Music nerd videogamers, your prayers have been answered. Bloomsbury Publishing‘s 33 1/3 book series highlights essential music albums in incredibly detailed short books. On May 21st, they’re adding three new releases to their collection: Devo’s Freedom of Choice, Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Brothers Soundtrack. The music world and gaming world have never come together so sweetly this year. Our elementary school (and present day) selves are going crazy.
This 33 1/3 book on Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Brothers Soundtrack marks the first book to tackle a soundtrack, the first to tackle gaming territory, and the first to tackle Japanese music. This means the soundtrack will be on the same shelf as books praising timeless classics like Pavement’s Wowee Zowee, The Beatles’ Let It Be, and The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder. In other words, it’s right where it belongs. Pre-orders are ongoing here. Hold on to your super mushrooms. [Albotas]
Indie rock act Surfer Blood posted on their Facebook this week that guitarist Thomas Fekete has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and is currently undergoing treatment. A large tumor was removed from his abdomen earlier this year, but the cancer managed to spread to his lungs and spine. The band has launched a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of his treatment. So far, about 2/3 of the cost has been covered, but there is still a long way to go. Fekete posted an update to Facebook thanking fans for their support so far. Check out his message and head over to the GoFundMe campaign page to show your support. As he phrases so eloquently himself, “No matter what life throws at you, nothing can get in the way of love.” Help prove he’s right.
Did you hear? Sam Prekop curated a totally insane mix just for us. The Sea And Cake rocker is a natural when it comes to manipulating music to follow his voice, guitarwork, and electronic drone. It should come as no surprise, then, that his mix is all over the place. There’s Aphex Twin and Broadcast going head to head with Robert Wyatt and Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. As Prekop explains, the mix is meant to be understood in a larger context of overarching emotions and the connective tissue that bonds disparate sounds. Grab a pillow, lay back, and piece together the puzzle while you soak it all in. This one’s a breather.
The Chemical Brothers are back, and they brought every superstar musician with them. The electronic duo have announced that their new album, Born in the Echoes, which sees guest appearances from St. Vincent, Beck, Q-Tip, Cate Le Bon, and more. Lead single “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted” has them coming back with hard, bright beats. It’s been five years since their last album, Further, and three years since their soundtrack for Hanna. All we have to do is make it to July 17th when the album drops to finally hear a new LP from them. It’s about time. All our racing soundtracks are ready for a major facelift. [Pitchfork]
It’s cool to be educated, but it’s even cooler to get involved in the government. Killer Mike of Run The Jewels is attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this Saturday night after talking about race relations at MIT today. Frank Ocean stopped by the Los Angeles court to legally change his name from Chris Breaux to his R&B moniker. And, of course, Waka Flocka Flame is running to be the President of the United States of America in 2016. What have you done for the government lately?
Heidi Klum and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal hijacked Sia’s new single “Fire Meet Gasoline” for an intense, heated video modeling Klum’s new lingerie line. Sure, a damsel in distress packing feverishly in a dusty house makes for a decent video, but it’s so much better once Oberyn Martell starts romping around in a grassy field dressed like a civilian. The two start pouring gasoline inside the house, light a match, and let the past burn. Using Sia’s lustful single as an excuse to create an excessively dramatic commercial is a tad annoying, but man, seeing Pascal onscreen again is totally worth it.
Come back on Monday for another Music Dispatch catching you up after the weekend!