The only thing more iconic than a rock legend is the way in which he’s celebrated and remembered. Motörhead frontman Lemmy will be honored by his favorite bar as they hold a 12-hour memorial service on January 9. Before that goes down, the music world will be busy with a myriad of other happenings. Laurie Anderson is performing a concert for dogs tonight, Alabama Shakes kick off Austin City Limits, Push T raps with A$AP Rocky in his new music video, Nicolas Jaar hosts an hour-long mix, Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped a new song, and a handful of albums are online for you to stream this very instant.
Los Angeles’ Rainbow Bar & Grill is more than a bar. It’s a home. Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister considered it his favorite watering hole. As such, they’re holding a memorial service on January 9 to celebrate his life. This isn’t the first time they honored the legend. When Lemmy found out he had terminal cancer, the bar’s owner brought his favorite videogame console from the bar over to his house so he could play it during his final hours. That’s a real KO. [Rolling Stone]
Laurie Anderson knows art, experimental music, and filmmaking well; she also knows how to entertain dogs. Tonight, she performs low-frequency music in New York City’s Duffy Square as a part of a concert she’s holding for dogs, an act likely inspired by her recent movie, Heart of a Dog. A lucky 350 human beings will receive headphones to hear the concert, too. It’s paw-sible she could make new canine friends in the process. [Rolling Stone]
The 2016 season of Austin City Limits kicks off with none other than Alabama Shakes. Rightly so. With six songs, Alabama Shakes tear through their recent LP Sound & Color, giving audiences a much-needed reminder as to why they should give it a listen. They shred so hard that it’s easy to understand why they were chosen to start the season. [Consequence of Sound]
Later this year, Pusha T will release a new album despite dropping Darkest Before the Dawn in 2015. We don’t know much about it, but we do know that single “M.P.A.” is fully loaded. The Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and The-Dream collaboration sees the crew slinging their way through rhymes and hooks. Fittingly, the music video turns it up another notch. [Billboard]
To celebrate their 500th podcast, Resident Advisor got Nicolas Jaar to submit a new 66-minute mix full of electronic, pop, and minimalist cuts. He recorded it this past December, slapped his picture from passport control at JFK on it, and sent it their way. On it, Jaar moves swiftly through tracks by Lydia Lunch, How to Dress Well, Terry Riley, and more, quietly inserting one of his own songs into the mix just before things wrap up with two orange-tufted sunbirds running into each other mid-flight. It’s epic. Did we mention you can download it for free? [Resident Advisor] [Image credit: Nicolas Jaar]
Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s Ruban Nielson never sleeps. This Christmas, he and his brother Kody Nielson released collaborative track “SB-03”, the third in a series of similarly-titled tracks he releases at the end of each year. It’s squiggly, jammy, and full of odd kooks; this is what the inside of his brain sounds like. [Pitchfork]
New year, new music. Yes, NPR’s First Listen stocked up on album streams for you to check out for free. We’re in love with Hinds’ Leave Me Alone, a collection of slacker rock jams to sing at sleepovers. NPR also has The Revenant OST streaming which sees Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and The National’s Bryce Dessner join forces. So yeah, we’re four days in and 2016 is already a memorable year for music. [NPR]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch. Come back on Wednesday for another wrap-up of news from the music world!
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