There are so many videos and events to share with you today, we better jump right in lest we keep you here all day. In addition to the previously promised Macklemore and The Decemberists pieces, we are excited to share new videos from FKA Twigs and Flying Lotus, Danny Brown and Hannibal Buress on a golf cart, and a debate between 2 Chainz and Nancy Grace. Yes, you read the correctly. This is Wednesday’s Music Dispatch.
Macklemore buddied up with his dumpster-diving muppet counterparts on Sesame Street for a recent trash-themed parody of his breakout hit of yore, “Thrift Shop”. In the clip, Mack joins Oscar the Grouch in a garbage can, wears a fish on his head and extols on the virtues of rubbish. While we are revisiting “Thrift Shop”, does anyone remember when Macklemore claimed spending $50 on a Gucci t-shirt was “some ignorant b*tch sh*t,” and then wore a $4,278 Gucci jacket to the Grammy Museum? Yeah, me neither. [Laughing Squid]
Those loquacious and prolific troubadours from Portland, OR, The Decemberists, have made their latest album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, available for immediate streaming through iTunes First Play. And to celebrate the official release date of this, their seventh, studio album, the City of Portland is recognizing January 20 as official “The Decemberists Day.” Mayor Charlie Hales will make a proclamation at city hall, followed by an unveiling of a collaborative Decemberists-themed art piece, and, finally, a free performance by the band of the hour -er- day. The Decemberists kick off their European tour on February 11, and their American tour on March 21.
Just when we were beginning to lose faith in the relevancy of a sensationalized 24-hour news cycle, Nancy Grace invited 2 Chainz onto her HLN program to debate marijuana usage, restoring our appreciation for cable news. Grace obsesses over the imaginary argument that all potheads make their babies smoke weed, while 2 Chainz tries to get in two words at once without being interrupted. It’s all very disorienting and a bizarre pleasure to watch. After the interview, the two tweet about the possibility of their debates becoming a monthly event, which is something we now eagerly hope will happen. [NY Mag]
Bonnaroo announced it’s lineup yesterday in an unorthodox (and alluringly troll-able) fashion, setting up a toll-free hotline which would inform each caller the name of one performer, and urging him or her to announce the performer on social media with the hashtag #bonnaroo. As you would expect, there were a handful of “The Beatles! #bonnaroo” tweets, but the eventful announcement actually played out quite smoothly, and the full Bonnaroo line-up is now posted. Plenty of highlights, with large-fonters including Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5, and Robert Plant. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon EST.
Bonnaroo also took the occasion to share some fun footage of from last year’s festival. Here, comedian Hannibal Buress and children’s book author, Danny Brown, have a hilarious time driving around the grounds on a GoPro-rigged golf cart. [Pigeons & Planes]
Continuing her streak of hypnotically intimate music videos that better qualify as performance art pieces, FKA Twigs has shared a video for her LP1 track, “Pendulum”. In the video, the former ballerina finds herself suspended by rope, holding impossibly still contortions and tied up like Houdini. Like all her videos, it’s really something to see. [Stereogum]
Flying Lotus‘ concept album about mortality, You’re Dead!, received another breathtakingly cinematic video, this time for the track, “Coronus, The Terminator”. About the video and track, FlyLo told The Guardian, “For me, Coronus is one of the most important moments on You’re Dead! and holds ideas I’m planning to explore in my future work. I’m happy that the visual encapsulates the meaning of the record and this ambition.” FlyLo also revealed on Twitter that he’s been writing a script and hopes to work with past collaborator, the filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. [Pitchfork]
This weekend, a student in Ireland was watching the Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys music video “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win“, when he came across the name of editor Neal Usatin, which lead him to a website, where he did some digging and unearthed the oft-rumored, unreleased music video to Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’s “Too Many Rappers”, featuring Nas and directed by our pal Roman Coppola. The video looks like it was shot with the four legendary MCs guerilla style, with pieced together footage from outside some Nashville monuments, in a grocery store, and backstage at concerts. World Star Hip Hop is hosting the latest clone of the video above (at least until it gets removed like all the others before it). So watch this rarity while you still can! [Pitchfork]
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and Company were on Ellen to provide what may be the most elaborate musical performance during a daytime talk show ever. Listen, you can’t escape the Billboard-topping “Uptown Funk”, so you may as well surrender to this infectious track already. You’ll enjoy it, I promise. [ellentube]
One of our favorite dudes, Childish Gambino, killed it on Jimmy Kimmel last night with an exceedingly high-energy rendition of his latest single (featuring another diner-located music video), “Sober”.
We will have more Music Dispatch for you on Friday!
EDIT: A previous version of this article said the Beastie Boys video was shot in DC. Thanks for the heads up, readers!