It must be #ThrowbackThursday, because ’90s Britpop darlings, Blur, have announced a new album! Today’s Music Dispatch starts there, then revisits other old-school entertainers, including Will Smith and Vanilla Ice, as well as plenty of new friends, like CHVRCHES. Music Dispatch starts…. now!
Damon Albarn is not big on good byes. News broke earlier this month that the tireless rocker would be following the success of last year’s solo album, Everyday Robots, with a Gorillaz revival. Now we learn Albarn is reaching even further back, getting his other old gang back together. Blur live-streamed a press conference from a London Chinese restaurant, to announce The Magic Whip, their first record since 2003’s Think Tank, and to share the album artwork and a kitschy cooking video for the first single, “Go Out”. A lot of fun, this one.
Will Smith, making the promotion rounds for his new flick, Focus, appeared on Letterman last night. Upon hearing the house band play “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” for his entry music, Smith bee-lined to Paul Shaffer for a microphone, and then busted out an impromptu performance of the song. Smith has been hinting at a re-entry into music recently, specifically collaborating with son, Jaden, and Kanye West. [Consequence of Sound]
Vanilla Ice found himself in some… wait for it… hot water yesterday. The 47-year-old lynx-owner was arrested under suspicion of stealing furniture, a bicycle, and a pool heater from a Florida home. The rapper (whose incredible real name is Robert Van Winkle) was subsequently released, and insists the event was all a misunderstanding. We suspect he was shooting a surprise episode of his home remodeling TV series, The Vanilla Ice Project. [NME]
CHVRCHES visited BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform a stunning, electronic version of Justin Timberlake’s classic of break-up tracks, “Cry Me A River”. [Stereogum]
Tyler, the Creator is now Tyler, the Network. The Odd Future rapper and content creator has teamed up with Whalerock Industries executive Lloyd Braun to create an internet channel fully dedicated to the Tyler brand. “This is basically my brain, in one place,” quoth the Creator, in explaining the new venture. During the announcement’s Q&A, the charmingly unfiltered rapper ribbed his mostly older, mostly white audience, “I notice everyone here has this weird, like, you wear a suit shirt but with jeans. What is that called? Why do you do that? You look kinda comfortable but kinda uncomfortable.” [Pigeons and Planes]
Toro Y Moi’s “Empty Nesters” is an exuberant, smile-inducing nod to grainy ’70s filmmaking. The loose, playful video finds Chaz Bundick having a footrace with the grim reaper, cavorting through a cemetery and playing with kaleidoscopic specs. [Pitchfork]
Congratulations, trolls and haters; Iggy Azalea has quit Twitter. The decision to finally remove herself from the platform came after her latest dousing of inhumane, digital vitriol came as a result of some tabloid bikini pics went viral. The ship of 39.7 tweets and 4.33 million followers will now be steered by her management. [Pigeons and Planes]
A-Track and Lex Luger, collectively known as Low Pros, go full on Tron in their video-game-esque music video for “Who Wanna Play”. [Pitchfork]
Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, is undergoing cancer treatment for a tumor on his tongue. He is expected to make a full recovery. We wish him a quick and painless one, as well. [Consequence of Sound]