Rest assured, readers, there will not be a single mention of Zayn Malik, or his leaving of One Direction, in today’s article. Neither the 22 year-old “Bradford Bad Boy,” nor his tumultuous relationship with that wildly successful English-Irish boy band, are topics included in today’s highly curated round-up of music news. We recognize the vast majority of our readers are not interested in the career trajectory of a pop star discovered by The X Factor, and are indifferent to his stress-related decision to bow out from the international spotlight. That the remaining members of the pop group will continue on as a four-piece is an item of news unlikely to interest our key demographics, so it will be excluded from today’s Music Dispatch [source: BBC]. Instead, please continue reading below for new music from Jamie xx, and Fred Thomas featuring Andrew W.K., and Kim Gordon!
In Colour, the debut solo album from Jamie xx, of The xx, will be released this coming June. Building up to the release, the London-based producer has shared four tracks. Following previous singles, “Girl” and “Sleep Sound“, comes “Loud Places” (streaming above) and “Gosh”, via BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. “Loud Places” features fellow xx-er, Romy Madley Croft. Listen to yesterday’s Annie Mac’s show to hear “Gosh”, as well as a Courtney Barnett session. [Consequence of Sound]
Michigan’s mayor of indie rock, Fred Thomas, enlists New York’s ambassador of partying, Andrew W.K., for a boisterous and beautiful ode to his dying dog, Kuma, and a meditation on life and death in general. “Every Song Sung to a Dog” is the first track off All Are Saved, Thomas’ eighth solo album. W.K. provides backing vocals. [Impose]
Blink-182 drummr, Travis Barker, will be on hand at Coachella, providing percussion for rap duo Run the Jewels. Barker provided the drum track for “All Due Respect” off Run the Jewels 2, as well as performed live with Killer Mike and El-P once before, at a concert at Los Angeles’ Echoplex. Maybe some enterprising mixologist out there will be inspired to follow-up Meow the Jewels with a B-182/RTJ mashup. Blink the Jewels, anyone? [Consequence of Sound]
Angelikos of Passion Pit elbows his way through a mosh pit in the music video for “Lifted Up (1985)”. It’s pitception over here. The band’s third album, Kindred, comes out April 21. [Pitchfork]
With the recent acquisition of Beats by Dre, “Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services,” with developers getting to work on a streaming service to rival Spotify’s market dominance. Trent Reznor, who served as CEO for Beats, will play a major role in redesigning the app. [NY Times]
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon was the latest guest on comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Gordon, continuing her tireless book tour for her memoir Girl in a Band, answered Maron’s questions regarding what the musician, mother, and divorcée plans to do next. The episode is available at his website. [Stereogum]
Death Grips have announced a North American tour. So we guess this means they are not broken up. What a surprise. The tour (if it is real and not just another opportunity to screw around with fans) will kick off this coming June in Seattle. [Pigeons and Planes]
That’s all for today. See you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch!