You know by now that the we are in the boggy depths of Nerdoween, which means that as we get closer to actual Day Of The Ween, our music coverage is getting noticeably SpoOoOkier!! But what about all the non-spooky music news, you might be asking yourself? Worry not, we have it all right here (who are we kidding, there is a lot of spooky music news in here too), compiled into one convenient blog post–I would recommend reading each item around a campfire for added effect. Today we’ve got GWAR covering the Pet Shop Boys (yup), Reggie Watts dancing and singing in a brand new music video, Max Weinberg reunites with Conan O’Brien, Jack White is back with the Dead Weather, and an evil mastermind mashed up Aphex Twin with Taylor Swift. This one is going to be a doozy.
Ambassador of light, hope, comedy, and beat-boxing, Reggie Watts has a very prominent guest appearance on Flight Facilities’ new track, “Sunshine.” The Australian electro-pop outfit’s brand of mellow funk is the perfect background for Watts to flex his vocal prowess. And if that isn’t enticing enough, we get to see the hirsute entertainer strut his stuff near the beach in Santa Monica and also briefly appear as the least terrifying vampire we have ever seen. That being said, we’d totally watch that whole movie.
We have Halloween playlists galore this year! First, check out Abel’s list of awesomely cheesy B-horror movie theme songs. Then, once you’ve listened to that a dozen times, be sure to check out the haunted mix that Echo Park’s Origami Vinyl shared with us. So many rad options for any sort of Halloween party you are planning this year.
E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, Conan’s former drummer of almost 20 years, reunited with the host last night after Conan’s drummer went missing mysteriously. It was a tender moment that reminded us all of the duo’s halcyon Late Night years, the first two of which Conan credited Max for keeping the show afloat. [Rolling Stone]
Angel Olsen has released a haunting b-side to her excellent Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Listen to the smoldering, mournful track right here, courtesy of NPR.
Frankie Cosmos is a prolific teenage songwriter whose most recent doggie pic-featuring album Zentropy was one of the most gratifying listens of the year. The first track off the album, “Art School,” jut got this video in which the artist prances around her insanely Justin Beiber-themed bedroom. Look at those pillows! Whoa buddy, that is too much Bieber. [Pitchfork]
The Dead Weather are back on the scene with a new single titled “Buzzkill(er)” which is like too perfect for Halloween you guys!! Sorry. got a little excited there. Its been a little bit since we’ve heard from the band, but they have a new album planned for release in 2015, so that wait will pay off shortly. [Consequence of Sound]
Comedian David Rees mashed up classic Taylor Swift and Aphex Twin tracks to create shockingly catchy and jarring new compositions. Evidently he intended to prove that these two artists are more alike than they are different. While I am not sure I agree with that assertion, I haven’t really stopped listening to “Why You Gotta Be So Flim” since this weird mashup playlist appeared online earlier this week. If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to Aphex Twin’s new album, Syro. [NPR]
We are celebrating Nerdoween by posting Nerdoween Tracks Of The Day all week long! So far we have revisited Tracy Jordan‘s “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” and John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. Check back today at 6:00 PM PST for more! [Nerdist]
GWAR recently suffered the loss of longtime frontman Oderus Urungus, but that hasn’t stymied the motivation or spirit of the band at all. Shortly after introducing their newest member, Vulvatron, the band stopped by the A.V. Club office to perform a shreddy cover of the the Pet Shop Boys‘ classic track, “West End Girls.” They then moved onto a cover of Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died” to honor their late friend.
Some extra nerdy dude/our hero figured out that Ice Cube’s “Good Day” was January 20 1992, by using an expanded syllogism. It involved extracting clues about the events that go on in the song, like the fact that it wasn’t smoggy and the Lakers beat the Super Sonics. His girlfriend beeped him, and beepers weren’t invented until the ’90s, so by an amazing use of mental energy, we now know the exact Good Day. Thanks logic! [LimeWedge]
Thanks for tuning into the midweek edition of the Dispatch! We will see you ghouls and goblins on Friday!