Sometimes during summer the weather is so nice, you’re feeling nice, and everyone around you is nice. On days like that, you can’t help but sing–even while you take an ax to Jared Leto’s head. We’re, of course, talking about the one and only American Psycho, specifically because it’s set to become a Broadway musical very soon. Plus James Franco co-wrote a Lana Del Rey book, rare John Lennon and Jim Morrison letters are up for auction, Tom DeLonge talked to us about comics, Albert Hammond Jr. is streaming his newest solo album, Health shared a new song, and one Seattle radio station is doing a massive Beastie Boys takeover. How can you not be happy on a Friday like today?
Grab your Huey Lewis & the News album and peel that face mask off. American Psycho will be taking over Broadway in February of 2016 as a brand new musical based off the book. Producers said the show will be held in a yet-unnamed Shubert theater with Benjamin Walker playing the role of Patrick Bateman (Sorry, Christian Bale). Duncan Sheik penned music and lyrics. Considering he’s responsible for the phenomenal Tony Award-winning score to Spring Awakening, it’s safe to say this is in good (non-blood-drenched) hands. It’s hip to be square, even on Broadway! [Billboard]
James Franco does whatever he pleases. Nowadays, that means ditching acting in favor of writing a book about Lana Del Rey. The superstar wrote an ode to his muse back in January, but now he’s extending that praise farther. Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey is a brief 100 pages that comes out in March of 2016. Don’t doubt the content. It was co-written by New York Times bestsellers list author David Shields. [Rolling Stone]
When Tom DeLonge picks you up on your very first date, it’s more likely he will want to talk comic books than aliens. We know; we’re shocked, too. The Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves frontman took the stage at our Nerdist Conival at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about his work as a visual artist, director, and total comic nerd. Poet Anderson, a comic turned novel turned film, is his creative child that takes notes from Star Wars and Bladerunner. [Nerdist]
The Strokes still radiate “cool” in 2015, years after they ruled the streets of New York City. Guitarist and curly-haired pal Albert Hammond Jr. is set to release his third solo LP since the band formed. Momentary Masters drops on July 31 via Vagrant, but you can give it a spin in full now. Once again, he brings his frenzied fret-play and vibrant eccentricities to life through guitar. Definitely check it out. [SPIN]
Lost artifacts sure are worth a lot when they belong to people who changed the course of music history for decades to come. The Doors singer Jim Morrison sent a hand-written letter from Paris less than three months before his death. In it, he discusses lost clothing, travels to Morocco, and, of course, how much he misses his friends. Meanwhile, another hand-written note surfaced, this time from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to the Beatles press officer Derek Taylor in 1969. Both are being auctioned off to superfans and collectors, where the prior is currently set at $23,000. Got a few bills to spare? [Rolling Stone]
KEXP is the coolest radio station out there. This isn’t news. What is, however, is that the Seattle radio station is hosting an all-day celebration of the Beastie Boys‘ epic album Paul’s Boutique. From the full track list to every song sampled on the album (*cough, 115, cough*), it will be a fascinating listen. Tune in today, July 24, from 6AM to 6PM PST to catch it live. [Rolling Stone]
It’s crazy to realize it’s been six years since HEALTH‘s first and only album, 2009’s Get Color. The dark noise rock act are sharing an album cut from their upcoming release, Death Magic, titlted “Men Today”. It’s not as brooding as the other cuts we’ve heard, but maybe that’s what we needed. Otherwise we would be left a little too solemn for the weekend. [Pitchfork]
We’ll see you guys on Monday for another Music Dispatch roundup!