Blessed be the fans who upload old music from reels. New Nirvana tunes can be heard from way back in 1993. If that’s not your taste, then stick around for Portishead’s first new music in six years, Beyonce’s “Sorry” video, Deerhoof’s epic cover of Def Leppard, Thundercat’s animated video, and some summery tunes from Lanford Black.
One fan knows the people need to hear the [unreleased] music. Someone bought a reel on eBay of Nirvana‘s recording session at Pachyderm Studio from 2/15/93. The reel had seven previously unreleased recordings, two of which were versions of “Dumb” and three of which were versions of “Marigold.” That leaves two songs: a Dave Grohl solo track (which you can hear above) and “Lullaby” (three minutes of goofing around with possibly Kurt Cobain on drums). It’s a nice look at what was to come. Yes, In Utero, but also Grohl the guitarist we know him as today. Give the entire reel a listen right here. [Stereogum]
England is undergoing quite a bit of political turmoil right now. With “Brexit” and the death of British MP Jo Cox, their country is in heated debate. Moved by what’s going on, Portishead shared their cover of ABBA’s “SOS” which was originally recorded for Tom Hiddleston’s High-Rise film. It’s the band’s first release in six years, and they chose to frame singer Beth Gibbons to look pretty similar to Cox herself, ending the clip with a quote from Cox: “We have far more in common than which divides us.” [Consequence of Sound]
If you still haven’t seen or heard Beyonce‘s newest album, Lemonade, or its HBO video special, now’s your chance. Well, at least part of it. She just shared “Sorry,” one of the album’s singles, and its accompanying clip from the feature-length film. It’s the first clip to be released from Lemonade, perhaps because it’s an anthem everyone needs to hear, especially women. It’s that much better when you get to see Serena Williams next to Beyonce, too, both waving middle fingers in the air. [Pitchfork]
When you’re an avant-garde band, you can interpret music however you please. Luckily for Deerhoof, that means their take of Def Leppard’s classic “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The hair-metal frenzy gets even friskier with their rousing antics. If this doesn’t get you moving to the ’80s, nothing will. Check it out above and be sure to order a copy of their excellent album, The Magic, out this Friday. [Consequence of Sound]
Last year, Thundercat shared his excellent mini-album called The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. It may only be a tad longer than an EP, but the record boasts strong horns, thick bass, and plenty of that excellent Thundercat groove. Today, single “Song for the Dead” gets a mesmerizing animated video thanks to Ry No. A cartoon version of himself plays music to deal with the loss of his pet wolf. Maybe that explains why he always wears a wolf hat onstage? [Pitchfork]
From the moment the band steps out of that smoke-filled vintage van, you know they mean business. Meet Lanford Black, a Seattle rock act that injects their riffs with a bit of soul, giving an uplifting but catchy tint to their material. Director Cole Brewer teamed up with the band for their “One of Them Days” video. It has them take part in a cinematic journey, complete with standout characters, taxidermy, party lights, and motherly caretakers. In other words, it’s an adventure. Given summer just kicked off, it’s what you need to get you jazzed for all the upcoming roadtrips and all that they may bring.
See you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!
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