Did you have a good weekend? The music world sure did. Right at the top of our Must Read ASAP list is the interview Banksy held with Run the Jewels where they discussed Kanye West, theme parks, and crying over YouTube videos (because, really, who doesn’t?). Morrissey also announced the release date of his new novel, Trent Reznor narrated a shadowy Apple Music ad, Foals debuted a British ballad, Bat For Lashes is taking on a new psych side project, and The Weeknd’s new Kanye-produced music video is all the drama you will need for the day.
It’s likely your newsfeed was filled with stories about Banksy‘s pop-up “bemusement park” Dismaland in England. He’s scheduled a bunch of great musicians to perform there in the weeks of the project’s existence, one of which is Run the Jewels. In anticipation of their performance on September 4, The Guardian facilitated an interview between Banksy, El-P, and Killer Mike that’s full of thought-provoking answers and hilarious nods. From discussions on Kanye West’s status as the greatest rock star in the world, Rihanna as “the new Tupac (in feminist form)”, and crying over YouTube videos, they touch some great territory. Read the whole conversation in full here. [The Guardian]
Also the group is currently recording new music with Zach De La Rocha and Nas and we CANNOT WAIT to hear it. [Pitchfork]
The Smiths will never get un-stuck from your head as long as Morrissey is alive. The legendary singer-songwriter announced his upcoming novel, List of the Lost, will be out in late September of this year. It’s his first book since Autobiography in 2013. Given that in-depth interview he gave on Larry King Now talking about his alleged sexual assault and battling cancer, it’s likely the novel will touch on personal issues, either from his own life or others.’ [Nerdist]
Foals are gearing up to drop their new LP, What Went Down, at the end of this week. To celebrate that release, they’ve shared a video of “London Thunder”, an album cut played live in a “CCTV session.” It’s a slow, intimate, British ballad that picks up the pace the farther along its guitar melodies sink. A change of pace such as this might suit them well in the long run. [Mashable]
Bat For Lashes is also testing new waters. Natasha Khan has teamed up with TOY and producer Dan Carey to form a psych side project called Sexwitch (what a name). Their album is going to tackle covers of ’60s and ’70s songs from North America, Morocco, and Iran. “Helelyos”, the first song we’ve heard from the LP, is a sultry number that quickly rolls in its own waves, spinning poppy rhythms with quaint whistling — a final attempt to cling onto what’s left of summer. [Rolling Stone]
On his steady ascent into fame, The Weeknd has made more friends than enemies. One of those pals is Kanye West. On “Tell Your Friends”, a cut from his upcoming album, The Weeknd lets West take over feature production, a sound infinitely more enhanced in the new Grant Singer-directed music video. Abel Tesfaye buries himself alive, shoots someone, and drives off into the desert night. You know, your usual music video for an R&B guy on the rise. [Billboard]
That’s it for today! Make sure to come back on Wednesday for another wrap-up on Music Dispatch!