What happens when Taylor Swift gets caught in a lie? Twitter makes a million memes. Of course. Kim Kardashian went to battle in honor of Kanye West by leaking a private video that catches Swift mixing up her words. There’s more going on than drama in the music world right now, though. Suicide frontman Alan Vega passed away at the age of 78, The National called Trump a version of Ronald McDonald, Paul McCartney performed with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Against Me! returns with a new album and single.
i cant believe @KimKardashian just won the pulitzer prize for investigative journalism
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 18, 2016
Taylor Swift: “And I would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling Kardashians!” pic.twitter.com/7KS2rY1BGs
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 18, 2016
If you’ve been asleep the last 24 hours, you may have missed the biggest celeb drama of 2016. Taylor Swift claims she didn’t know Kanye would rap about her (Somewhat vulgarly) on “Famous.” Kim Kardashian decided to prove Taylor was lying. On Sunday night, she posted a Snapchat video of Kanye talking with Swift on the phone in the recording studio, back before he released The Life of Pablo, where Swift verbally agrees she is okay with him using the lyrics. So of course Twitter exploded with memes and Tweets galore. We picked a few above, but really, there are way too many good ones to choose from, so adventure off into the Twitterverse to find the one that speaks to you during this glorious #KimExposedTaylorParty we’re living in. [Complex]
This year has seen the death of countless iconic musicians. These are people who not only were household names, but pushed genres and reinvented them so that we, the current generation, can explore other wild sounds. No one was as important to electronic punk music than Alan Vega, the frontman of ’70s act Suicide. Over the weekend, he passed away at the age of 78. The duo were endlessly creative and helped deflate the idea that choruses are necessary for catchy songs. They went against the grain. As many people who go against the grain can tell you, it’s much easier and more fun to do so when you know you aren’t alone in the act. Suicide released five albums and Vega released several solo albums after the fact, the music of which went on to heavily influence Trent Reznor, Bruce Springsteen, LCD Soundsystem, and more. Spin their self-titled LP today in honor of Vega. May he rest in peace. [Consequence of Sound]
By now, countless musicians have used their voices to express discontent (and, for some, disgust) with the possibility of Donald Trump becoming president. Matt Berninger of The National adds his name to that list of disapproving musicians. “It’s like President Ronald McDonald,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics show. “[Trump is] the sickness that’s been clogging the drain. Donald Trump is like the hanger that’s pulling out that wad of ugliness.” Bandmate Aaron Dessner added that some members of the band were big Bernie Sanders supporters but have since shifted to Hillary Clinton to help rally behind her. Who knows if they’ll be playing at either nominee’s rally, but it sounds like they would solely play protest music at a Trump event, likely from across the street with speakers at full blast to overpower his words of “bigotry.” [Pitchfork]
No one does three-hour-long shows the way Paul McCartney does. The Beatles bassist took over Fenway Park in Boston last night to perform to a massive, baseball stadium-full crowd. His set was stacked with hits old and new, but nothing got the audience shouting the way his encore did. After a few cuts, McCartney invited Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead (who just played Fenway the two nights prior) to join him on the Wings song “Hi Hi Hi” and Beatles classic “Helter Skelter.” Then, seemingly for no real reason, McCartney invited New England Patriots tight end and star Rob Gronkowski up to dance and play air guitar as he pleased. Yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. [Consequence of Sound]
Two years ago, Against Me! released their excellent full-length Transgender Dysphoria Blues. After tons of touring, talk shows, and transparent conversations online, Laura Jane Grace and co. are back with a new LP. September 16 will see the release of Shape Shift With Me, a 12-track effort with great punk artwork. You can get a taste of what’s to come with lead single “333” above. See, Mondays don’t always have to be downtrodden and depressing! [Rolling Stone]
See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!