When Prince releases an album, you count your lucky stars. When Prince releases a second album out of nowhere, you take a spaceship to the stars and thank them in person. The iconic musician just released his second LP of the year and it’s streaming on TIDAL right now. If you want something a little easier to digest, check out Sleater-Kinney’s cover of the B-52’s, Joanna Newsom’s harp lesson with Larry King, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher performing together (!), Chance the Rapper dominating SNL, Thee Oh Sees garage rockin’ new single, Blood Orange’s live set with Solange and Nelly Furtado, the army of music cameos in Taylor Swift’s new tour documentary, and the 2016 tours set up for Adele, AC/DC, and Babymetal.
Prince released a surprise LP three months ago called Hit N Run: Phase One. Turns out that title wasn’t just a cute rhyme. The groovy tunes are aplenty on his second album of the year, Hit N Run: Phase Two, which saw a surprise release on Tidal this past Saturday night without any warning. Classic Prince. The man can’t help but keep us all guessing while he smirks quietly to himself. [Rolling Stone] [Featured photo courtesy of Warner Bros.]
Sleater-Kinney have had one hell of a year. After reuniting, they released a new album, toured the entire world, and announced special end-of-the-year shows where they play venues far, far, far too small for them (like, a-couple-hundred-people small). While each show of this final week sees them hit up smaller and smaller places, they started out at some big ones, including New York City’s Terminal 5. In classic New York fashion, a surprise guest ran onstage to join them in a cover of the B-52’s “Rock Lobster”: Fred Armisen. Perhaps the best part of it all is his frenzied running around the stage while he whacks a cowbell, odd as ever–a perfect fit for the song. [Nerdist]
Joanna Newsom does so little mainstream press, that it’s truly a treat when it happens. Thankfully, TV legend Larry King had the harpist on his show. While there, she taught him how to play the harp, discussed ideal collaborators (Kendrick Lamar! Dolly Parton!), and answered questions about her marriage with Andy Samberg. As always, she does it all while remaining infinitely charming. [Stereogum]
Paul Simonon of The Clash turned 60 years old this past week. To celebrate, a bunch of big name UK kids came together to throw him a memorable bash — and among those people were Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher. The old enemies played Gorillaz‘s “DARE”, The Clash’s “Brand New Cadillac”, and didn’t beat each other up. Maybe world peace is possible after all! [Consequence of Sound]
Chance the Rapper played Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but it’s a way bigger deal than it may seem. First off, he’s still unsigned. The chances (heh) of a musician playing the late night show without major label support is virtually unheard of. Then comes a new single that he debuted live on air, “Somewhere In Paradise”. If that wasn’t enough, he performed “Sunday Candy” because he wanted us all to be so dang happy by the end of his live takedown that we woke up still smiling. Dang, dude. [Rolling Stone]
Thee Oh Sees announced a new 7″ will drop on February 12th of next year. The A-side, “Fortress”, can be heard above. Pulled from the same recording sessions as this year’s Mutilator Defeated At Last LP, the song sees them chug through meaty riffs and garage rock spunk, all the way down to the tambourine that sets their tracks one notch above the rest. Thee Oh Sees make so much music, yet it’s never enough to fill us up. We’re always wanting more. [Pitchfork]
Blood Orange took over a sold out Apollo Theater to play a bunch of songs, old and new, with some “friends.” Turns out those pals were big shots like Nelly Furtado and Solange. Check out fan footage of his duet with Furtado on “Say It Right” and sigh, in love with it all. [Pitchfork]
Taylor Swift‘s world domination isn’t over yet. The trailer for The 1989 World Concert Tour is here, and with it comes a reminder of her ever-expanding entourage. Director Jonas Akerlund filmed her live show in Sydney and spliced it together with various cameos from the tour–St. Vincent, Beck, Lorde, Charli XCX, the Weeknd, Haim, Fetty Wap, Justin Timberlake, etc.–with one big question looming over it all: Is this real? “I wondered what would happen if I invited the most amazing artists in the world to come out with me and perform on my stage,” Swift says in the clip. “Would they do it?” We already know the answer. [Pitchfork]
After selling five million copies of her newest album, Adele is finally ready to hit the road touring in support of the LP. Expect to see her pretty much anywhere on her 56-date North American tour which runs from July to November of 2016. If you want to see a bit more rock at your live show, the kings of salutations, AC/DC, will play the US from February on through April in 2016. That said, the most exciting of the tour announcements goes to BABYMETAL. The Japanese j-pop heavy metal band and the intense females who front it will finally cross the ocean to play the US in May of 2016. Right now it’s only a seven-date trip, but it’s likely that they will announce more shows soon. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo courtesy of Jūonbu Records]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch, but we will see you back here on Wednesday for another round-up of music news!