Before you head out to start the weekend, catch up on the final music buzzings from this week. We learned that Canadian politicians really love Nine Inch Nails, Jurassic World is getting the vinyl treatment, Apple Music has some all-star radio DJs, Skrillex wrote a song with Katie Couric, Chance the Rapper is a movie star now, and Nicolas Jaar released a brand new album for free. Let’s get to it!
You know those goofy reunion shirts your parents make when they meet up with their old friends for vacation? Turns out Canada’s politicians do the same thing.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi met up earlier this week. To celebrate, they made baseball tees with Nine Inch Nails‘ signature “NIN” logo on the front, only this time it stands for “Notley Iveson Nenshi”, the prior name belonging to Alberta’s Rachel Notley (who sported her own “Nötley Crüe” shirts a while ago, too). Don’t roll your eyes just yet. The politicians are in on the joke, thus making it all the better. [Exclaim!]
Shh, don’t move. See that water shaking in its glass? There’s something huge coming, and it’s not a dinosaur. Michael Giacchino’s Jurassic World score is coming to the wonderfully waxy world of vinyl in September this year, although preorders are ongoing now. The Mondo vinyl’s cover art is equal parts terrifying and beautiful as is the gatefold interior. Head here to see the art in full. [Nerdist]
Apple Music launches its in-house radio station, Beats 1, on June 30. In addition to the station’s main DJs (ex-BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, and London’s Julie Adenuga), they’re bringing in a slew of celebrities. Drake, Dr. Dre, St. Vincent, Disclosure, Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, Jaden Smith, Elton John, and Pharrell are all going to host shows. Now they can sing and talk you to sleep. Sweet. [The New York Times]
Katie Couric got a hold of Skrillex for an interview on Yahoo News. Like most interviews, the two talk about his growth in the mainstream, EDM’s sensation, and collaborations (like Justin Bieber). The best part? He gets her to record a song with him. Watch her awkward singing above and let out a lil’ giggle while Skrillex mixes her vox with a bunch of yapping dogs. [Yahoo News]
When he’s not busy bringing Kendrick Lamar onstage at free teen festivals, Chance the Rapper is getting his actor’s makeup done up. The Chicago rapper is set to star in an upcoming mystery movie called Slice in 2016. Directed by Austin Vesely, the same guy who directed Surf’s “Sunday Candy” video, it traces the aftermath of a pizza delivery driver’s murder. Chance the Rapper’s last role in short film Mr. Happy won us over immediately, so consider us hooked already on this feature length. [Complex]
Vibe master Toro Y Moi teamed up with Kool A.D. of Das Racist and SAFE for a brand new track titled “2 Late”. It’s a slow trap groove with bright keys dropping down like little raindrops. As usual, the mix of deep vocals and high pitches blend into a colorful song that has us seeing images. [Pitchfork]
If you want to chill out to some downtempo electronic music, you’re in luck. Nicolas Jaar has shared a brand new album for free. Titled Pomegranates, the full-length is a stand-alone album separate from the soundtrack he made to the 1969 avant-garde Soviet film The Colour of Pomegranates. In the downloadable fire, Jaar has included the album, artwork, and a lengthy note discussing the album’s origins. Turns out one songs is a rejected rap beat and another was made for an A&E zombie TV show. Spend your Sunday morning relaxing in bed trying to figure out which is which. [Twitter]
Come back on Monday for another Music Dispatch stuffed with quick-bite news!