Forget about Melancholy Hill and Plastic Beach. Gorillaz stopped traveling and returned home to record new music. The band shared another new visual story, this time for drummer Russel, and it hints that they’re going to have new material very soon. That’s not the only good music news. Weezer shared a video with Patton Oswalt, Trent Reznor dropped a sweeping score cut, Sky Ferreira covered music from Twin Peaks, and Paul McCartney performed live with Neil Young at his side.
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Not too long ago, Gorillaz joined instagram and shared a visual s tory called “The Book of Noodle.” As it suggests, that release tracked what the band’s cartoon guitarist had been up to since “the attack on Plastic Beach.” Now the band have more to share. “The Book of Russel” surfaced and tracks the drummer’s trek since we last saw him. Turns out he swam to Plastic Beach, grew 60 times his size, was attacked by pirates, was held hostage in Pyongyang when mistaken for Godzilla, and eventually escaped to London where he caught word that “the band was getting back together.” In case there was any doubt in your mind, yes, Gorillaz are back. Russel gave an interview with Pitchfork today about the new album, sneaker brands, and kitty cats which, duh, we highly suggest reading, too. [Pitchfork]
Patton Oswalt is the everyday man who makes anything funny, but in Weezer‘s newest music video, he ups the stakes. The comedian stars in “I Love the USA” as a super patriotic dude that finds himself in the Oval Office. He sings Rivers Cuomo’s part while parading around the room, eventually letting things run so amok that he triggers a nuclear war. No big deal. Check it out above. [Nerdist]
Earlier this year, we caught word of an awesome new film score that Trent Reznor was working on. Today, you can hear some of it. The Nine Inch Nails frontman has been hard at work on composing music for Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary, Before the Flood, with help from Atticus Ross, Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, and post-rock icons Mogwai. By name alone, it sounds like a swirl of intense stress and natural wonder. First single “A Minute to Breathe” fulfills that. Check it out above via Apple Music and keep your eyes peeled for the full album of music to be released later this October. [Nerdist]
Over the weekend, a bunch of cool artists performed cool music for one of the coolest people on Earth: David Lynch. The film director, musician, and all around magical man threw Festival of Disruption at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. A stacked bill saw memorable performances over the nights, especially by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Rhye. Angelo Badalamenti performed something called “The Music of Twin Peaks,” which was, as it sounds like, an ode to Lynch’s TV show of the same name. Sky Ferreira, Julee Cruise, and more joined for those songs, including a beautiful rendition of “Falling.” Watch fan-shot footage above and try not to get lost in the eerie vibes of that fictional town. [Pitchfork]
This past weekend, a little festival dubbed “Oldchella” took place. The people who book Coachella threw Desert Trip, a festival of giant classic rock acts and staple bands numerous generations grew up on: The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, and more. Not everyone gave a solo set, though. Neil Young joined Paul McCartney onstage to perform “A Day in the Life” and “Give Peace a Chance,” as well as the live debut of “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” As you can imagine, it was pretty fricken sweet. Thank god fans filmed it so we can watch it with AC blasting on the comfort of our couch. [Consequence of Sound]
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