Being in the right place at the right time is sometimes all you can hope for. Luckily for a little baby named Nina in California, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were shooting Carpool Karaoke with James Corden when a concerned mother rushed out of the house with her choking newborn. After frontman Anthony Kiedis performed a little CPR and the baby began breathing as an ambulance showed up. Phew. For more lighthearted news, be sure to stick around for updates from the Grammy nomination process, Bjork’s crazy box set plans, Radiohead’s snarky booklet, The Avalanches’ gorgeous new video, and a giddy clip from Weaves to send you off into the weekend.
After listening to Anthony Kiedis tell this harrowing tale above, you can check out the band’s new record below. The Getaway is out now via Warner Bros. Those of you who use Spotify and Apple Music can stream the album there. The 13-track release sees the Cali boys back at it again with the funk bass and gibberish-styled lyrics. What’s new this time around is, of course, some of their direction, but also the after-affects. Danger Mouse handles production and Nigel Godrich (you know, that guy who works with Radiohead) did the mixing. That means it’s the first time Rick Rubin didn’t produce an album for RHCP since 1989’s Mother’s Milk. What do you think? Can you tell? [Consequence of Sound]
The year is 2016 and The Recording Academy has finally caught up to the times. Moving forward, the Grammys will now allow streaming-only releases to be eligible for awards. Previously, all submissions or nominated releases had to be able to be played on CDs. You know that new Chance the Rapper mixtape you’ve been listening to on repeat ever since it went live? Yeah, that’s right. Coloring Book could now win a Grammy. High five. [Rolling Stone]
During her 2015 tour, Bjork offered a stunning box set of her latest album, Vulnicura. The Icelandic singer has now decided to make that release even more magical. The new limited edition version, called “Vulnicura Live Mask Edition,” includes a “3D low polygon Bjork moth paper mask” that’s modeled after an original James Merry design. If you don’t want to wear an artsy fartsy mask while crying to her beautiful songs, then settle for the photos, selected works, and more that will be included in the same box set. [Rolling Stone]
Radiohead sold the first ever physical copies of A Moon Shaped Pool today. Fans lined up at independent record stores to grab their own vinyl of the album, and several special attendees found themselves holding a booklet. Designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood, the leafleft (or “an inconsequential pamphlet,” according to Donwood himself) is called “How to Make Your Own A Moon Shaped Pool Artwork in 66 Easy Steps.” It’s inspired by his experiences creating the album cover. Check out the album artwork and then read through the booklet (thanks to photos fans shared). It offers a giggle in the face of an otherwise gentle and heavy record. [Pitchfork]
As we inch closer to the release of The Avalanches‘ first album in 16 years, Wildflower, out July 8, we get to hear new tunes. One of the record’s songs dropped this week, and it’s all you could want from the electronic trio. “Colours” melds gorgeous, soft, hypnotic synth parts with reversed loops, setting you in a dream where you’re walking backwards as a narrator talks to you about finding your place in the world. [Rolling Stone]
Today is a lucky day for listeners. Toronto art rock act Weaves drop their debut LP, Weaves, into the world via Kanine/Buzz/Memphis Industries. To celebrate, they’ve shared an equally fun video for album cut “Tick.” In the clip, stand-up comedian Chris Locke is stuck in a rut but, once he hears their song, begins getting to work fixing his life up. You too can upgrade your life. All you have to do is give Weaves a listen. Who knew the answer was that simple all along? [Stereogum]
Have a great weekend, all! See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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