The Dude a/k/a El Duderino a/k/a Jeff Bridges knows you’re tired. He knows that it’s been a long restless haul, so he did us all a solid and recorded an ambient album that will help you sleep, even if all you’ve got for a mattress is a beat up old rug that really ties the room together. Maybe his new album will help all the dudes in Blink-182 chill the f-ck out. We have the latest information on that timeless battle, as well as a video of Father John Misty singing karaoke versions of his own songs at the Spotify offices. This is Wednesday’s Music Dispatch.
Who could convince Pharrell to reunite with Chad Hugo and Shae Haley and write some new tracks for N.E.R.D? Here’s a hint: He lives in a pineapple under the sea. That’s right. NE.R.D has provided three original songs to the The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soundtrack. The first single, “Squeeze Me”, samples the show’s theme song and has an animated music video (above). The other two tracks, “Sandy Squirrel” and “Patrick Star”, are named for Spongebob’s closest cohorts. Pharrell, of course, is no stranger to the animated film soundtrack, having provided last summer’s epic hit, “Happy”, for Despicable Me 2, which earned him an Oscar nomination. This comes only a week after EW announced Pharrell would be featured in an upcoming episode of the The Simpsons. If any animators are reading, you might as well start sketching Pharrell now. He’s coming for you next. [Rolling Stone]
Today Father John Misty unveiled his fake streaming platform SAP, which strips his new album I Love You, Honeybear of all vocals and other human elements that make it an identifiable Misty composition. The website explains that the artist prides himself on presenting this knockoff album stream “accurately and at minimal expense.” Finally, a streaming service that is excising all the BS. Also, Misty stopped by the Spotify offices to perform a karaoke version of his track, “Bored In The U.S.A.” which you can enjoy above.
So you already know this, but Jeff Bridges is the best dude of all time. In a collaboration with Squarespace to raise money for the No Kid Hungry charity, Bridges has made a really bizarrely beautiful spoken word album, full of field recordings, musings, and ambient drones that is meant to help you drift off to an astral plane far beyond our earthly firmament. The 15-track album features a very sweet guest appearances from his freshly awake wife Susan and cute little kids who are showing The Dude how to fly. This was such a pleasant surprise today.
UPDATE: A 2nd commercial for the album appeared on today’s Super Bowl. “The Power of Om”
José González has released a video for “Leaf Off / The Cave”, from the February 17 release, Vestiges and Claws. It features families and individuals posing for portraits, which is a trend we’ve been seeing in plenty of music videos lately (for example, Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever)” & Kindness’ “Who Do You Love”). Can you think of any others? [Pitchfork]
Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden collaborated with one Nick Woodsmansey on a metamorphosing, electronic cover of percussive jazz track, “Makondi”, originally from Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell’s 1982 album El Corazón. It’s the perfect track to put on and watch the Snowmaggedon snowdrifts slowly build outside your apartment. [Pitchfork]
Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment teased their forthcoming Donnie Trumpet-driven SURF mixtape with a very short and unsatisfying video featuring hip-hop’s favorite model, Cara Delevingne, standing around and practicing emotions. You can watch it above if you want, but watching it won’t make that mixtape arrive any sooner. [Stereogum]
Meanwhile, George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadows shared the artwork for the forthcoming album, Eclipse. It depicts a silhouette demonstrating how not to fly. The album will be out March 17th. [Spin]
Pitchfork has been tracking what appears to be another surprise cache of previously unreleased Aphex Twin tracks! Go check out the article fast, as the archive reportedly keeps moving to new SoundCloud pages.
The Coachella sideshows (the deluge of concerts that occur in California surrounding the festivals two weekends in April), have been announced. Check out all the great acts you can catch above, even if you don’t have tickets to the main event. Also, note the awesome poster designed by Pop Noir’s Luke McGarry.
You may recall, earlier this week, a press release issued by Blink-182 stated that guitarist Tom DeLonge would be leaving indefinitely. This was followed shortly by DeLonge taking to Facebook to say he has no intention of leaving their “dysfunctional” band. Since then, the dirty laundry continues to air, with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker giving a damning interview to Rolling Stone, suggesting they are ready to see him go. Hoppus saying, “There are legalities involved with this. As Tom pointed out, he technically didn’t quit the band. Then it gets all lawyer-y, which I will leave to the attorneys and managers.” DeLonge responded with an open letter to fans, posted to Facebook, offering his side of the story, and writing, “At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity.” So what’s your read? Is Blink-182 done for good, or is this all part of their creative process? [Rolling Stone]
Okay, that’s it for now. See you Friday with more Music Dispatch.