Who needs Dr. Doolittle when Danny Brown rolls deep with the felines, and Este, Alana, and Danielle of Haim got the rest of Noah’s Ark on lock? Today’s Music Dispatch features a few of our favorite artists alongside their animal sidekicks, as well as new tracks from the likes of Dan Deacon, Passion Pit and Alabama Shakes! Oh yeah, and we almost forgot to mention the forthcoming Game of Thrones-themed mixtape. Read on below!
Haim are one with nature in the music video for their new Calvin Harris collaboration, “Pray To God”. The track, part of Harris’ 2014 club-pleasing Motion, finds the trio dressed in their dark, gothy best, communing with all sorts of Narnia-esque wildlife, from white doves to lions, bunnies, and bears. Just throwing this idea out there: A reboot of 1996’s The Craft, starring the Haim sisters and their bff, Taylor Swift. No? Well, I tried. [Billboard]
Rapper and noted cat-enthusiast, Danny Brown, was a guest on MTV’s Ridiculousness, where he and his feline-friend, Siren, were honored with a segment called “Cat Bros.” “Cat Bros” mostly involved skateboarding host, Rob Dyrdek, doing his best Tom Bergeron impression to internet videos of guys bro-ing out with their cats. [Pitchfork]
Meanwhile, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, of the metalcore band Killswitch Engage, was a guest on a very different TV show, receiving the rare honor of getting plucked from the audience of the Price Is Right to try his hand at the legendary game show. After a couple false starts, Dutkiewicz guesses the correct price on a collection of lawn care products (at 5:30 on the video), completely freaks out, nearly breaking his wireless mic, and then has a streak of good price-guessing luck, eventually winning more than $51,000 in prices. Watch Part 1 above, then head over to Stereogum for Part 2. Killswitch Engage is also one of the bands to be featured on Game of Thrones upcoming second official mixtape.
Electronic music pioneer, Giorgio Moroder, revealed he is composing the score for Disney’s upcoming Tron video game, and is approaching the duke of dubstep, Skrillex, about a potential remix. Daft Punk, who you recall wrote the epic score to Tron: Legacy, acknowledged Moroder as an important influence upon their own sound, with the third track of Random Access Memories, fittingly titled, “Giorgio by Moroder”. There exists a nice, referential poetry to a soundtrack for a video game for a movie about video games being composed by an electronic musician who inspired the robot-costumed electronic musicians who scored (and were featured in) the movie about video games. [Fact]
Alabama Shakes have released a geometrically perfect, animated music video for their new track, “Don’t Wanna Fight”. Building off their bluesy background, the Shakes turn up the bass-heavy funk for their upcoming album, Sound & Color, out April 21. [Rolling Stone]
HBO has announced that they are compiling another Catch The Throne mixtape in anticipation of the upcoming fifth season of Game Of Thrones, which will premiere on April 12. Though the mixtape has no release date yet, we do know that it will feature Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Method Man, Killswitch Engage and more. The theme is “fire and ice”, hence the alternating metal and hip-hop acts. If it’s anywhere near as good as last year’s mixtape, then we won’t be as bummed about the Hodor-sized hole in our hearts this season.
Hey, look! Even more new music with super trippy, math-based visuals! Dan Deacon’s “Learning To Relax” is familiar to those who have seen the musician perform live, and is now an upbeat highlight of his February 24 release, Gliss Riffer. Deacon has also announced a North American tour, to take place this April and May. [Consequence of Sound]
The unmistakable voice of Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos is front-and-center on the track, “Pay No Mind” by mashup-extraordinaire, Madeon. I don’t know about you, but tracks like this make me feel like I should be running top speed on a gym treadmill right about now. The debut LP from 20 year-old Madeon comes out March 31st. [The Fader]
Jack White’s been taking plenty of heat for a tour rider requiring venues to provide a molecularly specific recipe for guacamole and a complete ban on bananas. In his defense, the tradition of weirdly specific riders began as a means for artist representation to ensure their contracts were actually being read. If, for example, there was a bowl of only green M&Ms on the green room table, they could be relatively certain the more important elements of the contract were also being acknowledged to the T. Then again, sometimes its just ego verging on insanity. Check out Stereogum’s list of the craziest tour riders of all time.
Speaking of Jack White’s guacamole incident, our food correspondent, Jenn Fujikawa went to great lengths to follow White’s recipe and make it resemble the blues guitarists symmetrical logo.
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