The first weekend of ROCKTOBER is upon us, so bundle up in your Iron Maiden cardigans, crack open those pumpkin spiced ales, and read up on the latest happenings in the world of music. Today, we have an exhilarating performance by Disclosure and Mary J. Blige, a soothing new album from Vashti Bunyan, a head-scratching release from Jaden Smith, and Randy from South Park dressed as 17-year-old pop phenomenon, Lorde. Without further ado…
In a rousing outdoor performance in front of an excitable crowd of smartphone-wielding millennials, Disclosure and Mary J. Blige performed “F for You” with gusto on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The guys of Disclosure operate their bell-and-whistle doohickies with mechanical precision, while Blige jumps, belts, and works the crowd like the seasoned pro she is, and all while her hair stays absolutely immaculate. [Spin]
Jaden Smith, whose often impenetrable twitter account leads to many apt comparisons to Horse ebooks, released a seven minute track, “Blue Ocean v19“, on his sister Willow’s SoundCloud. It samples heavily from Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor“, is weird and confusing and tortured, and not unlistenable. [Spin]
McAfee, the internet security company, has revealed Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and DJ Armin Van Buuren are the most dangerous musicians to search for on the open internet. McAfee representative Gary Davis explains, “Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy.” Just one more reason why you should regularly swing by the Nerdist Music Dispatch for your music news. [NME]
Action Bronson serves us another helping of his delectable web series Fuck, That’s Delicious. This time, he visits New Orleans, where he chows down on lamb necks, rides a fan-boat, and attends a Little Freddie King Blues Band show. [Munchies]
Anthrax’s Scott Ian will be at the Largo in Los Angeles on October 10th, telling stories, answering questions, and signing copies of his new autobiography, I’m the Man (The Story of that Guy from Anthrax). Tickets to his “Speaking Words – Los Angeles” and official book release party are available at the Largo’s website and cost $30. Be sure to catch the premiere of Ian’s Bloodworks, which debuts next Tuesday right here on Nerdist!
50 Cent is continuing his role as producer and teacher in the second season of Sundance Channel’s Dream School, wherein he, and a handful of other celebrities and educators, provide a second chance to 15 troubled high schoolers. 50, who has spent the better part of the past four years remaking himself into a philanthropist, is so soft-spoken and sweet in this docu-series, it’s almost unnerving. Also joining the faculty list at Dream School this year is Public Enemy’s Chuck D. [Rolling Stone]
The Both, the seemingly unlikely duo of Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, were on Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform “Volunteers of America” and promote their self-titled LP. The song clips along a little faster than most Mann and displays a little more restraint than your typical Leo, but both masters are in top form. [Pitchfork]
Flying Lotus’ new, death-centric album You’re Dead! will be streaming for 24 brief hours on his website before it’s official release. The stream begins TODAY (gasp!) at 5pm EST (that’s 2pm, West Coasters). To hear a sampling of the album now, check out the moving music video for “Never Catch Me”, featuring Kendrick Lamar, which was Track of the Day. [NME]
As a public figure, there was a time when you hadn’t truly “made it” until MAD magazine deemed you worthy of satirization. Now, that responsibility lies with the cultural critics over at South Park, who added Lorde to their storied list of immortals this past Wednesday. In the episode, Gluten Free Ebola, the boys convince the town Lorde will be performing at their party. Impressively, she gets off with hardly a joke made at her expense, well, aside from the fact that they use Randy to portray her. Probably her greatest accomplishment yet. [South Park Studios]
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and Portlandia regular, J. Mascis, gives a less than enthusiastic, but still really playful, interview with an undaunted 10-year-old in this episode of Little Punk People. Plenty of awkwardly hilarious exchanges like this: “Sometimes I feel like your songs are hugging me. Thanks for making some great songs.” “Alright, thanks.” “Thank you.” “Thank you.” [Consequence of Sound]
Pitchfork is streaming Vashti Bunyan’s third psych-folk album, Heartleap. 44 years (years!) have passed since her debut Just Another Diamond Day, and Bunyan’s ghostly, delicate voice sounds almost unchanged, leading one to suspect that, when not singing, she’s being kept preserved on the shelf of a rustic farm cellar, between cans of duck confit and jars of pumpkin butter. [Pitchfork]
Ricky Gervais is bringing back Michael Brent in a new BBC The Office spin-off, Life on the Road. What has Brent been up to since we last met up with him? Just like the rest of us, he he’s been writing cheesy, glitter rock ballads and uploading them onto SoundCloud. Listen to “Slough”, his ode to the Berkshire, England city where the original The Office took place. [Rolling Stone]
Ryan Murphy has revealed that the timeless Jessica Lang will be covering Lana Del Rey in an upcoming episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Previously, in American Horror Story: Asylum, Lang sang “The Name Game” in a crowd-pleasing, nightmarish wink to Murphy’s other hit series, Glee. [Nerdist]
Andre 3000 sat down with David Letterman to discuss his role in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. It was surprising to hear the coolest musician of our generation say that he wasn’t exactly comfortable trying to play the coolest musician of a former generation.