No matter how many times Blur claims that Americans don’t like them, we know that’s not true. Fred Armisen totally wouldn’t have shown up at their show in Los Angeles to sing a hilarious version of “Parklife” otherwise. The crowd was looking for a London pub vibe, and they sure as heck got one. But Blur aren’t the only outsiders blowing up the music world with news. Drake’s colorful music video was made to be meme’d, Adele wrote a heartfelt letter on her upcoming LP, Joanna Newsom’s streaming her first album in half a decade, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner announced some important festival news, Ennio Morricone is scoring Terrence Malick’s documentary Voyage of Time, Savages are dropping their next album in three months, and Charli XCX got all glossy on us with her Sophie-produced track “Vroom Vroom”.
Blur are playing only two US stadium shows in support of their new album, The Magic Whip. New York City’s show comes this Friday at Madison Square Garden, but Los Angeles already got their set last night at The Hollywood Bowl. Before the band launched into “Parklife”, none other than Fred Armisen ran onstage, sticking a whole set of new lines into the pub-like sing-a-long that had the place in stitches. Girls and boys everywhere wish they were there to hear it live. [Consequnece of Sound; Image by Linda Brownlee]
Drake made content specifically for the world to turn into gifs. Just kidding, but his new music video is worth all the memes you’ve been seeing. “Hotline Bling” sees the Toronto rapper break out part-salsa, part-Carlton dance moves in beautifully lit rooms akin to James Turrell’s gorgeous artworks. What the Internet saw was something else. Please welcome a curated collection of the best #DrakeAlwaysOnBeat clips, as gathered by us, for your entertainment. [Nerdist]
— Adele (@Adele) October 21, 2015
Adele’s snippet of her first song since 2011 album 21 was a sign after all. The Oscar-winning singer posted a letter on her Twitter apologizing for the delay of her new album. In it, she pretty much confirms it will be called 25, that it deals with make-ups instead of break-ups, and that it will be out by the end of this year. We’ve got our money on a November release date, but it looks like we have to wait a bit longer to know that for sure. [Nerdist]
There are goddesses walking amongst us. How do we know? Because Joanna Newsom exists. The folk singer-songwriter wrote a handful of incredibly lush, orchestral, gorgeous songs over the course of the last half decade for her new album, Divers. It’s now streaming for the next 48 hours. Listen to it over at NPR. [NPR; Image via Drag City]
This summer, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon and The National‘s Aaron Dessner curated the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Wisconsin, their first festival to focus on a strange mix of folk musicians and deep-cut indie makers, including sludge acts and noise punkers. Apparently it went well enough to launch round two. In 2016, the festival will take place outside Eau Claire at Foster Farms from August 12th to the 13th. The lineup will come out in several months, so stayed tuned! [Pitchfork]
When Terrence Malick creates a world of sensory experiences, he goes all out. The director is working on a new documentary called Voyage of Time and he’s brought in Ennio Morricone to score the film. His task? Create the soundtrack for the birth and death of the universe. Not too easy a task, but the 86-year-old composer has plenty of experience under his belt, including his score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8. [FACT Magazine; Image via Morricone’s Facebook]
With a new year comes new music, and the roster for 2016’s albums is already stellar. London-based punk act Savages announced their follow-up to 2013’s excellent Silence Yourself is Adore Life, a 10-track LP that gives you something worth fighting for. Check out opening song “The Answer” above, an homage to music lovers and those pushing to do good in the world. [Pitchfork]
Charli XCX zips by on a candy high yet again on new track “Vroom Vroom”. The appropriately titled song sees production by PC Music king Sophie, glossing up the British singer’s pop skills with even more shiny snapping and chimes. If Wednesday’s got you down, let this synth song lift you back up. [Rolling Stone]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch! Swing back here on Friday for another dose of music before the weekend!
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