Kick it into chill mode because it’s finally Friday here at Music Dispatch. Daft Punk can help with their brand new skateboard. If that’s not your bag, read up on Joy Division possibly getting a museum, Thom Yorke soundtracking an art exhibit, Dan Deacon remixing Death Cab For Cutie for a happier sound, and Tame Impala’s trippy new video.
Robots are people, too. As Daft Punk are happy to remind us, that means they’re into sports, specifically the cool backflip kind. The French electronic duo have teamed up with French designers Hervet Manufacturier to create a limited edition skateboard. It comes in two color variants and is made of molded beechwood. They cost $280 each. That may seem steep, but keep in mind that there are only 25 per colorway and each has a laser-etched edition number to remind you of that.
Check out more photos here. The tiny font logo is pretty neat, and the shape is sleek as well. You better be quick to grab one when they go on sale on eBay since they’re already sold out. Until then, your basic skateboard will have to do. [Pitchfork]
Joy Division will never be stripped from pop culture, and we mean beyond those black squiggly t-shirts everyone wears. The British post-punk band had a fan launch an Indiegogo campaign to purchase Ian Curtis’ home–the very one where he committed suicide–in hopes of turning it into a museum. The campaign never reached its goal, but another fan purchased it and is hoping to use it to extend the band’s legacy. If that sounds like more of a bummer than a joy to you, you’re not alone. “To me, it’s a place of sadness,” said former member Bernard Sumner. “It’s not a place I’d want to go.” [NME]
Part of our job is to report on the best music news out there. It’s also to help find you the best new music to listen to. Our own Benjamin Bailey sat down to share some insight on Metz. They’re exactly what punk rock in 2015 should sound like, especially given the grunge movement, ’90s pop, and ’00s indie rock muddled the genre even further. As Bailey reports, “[their new album] pummels you before you have a chance to catch your breath.” Now there’s something we want to sign up for. [Nerdist]
There’s a new exhibit in Sydney called “The Panic Office” displaying the artwork of Stanley Donwood. It should come as no surprise that the longtime Radiohead collaborator asked Thom Yorke to create the corresponding soundtrack. Donwood shared a video of the exhibit which looks like a lot of graffiti and features some of Yorke’s audio in the background (Which you can watch here). Apparently his soundtrack is divided into three levels: subs on the floor, mids by the walls, and highs from the ceiling. It’s a pretty smart setup. Then again, this is Thom Yorke we’re talking about, one of music’s most well-known geniuses. [Pitchfork]
It may not seem possible, but sometimes Death Cab For Cutie is happy. On their eighth LP, Kintsugi, the indie rock staples changed things up with the moody lite sounds of songs like “Black Sun”. Now electronica spaz Dan Deacon has taken their cut and turned it into a sparkling, perky, sparse remix that will satisfy any sweet tooth. [Brooklyn Vegan]
Tame Impala keep teasing the release of their new LP, Currents, because they know we’re all itching for it like crazy. The psych rock act will drop the album on July 17, but they have already shared a handful of songs off of it. One of them, the tongue-in-cheek “‘Cause I’m a Man”, just got a new music video. As you can imagine, it’s full of trippy, colorful, bright graphics that make you forget where you are. The 3D cityscape shifts and bends courtesy of WEIRDCORE, a fitting name at the very least. [NME]
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