What a treat before the weekend! Like some kind of dream, Paul Thomas Anderson is directing a documentary about Jonny Greenwood. Plus Patti Smith recorded a song for the final episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Panda Bear dropped a surprise EP, Frank Ocean dropped his headlining FYF Fest spot, Karen O gets intimate in a new video, and Courtney Barnett goes busking in her “Nobody Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” music video. Okay, let’s do this.
Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood and director Paul Thomas Anderson have been friends for years. Greenwood scored Inherent Vice, The Master, and There Will Be Blood. Now, after years of Greenwood contributing to Anderson’s grand opus, Anderson is returning the favor. Greenwood has been working on a new album in India with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, and it turns out Anderson has been right alongside him with a camera for Junun, a documentary about the upcoming album. If you want to see it, you’ll have to wait. It’s premiering at the New York Film Festival this fall. [Pitchfork]
What do an absurd Adult Swim cartoon about food and a punk rock icon of the ’70s have in common? Something bizarrely satisfying. Aqua Teen Hunger Force will come to a close this Sunday, August 23, after 15 years on air. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the legendary Patti Smith recorded a song for the final episode. It’s a sad, piano-driven lament that matches the mood, titled “Aqua Teen Dream”, which you can hear right here. [Nerdist]
Panda Bear has always been silent. When it comes to releasing solo music, the Animal Collective member is no different. He dropped a surprise EP titled Crosswords this week because why not. “No Mans Land”, one of the record’s cuts, brings us back to his glitchy, warped move into surreal pop. Let the melodies take you away. [Rolling Stone]
Frank Ocean hasn’t been teasing his new material as much as the rest of the world has been teasing it for him. This weekend, Los Angeles’ FYF Fest takes over to bring the best of modern music to the city’s limits. Ocean’s spot as a headliner certified he had new material on the way, and pretty much guaranteed he would paly at least one new song off his next release live. Unfortuntely, that won’t be happening quite yet. Frank Ocean “decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.” The replacement? Kanye West. Not too shabby. [Stereogum]
Karen O‘s heartfelt, stripped-down, intimate LP Crush Songs was a monotone yet emotional release from last year’s slew of hits. Joined by director Asli Baykal, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman captures the wistful haze of love in New York City in a video for “Singalong”, embraced by the lo-fi grain and charming spontaneity. Check it out above and give your loved one a call. [Rolling Stone]
We won’t leave you on a solo note! Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett played a pop-up show in London on August 17 to a bunch of passerbys and her team filmed it as the footage for her “Nobody Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” music video. If you’re a “stay in” or “go out” person, you’re in luck. She has an awesome contest on her website where you can win goodies like concert tickets and a record player. Can’t choose? Check out the video and think it over. [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today! Now go run off and soak up summer music this weekend before we return with another Music Dispatch on Monday.