Boomtown! It is the end of the week and time for a video heavy episode of the Music Dispatch. Below you’ll find a host of new music from and news about Mark Ronson, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Little Boots, Childish Gambino Bruno Mars, The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono!
Killer Mike and El-P conjure up the spirit of Nicholas Cage in Bringing Out The Dead for the first music video off Run The Jewels 2, “Blockbuster Night Part 1”. Watch the EMT versions of the RTJ duo anxiously race an ambulance through the midnight streets of Atlanta. At one point they stop to help a cat (maybe searching for talent for their Meow the Jewels project?). [MTV]
Smashing Pumpkins make a triumphant return with Drum + Fife. Billy Corgan describes the track as an Irish ballad: “It’s almost like mid ’80s new wave or something and it reminded me a little bit of early U2 or Big Country. The open strut made the Irish ballad part of the song come alive and have more of an expansive quality and from there on it got a lot easier.” The #TBT album artwork of kiddie Corgan is pretty spectacular, too. [NME]
Childish Gambino makes a powerful appearance on Belgian R&B artist Selah Sue’s sultry and electronic “Together,” dueting for a bridge before dropping a verse towards the end. Selah Sue worked with long-time Gambino producer Ludwig Goransson, and Kendrick producer Robin Hannibal, for her upcoming album REASON, due out next year. [Complex]
Full-time Beatles cover band, The Flaming Lips, enlisted Yoko Ono herself to collaborate on their cover of her and her late husband John Lennon’s iconic holiday song, “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” and thereby gaining some due validity for their Sgt. Pepper tribute album, With a Little Help from My Fwends. The track is one of 43 recorded for Amazon’s “All Is Bright” holiday album, available for free to Amazon Prime members. The album is a collection of both modern renditions of classics, as well as originals, and features Lucinda Williams, the Tom Tom Club, Liz Phair, Anna Nalick, Blondfire and Ruby the RabbitFoot, among others. [Rolling Stone]
Mark Ronson brought out the big guns for his fourth solo album, recruiting the likes of Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, Pulitzer winning novelist Michael Chabon, and uber pop-star Bruno Mars. In the case of Mars, Ronson has a performer whose persona is so large, his involvement risks eclipsing Ronson’s own on his own album. For years, people will be insisting it’s Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk ft. Mark Ronson” and not the other way around. Whatever your feelings are toward the petit performer before watching this infectiously fun video, it’s near impossible to come out of it without appreciating the man’s stellar showmanship.
The electropop club queen from across the pond, Little Boots, has a new EP due out December 2nd, titled Business Pleasure. Today she’s released the mesmeric “Heroine”, which is all pleasure. [The Guardian]
Baltimore duo Silk Rhodes, who made Rolling Stone’s July list of “10 New Artists You Need To Know” have released a new album of minimalist funk with Stones Throw Records, now streaming on SoundCloud. Nerdist Music Editor Matt assures me I need to give it another listen.
A new biography explores what really happened between The Rolling Stones and their troubled, short-term member Brian Jones. In his book, Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, former editor of Mojo and Guitar Paul Trynka provides a revisionist’s account of the man who founded the band, recruited it’s now-iconic members, but was booted out shortly before taking his own life. In the UK, the book is known as Sympathy for the Devil. [NY Times]
That’s all for now. Get out there and enjoy your weekend!