Marvel continues to win our hearts and we’re kind of totally cool with that. The Comic kings recently shared a series of hip-hop inspired covers, plus Pac-Man got a remix, Peter Capaldi and Craig Ferguson were secretly in a band together when they were younger, Mark Ronson teamed up with Tame Impala to cover Queens of the Stone Age, Lauryn Hill dropped a spine-tingling cover of Nina Simone, Bikini Kill are reissuing rare demos, Gaslight Anthem are officially on hiatus, and NPR has a bunch of new albums for you to stream this weekend. Let’s check it out!
Last month, Marvel Comics announced they were going to pay homage to hip-hop with various comic book covers inspired by hip-hop albums, old and new. They kept their word. A slew of those covers have been shared, and they’re delightfully hilarious to anyone who loves rap and Thor. Not only do they have Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler, the Creator, Eric B and Rakim, and more in on it, but the new shots they’ve shared see covers inspired by Lil B’s Black Flame, MF DOOM and Madlib’s Madvillainy, and GZA’s Liquid Swords. Yeah, it really doesn’t get cooler than this. [Billboard]
Pac-Man turns 35 this year, and with that comes plenty of revisions. One of those is “Pac-Man Fever (Eat ‘Em Up) 2015”, a new reissued remix that sees him gobbling up those glowing balls with adorable fury while a disco-like chorus will get you up and dancing. [Yahoo]
Craig Ferguson is more than an excellent actor and comedian. In fact, he’s a musician. Actually, so is Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi. The two Scotsmen were in a band called The Dreamboys back in 1980 and put out an EP that’s hidden on YouTube. Thankfully, someone dug it up. Capaldi is on vocals and lead guitar while Ferguson is furiously drumming in the background. How did it come to be? Head here to find out more and check out the footage. [Nerdist]
When Mark Ronson takes over Triple J, he goes all out. The hit songwriter invited Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker and Kirin J. Callinan on the show to back him up for a cover of Queens of the Stone Age‘s “I Sat By The Ocean”. It’s a combination of artists that just might make your head explode. Please note how tight those drums are. The whole thing is so cool that Ronson had to wear shades during it (duh). [Stereogum]
If you haven’t heard, a Nina Simona tribute album called Nina Revisited just dropped. One of the best covers on that album is of “Feeling Good” by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill. She took over The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 30th for an absolutely phenomenal, emotional, dusky rendition of the original. It’s hard to replicate that weight, but Hill nailed it. What? We’re not crying; you are. [SPIN]
Back in 1991, riot grrrl act Bikini Kill helped pave the way for girls in the rock scene with their demo tape Revolution Girl Style. Fast forward to September 22nd of 2015, and those demos are available for the first time on vinyl, CD, and digital download. Three unreleased tracks will also be a part of the bundle. Now raise your first in the air and give us your best Kathleen Hanna scream. [Pitchfork]
Turns out only one generation gets to have Bruce Springsteen-style rock for their entire lifetime. The Gaslight Anthem, a rock act that drew heavy similarities to the Boss, are going on an indefinite hiatus. “We’re all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we’d like to step away from the band until we decide what we’d like to do next,” they wrote on Facebook. We wish them the best! [Rolling Stone]
NPR’s First Listen is full with good albums for you to absorb this weekend. Night Beds’ Ivywild is the perfect mixture of folk and pop, La Luz’s Weirdo Shrine is mellow surf rock, Chelsea Wolfe’s Abyss is gorgeous metal folk, and HEALTH is back on Death Magic with industrial pop. Where to start? The choices are too good. [NPR]
That’s it for this Friday. Have a great weekend and head back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!