Mondays are usually filled with lots of drudge and sludge, but not this one dear friends: Not only is D’Angelo talking about releasing new material, but Run The Jewels brought Nas onstage at Northside Festival, Dave Grohl broke his leg and kept performing, Dan Deacon released a glitchy meme music video, Blur are finally playing the US, Cherry Glazerr have the newest Adult Swim Singles Series track, and NPR is streaming a slew of excellent albums in full. Also there was a bread incident at a Smash Mouth show… Let’s get to it!
In December of 2014, D’Angelo surprised the world by releasing Black Messiah, his first new material in 14 years. It was a huge project. So big, in fact, that there’s more music on the way.
The soul singer told Rolling Stone that he’s working on a “companion piece” to the record. The work is comprised of leftover material from the Black Messiah sessions and has the same vision. “There were so many songs that I wanted people to hear,” he says in the interview. “I feel like, in a lot of respects, that I’m just getting started.” Praise the heavens. That’s exactly what we wanted to hear. [Rolling Stone]
With the amount of surprise guests Run The Jewels bring onstage with them (Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker, etc.), it should come as no surprise when they bring out someone special. Yet here we are, surprised, because none other than Nas himself stepped out at Northside Festival in New York City on Sunday night. Together, the three performed “Made You Look”. They’re right. They’ve got our attention, and our eyes are a little misty for missing it in real life. [Pitchfork]
Gather any friends you have who, for one reason or another, think Dave Grohl isn’t a deity. Then show them this video of him breaking his leg during a show and then going back onstage to finish his set. What on Earth. We knew he wasn’t real, but like… come on, man. It doesn’t get better than that. Watch footage of the nonhuman human right here. [Nerdist]
WELL, THE BREAD STARTS COMING, AND IT WON’T STOP COMING. On the opposite end of the badass spectrum, Smash Mouth lead singer, Steve Harwell, got nailed with bread at a Colorado music festival and completely lost his shit. After daring people to throw more at him and shouting profanities into a mostly docile crowd of people who grew up in the 90s, the singer finally launched into “All Star” and showed those bread throwing bullies what the f–k was up. [Defamer]
Everyone’s favorite hands-on electro-pop genius Dan Deacon is back with a super fun music video. “Meme Generator” is a buzzy cut from his 2015 LP Gliss Riffer, and the song gets more sporadic in its Monica Mirabile-directed video. Watch as bodies toy with how they’re “programmed” in a game reality of choreographed dance. [Stereogum]
Blur made it quite clear earlier this year that they didn’t plan on bringing their sound to American stages anytime soon. Looks like they changed their mind. Blur will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 20 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 23. Don’t get upset if you live too far away from those places. Janet Jackson has announced a world tour out of nowhere, and that’s stopping everywhere. It’s not Britpop, but it will be just as entertaining as those bitter English lads. [Pitchfork]
Adult Swim Singles Series is off to a great start so far, and Cherry Glazerr‘s newest song, “Sip ‘O Poison”, is a fabulous addition to this year’s tracklist. The screeching guitar feedback and snippy vocals are scuzz-rock that doesn’t let up. Think of it as Sleater-Kinney getting all surf rock on us before going slightly insane and teaming up with Joanna Gruesome. Plus it’s free. That’s what summer is all about, right? [Adult Swim]
Shannon and the Clams are an overlooked 1950s revival rock band that douses trudging bass with twinkling guitars and school dance heartbreak. In their new video for “Corvette”, Shannon Shaw and her crew don their best looks for a black and white romance flick that follows, of course, a Corvette. Watch the drama unfold while your feet tap along (away from the pedal, we hope). [Stereogum]
NPR’s First Listen section is ripe with new album streams for you to check out for the next week. Desaparecidos‘s are breaking their 13-year hiatus with Payola, an emo folk jaunt led by Conor Oberst which features guest spots from Cursive, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, and the So So Glos. Son Lux returns with Bones, another innovate glimpse into the dark-meets-light world of electronic twists and phenomenal vocals. Meanwhile, Wolf Alice’s My Love Is Cool jams glossy indie rock and chipper grunge into one compact debut. Go ahead and listen to them all in their entirety. [NPR]
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