Miss any music news this weekend? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. On a happy note, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is now a professional beekeeper. Meanwhile, Janelle Monae delivered a stunning protest performance on NBC that got cut short, Tame Impala dropped a “Let It Happen” music video, Deerhunter announced a new album, Willow Smith is back with a trippy rap video, and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has a list of books he wants you to read. So, let’s get to it!
Flea is certainly one of a kind. The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist took to Instagram to announce his newest hobby: beekeeping. After learning about the honeybee population dying off at an unheard of rate, he installed three beehives into his backyard, each containing 60,000 honeybees, to help keep the species alive. How much do you want to bet he talks to them in his Donnie voice? [Consequence of Sound]
Janelle Monáe appeared on The TODAY Show on August 14 to perform her bold protest anthem “Hell You Talmbout” that we’ve pledged our hearts to. When it came time for Monae to speak about the song’s message, anchor Savannah Guthrie cut her off. “We want white America to know that we stand tall today,” she began. “We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced!” But then she was. NBC has yet to confirm whether or not they ended her speech early intentionally or not. [Consequence of Sound]
Tame Impala have dominated this year so far with their electro-R&B album Currents, one we’ve been smitten with ever since they released its first single, “Let It Happen”. Now that song has a music video, and it’s nothing less than the epic 8-minute number deserves. Watch as a man freaks out at the airport, hallucinates through a plane ride, and chats with his sandwich like nothing is going wrong. Funny. That’s exactly what we picture whenever we hear the song.
There is a god and his name is Bradford Cox. The frontman behind indie rock act Deerhunter has led the band through various incarnations of their sound, going from grit to melancholy to pop, ending with 2013’s excellent LP Monomania. Now their follow-up, Fading Frontier, drops October 16 via 4AD. Lead single “Snakeskin” sees Cox’s yelps dice up an otherwise disco-like number. We’ll come out and say it: October better get here sooner because we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. [Pitchfork]
In the five years that have passed since Willow Smith dropped her mega catchy single “Whip My Hair”, she’s been shaping up her chops with R&B grooves, indie covers, and a new EP. Now she’s teaming up with Crystal Mec, Tru, and Tyler Cole under the name DIASPORA for a rap collective of sorts. Their song “Wit a Indigo” and its video are candy-colored trippiness, complete with smooth verses and childish plays on words. It’s not what we were expecting, but it’s certainly what we’re going to keep spinning. [Buzzfeed]
R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe is a bit of a bookworm. The music icon revealed the 10 reads he would bring with him to a desert island in a new story with The New York Times’ T Magazine. Stipe’s got some classics on there (On The Road by Jack Kerouac, Just Kids by Patti Smith) as well as some individual choices (Plays by Aristophanes translated by William Arrowsmith, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan), all of which we can’t wait to check out. [The New York Times]
Alas, that’s it for today! Come back on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!