Sit back, relax, and let the summer music news take you to a better place. Wavves has a music video that uses only Grand Theft Auto V footage, Mac DeMarco is holding an open-invite BBQ in Brooklyn, New Order have big guest vocalists on their upcoming album, Grouper made a new band, AFROPUNK Festival is headed south, and songs from Ne-Hi and Meat Wave have us grinning ear to ear. Let’s dive in, shall we?
For all the hype that surrounded Grand Theft Auto V‘s release, the people playing it have had five times as much fun since it hit stores. A compilation of the game’s songs, titled Welcome to Los Santos, was released via Rockstar and Mass Appeal earlier this year. Wavves have shared a video for their surf punk cut “Leave” using footage entirely from GTA V. Watch as an intense jail break scene unfolds with guns and knifes ablaze. YeahMAP went above and beyond when filming this. Now we just want to watch the No Country For Old Men trailer someone recreated in GTA V, too.
On July 10, the new feature-length documentary on Amy Winehouse, titled AMY, will hit US theaters nationwide. It’s an emotional ride, as you can expect, but the film’s real gems come with unseen footage of Winehouse in her prime. A new clip has surfaced from the film where Mark Ronson is recording her isolated vocals for “Back to Black”. Hearing her powerhouse moment will give you chills–especially because she’s seemingly oblivious to her own astounding talent. [Rolling Stone]
Mac DeMarco super fans, run over to Brooklyn ASAP. The goofy singer-songwriter will play songs off his upcoming mini-album, Another One, and throw a backyard BBQ open to the public at 1 PM on July 8th. It’s safe to say this is the best cookout of the summer. Get yourself to 153 Morgan Ave. in Brooklyn and bring a food back donation–he’s not just handing out those hot dogs for free. [Pitchfork]
Chicago four-piece Ne-Hi may be a new name to you, but the jangle-punk group are a staple part of their city’s DIY scene already. Their new single, “Drag”, captures why. Ne-Hi gather all the jubilant energy of a house show with the polished production of a young band that’s just hit the studio, resulting in a bubbling force that picks you up like a group of friends knocking on your door. Give it a spin. One listen is all it takes to fall in love with Ne-Hi.
New Order are following up 2013’s Lost Sirens with Music Complete, a full-length which we know very little about other than its release date of September 25. Now we get word that Peter Hook won’t be on the album, but several big names will: La Roux’s Elly Jackson, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, and Iggy Pop. Be sure to check back here for updates on any upcoming songs. [Billboard]
The queen of quiet is back, but she’s not so quiet this time. Grouper‘s Liz Harris is working on new music with her dream pop band, Helen. The trio will drop their debut album, The Original Faces, on September 4. Lead single “Motorcycle” begins with Harris’ usual misty vocals before breaking for drum crashes and roving bass. Give it a listen and gird your loins for more music before it the album drops. [FACT]
The only type of new music festivals that make sense are niche ones. Some, like AFROPUNK Atlanta Festival, should be visited by all even if it’s not as broad as Lollapalooza. D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Trash Talk, Twin Shadow, Danny Brown, and so, so many more will play the Georgia fest on October 3rd and 4th. The festival began in Brooklyn in 2005, but we’re happy to see it head south where several of the artists listed are from. Now we just need a west coast version. [Stereogum]
When work ends today, put on Meat Wave‘s “Delusion Moon”. The opening track comes off their full-length of the same name. But don’t let their bizarre moniker catch you off guard. The Chicago trio are releasing the catchiest rock that’s ever escaped their city’s borders. Come for the Pile and Shellac similarities; stay for the anxious energy they never let up.
We will see you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!