I Am a God" on last year's sonic breakout Yeezus. And it makes complete sense. Yeezy loves Holy Mountain -- the Mexican-American art-trip captured on celluloid that inspired the aesthetic of his entire Yeezus tour. Last year, at the tour's stop in Brooklyn, he admonished the crowd a few minutes for being unfamiliar with, among other things, Holy Mountain's genius director. Tonight at midnight, Holy Mountain is playing at Nitehawk Cinema as part of their aptly titled Summer of Surrealism series. Here's what viewers can expect....

See also: LIVE REVIEW - Kanye's Yeezus Tour at Barclays Center

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Watch Seth Rogen and James Franco Recreate Kanye's "Bound 2" Shot For Shot

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So. Much. Back hair.

See also: Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

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Five Early Kanye West Clips You Probably Haven't Seen

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Kanye in 2003
Kanye West plays Barclays Center Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It's crazy to think that, as recently as a decade ago, there was a time when he wasn't absolutely everywhere. And yet, even in those days, he was still lurking, just a bit beneath the surface. So here are five early Kanye clips you probably haven't seen.

See also: Six Rare Early Jay-Z Appearances

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Disliking Kanye Doesn't Make Me a Racist

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It's OK to be a white person who is frustrated by Kanye West. That might seem obvious, but the aftermath of West's epic Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel necessitates it be reiterated. The feud is nothing more than the clash of two pop personalities, but it became something much bigger than that. On Twitter and elsewhere, Kimmel was labeled as being emblematic of racism in America. Ergo, white America criticizing West correlates to racism. This is not only wrong, it gives defenders of West an easy way out of a complex issue.

See also: The Kanye You Once Loved Is Dead and Gone

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