Sometimes the internet seems like its trying to kill its good side. On days like today, it reminds us why we love it so much. Watch Modest Mouse’s Game of Thrones-ish music video, stream a new song from Santigold, hear Father John Misty cover Arcade Fire, watch Kendrick Lamar flip in the streets, hear AC/DC’s music on streaming services (finally), and grin at the adorable mixtape St. Vincent made for an 11-year-old. The internet has so much glorious music visuals to flaunt today. Check ’em out below!
Strangers to Ourselves was an apt title for Modest Mouse‘s comeback album. Their music video for “The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box” takes that theme and runs with it, plunging Isaac Brock and co. into a Game of Thrones-esque battlefield where demons and insanity take over. Directed by Jorge Torres-Torres, the video is, to say the least, bizarre. Then again, a king who uses a scepter with a broken lightbulb as his item is one to be doubted. The song, meanwhile, is not. [NPR]
This week, we premiered the first episode of our brand-new show, Celebrity Playlist, in which music editor Matt Grosinger sits down with Nerdist’s famous friends to hear about the playlists of their lives. For the series premiere we sat down Big Dick Richie himself to talk about strangely dark strip club music.
When did you receive your first memorable mixtape? For this 11-year-old, it was June 30, 2015. St. Vincent hosted her first Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music last night, St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service. As the name implies, she picks a lucky individual each week to get a mixtape personally curated by her “to serve as a soundtrack for whatever is going on in their lives.” Lucky gal Piper was the first chosen for the series, and her love of Purity Ring and Chvrches shines through just as much as her love to dance. The music selected is great (Stereolab! The Knife! Pet Shop Boys!), but it’s the dialogue between the two that makes it the insane levels of cute that it is. Listen above and try not to let your heart explode. [Stereogum]
Apple Music, Spotify, and Rdio are really giving you bang for your buck now. AC/DC have finally decided to allow their music to be heard on streaming services. Classic rock acts have been hesitant over the last few years to cave in to the internet streaming giants, but AC/DC have finally followed Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd’s footsteps to share their music left and right. [The New York Times]
Kendrick Lamar is close to claiming 2015 as his own. His music video for “Alright” only aids in that world calendar domination. Directed by Colin Tilley and the Little Homies, the black-and-white clip sees him perform stunts throughout the streets of the city, including rapping from the top of a traffic light. Maybe the wrong person was cast to be Spiderman. [TIME]
Father John Misty is a man of many words–and many covers. He’s already taken a swing at Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash, and Leonard Cohen. Now he can add Arcade Fire to the list. His newest cover sees him tackle “The Suburbs” on CBC Music. It’s a beautiful rendition that slows things down one notch for heartfelt strumming and a storyteller vibe in a couple’s bedroom. He really nails things together once he begins to whistle. *whistle of approval* [Arcade Fire Tube]
Sometimes you have to take what you can get. Santigold is supposedly working on a new album that will drop this year, but first, she was working on this single. “Radio” is a cut from the Paper Towns soundtrack, in theaters July 24. The song comes stomping in with a demanding beat and dancehall-like vocals that quickly splurge on summer vibes. See? It was totally worth the wait. [SPIN]
In 2013, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington formed Darkside and released LP Psychic only to call it quits a year later. One of their epic shows was filmed in full by French blog La Blogothèque Télénantes. With a snappy title, Psychic Live, and support from ARTE France, it’s out now on DVD and digitally via Matador. Hurry if you want a copy, though. Only 1,000 copies exist. [Pitchfork]
Come back on Friday for the last Music Dispatch of this week!