Hello Music Dispatch faithful! Today we’ve got news about influential ’90s rockers including Kurt Cobain, and Katheen Hanna; a new documentary series from Robert Redford, Jack White, and T Bone Burnett as well as some mega jams by some of our favorite artists like Florence + The Machine, Chromatics. I could sit here and wax poetic about how much I am digging all the news that has poured in today, but there is an old adage that goes, “show, dont tell.”
Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain is not the hugest fan of her dad’s music, according to an interview she gave to Rolling Stone for their current cover story. She explains that she is just not that into grunge and is more drawn to bands like “Mercury Rev, Oasis, [and] Brian Jonestown Massacre. While it’s definitely not worth it to jump to any conclusions about what this could possibly indicate about Ms Cobain, it definitely would appear that rebelling against your parents is hereditary in that gene pool. [Rolling Stone]
In advance of the May 4 release of the comprehensive Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck, HBO released the above snippet of an unreleased track by the legendary songwriter. Pretty eerie, huh?
Jack White, Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett are all collaborating on an immersive music multimedia project called American Epic. Comprised of a three-part documentary series, a feature film, and a series of recordings that will be pressed and released through Third Man Records, American Epic focuses on talent scouts of the 1920s who recorded early American music. The feature film, The American Epic Sessions, is a collections of performances featuring White, Beck, Alabama Shakes, and more. [Pitchfork]
The city of Boston has proclaimed tomorrow “Riot Grrrl Day” in honor of Kathleen Hanna. Would have expected this day to have been a thing in the Pacific Northwest first, but I guess it’s “Riot Grrrl Day” everyday in the land of the redwoods and Portlandia! [Bostonmagazine.com]
Right at this very moment, you can watch members of beloved New York hip-hop collective, The Diplomats aka Dipset play Grand Theft Auto Online via the Rockstar Twitch Channel. “Hey Ma, whats up, let’s slide, alright–cause we goin’ steal this car toniiiight.”
Really feeling like Florence + The Machine are sitting on a monster of an album right now. We’ve already heard “St. Jude” and “What Kind of Man” from their forthcoming How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and “Ship To Wreck” is just as powerful and catchy. Her voice reminds me of a thunderstorm ripping through a harbor, so the new song’s title is very fitting.
Chromatics make gothic disco that makes me want to live inside the movie Drive. Though we are still waiting on any word about their followup to their excellent album Kill For Love, they have been steadily releasing great new music, and the new cut “In Films”, though slightly more optimistic sounding than their other output, is excellent as well.
Stay tuned for more Music Dispatch, and be sure to check in for all the news coming out of Coachella this weekend!