This week’s first Music Dispatch is filled with epic news. Dave Grohl designed an absurd purple throne while high, Damon Albarn got carried offstage after playing for five hours, someone recreated Glastonbury Festival using LEGOs, jangle pop trio EZTV are streaming their excellent debut LP in full, Lil Wayne dropped his FWA mixtape, Yung Lean released a new single for free, and NPR has a slew of great albums up to stream in their entirety. Check it out below!
Last month, Dave Grohl fractured his leg after falling offstage at a Foo Fighters show in Sweden, forcing them to cancel the rest of the European tour. The band played their first show since then in Washington, D.C. at their 20th anniversary 4th of July blowout. Grohl certainly took it seriously–he built a massive throne with guitar necks sticking out just for the occasion. From beginning to end, he sat upon his throne and played every song while wearing a purple cast. We repeat: Dave Grohl played from an epic throne.
But wait–there’s more. New footage from the concert reveals that the very throne he sat on came to be because he was “high as a kite.” When Grohl was in the hospital, he drew a blueprint for the seat while high on morphine and oxycontin. See a picture of the ridiculous sketch here and giggle at the thought of Grohl out of his mind. [Consequence of Sound]
In other rock-goes-punk news, Damon Albarn got carried offstage by security when he performed a 5-hour set the Africa Express Project. The marathon show ended around 4 AM, at which point he was told to stop. Albarn told the crowd to keep cheering so he could keep playing, they obliged, and out marched security to quite literally carry him off. [NME]
As creative as music is, some art forms trump it. Yes, we’re talking about LEGOs. Someone recreated Glastonbury Festival, the British staple music festival, with a team of LEGO artists for the upcoming LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Miniland attraction. Not only is the iconic Pyramid Stage there, but so are VIP tents, hipster fans, and 10,000 other LEGO bricks. View the insane setup here. [Nerdist]
Brooklyn trio EZTV have been sitting on a pile of demos for too long. The ’60s-sounding indie rock act craft jangly, light, worry-free songs on Calling Out that you can stream for free over at Hype Machine. It’s hard to tell this is their debut album. EZTV let laid-back hooks roll out like they spilled out of their back pocket by accident. It’s the summer album you’ve been looking for but was hidden under shady palm trees in the park. [Hype Machine]
If you miss early 2000’s rap, listen up. Lil Wayne just released his new mixtape exclusively through Tidal. The Free Weezy Album was rebranded as FWA, making this his follow-up to his latest mixtape, Sorry 4 the Wait 2. “Glory” isn’t even the best track on it, which is saying something. [Rolling Stone]
For more modern rap, turn to Adult Swim. Their Singles series continues this summer with a new track from Yung Lean. The Swedish rapper recalls winter tones on “Crystal Clear Ice”, tossing shoutouts to the Nobel Prize, snowmen, and cellphone drama. It’s his first song since his debut album last year, making this a welcome single that hopefully isn’t his first of the year. Did we mention you can download it for free? [Adult Swim]
It’s Monday, and that means new album streams over at NPR’s First Listen. Check out Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone for jaw-dropping covers of the iconic vocalist by Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, and more. Plus the comeback album Ghost Notes from ’90s alt rockers Veruca Salt is up and it’s nothing but nonstop fun. Between the soulful jazz of the prior and the energetic riffs of the latter, you will be dancing off the Mondays in no time. [NPR]
Make sure to come back to the Nerdist on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!