From writer, to actor, to rapper, to… Spider-Man? Is Donald Glover back in the running as the next Peter Parker/Miles Morales? We are asking, because we don’t know. But we do have his latest interview where he campaigns on his behalf. We also have a soundtrack scored by Thom Yorke and a cover of “CoCo” by Ed Sheeran. We hope you enjoy today’s Music Dispatch.
Donald Glover visited Today and revealed he may be ready to retire his Childish Gambino alter-ego. That does not necessarily mean he has any plans to retire from rapping, “I always want to do music,” said the mutlihyphenate, but continued, “I feel like Childish Gambino is a period of my life that should come to a close.” He also hinted, without saying anything specific, that he is still in consideration to star in the next Spider-Man reboot. [Complex]
Pop star, Ed Sheeran’s got baking soda, he’s got baking soda, in this acoustic interpretation of the OT Genasis rap single, “CoCo” for BBC Radio 1Xtra. He was possibly defending his position, as previously declared by 1Xtra, as the “most powerful figure in black and urban music” in the UK (!?!). [The Fader]
As Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, takes heat over revelations of its involvement in a startling tax evasion scandal, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja have released, and made free for download, their soundtrack to the documentary The UK Gold, which chronicles the history of tax evasion in the island kingdom. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Elbow’s Guy Garvey also contributed pieces to the album. [Pitchfork]
R&B singer and performance artist, FKA twigs, has choreographed a dance scene for music video director, Daniel Wolfe’s debut feature, Catch Me Daddy. In the scene, actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed (a newbie to dancing) does the alligator and the mashed potato to Patti Smith’s “Land”. Watch the exclusive clip over at NME.
The local CBS news affiliate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area netted a surprise special guest when reporter Steve Pickett, on location at the snowed-in DFW airport, brought on Erykah Badu to discuss flight delays, school closures and conditions out there for pimps (they are hard). Previously, Badu photobombed a New York news anchor, going so far as to peck him on the cheek. [Pitchfork]
A puppet of Dutch Uncles’ frontman, Duncan Wallis, stars in their new music video for the track, “Decided Knowledge”, so, yeah, obviously we are going to share that. Their new album, O Shudder, is available to stream. [The Guardian]
We can’t quite put our fingers on it, but there is something deeply disturbing about the swirling, spectrographic, body-horror graphics of Win Win’s music video for their new single, “Couch Paranoia”. The experimental band explained in a release, “By using a set of analog inputs to a digital system, in this case video capture of a face or swirling paint, and applying those to control a digital system ( a dense 3d mesh), you end up with the appearance of something that’s alive but that moves in an alien, unfamiliar way. The video and the song both attempt to simultaneously elicit reactions of revulsion and fascination.” [Stereogum]
If you want Kanye’s opinion on your artistry, YACHT has created the handy Magic 8 Ball-esque website, kanye.am/iarealartist/. Ask Yeezy a yes/no question (preferably related to your artistic abilities), hit refresh, and await The Great West’s response. [Pitchfork]