Oh, hello. We almost didn’t see you there we were so nose-deep in all the music news we know you want to read about today. Come on in, take off your winter jacket, scootch up next to the fire and let us read you today’s Music Dispatch in a soothing, avuncular voice. Did that sound creepy? Oh well. You will soon forget feeling mildly affronted when you watch our brand new episode of Nerdist Sessions featuring The Antlers. Then stick around to read Dave Grohl’s opinion of Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her discography from Spotify, Jessie Ware‘s remix project, Kyle Mooney’s impression of Macklemore, and everyone’s reactions to that fraught Aaliyah biopic. Enjoy, friends.
Sure, you could contend that the Antlers make bummer anthems, but you also have to admit that they’re one of the best bands doing it right now. If you are straight up Walter Whiting it in a rustic, snow blasted cabin somewhere and all you have is a coal stove to keep you warm, I would recommend listening to our latest episode of Nerdist Sessions. The Antlers’ music feels like draping a bunch of wool blankets over your heart.
Young Tarts & Old Farts – SNL 11-15-14 by IdolxMuzic
Saturday Night Live aired the humorous sketch, “Young Tarts and Old Farts”, highlighting the often unpleasant results of unlikely collaborations between musicians of clashing styles. Kyle Mooney dressed as Macklemore is worth every moment of your time.[Stereogum]
Years from now, as your family seeks shelter from their robot overlords in the shelled-out remnants of a Sam Ash Guitar Store, your grandchildren will ask about life on earth before the sun was permanently blotted from the sky by thick, reverberating acid-rain clouds, and you’ll think back to a time before Stadium Rock became self-aware and sought to consume all life on earth like an unquenchable plague of power-chord locusts, and you’ll think back to where the attrition of time has mercifully stripped thin your memory, and you’ll hazily recall Foo Fighter’s Sonic Highways. And, after a brief and bittersweet reflection, you’ll tell your grandchildren: “I liked the documentary; the album wasn’t bad either.”
Foo Fighters celebrated their Los Angeles episode of the series by performing at the Roxy, where Perry Farrell and Joe Walsh joined them on stage for a cover of Jane’s Addiction‘s “Mountain Song”. [Stereogum]
Dave Grohl also chimed in on the Taylor Swift/Spotify debate for Digital Spy, countering Swift’s position that streaming services unfairly compensate musicians with: “I don’t care if you pay $1 or fucking $20 for it, just listen to the fucking song… You want people to fucking listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show. They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show. To me it’s that simple, and I think it used to work that way.” [Digital Spy]
Jessie Ware and Red Bull Studios released a collection of remixes, one each day, of her track “Keep On Lying To Me”. Among producers who put their own mustard on the track were Pional, Nina Kravitz, Tokimonsta, and Harry Fraud, each working in a different city (See what you’ve started, Grohl?!). Additionally, Red Bull Studios invites fans to choose a version of the track and construct an interactive music video reminiscent of a Myst-themed screensaver. Their example video is above. [Pigeons and Planes]
Lifetime aired their much maligned and highly anticipated Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and (no surprises here) reviews were less than positive. Timbaland took to social media to criticize the movie (in which he is depicted) in over a dozen Instagram posts, Twitter raged over the questionable casting with the #lifetimebelike meme, and Deadline critiqued it’s handling of Aaliyah’s illegal husband (they married when she was 15) R.Kelly: “The best and worst thing this TV movie does is make the anything-but-saintly Kelly look good.” Credit where credit is due, The Fader also made a list of details the film actually got right. [MTV]
NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles about his recent collaborative project with the London-based Heliocentrics, The Last Transmission, a psychedelic concept album described as “an intergalactic ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'” Van Peebles first came up with the concept as a young man, while service as an Air Force navigator on a high-flying bomber, and only considered adding music to his poetry after a friend slipped him a Heliocentrics album. It’s a short, interesting story worth a listen, available HERE.
As always, NPR also has some new streaming albums over at First Listen, including Flake Music’s When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, Two Inch Astronaut’s Foulbrood, and Your Old Droog’s self-titled album, while Pitchfork Advance features new work from Ariel Kalma and Gala Drop.
See you guys on Wednedsay with another healthy dose of music news! Let us know if agree with Dave Grohl about T-Swift in the comments below! We have a feeling she’ll “shake off” any negative feedback anyway.