A lot can happen in twenty four hours. Since our last Music Dispatch, we have plenty new developments to share! This includes an Action Bronson track and an episode of his Vice food show, tracks from the score of Ryan Gosling’s film, and even John C. Reilly playing bluegrass for NPR! All that and more in today’s Music Dispatch.
Funny Or Die took on Sia’s quasi-controversial “Elastic Heart” music video, wherein professional art-doer Shia LaBeouf dances with “Chandelier” star, 12 year-old Maddie Ziegler, in a giant bird cage. FOD explores what would happen if, say, To Catch A Predator’s Chris Hansen were to suddenly enter the equation. (No, that’s not the real Chris Hansen) [Consequence of Sound]
Jimmy Fallon did another one of his crowd-pleasing Neil Young impressions, singing “Old Man” on the Tonight Show. Halfway through the performance, though, we’re seeing double, as real Neil Young, dressed in matching hat and leather jacket, joins Fallon to finish the song as a duet.
Action Bronson, aka hip-hop’s hairy Bourdain, visits Santa Monica in his latest episode of “F-ck That Delicious”, to host the Fuck That’s Deliciousville food court at the Odd Future Carnival, where he also performs (and throws a half pound bag of weed into the audience). The episode also finds him putting a track together with The Alchemist. That track, “Big League Chew”, came out yesterday to coincide with the episode, and offers a meaty, mid-90s, heavy bass sound. You can give it a listen below. [Pigeons & Planes]
Then, how about filling your earholes with the first tracks from Johnny Jewel and the Chromatics’ score for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, the intriguing and unsettling Lost River. Hey girl, if you like the above track, “Yes (Love Theme from Lost River)”, you can buy it, and a few others, on iTunes. [Pitchfork]
Run The Jewels keep giving us reasons to love them. The most recent example is part 1 of “Barbershop Talk”, in which El-P and Killer Mike talk important issues with adorable tikes in Killer Mike’s Atlanta barbershop, Graffiti SWAG. They discuss female presidents, prisoner rehabilitation, cursing, and drug laws. Killer Mike urges the kids to use legal drugs responsibly, because, as he says, “I’m probably going to need you guys to have a firm tax base to take care of me.” [Pitchfork]
The first Jimmy Kimmel Live Mashup Monday performance saw the likes of Weezer join forces with ZZ Top to create hybrid band “Wee-Z Top. They performed ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”, which made for a solid show with lots of guitars all over the place, but, as Stereogum pointed out, hardly fit the definition of a “mashup.”
Actor John C. Reilly took his bluegrass buddies to NPR’s Tiny Desk. Performing and joking alongside Reilly are a handful of talented musicians in their own right; The Living Sisters’ Becky Stark, Tiny Desk veteran Tom Brosseau, Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg and fiddler/banjo-er Andru Bemis. Give it a watch and/or download the audio at NPR.
We’re big fans of the return of hard-hitting girl grunge. Of special note is Mackenzie Scott, aka Torres, whose sophomore album releases in May. Enjoy her mutating new single, “Strange Hellos” above.
Sasquatch! Music Festival is back at the Gorge in George, with a solid lineup featuring Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, local favorites Modest Mouse, and so many more. They also win the award for best lineup announcement video. This will be a fun one, kids.
That’s all for now. We’ll be back tomorrow with another music news roundup!