Forget about the emo lyrics. Evanescence is ready to make you emotional if you’re ages five and under. Frontwoman Amy Lee is dropping a kids’ album. If you’re looking for music for ages a tad older than that, stick around. Rare Black Sabbath items are up for sale, Sting had his brain scanned for science, the Drive soundtrack is getting a rad reissue, Peter Bjorn and John mimic dominoes in their music video, and Phantogram come in swinging hard on their newest track. Ready to check it all out?
After years of offering up dramatic karaoke songs and Hot Topic inspiration, Evanescence announced they would be slowing down. But it turns out frontwoman Amy Lee isn’t ready to take her eyes off music. The singer will drop a brand new album on September 30 called Dream Too Much. The twist? It’s for kids. Inspired by her 2-year-old son, Lee wrote original songs as well as covers of kids’ classics to help kids fall asleep. She’s always had a beautiful voice, so this makes sense. Just don’t expect any of that goth metal to come pouring out in the middle of “Rubber Duckie.” [Entertainment Weekly]
Hey, metal heads. There’s some early material you may not be familiar with that we’ve got the scoop on. Sheffield Auction Gallery is auctioning off rare Black Sabbath treasures on September 30. The items, which includes posters of their early band Earth and handwritten song lyrics, are all from 1968 to 1973, a prime stretch of time for the act. Most items are expected to be sold for somewhere between $2-3k, but hey, it’s worth dipping in to see if you could nab something. Who knows! [Rolling Stone]
There’s plenty of information about the brain we don’t know. More specifically, plenty of us don’t know information about our own brain. Luckily for him, Sting swung by McGill University in Montreal to learn a bit more about his own brain. Cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin analyzed fMRI images alongside colleague Scott Grafton to study how Sting’s brain organizes and analyzes music. Interesting, right? Levitin put out a book called This Is Your Brain on Music a short while ago, so the dude knows what he’s doing. Sting, having read a copy, reached out to the scientist and offered up his skull as a means to dig deeper. Too graphic? Our bad. Check out their research instead and let the sea of numbers and text calm you. [Rolling Stone]
Remember that little film called Drive with Ryan Gosling and one super cool gold scorpion jacket? The 2011 film was action packed and gruesome, but what elevated its style-heavy themes was the ’80s throwback music, a score composed by Cliff Martinez. The soundtrack was pressed to vinyl and sold out immediately. Two years later, it was pressed yet again, and, once more, sold out immediately. Now, Geoff Barrow’s Invada and Lakeshore have just announced another limited-edition reissue. New liner notes and new artwork come with this wax, so you know it will go fast. No word yet on how many copies will be sold, but the fact that it will only be available between September 30 and December 31 suggests it’s a few. Pre-orders begin September 1st from Invada. [Consequence of Sound]
Earlier this year, Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John returned with whistles and gizmos on their LP Breakin’ Point. One of the album’s singles, “Dominos,” now has a music video as inventive as the song itself. Directed by Henry Moore Selder, the video sees the band members as well as a never-ending line of humans falling in reverse; yes, they’re dominoes. It’s a chain reaction that’s amusing and mesmerizing, showing the people trickling upwards through a convenience store, the forest, and everywhere in between. It seems the three musicians will never not be creative. [Rolling Stone]
On October 7, Phantogram return sans-Big Boi to drop their newest full-length, the aptly-titled Three. We’ve already heard (and been obsessed with) “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” so now it’s time to make way for new single “Cruel World.” It sees the duo bumping out beats that retain their thick, sample-like grit while keeping a polished production quality. Why isn’t October here already? [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today! See you back here on Friday though for another Music Dispatch!
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