Feel Good Inc. just grew to a larger company. If the Instagram hints are true, David Bowie may very well be collaborating with Gorillaz in 2016. That’s not all the new year holds. The 58th Grammy Awards released its list of nominees, there’s secret unreleased Pink Floyd material floating around, the Super Mario Bros theme has lyrics (?!), Thom Yorke may have given us a peak at new Radiohead songs, Spoon covered the best Beatles song, and Chairlift dropped a music video off their next LP, due out next year.
David Bowie will release a new album, ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”), next year. So will Gorillaz. Now, according to hints that artist and co-founder Jamie Hewlett dropped, the two will have collaborative material out next year, too. On his Instagram page, Hewlett posted artwork of David Bowie drawn up in the style of a Gorillaz character. However, given the statement posted on Bowie’s official site, maybe it’s just a matter of public fandom from one musician to another. [Consequence of Sound] [Featured image via David Bowie’s official website]
Ladies and gentlemen, here are the nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards. Once again, Taylor Swift sweeps up a handful of nominations, but it’s actually Kendrick Lamar who has the most (a whopping 11 nominations!) this time. The other multi-nominated acts are The Weeknd, Drake, Alabama Shakes, and Florence and the Machine. Now, let’s remember something: the Grammy Awards recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the past year (Oct. 1st, 2014 – Sept. 30th, 2015), though we all know it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the “best” of the year. So no fighting, ya hear? [Rolling Stone] [Photo courtesy of the Grammys]
While wax fanatics were busy nabbing copies of The Darjeeling Limited OST and David Bowie picture disks on Record Store Day Black Friday, the real in-the-know people dug into Pink Floyd archives. Turns out the classic rock band secretly released a new EP last week that’s limited to 1,000 pressings. 1965 – Their First Recordings is a two 7″ single release that sees six unreleased songs written with their original lineup (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Rado Klose) get some sunlight. Talk about a bargain. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo courtesy of Pink Floyd]
You think you know the Super Mario Bros. theme song, but you’re wrong. Next time it comes on, start singing the lyrics. Better yet, don’t. As we discovered, the original song wasn’t written with lyrics, but a Japanese radio station contest resulted in a sheet of lyrics which Nintendo then released on vinyl in 1985. They were enamored with it. [Nerdist]
Environmental awareness concert Pathway to Paris took place on December 4. The eco-friendly lineup included one of climate change’s biggest activists, Thom Yorke, who played a touching set that evening. During his time onstage, Yorke debuted a pair of new songs, one of which is titled “Silent Spring” and another reportedly called “Desert Island Disk”–which may very well be a new Radiohead song. Halfway through the latter track, Yorke mumbled “This is Jonny’s bit.” Unless the two plan on dropping a collaboration, it’s safe to assume those lucky people in attendance just heard Radiohead’s first new song since The King of Limbs. No big deal. [NME]
John Lennon would have turned 75 years old this year. To celebrate such an eventful age, a flood of all-star musicians took over Madison Square Garden to perform cover songs in his honor. While The Roots, Tom Morello, Brandon Flowers, and more all added unique takes to The Beatles member’s work, it was Spoon who stole the show. Watch above as they cover “Hey Bulldog”, one of the band’s most jovial tracks (and my personal favorite when I was growing up). [Pitchfork]
With each new track, Chairlift build up well-earned hype for their next album, Moth, due out in 2016. The video for “Romeo” comes with dramatic flair and colorful charm. As if struck by lightening-like inspiration, the band’s Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly run wild through Chinatown, dancing in stores and busting out moves we will certainly be trying our best to learn when no one’s watching. [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch, but we will be back on Wednesday with another dose of music news! See you then, rockers.