What’s the one thing that could make the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie even better? A connection to the Beastie Boys, of course. A new Resistance fighter pilot is apparently based off the Beastie Boys, answering the long-held question: Is there rap in outer space? Back here on planet earth, cats are destroying cities in Run the Jewels’ newest music video, Lana Del Rey lounges by the pool in her “Music to Watch Boys To” video, Paul McCartney teamed up Beck to play Beatles songs, Deradoorian and tUnE-yArDs covered Janet Jackson for a tribute album, Toro y Moi covered Unknown Mortal Orchestra for the live setting, and Tyler, the Creator gets both political and comical in his “Buffalo” video. For a moment there, space seemed like a cooler place than Earth, huh?
The closer Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets, the more we struggle to contain our excitement. The newest bit of news floating around, however, is too great to keep to ourselves. According to io9, a new Resistance fighter pilot named Ello Asty is based off the Beastie Boys. The connection? Their classic LP Hello Nasty. A few shots of the Hasbro Black Ello Asty action figure leaked online recently which show he has “Born To Ill” written on his vest in Aurebesh. It’s the kind of attention to detail (and awesome hip-hop knowledge) we can look forward to in The Force Awakens. [Stereogum]
The joke-turned-Kickstarter-turned-promise-turned-LP of the year is finally here: Run the Jewels‘ full-length remix of their sophomore self-titled LP — using only cat sounds. Meow the Jewels is a hilarious record that shouldn’t work, but totally does. We covered Just Blaze’s remix of “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)” for the album (now titled “Oh My Darling (Don’t Meow)”), but now that single gets an overwhelming epic music video. Watch as giant cats ravage a city, beat down helicopters, and shoot lazers from their eyes. Watch your cat. He could be one of them. [Consequence of Sound]
Lana Del Rey‘s new album is stuffed with slow ballads, and her new music video mirrors that leisurely pace. In “Music to Watch Boys To”, Del Rey lounges around with flamingos, gramophones, and film reel projectors — you know, the items of a decade she has long since hoped to revive ever since her “Video Games” days. Watch the whole video right here. [Nerdist]
PETA’s 35th anniversary gala saw an animal-free performance that was worth barking up a storm. Paul McCartney brought Beck onstage to perform two of The Beatles’ songs “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “Drive My Car”. The two jump with energy through both numbers, making our hearts swell just a bit more than usual today. The fact that it was for a positive company (you can’t argue against it, even if you do eat meat) makes it all the better. [Rolling Stone]
Janet Jackson‘s new album Unbreakable goes head-to-head against another Janet Jackson album today: Dear Janet. The 16-song tribute album by Tin Angel sees everyone from tUnE-yArDs to Deradoorian gathering around to do their own version of the singer’s songs. Physical copies arrive in December, but you can give it a listen now over on Bandcamp. [Pitchfork]
Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s newest LP is full of nu-disco hooks that get stuck in your head for days on end. It should come as no surprise that Toro y Moi has some ringing in his head, too. At his recent show in Buffalo, New York, he covered “Multi-Love” with a pretty true-to-form psych pop delivery. UMO’s frontman is pretty pleased about it, too. [Pitchfork]
Tyler, the Creator spent the better part of Cherry Bomb getting deeper into race issues and happiness (truly) than fans expected. In the video for album cut “Buffalo”, he elevates things even more. I suppose that’s the Odd Future way, huh? He self-directed the video where he dawns white paint and eventually winds up giving a cheesy #goodvibes monologue on a fake TV show. [Complex]
That’s it for today! Go enjoy your weekend, but make sure to check back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!