The weekend is once again upon us! How does this keep happening? It’s almost as if there is one every single week. So let’s rush through today’s round-up of music news, and get you on your way to another beautiful respite from the work week (unless you work through the weekends, in which case let’s get you revved up with some new jams)! Today’s Music Dispatch includes new videos from Run the Jewels, Jamie xx, Built to Spill, and grungey rager from our current favorite rock band, Bully.
Run the Jewels, who played paramedics in their “Blockbuster Night Part 1” video, turn their attention to another uniformed body for the video of “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)”, their track featuring Zack de la Rocha. What follows is a brutal and exhausting street bout between a black man and a white officer, filmed in black and white, and with no clear winner. RTJ, who have never shied away from controversial topics or socially conscious messages, often return to police brutality as a focus for criticism. [Stereogum]
Built to Spill’s Untethered Moon comes out on vinyl for April 18’s Record Store Day, and then widely a week later. The music video for “Living Zoo” features a couple happy guys having a good-natured romp in the woods–as happy guys are wont to do–with some masked and robed cult-types. [Noisey]
Ozzy Osbourne, who intends to continue performing as a solo act even after Black Sabbath disbands following Ozzfest Japan, will be undergoing an unspecified operation in early May, following the South American leg of his Ozzfest tour. Requiring a month to recover from the surgery, Ozzy has canceled the Mexican leg of his tour, colloquially known as Ozzfiesta, but will continue on shortly thereafter. [Rolling Stone]
Danny Seim of Menomena, Bryan Devendorf of The National, and horn playing bud Dave Nelson have joined forces for a new project called, Pfarmers. Their complexly claustrophobic “The Ol’ River Gang” is the first we’re hearing from their debut LP, Gunnera, out May 12. [Pitchfork]
Jamie xx premiered “Loud Places”just a couple days ago on BBC Radio 1, and now we have an accompanying video. So enjoy this visual to go with your audio. His debut solo album, In Colour, comes out June 2. [Stereogum]
If Ozzy’s recovery prescriptions include medical marijuana, he should talk to Willie Nelson. The legendary country singer and cannabis enthusiast (“cannabiast”?) is going pro with his hobby, and opening a nation wide chain of dispensaries. He will even have his own strain, known as “Willie’s Reserves,” as well as branded accouterments, including bongs and whatnot. [The Daily Beast]
Former Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, is not known for being the easiest musical genius to work with. His upcoming album, No Pier Pressure, which is set to come out April 7, is missing two of the more intriguing artists originally announced as collaborators: Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean. Wilson provided Vulture with some explanations for their absences: “Well, Frank Ocean didn’t want to do the song. He wanted to do rap, so we canceled him. Lana Del Rey, uh, she just canceled out on us.” We are still not entirely discounting the possibility that Wilson canceled when he realized Ocean was not an actual ocean, and Del Rey was not the actual city of Del Rey.
Bully tore through new songs from their forthcoming album, Feels Like, at SXSW at several showcases all over Austin. The folks at Pitchfork caught this great live footage of the up-and-coming group performing a new track, “Trying”. Stay tuned here for an interview with the band next week!
Following H&M’s foray into heavy metal style (complete with merchandising for fake bands that lead to some fantastic trolling by the metal community), the discount fashion brand has now released a line of daisy-bedazzled and tie-dyed Coachella-ready clothing. Look at all those fringed tops and floppy hats! All we need now are some $10 bottles of water and a peeling sunburn. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s all for this week. See you on Monday, and let us know what you’ll be blasting through your speakers this weekend in the comments below!
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