We hope you don’t have much to do this week, because today’s Dispatch is filled with enough music videos to keep you preoccupied through at least Wednesday. We have so many videos, in fact, there is hardly any space left for other music news. So rejoice, relax, and procrastinate with new videos from FKA twigs, Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, Chilly Gonzales, Soko, Ariel Pink and more. Also we’ve got the Kendrick Lamar-Seinfeld mashup you didn’t know you needed, news about Black Sabbath, as well as a stream of the new Sufjan Stevens album.
Following the powerhouse singles, “What Kind of Man“, and her upcoming album’s title track, Florence + The Machine’s “St. Jude” is described as “Chapter 2 of the How Big How Blue How Beautiful odyssey.” Now, a rain-drenched Florence Welch finds herself wandering through a dilapidated and surreal village at dusk, occasionally glimpsing her returned doppelgänger. Maybe I’m projecting, but the one-shot video has a hint of a True Detective flavor to it. [Stereogum]
Because there aren’t enough music award shows featuring Ed Sheeran already, we now have The YouTube Music Awards. As part of the elaborate online affair, Migos, the trio of young rappers and philanthropists from Atlanta, have shared an equally elaborate video for “One Time”. Hold up. Is that Redskins’ DeSean Jackson? Yes, yes it is. See what other cameos you can spot. [Pitchfork]
FKA twigs also released a music video as part of The YouTube Music Awards; the not-for-the-squeamish “Glass & Patron”, which was both directed by, and stars, the experimental artist. The video opens with an ominous van parked in a misty, temperate rain forest (maybe the home of her vampire beau, Robert Pattison?), then finds Twigs birthing a never-ending stream of multicolored handkerchiefs, like a maternity ward magician. The video stays weird after that, but mercifully ratchets down the discomfort. [Consequence of Sound]
Migos, FKA twigs, and Action Bronson featuring Chance the Rapper all releasing music videos today for for The YouTube Music Awards? Okay, I am officially on board; nuts to redundancy. With his hair-free cousin, Big Body Bes, in tow, Bronson takes on a number of colorful characters in this playful and groovy project. Chance the Rapper also stars in a new short film of his own, “Mr. Happy”. Check out the 23-minute piece over at Vice. Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful is now streaming on Spotify. [Pitchfork]
The Go! Team show off a vibrant collage of home movies and the bubbly thrashing of “What D’You Say?” in celebration of their new album, The Scene Between. In addition to releasing a new video every day, via Buzzfeed (ugh), the upbeat Brits also put together a mixtape especially for Nerdist readers (yay)! Check it out in our latest Car Tunes and Cartoons.
Chamber pop pianist, Chilly Gonzales, takes us back to the Age of Innocence with “Advantage Points”, featuring Kaiser Quartett. The video above tells the tale of two incompetent duelers and the collateral damage they inflict when battling over a pair of salon tickets. Gonzales explained to The Fader that the piece is dedicated to, of all people, tennis player John McEnroe: “The “points” are staccato – clipped, insistent. I attempted musical pointillism with Wimbledon ’80 as my backdrop. Try to imagine the waltzing B-section as the endorphins kicking in after a marathon–the transcendence of physical technique (using a racquet or a piano) into pure bliss. This could just as easily have been dedicated to Bobby Fischer, Glenn Gould, or Michael Jackson’s moonwalk. It all depends on your vantage point.”
Mini Mansions, the LA side project of Queens of the Stone Age’s Michael Shuman, and featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, has released a cheeky, Lee Hazlewood-homage NSFW music video for their hypnotic “Vertigo” single. Bonus fact: the band’s new album, The Great Pretenders, features Voyager’s Golden Record. [NME]
A keen listener and hip hop fan realized the theme song from Seinfeld was roughly the same tempo as Kendrick’s new song “King Kunta”. It’s very brief, but it doesn’t need to be long, because it is really dumb, but also pretty funny, so hey! While you’re at it, make sure you check out Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly.
A solitary piece of non-video news too important not to share: legendary metal band Black Sabbath has announced their final show. Ozzy Osbourne and Co., who are currently working on a final album with producer Rick Rubin, will headline day two of Ozzfest Japan, on November 22, at Makuhari Messe. Osbourne plans to continue his solo career thereafter. [Billboard]
French musician Soko plays both a caricature of herself, and an even more extreme caricature of her body-double and collaborator, Ariel Pink, in the music video for their track, “Lovetrap”. [Pitchfork]
Carrie & Lowell, the long-awaited followup to Sufjan Stevens’ 2010 album Age Of Adz, is streaming right now courtesy of our friends at NPR. It is a devastating, introverted record that will definitely be an many year-end lists (and likely ours). Check it out here.
One more from The YouTube Music Awards collection of new videos, but then let’s call it a day, okay? Charlie XCX’s “Famous” takes an unexpected and sinister turn into Black Mirror territory, after lulling you in with it’s poppy, candy-coated aesthetic. Charlie XCX’s own product-hocking performance reminds us of those Grant Hill Sprite commercials of yore.