As Austin’s SXSW ratchets up, the rest of the music world takes a breather, resulting in a mercifully brief Music Dispatch today. So we will share some new tracks from Prince, Death Grips, and Beat Connection, and then we will leave you be, with plenty of time to finish packing your ten-gallon hats, belt buckles, and extra pair of chaps as you head to the Lone Star State’s premiere music festival. Just remember, TSA requires all spurs to be checked. Now, on with the news!
Yesterday, the supposedly decommissioned Death Grips finally announced the release date of the long-awaited second half of their the powers that b double-album, Jenny Death (Tuesday!). Today, they share a new, The Bends-ian single from the EP, “On GP”. The experimental rap-rock group has insisted this will be their final album, but we will believe it when we see it. According to Death Grips’ Facebook page, the video above was filmed in the echo chamber of Studio 1 at Sunset Sound Recorders. [Pitchfork]
President Obama, was the guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. When asked about Kanye West’s recent self-aggrandizing quote, “Obama calls the home phone, by the way,” Obama clarified his relationship with his fellow Chi-Towner, “Look, I love his music, he’s incredibly creative, but I don’t think I have his home number.” This is, at least, a huge step up from the last statement Obama gave on West: “He’s a jackass.” [Consequence of Sound]
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Prince and his 3rdEyeGirl project follow up last fall’s Plectrumelectrum / Art Official Age double album with a new, genre-blending single, “What If”. They premiered the single on Louisville’s WFPK, where they kicked off their countrywide Hit & Run Tour, of spontaneous, unannounced shows. I’m really curious what your opinions are on this new track. Is Prince in peak form? Is this track a complete mess? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! [Spin]
An immaculate Impala Super Sport and a bag of lobsters stars in Meyhem Lauren’s wry, French Connection-y music video for “100 MPH”. Action Bronson also makes an appearance (somebody’s got to work the grill, after all). [Stereogum]
Many are calling foul following the verdict in the “Blurred Lines”/”Got to Give It Up” suit, for what could become a dangerous precedent for music copyright litigation. Radio.com’s Jeremy D. Larsen described the case as hinging on a matter of “feel”: “That ‘feel’ might spawn any number of lawsuits in which one artist thinks another artist borrowed a “feel” a little too liberally.” According to Rolling Stone, this opportunity is not lost on the estate of Marvin Gaye, who are already looking to add to the $7.3 million they won in the “Blurred Lines” case by possibly going after Pharrell’s “Happy” next, believing it takes it’s essence from “Ain’t That Peculiar”. Okay, now you are just getting greedy.
Are you looking for the perfect, upbeat, electropop soundscape to compliment your perfect, upbeat Friday night? Try Beat Connection’s glimmering single, “Illusions”, on for size. If you happen to be in Austin, you have seven chances to see this group perform at SXSW! [Spin]
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