Well, readers, we’ve made it to the end of another week filled with music and magic and Marilyn Manson’s father wearing make-up. I think it’s safe to say this week of Music Dispatch has been a success. So treat yo’ self with even more Music Dispatch (What, where you expecting something else?). In today’s roundup of news, we have McDonald’s response to their SXSW-gate controversy with Ex-Cops (not to be confused with Axe Cop), Nickelback making an argument for why disco is dead, and a grandma with serious pipes pulling a truly soulful rendition of O.T. Genasis’ “CoCo”. Also we’ve got some new developments regarding the second Game Of Thrones mixtape, Catch The Throne.
Jack White, musician, audiophile and proprietor of Third Man Records, has acquired the first Elvis Presley vinyl ever cut with $300,000 bid in an auction. He has announced plans to rerelease the record, unrestored and as a 10″, true to its original form, “in order to create an object so close to the historic original as to almost be indistinguishable from one other.” The record will be available on April 18th’s Record Store Day, and then followed by a 7″ version, restored by Alan Stoker, curator of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. [Billboard]
The Alchemist and Oh No together form Gangrene, a hip hop/production duo. After teaming up with Tangerine Dream on the wild Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, the duo is putting out Welcome to Los Santos, an album inspired by the game, which will first be released within it’s the PC version, on April 14, and widely on April 21. Among the featured collaborators are Earl Sweatshirt and Sam Herring of Future Islands, who both appear on the Jethro Tull-ish, “Play It Cool”. [Pitchfork]
Bob Dylan travels back in time (probably not that uncommon an event for the iconic folkster) to tell a tale of intrigue, romance, and betrayal at the hands of a femme fatale, in this lovely film noir music video for “The Night We Called It A Day”. [Stereogum]
HBO has unveiled the featured artists on their forthcoming, Catch The Thrones Mixtape II, which will drop March 17 in anticipation of the April 12 premiere of the fifth season of Game Of Thrones. Sampling music from season 4, each track on the mixtape will highlight the themes of fire and ice, thus including a diverse array of artists from the realms of hip-hop, metal, and pop. The featured artists will include Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Ty Dolla $ign, Yandel, and Talib Kweli, whose new track, “Lord Of The Light”, you can listen to via Complex.
Remember when we reported that a podcaster was listening to 168 straight hours of Nickelback for charity? He may have to start over, because the boys from Alberta have released a new track! Nickelback channel their inner Donna Summer with the disco inferno (of the Dante variety) that is “She Keeps Me Up”. [SupaJam]
Yesterday, we shared Ex Cops’ list of grievances with McDonald’s invitation to perform at the burger chain’s showcase at SXSW. Billboard reached out for a response from McDonald’s, to which Global Media Relations Director Becca Hary dismissed the criticism with:
We follow the same standard protocol as other brands and sponsors by inviting talented and emerging musicians to join us at the SXSW Festival. We look forward to serving McDonald’s food, drinks and fun in Austin. #slownewsday
Musicians and music journalists have pointed out that her information is incorrect, but have agreed that her use of a hashtag to diminish the value of their work and concerns definitely makes things better. [Rolling Stone]
That’s all for this week’s Music Dispatch. We leave you with this, an absolutely epic grandma’s rendition of O.T. Genasis’ “CoCo”.
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