Already this week, Snoop Dogg has dissed Iggy Azalea on Instagram, Ariel Pink has dissed Madonna in an interview, thereby earning the wrath of Grimes on Twitter, Taylor Swift has released one of her trademark break-up songs, this time about Harry Styles, and Kesha has made some very serious allegations against Dr. Luke in a lawsuit. There is so much beef in music news right now, one would think Cargill is behind it. But let’s not focus on the negative when we have so many great things to discuss in this Wednesday edition of Music Dispatch. You know, things like Wednseday Addams pop, dropping, and maybe even locking. Or Foo Fighters week on The Late Show With David Letterman. Or perhaps a cameo from The National on Comedy Bang! Bang! is more your speed. Plenty of good stuff to distract you from all the digital beef today.
Happy Wednesday, Wednesday! Watch the most adorable member of the Addams family turn up while she tries to teach Lurch the 60s equivalent of the stanky leg. You may have seen this famous clip before, but you sure as hell have not seen it interpolated with Wacka Flocka Flame screaming “NOW HERE COME THAT BULLSHIT”. It’s close enough to Halloween, so we thought you’d enjoy this nice treat.
The New Basement Tapes, the super-group comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and producer T Bone Burnette, and tasked with the challenge of writing original music for lyrics written (and subsequently lost) by a 26-year-old Bob Dylan, have released a lyric video for “Spanish Mary”. The complete album, Lost On the River: The New Basement Tapes, will be released by Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records on November 10.
The National cameo in this clever Comedy Bang! Bang! sketch parodying feel-good reality programs like Extreme Home Makeover and Dream School. In the sketch, a high school principal is stunned to find the alt rockers joining his staff as the new music teachers (and at $300,000, they really are a steal). The very catchy takeaway here is “The National does not teach for free.”
The Foo Fighters are promoting their upcoming Sonic Highways with a week-long residency on Letterman. Head over to our latest Music Geek Tracks of the Day to watch their cover of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” (with Zac Brown).
While you’re exploring the Geek Tracks, also give a listen to the poppy, new solo track by My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way, “Millions”.
Los Angeles-based Fever the Ghost, picking up steam since their showing at SXSW, have released a psychedelic and enchanting music video for their track “Source”, directed by the young and talented animator Felix Colgrave. We will probably be hearing a lot more about all these kids in the near future. [Huh Magazine]
Iggy Pop, nearing the one year anniversary of his tenure as a BBC 6 radio DJ, delivered this year’s BBC Music John Peel Lecture. In the first keynote lecture of his life, Iggy lead a spirited and frank debate regarding free music in a capitalist society. The speech begins at the 38 minute mark and lasts about 45 minutes. [BBC]
Chicagoans will be graced by hometown heroes Wilco with a six-night residency at the Riviera Theater. Each night of the “The Wilco Winterlude” will feature a unique set list, celebrating a specific period of their twenty-year career. Coinciding with the residency, the band will be releasing two box sets, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What’s Your 20, which are both currently available for preorder. [Consequence of Sound]
The latest video from Colombian singer Kali Uchis is equal parts Grimes’ Genesis and the bathtub scene from Scarface, with a retro-vibe so beautifully painted in pastel, it could inspire an Instagram filter. [Fader]
Have you seen the new album artwork for Belle & Sebastian‘s upcoming Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance? Also, anyone else pretty sure that missing gap in April on their tour means they are going to play Coachella? [Nerdist]
Following heated accusations of rampant misogyny in their twerk-laden “Motherload” music video, Mastodon is once again gleefully poking the bear, encouraging fans to post their best twerking videos and photos on social media with the hashtag #asstodon for a chance to win concert tickets. And don’t think about selling booty shorts with “ASSTODON” printed on the rear, because the band is already on top of that, too. [Pitchfork]
Shura evokes the ’80s pop stylings of Cyndi Lauper in her track “Indecision”. So smooth and synth-y, it’s absolutely perfect for choreographing your next roller-skate routine.
We did it guys! We raised enough rupee for Killer Mike and El-P to make Meow The Jewels, a remixed version of Run The Jewels Two which will employ only cat noises. Though the project has met its Kickstarter goal, the duo are hoping to continue raising money to donate to the families of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Relieving to see something positive on the internet today.
Sad news: Celebrated keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, known for his work with Jack White, Mastodon, and The Mars Volta among many others, has died of a heart attack. He was touring with Jack White’s band through Mexico at the time of his passing. Out of respect to Owens, the remaining shows within Mexico have been cancelled. [Pitchfork]
The highly anticipated Disney animated feature adaptation of Big Hero 6 will feature an original song from Fall Out Boy and a score by composer Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Wreck-It Ralph). Jackman employed a 77-piece orchestra to create the soundscape of the film.
Bono apologized for the U2 album that mysteriously appeared in your iTunes playlist last month. Describing it as a “Drop of megalomania,” he acknowledged how the unsolicited download was a bit presumptuous and creepy. It bears clarifying he did not apologize for the album itself; that he still really hopes you will give a chance. [Stereogum]