Like most Americans, we here at Nerdist spent the weekend binge-watching cable news, avoiding public transportation, and dreading our need to go to public forums, where our the infinitesimal chance of contracting ebola would increase infinitesimally. So you could imagine our great relief when we learned rapper Cam’ron is helping prevent the spread of the virus by selling ebola masks. The stylish masks feature a photo of a much younger Cam’ron, bedecked in a pink fur hat and flip-phone, and are available on his website. Needless to say, we are all now safe and comfortable in the cocoon-like swaddle of our Cam’ron masks, and eager to share with you the latest happenings in our Music Dispatch. Today, we have a mysterious, leaked track from Drake, a not so mysterious (but still exciting) track from Sleater-Kinney, new Gwen Stefani, juicy Gorillaz news from Damon Albarn, and a special in-house visit from Thurston Moore for Nerdist Sessions!
Sleater-Kinney included a special surprise in the recent vinyl box-set of their entire re-mastered discography: a seven-inch single of their first song since 2005’s The Woods, “Bury our Friends”. The riot grrrl trio sound as energetic and sharp as ever on the new track. Following speculation, Sleater-Kinney confirmed a new album, No Cities to Love, is due to release January 20 and a tour will follow. No word on how this will affect Portlandia. [Consequence of Sound]
Lorde has become victim to collateral damage in the building animosity between San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals fans as we enter the World Series. Multiple San Fran radio stations have vowed to ban Lorde’s “Royals” from their rotation. Meanwhile, KC-ers are surely playing the song on repeat. Maybe both will just settle on “Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday)”. Catch game one tomorrow at 5pm on Fox. [HWR]
Thurston Moore, formerly of Sonic Youth, visited the Nerdist offices for a new episode of Nerdist Sessions and treated staff to a rare 12-string guitar performance of new material. You and I were not among them, so let’s enviously watch the video and be united in our bitterness.
Another familiar name from ’90s alt rock (and ’00s pop-rock): Gwen Stefani has released the solo track, “Baby Don’t Lie”. The video will premiere on tonight’s episode of The Voice, where Stefani recently served as a judge. Or a coach. A host? How does that show work again? [Syracuse]
Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins released the single for their upcoming album Monument. The new track, titled “Being Beige” is classic Pumpkins as Corgan repeats lyrics that invoke melancholy (and Mellon Collie) and beautiful doom. Listen to the track via Rolling Stone.
A 17 year-old in Marrietta, Georgia, somehow got his hands on a new Drake track, uploaded it onto SoundCloud, and the internet went crazy. Only a matter of time before it gets pulled, so give it a listen while you still can. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the release of Drizzy’s upcoming Views from the 6. [Stereogum]
Between his operas, musical stage adaptations, and recent solo work, the indefatigable Damon Albarn insists he’s still interested in supergroup collaborations. In a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, he hinted at both a new Gorillaz album in 2016 and a new The Good, the Bad & the Queen album in the near future. When pressed about Blur, he didn’t want to count anything out. Could there be a “Song 3” in our future? [Pitchfork]
In spirit with the theme of their new Willy Wonka concept album, Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Primus has hidden five golden tickets (!!!) in the sleeves of vinyl records, offering free concerts for life to the lucky Charlie Buckets and Veruca Salts out there. The record will be released tomorrow. [Consequence of Sound]
Somewhere between Gravity and Real Housewives lies Shabazz Palaces‘ new music video for “Motion Sickness”. Visually arresting (like Gravity) and compellingly intricate (okay, maybe not like Real Housewives, but you will see why I bring it up), the drama lingers on each moment only long enough for the viewer to absorb, without necessarily understanding, the story. I think? Maybe I just need to watch it again. [Fader]
Flying Lotus, who throws himself into his various projects with the intensity to make a honey badger blush, continues to build on the Grand Theft Auto V radio station he curated, “FlyLo FM.” The full GTA V expansion pack will reportedly have over 100 new tracks, including original works from FlyLo. [Dummy]
Coming out of the gates harder than his more R&B-laden work, Rico Love’s new “Japanese Denim” sounds very post-Yeezus, and the accompanying visual is a lesson in how to employ a video projector and some screen-savers to make a captivating music video without breaking the bank, or breaking a sweat. His new album, Turn the Lights On, is out May 15. [HipHopDX]
As always, NPR’s First Listen has some excellent streaming albums for you. This week brings us The Flaming Lips‘ Sergeant Pepper tribute, With a Little Help From My Fwends; the new Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone; and Medicine‘s Home Everywhere.
Let us know what you think about the new Sleater-Kinney song or any of they other items that tickled your fancy in the comments or on Twitter! We will see you guys on Wednesday with another fresh edition of the Dispatch!