Cutest, Funniest, AND Most Musical? Lil Bub just swept up all the cat superlatives we care about (Note: Grumpy Cat would never surrender the title of Angriest) by announcing he has a debut album in the works about science and magic. Humans are busy trying to catch up to the felines with their own music news: Adele and The Roots sang “Hello” with classroom instruments, someone finally dropped millions to buy the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s rare LP, a Friday Night Lights musical is in the works, Robert Plant and D’Angelo perform in Bonnaroo’s Thanksgiving special, Charli XCX dropped an empowering feminist film, and Erykah Badu shared the full details on her upcoming album.
By now, it should come as no surprise that Lil Bub can do anything she puts her mind do, especially music. After guest appearing on Meow the Jewels, collaborating with Andrew W.K., and bonding with Steve Albini, she’s finally going the solo route. On December 4, Lil Bub will drop a new LP called Science & Magic. Check out lead single “New Gravity” above in all its synthpop glory. [Photo courtesy of Joyful Noise]
One of Jimmy Fallon‘s best celebrity schticks is when he brings singers into a tiny room to perform with him and The Roots using nothing but classroom instruments. Adele now joins the list of guests he’s brought on. Watch as she belts out a rather comical rendition of “Hello” given there’s toy xylophones and kazoos accompanying her. Never has a record-breaking LP sounded so child-like. [Nerdist]
Last year, Wu-Tang Clan announced they were selling a one-of-a-kind record called The Wu-Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for millions of dollars. According to Forbes, someone finally scraped together enough cash to buy it. The unnamed American collector bought it for a price only described as “in the millions”. That’s a bit over the top, but the album comes in a custom-made nickel and silver box, has a gold leaf certificate of authenticity, and a pair of PMC MB2-XBD speakers valued at $55,000. This fella won’t be uploading the audio or selling copies, either. There’s an 88-year copyright that forbids the owner from doing so. Finders keepers, losers weepers. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo courtesy of Wu-Tang Clan]
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Friday Night Lights is learning how to go from your screen to the stage. The Unauthorized Friday Night Lights Musical will take over Los Angeles next year where Scott Porter, the TV show’s quarterback Jason Street, will play the role of Coach Eric Taylor. There’s no word yet on who else is casted. For those of you keeping track, this means FNL is a book, film, TV series, and a musical. There has to be something better than an EGOT for that, right? [Nerdist]
Bonnaroo is one of America’s most love-filled, hippy-like, gratuity-stuffed music festivals. As such, the founders released a Thanksgiving special on YouTube filled with a number of things to be grateful for. Watch as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, D’Angelo, Alabama Shakes, and more perform with comedian Jo Firestone hosting the quirky holiday event. [Rolling Stone]
Charli XCX may be young and wild, but that doesn’t mean she lacks the courage and knowledge of a woman who’s been around the block. In her new documentary The F Word and Me, the English singer-songwriter examines what feminism really means. “Female musicians are still in the minority,” she says in the 42-minute film. “I think it’s important to stand up and be counted, and there are plenty of other women here who feel the same way.” [Rolling Stone]
But You Caint Use My Phone, the upcoming mixtape from Erykah Badu, is her first release since 2010. It drops this Friday, November 27, as an Apple Music exclusive and on December 4 via other digital services. Badu recently revealed that each track references telephones and our “reliance on staying interconnected.” Her remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is on the LP as are a slew of other “surprises” and “guests” which she hasn’t named specifically yet. Please, like we need any big names other than hers to get us excited. [Pitchfork] [Photo courtesy of Erykah Badu]
Now that you’ve been stuffed with music, go be stuffed with delicious food. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We will see you here next week for Music Dispatch (if you aren’t in a food coma, that is)!