If parents were already scared of the traumatic impact metal band Slipknot and their intense music might have on their children, just wait until they hear that singer Corey Taylor is also an alien warlord… on Doctor Who. In less sinister news, one of indie rock’s favorite ladies, Karen O, is now a mother, Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé joined forces to cover a reggae classic, Drake added fuel to his feud with Meek Mill, there’s a new video for Jamie xx’s summer jam “Good Times”, the upcoming Kurt Cobain solo album has a release date, and Kanye West might be performing songs from the forthcoming SWISH very soon.
It seems that Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is perhaps metal’s biggest Dr. Who fan–or as insiders like himself say, Whovian–and the singer is now able to put his famous screaming abilities to good use in the name of the Doctor, as his roar will voice alien warlord the Fisher King during his battle with Time Lord Peter Capaldi in an upcoming episode scheduled to air on October 3. Slipknot was performing in the U.K. earlier this year, so the show’s staff, having heard about the band’s fandom, reached out and asked Taylor if he wanted to be involved, and he agreed instantly. In highly entertaining related news, one audacious fan recently got Taylor to sign a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and has video to prove it. [Mirror]
The above picture is like many other touching photos of mother and child, except the subjects of this one have more indie cred than pretty much every other new mom. Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O and her husband, director Barnaby Clay, had their first baby over the weekend, and she took to Instagram to share this beautiful photo of her holding her newborn son. Karen O’s kid hasn’t had time to accomplish much yet, but this baby is probably already cooler than any of us can hope to ever be. [Stereogum]
A meeting between royalty took place this weekend: grunge king Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé–a.k.a. Queen Bey–came together on stage at the Global Citizen Festival during Pearl Jam’s headlining set and paid tribute to yet another figure of musical royalty, performing an acoustic rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. It seems only a matter of time before we see one or all of the aforementioned faces on some country’s currency. [Consequence of Sound]
Drake on Meek Mill’s status – “Don’t worry he’s dead already” pic.twitter.com/dGC4T4eQgh
— Dody (@vietbrah) September 27, 2015
Now for some animosity to balance out the feel-good vibes: There has been something of a feud going on between Drake and Meek Mill, and Drake emerged victorious a while back. Drake performed a headlining set at this weekend’s Landmark Festival in Washington D.C., and when the crowd began to chant “F— Meek Mill,” Drake knew how to respond, coming back with, “Don’t worry, he’s dead already.”
We have a message for Meek Mill, in case he happens to be reading this: here is a list of burn centers in the United States. [Pigeons & Planes]
Summer is long gone now–or at least the weather recently makes it feel that way–but it’s never too late for a new taste of this summer’s ultimate jam. Jamie xx’s “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”, which features Young Thug and Popcaan, has itself a new music video that features nothing but chill vibes. As far as we can tell, chill vibes aren’t seasonal, so we’re fine with this Jamie xx banger being the song of fall as well. [Pitchfork]
Rumors of a Kurt Cobain solo album have been flying around pretty much since the release of the Montage of Heck documentary, and now, we finally have some concrete information: A collection of songs from Cobain’s personal tapes will be released as a compilation called Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings. It will be available on CD, cassette, and digital formats on November 13, with a 2xLP vinyl release set for December 4. A press release says that included are songs, snippets, sound experiments and comedy routines, so here’s to Cobain and Dave Grohl doing “Who’s On First.” [Pitchfork]
Although Kanye West definitely plans to run for president during the next election, it looks like he’s just going to throw his weight behind the Democratic party this time around: Kanye is expected to attend a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco on October 10. At the “afternoon concert,” for which tickets are fetching as much as $10,000, it is being reported that “West is expected to perform songs from his latest album, Swish.” Political tip to all currently running for president: the first candidate to promise new Kanye West music as part of their platform should expect an unimpeded path to the White House. [Pitchfork]
Dang, what a weekend. We’ll see you on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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