Hump day doesn’t have to be boring. For starters, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl explains the story behind the letter he wrote to Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye at 14 years old. Then there’s news of more Led Zeppelin reissues, Blur dressing up as videogame super bosses in their “Ong Ong” video, Method Man referencing Breaking Bad in his album trailer for The Meth Lab, Metric’s first new single since their 2012 album Synthetica, and the epic soundtrack for summer blockbuster DOPE.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
What were you doing when you were 14 years old? Dave Grohl was eager to burst into the music industry. Back before he was a Foo Fighter, before he drummed in Nirvana, before he played in Scream, Grohl was busy writing letters to the infamous Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi fame. In the uncovered letter MacKaye shared, Grohl asked the Dischord Records founder for numbers of “people to get in touch with.”
Grohl explained in a video interview with NME this week that he wrote the letter in hopes of Dischord Records putting out a demo tape by his band at the time, Mission Impossible. Since he was a 14-year-old then, he included strict instructions to only call between 3-10 PM because he was, of course, in school during the day. We would like to think MacKaye kept the letter because he knew Grohl would grow up to become a prodigy, but instead, Grohl says it’s because he’s a meticulous collector. “If you go to his house, he has everything,” he says. “He sure as shit didn’t keep it because he thought something was going to happen.” [Stereogum]
Another rock band has shared unreleased notes, but theirs have better handwriting. Led Zeppelin are releasing expanded editions of their final three albums (1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door, and 1982’s Coda) on July 31 via Atlantic Records. In addition to unreleased songs, a coffee table book, and alternate mixes, the reissues come with printed Zeppelin ephemera. It’s time to get the led out. [Rolling Stone]
Blur‘s visuals for their new album, The Magic Whip, have been nothing but fun, but the new music video for “Ong Ong” is the best yet. In the clip, the four bandmates star as videogame boss characters for various levels of a Mario-inspired ice cream adventure. Watching Damon Albarn dance inside an ice cream cone suit and Graham Coxon in a cockroach costume may be the best image this week. [Radio.com]
There’s nothing we love more than when the television and music worlds combine. Method Man is dropping a brand new LP titled The Meth Lab, so it’s pretty obvious his trailer for the release would reference Breaking Bad whenever it got the chance. The Wu-Tang Clan member and Walter White are both in the empire business, so it makes sense to draw conclusions. The animated trailer does just that. Check out more info here and watch it in full above. [Nerdist]
Emily Haines, how we have missed you. The frontwoman is returning now that Metric has announced a brand new album is on the way. Titled Pagans In Vegas, the album drops September 18 via MMI. Their lead single is titled “Cascades” and sees the band taking confident steps after 2012’s excellent Synthetica. Get ready for lots of synth, futuristic vocal filters, and the sweet sounds of Haines’ golden words. [Pitchfork]
Remember that DOPE movie that looks pretty, well, dope? Rick Famuyiwa’s film about a nerdy teen trying to survive the dangerous web within his California neighborhood casts A$AP Rocky beside rising stars. The Pharrell-produced film also sees the mogul curating its soundtrack which has now been detailed. Three days before the film is released on June 19, you can pick up its soundtrack featuring the likes of Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Gil Scott-Herron, Nas, Naughty By Nature, and more. Score. [Pitchfork]
Come back on Friday for another installment of Music Dispatch before the weekend!