Gangs, how do they work?! The FBI knows how, or so they think. After a long trial in the courtroom and several months of back-and-forth debate, Insane Clown Posse scored a victory in the process of removing their Juggalos fanbase from the FBI’s list of organized gangs. After an initial lawsuit against the FBI for labeling the Juggalos a gang was dismissed, the ICP have successfully appealed their suit. While that’s officially being settled, check out the myriad music news from this weekend: Marc Maron brought Keith Richards on his WTF podcast, Kim Gordon acted as a poetry teacher in a horror film, Ryan Adams released his Taylor Swift cover album, Drake and Future released their non-cover mixtape, Joanna Newsom dropped a surprisingly angst-filled track, Muse announced tour dates, and CHVRCHES new album is streaming in full!
Juggalos lose their jobs, get discharged from the military, and are evicted from their homes because of their association with Insane Clown Posse‘s logo. The FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center decided in 2011 that Juggalos are a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” That’s a little bit much. Insane Clown Posse have been working with a lawyer to get a federal appeal in a Michigan court to hear out their case and dismiss the label. Now, after overturning a 2014 decision to ignore their complaints, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati has agreed to hear ICP out on why their face-painted clown fans aren’t so gang-like after all. [Rolling Stone]
Marc Maron‘s longstanding epic WTF podcast chases all kinds of crazy topics, especially Maron’s love for a diverse catalog of bands. It’s no surprise why he spent a recent episode reveling in his love for The Rolling Stones. It is a surprise that he got the one and only Keith Richards on board to stop by as a guest. Trying to sum it up doesn’t do it justice, so head here to give it a listen in full and hear the stars in Maron’s eyes twinkle. [Stereogum]
Kim Gordon is a musical poet, but she can be a drama poet if she wants, too. The music legend makes a cameo in upcoming German film Der Nachtmahr by Akiz. In the clip, she tackles William Blake poetry like a pro, dawns some sleek cuffs, and reminds us why school can be cool (and why we’re glad we never had to turn in late homework to her). Watch the full clip at the film’s website. [Noisey]
It’s here, for real this time. Ryan Adams spent the last month teasing the release of a full-length cover album of Taylor Swift‘s 1989. Now, via Apple Music or VEVO alike, Adams has shared the entire collection of covers. Say bye-bye to ultra pop production and hello to vintage ’80s rock. [Stereogum]
Drake and Future have been hyping up a collaborative mixtape for the last few days and last night, that mixtape, titled What a Time to Be Alive, finally dropped. “It’s a little soundtrack for people that need it right now,” Drake said. Funny: he mainly raps about his posse while Future, the one who didn’t say that quote, talks about the dark truths of life itself. Grab it over at Apple Music. [Rolling Stone]
It’s been five slow years since Joanna Newsom last released an album. Since 2010’s Have One On Me, Newsom married Andy Samberg, starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and has been hard at work on Divers, her upcoming album. It’s the first time Jim O’Rourke hasn’t been behind the mixing board. Instead, Steve Albini has his hands on the music, and his trademark grit turns Newsom’s lush harp on “Leaving The City” into as punk of a sound as it can get when drums come pounding in. Check it out above. [Pitchfork]
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Muse live. Truly. The rock act may saunter through new styles on their recent Drones LP and the few before it (We’ll admit it. We miss the Absolution days.), but live, every single track explodes with insane solos and impressive light displays. So if you haven’t caught ’em onstage before, now is your chance. Muse just announced the first dates of their US Drones Tour which you can see here. [Rolling Stone]
CHVRCHES‘ new album Every Open Eye, the follow-up to 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, comes out September 25 via Universal. Before you can get your hands on that highly anticipated follow-up, the trio have put the entire thing up online at NPR to stream in full. Let the synthy, dance pop whisk you away to somewhere far better than a gloomy Monday afternoon. [Nerdist]
That’s it for today! Check back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!