The Beatles continue to shake the world decades after their end. The iconic quartet have dozens of unseen video clips that will see the light of day in their new 1 compilation, which will release this November in time for the holiday season. They’re not the only ones with new material though: Green Day are prepping a “lost” American Idiot documentary, Shana Halligan’s new electro-pop number is perfect for chilling out, TV On the Radio joined Run the Jewels on live TV for a notable performance, Sam Smith and Disclosure joined forces to cover Drake, and MF Doom and Ghostface Killer released a new single for free. Let’s dive in.
The Beatles 1 compilation is full of goodies, but nothing is quite as exciting as the promise of new, unseen, rare footage–especially for fans who have seen it all. The iconic group will update their 2000 release to include music videos, the band’s “mini movies” on DVD or Blu-ray, a 124-page book, and dozens of unreleased videos. If the compilation’s hefty pricetag makes your wallet frown, have no fear: they’re releasing the videos as a stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray edition, too, which you can pick up on November 6. All you need is love… and patience… and a lil’ bit of cash! [Rolling Stone]
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Green Day‘s 2004 rock opera, American Idiot, is a certified piece of 2000s music history. Turns out John Roeckner was chronicling the album all along with rare concert footage for a film. Now, the band are releasing the “lost” documentary, titled Heart Like a Hand Grenade, to unveil how exactly they went about making the LP–and you barely have to wait until it’s released on October 10. [Rolling Stone]
Let Shana Halligan shoot to the top of your attention. “Something Real” is a slinky, smooth, electro-pop single reminiscent of AlunaGeorge, Hundred Waters, and Son Lux while still treading the delicate intimacies of someone too reserved to overwhelm you with an intense light show. Halligan’s upcoming LP, Back to Me, drops October 16. We’re betting it’s going to be one of the more memorable releases of 2015.
Stephen Colbert has done no wrong as the Late Show host, especially in the music department. His newest guests were an epic combination of TV On the Radio and Run the Jewels. The indie soul-meets-rap setup worked surprisingly well. I mean, come on, “Angel Duster” sounds pretty good with zany synth humming at the forefront, no? [Consequence of Sound]
No matter where Drake is (snuggling with Serena Williams, probably?), someone somewhere is covering one of his songs. Proof: Sam Smith and Disclosure teamed up to record “Hotline Bling” this week. When BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge asked them to do a cover, the acts joined forces for a powerhouse rendition that sees Smith at the top of his game. Check it out around the 8:55 mark above. [Billboard]
If the world was a perfect place, Adult Swim Singles series would last forever. The series sees artists of any genre release a new single for the company, free to download, each week of summer. This week sees MF Doom and Ghostface Killah step up to the chopping block, and boy, do they deliver. On “Lively Hood”, the DOOMSTARKS duo heat up their regular chemistry with a creeping beat and absurd lyrics, as per usual. Download it for free here. [Stereogum]
Okay, take a deep breathe to absorb all that news. When you’re hungry for more, swing back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!