We at Nerdist Music can get behind a good, unexpected mashup. Heck, we even have a series called “Mashup Monday” dedicated to the weirdest ones out there. So when we heard Jimmy Kimmel Live! would be hosting a series of supergroup concerts with the same name and concept, we were excited to see what bizarro bands they would come up with. So far, they’ve introduced into the world the ZZ-Top/Weezer collab, “Wee-Z Top,” the pairing of Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet known as “Blaccstreet,” and the quite straight forward “Morris Day and the Haim.” Now, Kimmel and company bring us the oddest coupling of all: two G’s of the early ’90s, one of the Kenny variety and the other of Warren.
The unlikely duo of the smooth rapper and the even smoother soprano saxophonist turned out to only seem unlikely on paper, as the improvisational flourishes of Kenny G complimented quite well Warren G’s G-funk ballad of after-hours Long Beach, “Regulate” (Side note: Warren G’s Wikipedia page actually lists his profession as “Regulator”). Though, considering that “Regulate” samples Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)“, maybe including a softy like Kenny G in the mix wasn’t too much of a stretch. [Rolling Stone]
Meanwhile, on NBC, Christina Aguilera visited The Tonight Show to show off her convincing Cher and Britney Spears impersonations, singing the Folgers jingle and “This Little Piggy”, respectively, while Jimmy Fallon did that overly enthusiastic laughing-and-clapping thing he does so well. [Popsugar]
U2 takes us to the historic upheaval of Northern Ireland in the new video for Songs of Innocence track, “Every Breaking Wave”. What begins as a seemingly generic music video with vague notions about youth and cinematic shots of pretty landscapes, begins to tell the story of a family and a community torn apart by the violence between Protestant Unionists and Catholic republicans. The music video was put together by Belfast-born Aoife McArdle, with footage from her 13-minute film of the same title, available to view at Rolling Stone.
Built to Spill have shared “Living Zoo” in preparation for their first album since 2009, Untethered Moon. Vinyls will be available on April 18th’s Record Store Day, with digital and CD versions of the album coming out three days later. [Pitchfork]
Best Coast continues the love affair with the Golden State with “California Nights”. For those on experiencing the latest round of late winter arctic blasts, these picturesque Joshua Tree landscapes, poolside palm trees and cotton candy sunsets must feel particularly cruel. Best Coast’s album of the same name is out May 5. [Pitchfork]
Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy has announced the launch of the new label, Honor Press. Graves also announced HP’s first signing, the post-hardcore three piece, So Stressed. The band’s mutual insistence on perfection meant it took more than two years to complete their upcoming record, Unlawful Trade, so our expectations are quite high.
Norwegian electrofunker, Maya Vik, brings Gordon Gecko to the dance floor with her new Lindström collaboration, “Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas). Yes, this is an entire pop song seemingly, and unironically, about a girl’s love for the man who played Jack T. Colton. Give it a listen over at Noisey.
That’s all for now. Take care and see you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch.