Tom DeLonge really does believe aliens exist. The Blink-182 guitarist cares so much about them that he emailed Hillary Clinton last year to talk about UFOs, though he never got a response. To calm you down from all the humor those messages detail, read on for a catchy single from Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, the newest single from Cloud Nothings, a short tour by Jonny Greenwood, and a moving music video by Anohni.
Forget about all those political news posts in the wake of the Wikileaks. The greatest find to come out of it all has to do with ex-Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge. Someone found an email DeLonge sent Hillary Clinton’s team in October of 2015 to talk about Roswell, Classified Science, and UFOs. So far it looks like the email chain was one-sided, with DeLonge never receiving a response from Clinton or her manager John Podesta, but it’s still delightful to read. In it, he mentions talking to Podesta about his alien multimedia project. You can read one of those messages above. Best of all, please note the sign off. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is Tom DeLonge’s cell phone number. It’s safe to assume it’s been ringing off the hook since these emails were published, but just in case, give it a ring to find out and ask him about his UFO investigations yourself. [Rolling Stone]
Pop and rock have gone hand in hand, but the past few years prove pop and rap can go hand in hand, too. Maroon 5 enlisted Kendrick Lamar for their new single, “Don’t Wanna Know,” and it works surprisingly well. The song premiered on Apple Music Wednesday and a video will follow suit on Friday. Maybe it’s just Lamar who knows how to find the right balance between pop and rap. The hip-hop star has dropped guest verses on songs by Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, and more. The guy knows how it’s done. Check out the song above and see how it holds up to his other guests’ verses. That is, if you can keep track of them all. [Pitchfork]
It’s been two years since we last got new music from Cloud Nothings, but Wednesday that changed. The Ohio rock group returns with “Modern Act,” the first single off their upcoming full-length. It’s polished and quick, showing the work of producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie) right from the get-go, yet the band pull it off. The rest of the album, titled Life Without Sound, will arrive on January 27 of next year, but you can hear that single above right now. [Consequence of Sound]
In November of last year, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood released a fantastic album called Junun. The record, which saw him collaborate with Israeli composer/singer Shye Ben Tzur and a 19-member group of Indian musicians called The Rajasthan Express, was accompanied by a film of the same name by Paul Thomas Anderson which detailed the recording process. Now, that LP will come to life as Greenwood tours the songs in Europe and Asia. It’s a brief trek, tallying only eight dates, but one worth visiting if you can. [Consequence of Sound]
Earlier this year, Anohni released her powerful full-length HOPELESSNESS. The album hits you full force, full of pained love and fractured relationship outlines, and album track “I Don’t Love You Anymore” now tugs on your emotions even more. The song got a music video which sees a close-up of the singer as she sings the lyrics. It’s intense and intimate at the same time, offering a deeper look into an already open song just in time to make you break into tears mid-week (if you haven’t already, that is). [Pitchfork]
See you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!
Featured Image: Sony/Columbia Pictures