Four weeks into the football season and only the Cardinals and the Bengals remain undefeated. It’s a reality so refreshingly unexpected, almost anything seems possible! What next? Cats chasing dogs? Global cooling? Football highlights in the Nerdist Music Dispatch? Probably not the first two, but definitely that last one, because between cheering touchdowns and chomping chicken wings, we spent the weekend rounding up the latest music news. Today’s dispatch includes Pratt raps, a doo-wopping Robert Plant, and (this is where we bring it full circle) a list of every NFL cities’ favorite musicians.
On Friday’s “The Tonight Show,” an obliging Robert Plant harmonized with a looping app to make a spontaneous and playful rendition of Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl”, and Fallon reacted with his trademark I-can’t-believe-I-get-to-do-this giddiness. Plant is now touring with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. [MTV]
NPR’s First Listen has a flood of new album streams today, including Ex Hex’s Rips, Steve Gunn’s Way Out Weather, Foxygen’s …And Star Power, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ atmospheric Gone Girl score, which can sound like a peaceful, open field in one moment, before launching into a chilling, claustrophobic cacophony. [NPR]
On Saturday, New York City was treated to a barrage of heavyweights at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, where performers included No Doubt, Sting, Tiësto, fun. (it kills me not to capitalize that F or delete that obnoxious period), The Roots, and Carrie Underwood. The highlight was the surprise duet we all expected between Beyoncé and husband/headliner Jay-Z, for “Holy Grail” and “Forever Young”. Also at the Global Citizen Festival, No Doubt, performing for the first time in two years, brought Sting on stage for a solid performance of “Message in a Bottle.” [Vibe]
Number-crunchers at Facebook compiled the stats for the music pages most liked by fans of each NFL team, and Billboard analyzed the insightful results. Some were obvious (Detroit Lions prefer Kid Rock; Seattle Seahawks love their Macklemore, duh), others quite surprising (Pittsburgh passes on “Black and Yellow”, but Wiz Khalifa still gets love from his team’s rivals in Baltimore). [Billboard]
Meanwhile, in Midtown, Saturday Night Live kicked off its 40th season with host Chris Pratt and his charmingly nervous, Andy Dwyer-esque musical monologue. Later in the program, he and Aidy Bryant played two uncouth love interests only capable of communicating through sudden fits of explicitly vulgar rap lyrics. Bryant nails a parody of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”, while Pratt delights with a whispery Yin Yang Twins flow. [Billboard]
Yeezy season approacheth, according to collaborator Theophilus London, who ‘grammed a photo of the two at Fashion Week, with the caption: “I Only remember kanye playing his new album 3 times in a dark room of 20 people last night and moshing drunk with mad babes haha.” This was corroborated by students at the technical college where Kanye’s been teaching, who said he’s just “waiting” for it to come out now. [Consequence of Sound]
It was a full weekend of duets! Chronically cat-eared musical guest Ariana Grande brought out her own special guest, The Weeknd, for a duet of their “Love Me Harder”, and, for a brief but surely consequential moment, hormones raged across America. [Complex]
Rod Stewart, a once promising professional soccer hopeful who settled for the less glamorous life of a professional rock star, has made a habit out of kicking autographed soccer balls into the crowd at his concerts. That negligent behavior is now landing the 69-year-old in hot water, as a fan is suing him for a ball-induced broken nose. [The Telegraph]
The Ohio State University Marching Band performed an impressive, pictorial tribute to The Wizard of Oz, complete with a giant Wicked Witch of the Michigan Wolverines.
Taylor Swift proved once again to understand the internet better than the rest of us, by wearing an ironic t-shirt that referenced the obscure, Swift-themed “no its becky” meme. Somewhere in America, the tombstone of a tiara-wearing, marijuana-snorting teenager reads “pretty sure that’s Taylor Swift,” and the circle is complete. [Huffington Post]
In his latest gourmet cooking video for Vice’s Munchies, hirsute epicurean Action Bronson and his aunt teach us how to make Albanian börek. Aunt Bronson does all the prepping while Action provides colorful commentary; probably a wise decision, as they don’t seem to have a food-handler’s hairnet for his beard. [Pitchfork]
Nerdist’s own Jonah Ray is launching a record label, binding the worlds of his two loves–music and comedy–in sweet, sweet 7” vinyl. Literally Figuratively Records will put out the Mutual Appreciation Society, a series of records with a comedy act on one side and a complimentary musical act on the other.
This morning, Lorde announced her involvement in curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and shared her own contribution to the record, “Yellow Flicker Beat.” On her Tumblr, she described the track as her “attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’.” [Pigeons and Planes]
Neon Stingrays, syncopated beats, and funky synths prove to be an intoxicating combination in our latest Car Tunes and Cartoons, featuring Astro Nautico. We invite you to lay down on this hammock of sound, and drift happily into your Monday.
That’s all for now. See you folks Wednesday with more grade-A Music Dispatch news .