Welcome back to another Monday edition of Music Dispatch, readers! The big news over the weekend was the much hyped collaboration from Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul, so we’ll kick things off with that. But we also have the trailer for the upcoming Daft Punk-inspired film, Eden, a glimpse of Run The Jewel’s Meow The Jewels, and a Beastie Boys cover by none other than Slipknot & Korn. We’ve also got news that Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge has exited the band after more than 20 years. Through thick and thin, the Music Dispatch has got you today.
Following the recent release of their first collaboration, “Only One”, West and McCartney recruited pop megastar Rihanna for “FourFiveSeconds”, released officially as a Rihanna track, and available now on her website and iTunes. Like “Only One”, the track is mellow and simple, with McCartney strumming on an acoustic guitar or the organ, while Kanye croons and Rihanna completely carries the track with her stunning gospel singer’s range. This was the track that Kanye played for a small audience of iHeartRadio employees last week, and, rumor has it, will be on both Rihanna’s and Kanye’s upcoming albums. Fun fact: the braille across the track art spells out “FourFiveSeconds’. [Consequence of Sound]
Death Cab for Cutie, operating now without founding member Chris Walla, have released the lyrics video for the single, “Black Sun”, off their March 31st release, Kintsugi. The band will begin their North American tour in April, supported by The Antlers. [Consequence of Sound]
Run The Jewels’ producer and rapper, El-P, began making good on the Kickstarter promise to bring an all-cat version of RTJ2 to realization, posting a series of Instagram videos documenting his progress with the opening track, “Jeopardy”. At one point, the certainly insanity-inducing endeavor brings El-P to ask, “oh my god what am i doing with my life.” Despite the jokey origins of the project, Mass Appeal reports that the album will feature “an impressive list of collaborators including Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Dan the Automator, Alchemist, Baauer, Prince Paul, Boots, Nick Hook, skywlkr, and Solidified Sun.”
Screening at Sundance this week is the French film, Eden, a quasi-autobiographical, somewhat fictionalized story of Daft Punk and the electronic scene of the 1990s. The film is written by DJ Sven Love of Cheers (the music duo; not the show), and endorsed by Daft Punk, who allow three of their tracks in the film. The above trailer promises the film will have “the robotic aspect of electronic with the warmth of soul”. [Pigeons & Planes]
Nineties nu metal rockers, Korn and Slipknot, visited London’s Wembley Arena on the European leg of their “Prepare for Hell” tour, and had some fun by teaming up for an appropriately rambunctious cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”. Get out of the way, Security Guard, we are trying to rage here! [Rolling Stone]
Remember last week when we shared the news that Topps was creating a set of baseball cards for first-pitchers, including Eddie Vedder and Jack White? Another musician in the deck will be rapper 50 Cent, whose infamously bad pitch is inarguably one of the worst in recent memory. Also one of the best. The MLB Network certainly seems to thinks so, awarding the good-humored rapper with an award for “Most Memorable First Pitch” at their Social Media Awards. You can’t ever lose with a strong sports blooper. [MTV]
Countless reports have flown about today that Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 to pursue non-musical endeavors. Though the band issued a statement that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be subbing in on their upcoming tour, Tom took to Facebook to announce that his departure from the band was news to him and that he had no intentions to leave. Once again, the internet got ahead of itself and we might just have to wait a little bit to see what actually happened here.
Singer-songwriter and jellybean connoisseur, Kina Grannis, has a new, very Magritte-y music video for her track, “Oh Father”, directed by Jane By Design actress, Erica Dasher. Take a look and give a listen above.
A portion of the money Sam Smith has made from his track “Stay With Me”, will not be staying with him. The melancholy musician and his co-writers have settled a claim of copyright infringement from Tom Petty’s publishers, acknowledging that the track borrows heavily from Petty’s 1989 “I Won’t Back Down” (It’s always wise to settle with a man who insists he won’t back down). If “Stay With Me” wins the Grammy for song of the year, the question remains which section of the trophy Smith will hand over to Petty. [USA Today]
NPR’s First Listen, as always, has new streaming music to get you through your week, including John Carpenter’s Lost Themes! Our very own Clark Wolfe did a write up on Lost Themes when the album, and it’s first singles, were announced. The rest of First Listen’s new streaming albums can be seen on their website.
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