We don’t have enough hours in a day to listen to all the new music that is out today, but we will do our best to share with you a small sampling of our favorite. Today’s Music Dispatch features a special performance and remix of Purity Ring, an amazing cover by Violent Femmes, an experimental demo by Blood Orange, and a truly insane interview by ESPN with Action Bronson. Read on and have fun.
Purity Ring lit up the Late Night With Seth Meyers stage last night, performing “Begin Again” off their recently released second album, Another Eternity. While the performance was on point, the show was stolen by Corin Roddick’s futuristic, impact-responsive, illuminating drum kit. Any one else suddenly in the mood to watch Blade Runner? [Pigeons and Planes]
Half the fun of a synthpop album release is hearing other artists’ reinterpretations of the tracks. For Purity Ring, we are treated to DJ Fei-Fei’s astrally expansive remix of “Push Pull”. Fei-Fei provided Nerdist with her thoughts on the track, stating, “Purity Ring’s new album Another Eternity is pure gold. Megan and Corin continue to inspire me on so many levels–even way back when I started writing my first album. Hope you all enjoy my remix of ‘Push Pull’. It’s one of my favs.”
Some bands get better with age, some lose their appeal. And some, like Violent Femmes, remain comfortably in a place of absolute perfection. The band is releasing a four song EP, after 15 years without a new record, for April 18th’s Record Store Day, titled Happy New Year. The band has shared they will be recording more new work and touring with Barenaked Ladies. This first track, “Love Love Love Love Love” is actually a cover of LA’s Jake Brebes. [BuzzbandsLA]
Florence + the Machine played four new songs, including two debuts, at London’s Tufnell Park Dome. Among the new, explosive tracks were How Big How Blue How Beautiful’s title track and “What Kind of Man”, which we had heard before, as well as “St Jude” and “Third Eye” (above). Visit SPIN to watch them all.
As we reported earlier, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is developing a pilot based on his life with Twentieth Century Fox Television. That pilot, Detour, now has it’s Rivers: British actor Ben Aldridge of the musical adaptation of American Psycho, fan-favorite Lark Rise to Candleford, and other productions probably. [Deadline]
Action Bronson visited ESPN’s Highly Questionable to discuss his new album, Mr. Wonderful. I could tell you what was discussed, or I could just share this quote, out of context: “There it is. Boom. It’s like you strike gold. Yahtzee. From there on, I was in a trance. There was salvia involved, there was sage being burned, there was indians coming in and singing with tribal anthems.” [Stereogum]
We are digging this intriguing demo from Blood Orange, which blends easy-listening keys with looping classical strings. Take listen to “Delancey” and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Antemasque, the new offshoot band from members of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, is being investigated after accusations and video (above) arose of the band throwing a plastic kettle of boiling water into the crowd during a show in Auckland, New Zealand. The kettle collided with a group in the audience, inflicting burns on at least one person. People, unless you’re defending a castle, please don’t throw kettles of boiling water. That’s just a dangerous and generally shitty thing to do. [Consequence of Sound]
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, interviewed one of her favorite musicians, post-punk Gang of Four’s Andy Gill, for the Talkhouse Music Podcast. It’s very endearing to hear one music icon nerd-out over guitars with another music icon. [Talkhouse]
Now that Aphex Twin is in the groove of putting out tracks again, he cannot be stopped. Next up will be a white label 12″, featuring “MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96”, a bonus track from the Japanese deluxe edition of Syro, and a new version of “XMAS_EVET10 ”. [Pitchfork]
Good news, rabid Nirvana fans! The price of Kurt Cobain’s childhood home has dropped from half a mil to $400k! Experience the sheer joy of living in Aberdeen, Washington, with the satisfaction of knowing you paid four times the average market price for a house in that area! Check out the full listing here. [Stereogum]
And finally, we leave you with this little anecdote: McDonald’s asked indie-darlings Ex Cops to perform at their SXSW showcase. Being featured in a massive showcase would usually be a pretty big honor for a band at SXSW. The only problem was, McDonald’s, a $97 billion company, did not have a budget to pay the talent. Ex Cops responded with this perturbed facebook post, which has since gone viral [CBS]. Enjoy:
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