Floating cubes are the perfect complement to your sweeping synthpop masterpieces. At least that’s the impression we get from two videos from four of today’s masters of the genre. Chvrches and Eric Prydz, Passion Pit and Madeon have new videos for you, and Stephen Malkmus has an inspired Taylor Swift cover, in today’s Music Dispatch. Also ScarJo has a new musical project, so what’s not to love?!
The music video for Madeon and Passion Pit’s recent collaboration, “Pay No Mind”, presents a world where architecture school becomes impossibly challenging. Watch some young, hip designers rearrange modularized structures through the professional application of love-energy. This is the first in a series of three music video following the characters and their quest for Adventure (which also happens to be the name of Madeon’s upcoming album). [Pitchfork]
Thematically and visually similar is the video for Eric Prydz vs. Chvrches remix of the Chvrches’ 2013 track, “Tether”. If you don’t have a floating, mirrored cube in your music video at this point, are you even making synthpop music? And, if you haven’t seen it yet, definitely watch Chvrches’ energetic cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River”, released yesterday by BBC Radio1. [Pitchfork]
Foo Fighters’ HBO rockumentary series, Sonic Highways, is coming to DVD and blu-ray, April 7, with extended interviews with everyone, from President Barack Obama to the President of Gnarly Beards, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Foo Fighters will also be headlining the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. [NME]
Brian Wilson reunited with two of his former Beach Boys bandmates, Al Jardine and David Marks, for the first single off his upcoming, 7th solo album, No Pier Pressure. With “The Right Time”, Wilson and company deliver more of that smooth, light rock, tailored for your next yacht outing, and well in time for summer. Watch the lyric video above. [Consequence of Sound]
Members of People Get Ready, Yeasayer, Pterodactyl and Knyfe Hyts have created a shred-happy supergroup, Beech Creeps. “Times Be Short”, off their self-titled debut, brings to mind the ecstatic growling of Fucked Up. Enjoy it above and get pumped, then head to Brooklyn Vegan to hear their new track, “Arm of the T-Rex”.
Scarlett Johansson is a versatile talent whose been known to pick up the mic and collaborate with various musicians throughout her off-camera career. She has covered Tom Waits, collaborated with Pete Yorn, and now has her very own “super-pop” girl group project with Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. For her first single, the sort of “ironic” and definitely cringeworthy “Candy”, Este Haim from HAIM provides percussion to a song that sounds like a generic Fruity Loops beat. After listening to this, I immediately listened to Mandy Moore’s “Candy” for relief, if that gives you any idea of what to expect. Head over to Rolling Stone to check out “Candy”.
Stephen Malkmus (formerly of Pavement) and the Jicks performed quite possibly my favorite cover of the year–a ’90s alt rock rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”–for Portland’s family-friendly variety show, You Who. The video was put together by MyMusicRx.org, a “music medicine” site for kids and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. [Consequence of Sound]
If you missed your chance to support TLC’s Kickstarter, here’s a chance to support another band’s modest dreams. Local St. Louis shock-punk legends, Without Mother F-cking Order, are crowdfunding to have their drummer, Crash, killed. According to their, GoFundMe page (which, between the writing of this article and it’s publishing, has been removed), the band been waiting patiently for Crash to die of natural causes for 16 years, and now are taking matters into their own hands. The plan is decapitation, because they “recently discovered that he is a Highlander”. Their goal is a modest $100 dollars for something better than “cheap samurai swords.” [RFT]
It’s the end of an era, as Starbucks has announced its 21,000 locations will stop carrying CDs in their inventories. And, thus, another arrow strikes that antiquated vestige of physical music. In a statement, the coffee chain insists, “Music will remain a key component of our coffeehouse and retail experience, however we will continue to evolve the format of our music offerings to ensure we’re offering relevant options for our customers. As a leader in music curation, we will continue to strive to select unique and compelling artists from a broad range of genres we think will resonate with our customers.” But you can still buy bagels, which, if you think about it, are kind of like inflated CDs. [Billboard]
Have an excellent weekend, and we will see you next week with more Nerdist Music Dispatch.