Public Enemy just brought the noise… in a Ford Focus. The rap group were stranded trying to get to their show in Sheffield, England this weekend, but a helpful 50-year-old picked them up in his car to save the day. If that doesn’t cheer you up, maybe the fact that Morrissey won the Bad Sex In Fiction award for this year will. Meanwhile, Speedy Ortiz channel David Lynch in their new music video, 50 Cent will play himself in a Fox comedy series, a rare Nina Simone interview was animated beautifully, Robyn dances in La Bagatelle’s “Love Is Free” video, and Run the Jewels prove animation can be violent in their latest music video.
What happens when you’re late to your own gig and the taxi you called decides to leave without you? Well, if you’re Public Enemy, you get rather lucky. When the rap group were struggling to find a ride to their show in Sheffield, England where they were scheduled to open for The Prodigy, 50-year-old photographer Kevin Wells offered them a ride. The vehicle of choice? His bumpin’ Ford Focus. Wells happened to be at a record store getting a CD signed when a member of their entourage announced that the group needed a ride. Wells happily offered–but not without getting a hilarious photo of the ride in exchange. [NPR] [Photo by Kevin Wells]
Even though he means well, Morrissey says a lot of dumb things. At last, we’re able to applaud him for doing so. The Smiths frontman just won the 2016 Bad Sex in Fiction Award (Yes, such a thing exists) for the “ecstatic scene” in his debut novel, List of the Lost. Now he can lift that chin even higher knowing he’s in the company of genuinely great literary giants like Tom Wolfe, John Updike, and Norman Mailer. [BBC] [Photo by Ester Segretto for Consequence of Sound]
Fox has a potential comedy in the works about “unstable twenty-something” Amanda Kramer, a woman determined to join 50 Cent‘s entourage in an attempt to solve all her problems. Described as “the most unreliable narrator in history,” Kramer will be joined onscreen by 50 Cent who plays, surprise, himself. The rapper co-produced the series along with Will Packer, the latter of whom worked on films like Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along. That’s about as good of an idea as ever to dig himself out of bankruptcy. Fingers crossed it actually pays off. [Rolling Stone] [Photo via Interscope]
This one’s for you, David Lynch fans. Indie rock quartet Speedy Ortiz dropped their video for “My Dead Girl” off this year’s excellent LP Foil Deer. The twist? The whole video is an homage to Lynch’s works. Members Mike Falcone and Darl Ferm are film school alums and wanted to create a crime story with an atmospheric touch. Naturally they turned to Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive for inspiration. We may have spent waaaay too long trying to count how many tiny details from his films are given a nod here. Who’s to judge? [Vanity Fair]
PBS runs an underrated, under-discussed series called Blank on Blank where they animate interviews with famous people in history, music, art, and beyond. Their newest video brings Nina Simone‘s words to light with beautiful, soft drawings. This interview for Italian radio took place in July of 1968 when Simone was asked to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and black rights. “It’s a good time for black people to be alive,” she says during the interview. “It’s a lot of hell, a lot of violence, but I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed.” [Rolling Stone]
Robyn gave us all a reason to dance again over the summer when she dropped Love Is Free, her first album with musical group La Bagatelle Magique. Today, she’s shared a video for that title-track that sees her doing the dancing. Watch as she, guest vocalist Maluca, and a bunch of fluffy pillows celebrate what seems to be the all-night slumber party of the century. [Consequence of Sound]
This summer, Adult Swim’s singles program gave us a slew of incredible songs for free, one of which was Run the Jewels‘ “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”. That song will be out again in January 2016 as the companion album to the documentary Rubble Kings. It got its own video today. You can check out the animation above and see how they chose to depict violence from the streets of the ’70s-era South Bronx. [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch. Come back here on Friday, though, and there will be a fully stocked list of new music for you to blast through your speakers all weekend!