Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back, and they’ve shed their thrift store clothes for their most outlandish video yet. In return-hit “Downtown”, the two bring hip-hop pioneers onboard to talk mopeds and motorcycles, and the results will have you cracking up. When your eyes and ears have readjusted, check out a video of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence dancing on Billy Joel’s piano, news about Adele’s next album (finally), Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES talk trolls on TV, pictures of the new guitar St. Vincent designed, footage of Taylor Swift singing with Friends‘ Lisa Kudrow, an explanation as to why Tyler, the Creator is banned from the UK, and a brand new song by electronic mastermind Four Tet.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis just offered up their newest hit, and it’s nothing short of amazing. Hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, and Melle Mel join them for some playful raps before Foxy Shazam vocalist Eric Nally pops out of nowhere for a dramatic pop chorus. The song’s video is equally charming, inviting a diverse group of people to join them in a battle between mopeds and motorcycles, bikers and neighbors, and new and old. Prepare for Bruno Mars funk, Mark Ronson sass, and plenty of their trademark cultural critiques that put a smile on your face. [Rolling Stone]
That wasn’t the only collaboration that made us smile. Remember the end of Trainwreck? It just got a reboot. Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence hopped on top of Billy Joel‘s piano on Thursday night during his performance at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The screenwriting duo shook to “Uptown Girl”, wagging their fingers and doing what they do best–comedy–while Joel serenaded them. [Rolling Stone]
It’s been four years since Adele‘s last album in 2011, a stretch of time that seems far too long for a songwriting giant such as herself to hold back new material. But the British breakthrough artist is ready to recapture the hearts (and tears) of millions with her third album, likely titled 25, according to reports. XL Recordings announced it’s due out this November. Expect to see production work from Danger Mouse, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, and Tobias Jesso Jr. We’re shaking with excitement. [Nerdist]
She may be young, but Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches is wise beyond her years. The frontwoman has been taking a stand against the horrifying misogyny women face every day online and off. A recent 4chan slut-shaming thread surfaced in the news since she took the time to stomp on haters. Now, in an interview on the UK’s Channel 4, she talks about that incident and proves she still knows how to shut down trolls. “I’m a 27-year-old woman wearing a minidress with wet hair,” she says. “If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but there’s a difference between criticism and hatred.” Watch the full discussion above. [Stereogum]
Remember when St. Vincent joined Taylor Swift onstage this week? Now you can feel like you’ve got the same devlish fuzz as Annie Clark when you buy her brand new signature guitar. The Ernie Ball Music Man guitar was made to inspire those who share the same guitar priorities as her, especially comfort, weight, tone flexibility, and clean lines. [Pitchfork]
Speaking of Taylor Swift, the BFF collector brought out Lisa Kudrow of Friends fame on August 26. The two laughed it up, tossing their matching blonde hair, before unexpectedly launching into a cover of “Smelly Cat”. What does this mean? If you play coffee houses enough, you get to leap over the hard parts and perform to a stadium of adoring fans. Cheers, Lisa! [Nerdist]
Tyler, the Creator is the icon of what Odd Future stands for: goofing around and starting drama. Nowadays, the rapper sings more about happiness and love than he does twisted absurdities, but the UK doesn’t care. “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values,” says British Home Office in a new letter banning him from entering the UK for three to five years. Their evidence? His lyrics circa 2009. It’s more than confusing on their government’s behalf, especially given Eminem and Rage Against the Machine, both of whom sing about similar violence and use slurs, were recently allowed to play on their grounds. [Rolling Stone]
On a happy note (or hundred), Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has shared yet another new track from one of his many side-projects. This one, titled “Digital Arpeggios”, comes from his Percussions moniker. It’s a snappy synth track with sparkling percussive additions, staying true to the song and moniker’s names. [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today! Have a great weekend and make sure to head here after for another Music Dispatch!