We all have different benchmarks for success. Maybe it’s having Danny Brown perform the theme song to your sitcom, or Daft Punk provide the soundtrack to your Mike Tyson movie. Jack White has a particularly nerdy benchmark involving Weird Al, and that’s where we are going to start in today’s Music Dispatch.
Pandora Radio recently sent The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper to Nashville to talk all things Third Man with Jack White. When asked what the indicator was that let White know he had “made it”, White responds, “When I have coffee with Weird Al Yankovic, that’s when I’ll know,” going on to explain, “People say, ‘You know you’ve made it when Weird Al covers your song,’ I say, ‘No, that’s not true. You have to have coffee with him'” (the question comes up at 12:20). Our good friend Mr. Yankovic got the message, and fulfilled the younger musician’s dreams:
Congratulations, Jack White. You have officially made it. But if getting coffee with Weird Al means you’ve made it, what does getting tied to a chair by Weird Al mean? Jessica Chobot, can you enlighten us?
The remaining members of Death, the influential, and once-forgotten, proto-punk band at the center of the 2013 documentary, A Band Called Death, are rolling with the momentum of their new-found fame to record new material and release their first new album since their second wind. The album, titled N.E.W., releases April 21st, and promises to pick up right where they left off, by including tracks written by the late frontman, David Hackney, as well as new material. The first track, “Look At Your Life”, sounds powerful and experimental, bringing to mind their more psychedelic (and successful) contemporaries, Arthur Lee and Love. [Pitchfork]
The much hyped ABC comedy, Fresh Off the Boat, based on the culture-clashing childhood of restauranteur and writer, Eddie Huang, premiered Wednesday night, and introduced us to the unexpected pleasure of a raucous theme song by rapper, Danny Brown. Vice (where Huang, like Action Bronson, has gonzo food series) shared a full-length version of the track yesterday. We wish it were even longer.
The Prince of Sadness, Sam Smith, has put out sweet, little music video for his track, “Lay Me Down”, which finds the crooner crooning in front of a somber crowd of funeral attendees–no, wait!–gay wedding attendees! The video is being deemed controversial for it’s display of objection to both the Church and the UK’s stance towards same-sex marriage. Smith, who has been openly gay since childhood, has been a vocal supporter of gay rights without letting it dominate the conversation surrounding his tremendous career and talent. [Rolling Stone]
Kanye has a new mysterious website that is counting down (to the apocalypse? the resurrection of Yeezus? to his new album?) to something that will likely be cool/ludicrous. Unless we are 100-percent sure we are ready for “yeezy.supply“, we may need to code from Lost to reset the ominous ticker.
Jaden Smith released a three-track EP with buddy Daniel D’artiste, called This Is The Album. No one is going to force you to listen to it, but you may enjoy it if you do. He does mentions Lex Luthor, the Joker and Bruce Lee if that persuades you one way or the other. Again, this is entirely your decision. [Pigeons & Planes]
Consequence of Sound reports Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (he’s the one with the fish-bowl helmet) is providing original music for the French action film, Gates of the Sun. You won’t hear his work in the trailer above; instead you’ll hear John Murphy’s “In The House – In A Heartbeat” from 28 Days Later. But you will see boxing legend (and Madonna collaborator) Mike Tyson, whose cameo apparently packs quite a punch.
Statistician Martin Connor, of Rap Analysis, made an algorithm to determine and rank the most repetitive list of rappers. Topping the list are divisive hit-makers will.i.am and Pitbull. Audit Connor’s math, and check out his full results, on his blog. [Complex]
New York City’s Mayor de Blasio has pledged to keep the city with ever-increasing living costs inviting to the thousands of musicians who flock there every year, by promising to dedicate 1,500 units of affordable live/work housing for artists. In the same State of the City address, he also promised 500 dedicated affordable work spaces for the cultural community. Similarly, he pledged affordable housing for seniors and veterans, stating, “If we fail to be a city for everyone, we risk losing what makes New York, New York. We risk losing the very soul of this place.” [Pigeons and Planes]
That’s all for now. See you back here Monday. Until then, have a rocking weekend.