Morrissey considers himself a musical deity. There’s no doubt about that. Now it looks like the rest of the world, or at least venues, are finally doing his bidding. Madison Square Garden agreed that, following an open letter Morrissey wrote to Al Gore demanding his upcoming Live Earth events feature all-vegan menus, the entire stadium would be meat-free on June 27. That’s a huge feat. The venue won’t be entirely vegan, given the phrasing “meat-free” doesn’t exclude dairy, but ice cream lovers and vegetarians can sigh in relief while the singer wins them over with his tearful songs.
“Not only is it possible for venues to provide a 100 percent meat-free menu, as is done now at every concert venue in which I perform, including Madison Square Garden, where I have a show at the end of June,” Morrissey wrote, “it’s also a moral duty.” Don’t worry, fella. They let you, let you, let you get what you wanted this time. [Stereogum]
Dating isn’t that bad after all, at least not when you have Kopecky setting things up for you. In their new music video for “Quarterback”, the indie rock act let things get flower power, wild child, lovey-dovey risky. Watch as three suitors try their best to woo the girl in a ’60s-themed dating TV show. We’re proud to present the video premiere of their wildly entertaining clip for the song. Kopecky know how to make us smile. It’s as simple as that. Although getting the chance to go on a date with one of them would make us just as happy, too. [Nerdist]
Some people don’t need help from God because they’re already that holy themselves. Cue Kanye West and his dramatic entrance. Two months ago, the hip-hop king tweeted that his upcoming album would be titled So Help Me God. Now he’s changed his mind. In a new tweet, Kanye said he will be calling it SWISH instead… at least for the time being. Dude can’t make up his mind. Maybe SMH is a better fit. [Stereogum]
Philadelphia’s scene does pop punk better than anyone else in the US right now. Hop Along, one of their many bands to squeeze their own style from the genre, drop their excellent new album, Painted Shut, this week. To celebrate its release, they have shared an animated video for single “Powerful Man”. Frances Quinlan’s signature raspy voice jumps through brutally honest lyrics about feeling powerless in the face of authority, and they get a whole new feeling when paired with a chaotic, rage red video of characters caught in the painted mess of Earth. Even despair can be pretty, after all. [Stereogum]
Your favorite etch-a-sketch electronic duo is back. Disclosure have dropped their first single in two years and it’s almost a banger. Titled “Bang That”, the song is built around a sample of 313 Bass Mechanic’s “Pass Out” with their signature hand-clap beats and swollen pops woven in. It leans far heavier into trance and low-key house rather than the overblown dramatics the two went for on their debut. Still, it’s welcomed warmly given we haven’t danced to anything new from them in a while. [Pitchfork]
The United States is about to get invaded. Both shoegaze giants Ride and krautrock icons Kraftwerk have announced major tours that will bring them stateside at last. Ride will continue their current tour to swing back through Washington, DC on September 17 and carry on through around several states (full list here). On a far less ambitious tour (stop-wise, not equipment-wise), Kraftwerk will cross the ocean to play (full list here) 12 dates in North America at the likes of Portland, Austin, Miami, Boston, Detroit, and more, including two shows in Canada. Be careful. There’s some crossover between both bands’ tours. As if life could ever be fair. [Pitchfork]
NPR’s First Listen section has another round-up of album streams coming your way this week before the LPs drop in the following two weeks. Get your hands on Joanna Gruesome‘s sophomore album Peanut Butter for loud, mental punk that sounds nothing like their name-grab opposite Joanna Newsom. Check out Surfer Blood‘s 1000 Palms for a taste of Florida indie rock that gets a confidence boost after ditching their major label for the first time. Don’t forget Canadian crooner Patrick Watson‘s magical full-length Love Songs For Robots. The record follows his Jeff Buckley-style vocals through the curiosities and amazement that follow a broken heart that’s finally patched-up. [NPR]
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