The demon days of a Gorillaz-less world are over. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett announced work on a new album is underway, and they have their eyes set on a 2016 release. Before you start texting friends about the good news, wait until you see what else happened this weekend: Kanye West auditioned for American Idol, then Obama gave the rapper advice on how to run for president, St. Vincent worked at her sister’s Dallas taco joint all weekend busing tables, and there’s new albums from Neon Indian, Josh Ritter, Son Little, and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie for you to stream over at NPR.
Damon Albarn’s promises are finally paying off! The Blur frontman and Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, the one responsible for the group’s visuals, are reuniting. In an interview with DIY, he said he’s shutting himself away to work on their fifth album. Along with that comes several awesome shots of new artwork on his Instagram. The last studio album Gorillaz gave us was 2010’s excellent Plastic Beach (not counting that iPad-only record The Fall). Six years later is a long time, but it’s better late than never. [Consequence of Sound]
When there are cameras rolling, why not hop in front of them? That seems to be Kanye West‘s thought process no matter where he is. This weekend, he swung by American Idol auditions since he was already in San Francisco, catching everyone there off guard. The look on the judges’ (Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., plus host Ryan Seacrest) faces while performing an a cappella rendition “Gold Digger” is priceless. [Rolling Stone]
Celebrities: they’re just like the rest of us! St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark may have a Grammy Award sitting on her bedroom mantle, but she also puts family first. Her sister’s new Mexican restaurant, Resident Taqueria, opened up in Dallas, Texas this past weekend and she swung by to work a few daily shifts like an actor out of work. From taking orders to refilling napkin dispensers, Clark was a busy bee–but still kind enough to chat with diehard fans like the whole thing was no big deal. [Stereogum]
Kanye West isn’t kidding about running for president in 2020. He, like all candidates, needs a bit of help to get there. Who lent him a hand over the weekend but none other than the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama. At a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco, Obama said the rapper who’s running for president, or “Peezy”, needs some advice. “First of all, you got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show,” Obama said, a polite jab at Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “Second important tip: Saying that you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy? That’s what’s known as off-message in politics. You can’t say something like that.” Watch the whole clip here. [Rolling Stone]
NPR is ready to soundtrack your week again. Check out advance streams of LPs by several great rising acts in the scene. Neon Indian‘s VEGA INTL. Night School comes stuffed with bold, futuristic funk, Josh Ritter‘s Sermon On The Rocks packs a punch of oracular honky-tonk, Chris Walla‘s Tape Loops is the solo album that will define Death Cab for Cutie‘s secret mastermind, and Son Little‘s self-titled release is nu-soul for the timeless soul. Best of all, they’re free to hear however many times you please before this Friday. Get to it. [NPR]
Alas, that’s it for today. Catch ya back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
Featured Image via Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz