YOU GOTTA FIGHT. FOR YOUR RIGHT. TO RESPECTFULLY ADAPT THE BEASTIE BOYS INTO A MUSICAL.
There’s a new Beastie Boys musical in the works based off Licensed to Ill, but it won’t be on Broadway. It may be unauthorized, but hey, you gotta fight for your right to… oh right we just made that joke. If that’s not your groove, check out the other music news that caught our eye (and is certified authorized by the musicians): Adele dropped her first music video in five years, Kendrick Lamar played with an entire symphony, Sufjan Stevens made a gorgeous remix of “Blue Bucket of Gold”, David Lynch released a new song, Junior Boys have returned with new music after spending the last half decade in hiding, and Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg is going solo. You ready for this?
Over in London, the good folks of Camden People’s Theatre are putting together a Licensed to Ill music theater show about the life and career of the Beastie Boys. The play is presented by Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar and will run from November 23 to December 12. Unfortunately, it isn’t authorised by the Boys’ team, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less fun. If anyone knows how to party on (and off) stage, it’s them. [Pitchfork]
Adele teased us on TV and now she’s making us cry at our computer screens. The hit maker and songwriter is making her big return to music after nearly five years in silence with her third full-length LP 25. The lead single, “Hello”, arrives today with a mournful video pondering the wreckage of a failed relationship. It’s fantastic work by award-winning director Xavier Dolan and production company Believe Media that’s worth watching on repeat. You may have been wondering (and probably didn’t doubt it), but no, Adele hasn’t lost that touch. [Nerdist]
Kendrick Lamar performed songs off his excellent album To Pimp a Butterfly at a one-off concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Those in attendance lucked out with an evening of emotional, powerful, and inspirational songs taken to the next level since the National Symphony Orchestra joined him onstage to charismatically lift his work up even higher. Now video clips have surfaced from the evening for the rest of us mortals to check it out. Head’s up: it’s intense, but in a totally safe-for-work way. [Nerdist]
If you want to go deeper into your emotions, then stop here and give this one a spin. Folk god and tear-jerker extraordinaire Sufjan Stevens remixed “Blue Bucket of Gold” off his recent LP Carrie & Lowell. Sure, it’s way more uplifting than the original version, but his words still hit our hearts in a way no one else’s can. [Nerdist]
Polish composer Marek Zebroqski brought David Lynch onboard to churn out an experimental collaboration in 2008 titled Polish Night Music. Fast forward to today: the release is getting a second life on vinyl, and with it comes one of the four lengthy pieces online. Hear “Night (A Landscape With a Factory)” in all its 18-minute glory. [Rolling Stone]
Last we heard from electro-pop duo Junior Boys, they were celebrating the success of their 2011 album. After digging into some Detroit techno, R&B, and Yellow Magic Orchestra LPs, the band is back with a new album inspired by it all, Big Black Coat. The title track makes quite a statement, suggesting their return to the scene is one to welcome warmly. [FACT Magazine]
Warpaint may be successful, but that won’t keep Jenny Lee Lindberg from making her own music, too. The band’s bassist announced right on!, her debut solo LP, will drop December 11 via Rough Trade. Apparently it pulls on new wave and goth elements. Based off lead single “Never”, we have to say that sounds spot on. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s a wrap for today’s Music Dispatch! Go enjoy the weekend and be sure to stop back here on Monday for another installment of music news!
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