April Fool’s. The one day a year when you cannot trust anything you read on the internet. Well, actually, that pertains to most days, but rings particularly true today. Alas, you may ease your weary, skeptical minds, and allow Music Dispatch to be your brief respite of truth in today’s barrage of lies. For music is too serious a business for haha-silly-make’em’ups, and our fact-checkers have vetted every detail in today’s news for even the faintest stink of fishiness. Today, we bring you a preview of Major Lazer’s TV show, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock answering relationship questions for teenage girls, and a new film soundtrack from Nick Cave.
The superhero of Jamaican dancehall music now has his inevitable cartoon show. Major Lazer, based on the commando with a machine gun for a hand who functions as the mascot for Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire’s dancehall/EDM collaboration of the same name, is heading to FXX as part of Animation Domination. Along with the above first peek of the series, we have learned guest stars will include Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, Charli XCX, Riff Raff, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, and comedians Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari, and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as the Major. Major Lazer will premiere Thursday, April 16, at midnight, and will hopefully include daggering as an important plot point. [Billboard]
Carnie Wilson of ’90s vocalist group, Wilson Phillips (and daughter of Brian Wilson, whom we will revisit in a moment), has revealed in an interview with Billboard that Kanye West recruited the trio to provide backing vocals on the recent single he produced with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds”. According to Wilson, the rapper approached them with, “When I think of authenticity and I think of angelic, I think of you.” The trio has been enjoying a resurgence in the spotlight in recent years, including a scene in Bridesmaids, a reference in Will Forte’s The Last Man on Earth, and a performance at poppa Brian Wilson’s tribute concert, Brian Fest.
Other performers at Monday night’s Brian Fest included Norah Jones, Kesha, Ann Wilson of Heart, Local Natives, Devendra Banhart (wearing a carrot costume to perform “Vegetables”), and Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, who perform “Good Vibrations” in the video above. Brian Wilson’s No Pier Pressure comes out April 7. [Rolling Stone]
Spin reports iconic folk singer, Joni Mitchell, has been hospitalized after being found unresponsive in her home. She regained consciousness during the ambulance ride, and is now in intensive care, undergoing tests. Her representatives assures she is in good spirits and among friends. Get well soon, Joni!
In the above interview with MTV News, Kendrick Lamar reveals that he initially intended to name his recent release Tu Pimp a Caterpillar, which would have spelled out “TuPaC”, who plays an important roll throughout the project. He eventually decided to change it to To Pimp a Butterfly, “to show the brightness of life.”
Rich Homie Quan, whose brazen speedboat escape from a Miami Beach nightclub fight last week earned our bemusement and admiration, has shared the music video for “Flex”. Plenty of candy-colored cars, but only the slimmest suggestion of an aquatic vehicle at the very end. [Stereogum]
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are providing the score for the new Viggo Mortensen film, Far From Men. Check out the soundtrack trailer above. [Pitchfork]
Ad-Rock aka Adam Horovitz, is the latest musician to join Rookie Mag’s “Ask a Grown Man” series. Watch the Beastie Boy give dating advice to teenage girls above.
Once all the lies, pranks, and casualties of the day have settled, we will see you again with more Music Dispatch.