The midweek Music Dispatch is a beacon of hope and light, or that is what we keep telling ourselves anyhow. Just when you are faced with the prospect of half a week’s worth of drudgery, the Dispatch rises from the horizon with news about Lana Del Rey’s collaboration with Tim Burton, Flying Lotus’s new tracks for his radio station in GTA V, Jimmy Fallon’s insane Bono impersonation, and new music from Pusha T, Wu-Tang, and Idris Elba. Yup, that’s right, Stringer Bell has an album coming out. Read on, friends!
Watch a creepy, possessed country girl spasm-dance in front of a flaming clothes line in this new, dark video for Talos’ track “Bloom”. Eion French of Talos tells the New York Times, “The song is essentially about change and how we’re all, in a weird way, kind of terrified of it,” French says, “and the idea of someone changing and morphing into something a lot darker.” [NY Times]
Meanwhile, Spotify seems to be handling it’s breakup with Taylor Swift pretty well; it’s now begun a relationship with Uber. Thanks to a partnership that seems determined to prevent all human interaction, Spotify Premium users in certain cities will now be able to control the music in their Uber rides/torture their Uber drivers. Seriously, what kind of awful things did Uber drivers do in their previous lives to deserve all the humiliations they already have to endure? [Vulture]
U2 was scheduled for a week-long residency on The Tonight Show, but after Bono experienced a brutal bike accident in Central Park, the band had to cancel. To fill the void in his night’s program, Jimmy Fallon stepped up as imitation-Bono, performing an impressive cover of “Desire” with the Roots. Now, Rolling Stone reports Bono’s injuries are far from a joking matter. In addition to the previously known injuries to his upper arm, which involved the humerus shattering in multiple places and breaking through the skin, Bono also endured “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” and multiple fractures across his shoulder blade. He has required multiple surgeries, and will require intensive therapy, but a full recovery is expected. We wish him a swift recovery, so he can return to making gigantic hit records and we can return to harmlessly making fun of him for it. [Nerdist]
Tyler, The Creator dropped a new track titled “Diaper” on his Golf Wang Tumblr, and announced it on twitter with: “”RANDOM SONG LAYING AROUND THOUGHT WHY NOT PUT IT SOMEWHERE.” After a brief moment of slowly flaring electronic horns, it zero-to-sixties in all directions at once. Very fun track. [The Fader]
Flying Lotus, whose FlyLo FM is one of the new radio stations on the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V, has released one of the new tracks written for the game. The eerily floating “Meditation Medication” features Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The full GTA V soundtrack, featuring 162 songs, will be released later this year by Rockstar Games and Mass Appeal Records as a limited edition box set. [Pitchfork]
Why is everyone picking on our girl Taylor Swift? The latest voice in the chorus of critics is English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who claims to have seen her back catalogue in YouTube’s new Music Key subscription service, suggesting that her anti-Spotify/anti-streaming stance is more a savvy business strategy than an idealistic interest in preserving artists’ value. Braggs posted to facebook that Swift “should just be honest with her fans and say ‘sorry, but Sergey Brin gave me a huge amount of money to be the headline name on the marquee for the launch of YouTube Music Key and so I’ve sold my soul to Google.'” A spokesperson from Swift’s camp has countered that, “Taylor had absolutely no discussion or agreement of any kind with Google’s new music streaming service.” I just don’t know what to believe anymore. [BBC]
Wu-Tang are back with “Necklace”! Their long awaited album, A Better Tomorrow, is out December 2. [Pitchfork]
Pusha T released a Kanye-produced track, “Lunch Money.” It sounds like electronic bubbles and spider legs through a theremin, and must have half a dozen quickly layered samples, while the rapper shares his enthusiasm for Rolexes over Apple Watches. Give it a listen over at Pitchfork.
Lana Del Rey’s forlorn and sleepy lounge voice, always backed by that melodramatic orchestration, is the perfect match for period piece dramas. Following her contribution to the fantastic, Jay Z-produced The Great Gatsby soundtrack and American Horror Story LDR will be delivering two tracks to Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, including the title track and another titled “I Can Fly.” Big Eyes tells the true story of surreal portraitist Margaret Keane, whose rise to fame first required an escape from the overbearing shadow of a husband who claimed public authorship for all her work. [Vulture]
Enjoy the very, very slow music video for “From Eden,” this latest from Hozier. The song doesn’t carry the same potency as “Take Me To Church,” but there’s still plenty to like here.
Everything is streaming this week! The latest from Ariel Pink, who lately makes more headlines for moonlighting as an online bully, is now out on Spotify. Pom Pom, as Stereogum points out, may “simultaneously be Pink’s most off-putting and most accessible work to date.” The polarizing album is creative and bizarre, sounding often like a mashup of ’80s cartoon theme songs, commercial jingles, and psychedelic folk pop. Definitely worth a listen, if for no other reason than to formulate your own opinion about it. [Stereogum]
Man-crush actor Idris Elba is releasing a collaborative album in honor of Nelson Mandela, whom Elba portrayed in last year’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The album celebrates South African music, but will have a range of contributors, including James Blake and Mumford & Sons. The first five tracks of mi Mandela are available to listen on SoundCloud. [Billboard]
We premiered Mega Ran‘s new video for his track “Venting,” which features the normally optimistic and cheery rapper getting very real about all the things that bug him. It is a very promising track and we absolutely reccomend you check out the new song above.
We shall see you fine folks on Friday with our end-of-the-week edition of the Dispatch. Until next time, dudes!
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