Happy hump day! Even though there’s troubling news involving Courtney Love and a less-than-kind documentary about Kurt Cobain’s death, there’s plenty of happiness to be had from Florence and the Machine headlining Glastonbury in Foo Fighters’ absence, The Domestics’ heart-warming new single, Hot Chip’s fresh Peanuts-adorned apparel, Ratatat’s crazy animations in their “Abrasive” video, and a new song from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio.
It’s hard to ignore that Kurt Cobain is a deceased musician who never gets to rest easy.
In a recently-released documentary, the neverending rumor that Cobain’s death was not a suicide but rather a homicide is brought under the magnifying glass. The documentary, titled Soaked In Bleach, believes his death was brought on by his wife Courtney Love orchestrating a larger plot to have him die. As such, she’s fighting back.
Love’s lawyers have sent a cease and desist letter to theaters screening Soaked In Bleach, alleging that “the Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.” The letter then goes on to point out that the Seattle Police Department concluded Cobain’s death was a suicide in both their 1994 and 2014 investigations. In case they weren’t aware, it also causes extreme emotional trauma to Love. We hope the whole thing gets worked out and she can sleep soundly in her husband’s still-grieved loss. [Pitchfork]
After Dave Grohl broke his leg and made an epic performance immediately after onstage, Foo Fighters had to call off a slew of upcoming dates, including their headline slot at next week’s Glastonbury festival. No one can mimic the Foo Fighters, but someone can definitely uphold that same level of jaw-dropping musical force: Florence and the Machine. “Once we heard the sad news that Foo Fighters had been forced to pull out, there was only one person we wanted to call, and that was Florence,” says festival organizer Emily Eavis. “Every time she has played here she’s done something spectacular and we always knew she would headline the Pyramid one day.” Let’s just hope she doesn’t break her own leg after seriously injuring her foot not too long ago. [The 405]
Portland-based duo The Domestics aren’t the cultish salesmen their newest single makes them sound like they are. “It Came To Me” is simplistic pop that is just as earnest as it is easygoing, utilizing Mediterranean drums and backyard harmonies for feel-good revelations. The duo nail that lax sound you’re looking for in summer’s early days. For that, we’re taking out bills and paying them forward. [Nerdist]
When you don’t have the best graphics, ask the best if you can borrow. That’s what Hot Chip are doing. While the European electro-dance group certainly don’t suffer from poor graphics, they did just up their apparel game by printing Peanuts comic strip images on their newest sweatshirts and tees. The limited-edition items come in four designs and were inspired by Alexis Taylor’s own 1960s Peanuts sweatshirt collection. The Schulz estate gave them the blessing, so there’s no need for anyone to go cry into their blanket over royalties (you hear that, Linus?). [Pitchfork]
Matt Jaffe is a 19-year-old guitarist who sounds like an old soul rock-and-roller flirting with new wave. The musician was discovered by Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads when he was just 14 and he’s been cutting his chops as a songwriter since then. His music is bright and poppy, though tinted with a bit of healthy rebelliousness. Check out his Blast Off EP here.
I’ve never struggled more to hide my excitement than I have for Ratatat‘s upcoming album, Magnifique. Their first new album in five years is a shiny, energetic, cooling touch to their usual videogame-esque electronic rock. In their newest video, Ratatat bring “Abrasive” to life with hand-drawn sketches by the band’s own E.VAX. It’s a super cool music video for an already cool disco-inspired song, AKA perfection. [Stereogum]
Vampire Weekend may be taking a break from the studio, but that doesn’t mean its members are slacking. Bassist Chris Baio is bringing his backwards bump dance moves from the stage to a brand new solo album under the moniker Baio. Lead single “Sister of Pearl” references David Bowie and Bryan Ferry with retro-yet-straightforward pop. The message is a pretty important one, too: be who you want to be. We can get down to that. [Pitchfork]
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