Welcome to the spookiest week of the year on Nerdist! As you know, we’re big on All Hallow’s Eve over here at the Many Headed Beast, so look forward to plenty of special Nerdoween content. For example, did you hear our Origami Vinyl-curated Halloween party playlist?? Give it a listen, and if you would like to share your favorite Halloween song, let us know in the comments, or tweet us with the hasthtag #Nerdoween. Now, onto music news, we’re we have new tracks from Drake, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a fancy new video by OK Go.
Music video auteurs OK Go released another music video, that will have already gone viral by the time you’ve read this. What we want to know most about this expertly shot video, is where can we get those cute lil scooters they’re scootin around on? Watch and be wowed. [Music News]
She & Him are prepping the release of their fifth album, Classics, which is comprised of, well, classics. The duo just premeired their take on “Stay Awhile”, originally made famous by Dusty Springfield. Classics will be released on December 2.
Staind’s Aaron Lewis took some artistic liberties with the National Anthem at last night’s World Series game, flubbing the second line with infusions from the fourth, singing, “What so proudly we hailed were so gallantly streaming.” Lewis apologized for his mistake, saying his nerves got the best of him. He didn’t need to apologize, though; the confused looks on the players’ faces were well worth the embarrassment. [Daily Dot]
Following last week’s bizarre leak of “How Bout Now” by a teenager in Georgia, Drake brings officially shared the song on his SoundCloud, as well as two other surprise tracks, “Heat of the Moment” and “6 God”. The accompanying image and title of the latter shines a little light on his “praying hands” emoji tattoo of last month. [Pitchfork]
According to the trailer for PBS Studios’ Pancake Mountain, “If Fellini and Monty Python decided to make a kids’ show, it might look something like this.” Stereogum introduced us to the frenetic, punkish public access show. In this latest episode, Screaming Females shred whilst wrapped up as toilet paper mummies, and Tegan and Sara serenade puppet-host Rufus Leaking with an accoustic version of “Walking With a Ghost”. Please raise your kids on this.
“Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” is the first single from Marilyn Manson’s upcoming album, due out sometime in early 2015. The catchy, brooding track is available for free download on his website. [Rolling Stone]
Paste designer Sarah Lawrence has come up with a clever way to keep track of festival lineups without having to carry around a program or constantly check a phone: concert schedule temporary tattoos. Like a combination between a marathon pace tattoos and a re-entry stamp, the simple idea could be as useful and playful merch-table-ready accessory. What do you think? Would you use one?
Ariel Pink is the latest artist to visit musically-inclined P.S. 22, and perform with the school’s YouTube-famous chorus class. In addition to teaching and performing “Picture Me Gone” and “Jell-O”, tracks off his upcoming album, Pink fielded questions and traded witty retorts with the class. [Pitchfork]
New York City is putting its best face forward, naming Taylor Swift its global welcome ambassador of tourism (either her or, Ebola). Swift, whose just released album, 1989, features an opening track called “Welcome to New York”, will also be performing at the New Year’s Eve Ball drop. [Billboard]
Ariel Pink wasn’t the only musician performing for the kids this week. Florence + the Machine provided an inspired set for the Bridge School Benefit Concert; their first American performance in almost a year. Watch the full set on Consequence of Sound.
Apple, which recently acquired Beats Music and it eponymous headphones, has suggested it will fold the streaming service into iTunes, to bolster dropping profits from music downloads. While much attention has focused around the meteoric success of the dominant line of luxury headphones, it seems Apple may have bigger plans with the online aspects of the company, as it gears up to compete with Spotify and Pandora. [Billboard]
Mac DeMarco moonlights as a professional car-backer named Dave Fuck who, sleeps standing up in good lighting so that no one messes with him. The above video starts off as a comedy sketch and becomes sort of a sobering, dark existential video. Needless to say its worth your two minutes.
NPR First Listen streams more amazing, new albums faster than we could ever write about them. Here is a truncated list of this week’s obligatory listenings:
–Les Sins – Michael (Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick)
How many times have you watched the OK Go video since you opened this tab? 100? us too. See you on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch.