When people poked fun at Pharrell’s hat, he really doubled-down and owned the moment. Now he and his hat will achieve animated immortality (the hat’s so happy, it’s smiling!). We have more on that story, as well as a rare interview with Bob Dylan, a new track from Aphex Twin and music videos from 50 Shades (don’t act like you’re not at least curious) in today’s Music Dispatch!
Pharrell Williams, the most omnipresent man in music (possibly through cloning, but we can get into that another time), will be extending his realm of influence into Springfield. The Man With The Brown Hat will play himself in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Entertainment Weekly reports that the episode, titled “Walking Big & Tall”, will be based on a true story, popularized last year by This American Life, about a composer in the 1980s who conned a number of cities into buying recycled city-pride songs. In The Simpsons version, Pharrell saves the day, writing Springfield a truly original song. This comes on the heels of Pharrell and Al Gore’s “Live Earth” multi-continent concert announcement. How can one man be on all seven continents AND a cartoon show at once, you ask? Could it be… clones?? [EW]
Trading card company Topps is giving Eddie Vedder, of The Chicago Cubs…, excuse me, of Pearl Jam, the baseball card treatment, along with fellow musicians Jack White and 50 Cent. They will be part of the “First Pitch” series of notable people tossing out the -you guessed it- first pitch. Of the group, at least Vedder is a life-long baseball fan. MLB Pitcher Bronson Arroyo once shared an anecdote with Alternative Nation about Vedder giddily asking for players from the Pirates to sign a ball he had caught in the stands during batting practice. [Alternative Nation]
Yesterday, we premiered the debut album of punk-rockers Happy Fangs, who many (ourselves included) have compared to a modern day Bikini Kill. Now we learn that Bikini Kills’ own Kathleen Hanna has leant her voice to the Sundance-bound, MTV-produced short film, Myrna The Monster. The adorable trailer shows the trials and tribulations of a typical intergalactic millennial, and aside from the space-travel and kidnapping, her life does not seem that different from our own. The soundtrack will be provided by the YACHT offshoot, BOYS. Hopefully this short will make it to the small screen or the internet-screen shortly. [Stereogum]
With last year’s SYRO, Aphex Twin got back to business after a looooong hiatus, and now shows no signs of letting up. Yesterday, he released a jazzy, brooding remix of “Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]”, the first track off of today’s Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT 2 EP, available at Warp. [Pitchfork]
Burial’s William Bevan has also quietly released a new single, “Temple Sleeper”, which gives off a very X-Files vibe. It’s available now as a 7in with a remix by Dusk & Blackdown on the back. [Consequence of Sound]
The Fader introduced us to Brooklyn’s Body Language’s simple, dance-happy electropop track, “Really Love”, and now it’s on repeat over here. The vinyl will be available as of February 17th on their website.
The constantly touring yet still elusive Bob Dylan gave his first interview in three years, choosing AARP, The Magazine as the publication through which to break his silence. Yes, this may seem like the punchline to an obvious joke, but it’s actually a pretty cool and relevant choice for both parties, considering AARP has the world’s largest magazine circulation, and their editor-in-chief, Robert Love, is a 20 year veteran (and former managing editor) of Rolling Stone. In the interview, Dylan discusses his love for Sinatra, as well as his new record, Shadows in the Night.
While we’re discussing legacy acts, Rush have announced tour dates for their 40th anniversary tour, which they have hinted will likely be the last of their legendary magnitude. The tour will hit 34 North American cities, starting early May. Tickets go on sale January 30th. [Rolling Stone]
Let’s just knock a bunch of music videos out of the way here real quick:
Chris Brown’s “Autumn Leaves (featuring Kendrick Lamar)” may have the most visually stunning music video of the young year, with its lush, sweeping landscapes and beautiful, saturated colors. It may also have one of the dullest videos, with a ninja-clad Brown walking around looking troubled, singing along to a mostly sleepy track. He has all those katanas, and doesn’t unsheathe a single one… [HipHopDX]
Ellie Goulding’s contribution to the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack now has a visual component. In the video, we get glimpses from the much hyped movie (probably none that had to be reshot for lack of chemistry). The Weeknd’s track, “Earned It”, also had a video release this week, but that one probably has a few too many pasties to post here without getting a stern lecture from the editors. [Spin]
Experience a day in the life of the various members of Interpol in this new video for “Everything Is Wrong”. [Spin]
And, finally, Ex Hex’s super great video for “Don’t Wanna Lose” from the album Rips. As Pitchfork pointed out, the video is an homage to 1982’s Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.
Hope you enjoy all those, and enjoy your weekend, too. We’ll see you back here on Monday with more Music Dispatch!