Gather ’round for the final Music Dispatch of the week. On today’s Agenda? Blues legend B.B. King passed away at age 89, Orphan Black announced the release of their first soundtrack (and score), Killer Mike revealed he’ll appear on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, some new Run the Jewels audio surfaced, Kim Gordon shared private stories in a new interview, and One Direction played dodgeball on late night TV last night just because. Get stoked.
It’s time to sing the blues, for real. Riley B. King, a/k/a legendary blues guitarist and crooner B.B. King, passed away at 89 years old in Las Vegas Thursday night after suffering from dehydration. B.B. King’s velvety voice and staccato-picking playing paved the way for rock — and music as we know it.
The Mississippi native ruled the scene as the “king of blues” for over six decades. He refused to slow down as he aged, hitting the road on tour and crafting new songs all the way through to his 80s — letting the music speak through him. It comes as no surprise that he’s earned nearly ever honorable award out there over the years (Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Presidential Medal of Freedom), but with a spirit like that, there’s no way you could stop. Rest in peace. [CNN]
Killer Mike can’t stop using his voice for good. The Run the Jewels rapper, father, and speaker has given several lectures in the last year, including a Race Relations in the US talk at M.I.T. That same weekend he flew to Washington D.C. to attend the White House Press Correspondents dinner, where Ariana Huffington invited him to become an official writer for The Huffington Post. Casual. Now Killer Mike is proving the power of spoken word once more, this time on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss race relations in Baltimore. Grab snacks, friends, and a pen, because you won’t want to miss anything he says. The show airs Friday, May 15, at 7PM.
Kim Gordon is too cool to be stopped. The Sonic Youth member helped usher in an era of rebellion within mainstream music and spun the ’90s on its head alongside bandmember and former husband Thurston Moore. When the two split, many wondered about their lives beyond the stage and in her new autobiography, Girl In A Band, Gordon has done just that, opening up about seminal moments in her life — including that divorce — with candid intimacy. She stopped by interview series Inside Out recently to share some of those stories, and it’s well worth your time. Check it out here. [Nerdist]
There comes a time in every Clone Clubber’s life where they just need to dance. Thankfully, that time is very, very soon. Orphan Black announced they’re releasing an official soundtrack and score on May 18 of this year. According to composer Trevor Yule, everything rotates around the character’s palettes” “If you listen closely, not only do the clones have their own themes and palettes, but I often borrow from one and bring it to another (depending on the scene).” We’re getitng chills just thinking about it. And yes: Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch” is on the soundtrack, because duh. [Nerdist]
There may still be some growing pains as The Late Late Show With James Corden continues to find its footing, but every now and again something truly profound happens. Thursday night was one of those moments, when One Direction came onstage to talk about their boy band drama (this was the group’s first televised appearance without Zayn Malik, who announced that he needed to leave One Direction) and the future of the group. Naturally, Corden seized the opportunity and made the guys play dodgeball — the only thing better than the clip are their matching outfits.
Yesterday afternoon, rapper and friendly goon El-P shared a short clip of new material from Run the Jewels. The audio was released on Instagram and tagged #RTJ3, meaning it’s presumably a cut from the duo’s third LP. Killer Mike has yet to confirm, but given Run the Jewels and Run the Jewels 2 both had straightforward titles, it’s likely this is a part of the next. That said, El-P has already stated that their third full-length won’t drop this year, but that’s okay. We’re ready to spin their second LP until it burns a hole in itself. It’s that good. [Pitchfork]
Have a great weekend and remember to check back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!