We know you don’t want to hear about Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Run The Jewels every day in Music Dispatch (believe me, I get just as tired writing about them as you do reading about them), so today let’s forego those usual suspects for a more eclectic mix of music news tidbits. We have Conan air drumming to Rush, The Roots covering Lil B, and Neko Case singing about droids. Read on, my friends.
Entertainers J.K. Simmons, Michael Ian Black and the Sklar Brothers lend their talents to “Live It Now”, from the 28-track humor compilation album, 2776. The compilation, which features over 80 comedians and musicians, tells the story of an evil Alien (Martha Plimpton) who threatens to destroy the nation, unless the President (Will Forte) and his Secret Service agent (Aubrey Plaza) can convince her it’s worth saving. All profits from sales of the record support the charity, One Kid One World. [Rolling Stone]
Also on the album is a track by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan titled, “These Aren’t The Droids”.
The Fader graciously pointed out that (on the very same Los Angeles-themed episode of The Tonight Show that saw Neil Young perform side-by-side with famed Neil Young impersonator, Jimmy Fallon) the in-house band, The Roots, performed the Lil B track, “Ellen DeGeneres”, to welcome guest Ellen DeGeneres, herself obviously also a talk show host. It was a self-feeding ouroboros of pop-culture that will continue looping indefinitely, much like the Vine above.
Mark and Jay Duplass, of HBO’s Togetherness, were on Conan, doing what groups of men in their 40’s tend to typically do together: air drum to Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”. Watch their choreographed, Neil Peart-miming madness above. [Consequence of Sound]
D’Angelo’s Voodoo album came out 15 years ago last week. To celebrate it’s birthday, Solange Knowles recruited a genre-sweeping collection of musicians to reflect on the record’s influence for Saint Heron. Jezebel’s Jia Tolentino put at least one reflector, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth, in music writer jail for amazing metaphors like, “Voodoo is a voice that’s been whispering vines into the margins of medieval manuscripts in some Alexandrian library beyond the barbarous antiquity of the present.” Good reading, all around.
We Trojans lost a perspective star wide receiver yesterday to crosstown rivals, the Bruins, and with him went one of the program’s favorite fans. Snoop Dogg’s football-playing son, Cordell Broadus, committed to UCLA, causing his proud father to renounce years of passionate crimson and gold loyalty. In a press conference to announce the decision, Snoop swore, “I’m throwing all my USC drawers away. I’m going UCLA 1,000 percent.” [NY Post]
Fringe Music Fix posted this magnificently intriguing music video for Robot Koch’s “Let Me (feat. Curtain Blue and Born in Flamez)”, and we have so many questions! Who is this girl and where is this magical land? Can we Lyft there? What’s she looking for? Is that really the best outfit for such strenuous climbing?
How about a quick roundup of rap personalities in trouble with The Law? Death Row co-founder, Suge Knight, currently in custody for the hit-and-run murder of Terry Carter and attempted murder of Cle Sloan, was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains, and found to be suffering from a blood clot. Billboard reports this is the second blood clot he’s encountered since being shot six times outside at a MTV VMAs pre-party last year. Goodness.
YG and Ty Dolla $ign are being investigated by Australian authorities after instigating a violent kerfuffle in a Melbourne night club. [HipHopDX]
Bobby Shmurda, and many members of his GS9 posse, who were arrested on charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, etc., will remain in jail as his $2 million bail package has been withdrawn. The withdrawal allows his legal team time to redraft a potentially more appealing package to the court. [Complex]
“Waterbed” is a must-hear slow jam for all you folks that like sensual R&B. Produced by Astronautico member (check out their mix for us from last summer!) Obey City with Anthony Flammia on vocals, the track is like jumping into a hot tub full of jello. The track comes courtesy of Glaswegian label LuckyMe.
On that sexy ass note, see you right back here tomorrow with more Music Dispatch!