Sometimes you hear a song or a musician, and you are so moved by their work, you are inspired to make your own piece of art. If you are Andy Milonakis, that piece of art involves dressing in tie-dye, painting your face like a clown, and tossing stacks of cash at your neighbors. If you are Haim, it means teaming up with hero Stevie Knicks to perform a cover of “Rhiannon”. If you are Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon, it involves being really sour about another indie band and making a really crude diss song (find out what this doozie is called below). We also have a newly discovered Elliott Smith song from when he was 14 years old as well as Jimmy Fallon and Will.i.am dressed like 14-year-old…tween…girls. Onward with the Music Dispatch!
Oddball comedian Andy Milonakis wants you to taste the iLoveMakonnen rainbow, and it tastes like sadness. With Makonnen’s blessing, Milonakis directed and stars in this concept video for to oddball R&B singer’s “Too Much”. Dressed as the musician’s omnipresent, clown-faced mannequin, Milonakis drifts around Hollywood Blvd, passing out Skittles and crying in front of fires, while a nice lady in a shimmery thong tries to console him. It is bizarre, amateurish and oddly perfect for the track. And if those are real stacks of hundies being tossed around, this video may have the highest production value of anything we’ve seen since Britney’s “Work Bitch”. [Pitchfork]
He may have stepped down from Ant-Man, but that doesn’t mean Edgar Wright is slacking by any means. In addition to working on The World’s End, he just directed Pharrell’s new music video for “Gust Of Wind”, which features the omnipresent R&B singer as well as floating stone edifices that resemble the Daft Punk helmets. [Nerdist]
Weezer performed “Ain’t Got Nobody” from their new album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on Jimmy Kimmel live. Say what you want about post Pinkerton Weezer, but Rivers and the gang still know how to write a pop punk hook like it is nobody’s business.
Hatsune Miku, the holographic anime pop-star, will be making her American debut in New York and Los Angeles this month with three Hatsune Miku Expo events. For those not hip to the latest happenings in Japanese cyber-celebrity news, Hatsune Miku is a very popular animated avatar that can be controlled through the use of what is called a computery program, allowing users to write songs, which she then performs with a synthetic, yet appealing, voice. According to the press release, the “3D live show is where the projected virtual singer, who is made to appear as if she was actually on stage, performs alongside a live band and sings popular songs issued from the community.” In a clash of worlds that is sure to delight, Hatsune Miku will perform on The Late Show With David Letterman TONIGHT!! I, for one, welcome our new holographic pop-star overlords.
Will.i.am and Jimmy Fallon, in braces and headgear, give a well-deserved sendup to tweens everywhere with “Ew!” [Nerdist]
The Beatles may still be the last great Spotify holdout, but John Lennon’s solo work has just been added to the library! Eight albums and three compilations between 1974 and 1980 are now available for your streaming pleasure. [Rolling Stone]
Professional grudge-holder Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon has delivered on his promise to release a song titled “War on Drugs: Suck My Cock.” In a diss track that would make Tupac proud, Kozelek continues antagonizing the confounded War on Drugs, calls out the “rednecks” in the audience, the “spoiled” blogger behind an unflattering review, and finally makes some indirect jabs at John Mellencamp and Fleetwood Mac. Whether this feud is real or manufactured, it’s ridiculous and good publicity for both bands. [Pitchfork]
BBC Music is celebrating their launch with an extravagant cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”, featuring an impressively self-indulgent overabundance of A-list performers. The stockpile of riches features Pharrell, Sam Smith, Elton John (wearing a coat made of butterflies), a winged Lorde, Stevie Wonder, Chrissie Hynde, Brian Wilson, an 80 piece orchestra, a bengal tiger, 100 sailfish, two million gazelles, 20 million red bill quelea in flight, and… Hold up. Sorry; I started describing the BBC’s Planet Earth there for a moment. But, if this video is any indication, BBC Music is pretty much just that: Planet Earth, but for music. [Nerdist]
Haim joined Stevie Nicks (at the legendary singer’s request) at her home in Santa Monica to discuss the pressures of being women in a high-profile rock band, though Danielle, Este, and Alana all demure at the comparisons to Fleetwood Mac. After the engrossing conversation, the members of Haim joined Nicks for a charming, if-shoddily recorded, version of “Rhiannon”. [The New York Times]
When Elliott Smith was 14 and still known as Steven Smith, he recorded a song called “Ocean” with a few friends who convinced him to put vocals on a demo recording. Listen to the track at about the 32:00 minute mark above. The song did not make the cut for Smith’s documentary Heaven Adores You, but you can expect some more never-before-heard material when the film premieres in your town. [The 405]
Nathan Williams of Wavves released two songs for his new band Spirit Club, formed with his brother Joel Williams and Andrew Caddick. The very chillwave tracks, “Eye Dozer” and “Sling”, are available for download. [Stereogum]
Did you see Rock the Vote’s latest, mildly-entertaining effort to employ celebrities and pop music to encourage apathetic millennials to participate in the midterm elections? A dismal 25% of young voters are expected at the polls this November, but maybe Lil Jon, Devendra Banhart, and celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson have the influential gravity to turn that trend around. [Nerdist]
The Johnny Cash Trail opened it’s first stretch outside Folsom Prison, allowing pedestrians to bike and walk across prison-owned property between Folsom Lake and the downtown Folsom district. If you happen to be biking through the area, and see a hitchhiker in an orange jumpsuit, DO NOT stop to pick them up, unless her name is Piper. Actually, we take that back. [Rolling Stone]
Reminding us of when Michael Jordan coolly accepted a $5,000 fine every time he stepped on the court in his Air Jordan 1’s, the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman ignored the NFL’s ban on his Beats by Dre headphones during last night’s game against the Redskins. Back in ’84, Nike was more than happy to sign the checks for those fines; a small price to pay for all the publicity. We won’t be surprised if we learn Sherman has a similar arrangement in place with Beats. [MTV]
In a Kurt Cobain haircut and decidedly untied normcore 998s, Christopher Owens performs an absolutely lovely and stripped down rendition of “I Just Can’t Live Without You (But I’m Still Alive)”, in this persuasive advertisement for Ace Hotel Los Angeles. Owens recently released his second solo album, A New Testament, and the Ace Hotel Los Angeles recently added Mary Pickfords to their drink menu. Look how hip and phlegmatic all these Ace Hotel patrons are! I bet they all drink Mary Pickfords.
You’ve all seen Scott Ian’s excellent new show Bloodworks right here on Nerdist.com, right? Not to fear if you haven’t–you can check out all the bloody awesome, gory goodness right here.