When Glastonbury and the BET Experience take place on the same weekend, you can expect a lot of music news to wake up to here at Music Dispatch. Three members of N.W.A. reunited to perform live, bass icon Chris Squire of Yes passed away, Ben Folds stopped by the Nerdist Podcast, Patti Smith and Kanye West ruled Glastonbury, Son Lux’s new music video stars Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Joni Mitchell is recovering well, Owen Pallett shared a new single for free, and Wavves teamed up with Cloud Nothings for a brand new album streaming now. Okay. Now breathe, and let’s dive into it all.
This weekend, BET Experience took place in Los Angeles. In addition to a slew of notable celebs that showed up, three core members of iconic rap group N.W.A. did, too — and they performed together. On the giant stage with a police car flashing lights, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella played “Fuck Tha Police”, marking the first time they have performed together in over 20 years. Watch it here.
Unfortunately, Dr. Dre didn’t show up and Easy-E passed away in 1995. With the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton to be released soon, Ice Cube hopes Dre will agree to make music again and reunite with the rest of them. [Vulture]
Death is always awful, but it hits particularly hard when it’s someone who defined a genre and pushed the limits of an instrument. Chris Squire, the bassist, vocalist, and founding member of prog-rock band Yes, died on June 27 after a battle with leukemia. Squire was the only constant member of Yes, forming it with Jon Anderson in 1968 and going on to play extremely melodic, chunky, and vibrant bass, getting a remarkable tone that ditched the belief that bassists need to keep a steady, un-melodic part. He was 67. Listen to all of Fragile in his honor today (if you haven’t already) to grasp what a true genius he was with his instrument. RIP. [Rolling Stone]
Ben Folds is the friendliest guy with the happiest piano. He stopped by to charm our office on Nerdist Podcast and talk about how he hurt his hand, his upcoming tour, and how he’s able to play so many instruments. Come for the movie discussion, stay for the #real talk on fear and creativity. We’ve got you covered. [Nerdist]
Glastonbury always has surprises, but this year really upped the expectations. Patti Smith brought the Dalai Lama onstage with her, Tame Impala joined Mark Ronson, and Kanye West obliterated criticism prefacing his performance. Right from the set’s first few seconds, it’s clear he was the right person to book. People stretch for miles around the stage, and hearing millions of people sing every word before launching into Yeezus chants shoots chills straight up your neck. Plus he covered “Bohemian Rhapsody”. In other words, Glastonbury was once again very Glastonbury. [The Guardian]
We’ve been smitten with Son Lux for some time now, especially after he released the creatively mind-blowing video for “Change Is Everything”. Now he’s back with another great music video, this time for Bones cut “You Don’t Know Me”. Directed by Nathan Johnson and created by The Made Shop, it stars Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Noah Segan (Looper, Brick) turning the raw track into the empty rituals of relationships. Tatiana’s phenomenal acting skills push this video from great to extraordinary. Watch and see what we mean. [Pitchfork]
Joni Mitchell fans, it’s time to relax. Reports say the singer-songwriter is finally doing better. After being hospitalized on March 31 when found unconscious at home, doctors discovered she suffered a brain aneurysm. “She’s speaking well,” a statement reads, indicating she has yet to start walking, but that a full recovery is expected. Listen to Blue all the way through to send her positive thoughts that she can bridge those final steps to heal. [Billboard]
Adult Swim’s 2015 Singles program is still rolling out brand new tracks for you to listen to, and this week’s takes things down a notch. Owen Pallett recorded a smooth, slow, emotional ballad set to the glowing waves of synth called “The Phone Call”. The effect works like church organs as the waves of a beach. Pallett’s minimalist composition is still heavy in volume, but his later piano clears things up for a theatrical end. Download it for free now. [Adult Swim]
Wavves‘ Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings‘ Dylan Baldi have released a collaborative LP titled No Life For Me that’s on iTunes and bandcamp right now. A joint tour isn’t likely, but Wavves will be touring this fall and may play some of the lo-fi melodic punk tracks there. It’s only 21-minutes long, so it’s a fast listen. Wait until the end. “Such a Drag” was only written by Williams and “Nothing Hurts” only by Baldi, so both sound like lost b-sides. It’s the catchy, chillout rock album superfans have been dreaming of. [Bandcamp]
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