Run into the weekend with arms full of new music. Drake shared a ridiculous music video for “Energy”, Karen O sings on a cute track by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, Ought’s new song has got us swoonin’, Taylor Swift donated so much money to GoFundMe that she broke their site, an unheard Led Zeppelin demo has surfaced, and one very eerie Honda commercial uses Weezer to #relate to older millennials.
It wouldn’t be Friday without some wacky news, now would it?
There’s more internet craze to follow Drake‘s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and it’s not just a new font to use. He’s shared his first music video for a cut off the album entitled “Energy”. The video certainly has a lot of that. If the image of Drake dressed up as Oprah doesn’t do it for you, how about his other impersonations? The Canadian rapper goes through takes at Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, LeBron James, Barack Obama, Barbie, and so, so, so many more. You may be getting used to streaming restrictions on videos now, so don’t be surprised that it’s only available to watch over at Apple Music. [The Verge]
TV on the Radio producer Dave Sitek also makes music under the name Maximum Balloon. He shared a brand new song under that name titled “Let It Grow” that’s less buzzy alt rock and more cutesy love song. With Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs on lead vocals and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio beside her, the song transfers you from summer sweat into a breezy cool-off that reminds you to keep things simple. [Pitchfork]
Canadian post-punk quartet Ought announced their sophomore album, Sun Coming Down, earlier this week. With it, they shared an incredible single titled “Beautiful Blue Sky”. Unlike the name’s similarities to Florence + the Machine’s newest album, the song is dark, poised, and packed with pent-up frustration. To say the least, it will leave you breathless. I couldn’t help but gush about it. A lot. [Nerdist]
Taylor Swift is sugar, spice, and everything nice. Like really, really, really nice. The pop star donated $50,000 on July 7th to a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a young girl battling leukemia. Her contribution was so much that GoFundMe had to increase the donation limit on the platform from an individual donation cap of $15,000. “What Ms. Swift has done for Naomi and others can inspire the next generation of giving,” said the site’s CEO. It doesn’t get nicer than that. [Stereogum]
We already told you that Led Zeppelin is getting a super awesome, super huge reissue this year. What we didn’t have, however, were unreleased songs to hear — until now. One of the rarity’s on their new re-release of 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through The Out Door, and 1982’s Coda is “In The Evening” off Door. The synths are far less prominent and Robert Plant sings his part with clear, reverb-less delivery. Awesome. [Rolling Stone]
Car commercials are supposed to be weird, but this is just trying too hard. The 2016 Honda Pilot Elite SUV has a commercial directed by Jason Reitman, the guy behind Juno and Up In The Air. Naturally, it tackles millennials — but not the ones you would think. A bored family on a roadtrip starts singing Weezer‘s “Buddy Holly”, each member relating to one of the lines before joining together to sing the chorus in unison. It’s a tad unsettling. “The sort of ironic thing is that millennials are aging,” assistant vice president of advertising for Honda US Tom Peyton told Brandchannel. Guess we can’t argue with his reasoning (and I don’t care ’bout that). [Stereogum]
Have a great weekend! We will see you right back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!