Has it really been nearly two decades since the ’90s? It sure doesn’t feel like it. The Smashing Pumpkins just announced an acoustic tour with Liz Phair. If you’re not into yester-year, you’re still in luck. Louis C.K. had Paul Simon pen the theme song for his new web series, PJ Harvey dropped a mesmerizing video, Animal Collective get weird on their new single, Primal Scream teamed up with Sky Ferreira for a song, Kanye West changed album details again, and Grimes covered “Ave Maria” just because.
Billy Corgan is back to sing you to sleep. The Smashing Pumpkins are reviving their “In Plainsong” tour where they will perform an evening of acoustic-based music and “electronic soundscapes.” Before they take the stage, ’90s singer-songwriter Liz Phair will perform as the opener. No, the ’90s never, ever die. [Pitchfork]
Did you know Louis C.K. released the first episode of his new webseries this weekend? The show, titled Horace and Pete, sees C.K. and Steve Buscemi working as owners of an Irish dive bar. If the show’s intro sounded extra jovial, it’s because the one and only Paul Simon penned the theme. How’s that for your chipper news? Grab full episodes of the series over at Louis C.K.’s website. [Consequence of Sound]
January 2016 had no heart. Just before we turned a new leaf with February this year, the music world lost another innovator. Signe Anderson, the original singer for Jefferson Airplane, passed away at age 74. She preceded Grace Slick, meaning she’s the one you hear on the classic debut LP Jefferson Airplane Takes Off from 1966. We hope she’s up in heaven singing with a happy heart. RIP. [Rolling Stone]
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the return of PJ Harvey. The gut-punching singer-songwriter takes no crap when writing her songs, and the video for single “The Wheel” off this year’s upcoming album does the same. In the song’s video, Harvey turns the bluesy bass-driven track into a shuttle for clips of sheep, clarinet, and police to make sense of the world’s oddities. Watch and try to piece together what’s going on. Let us know if you figure it out. [Rolling Stone]
Animal Collective are getting dizzier and more spontaneous the farther into the future we go. After sharing the joyful single “FloriDada” off this year’s Painting With, they’re back with another song: “Lying in the Grass.” It’s full of belchy synth and double-time handclaps. If you miss their giddier days, you’ll be pleased with this. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]
In this week’s installment of Who Would Have Ever Imagined These Musicians Working Together, we welcome UK giants Primal Scream and retro-chaser Sky Ferreira to the show. The unlikely musicians joined forces for “Where the Light Gets In,” one of the ten songs off Primal Scream’s upcoming LP, Chaosmosis. It’s full of heavy beats and surprising synths. It’s safe to say we’re surprised and drawn in. [Consequence of Sound]
Kanye West can’t make up his mind. For the fourth time, he has changed the details of his upcoming album, Waves. The tracklist sees several renamed songs, following suit after he changed the album title twice and pushed back the record’s release. With the changes comes news of a live streaming event the day of the record’s release on February 11. The album will be premiered with a live event at NYC’s Madison Square Garden that will be streamed at theaters in over 20 countries around the world. Tickets are on sale here. [Pitchfork]
It’s January, but the Christmas cuts don’t have to stop. At a show in Seoul, South Korea, Grimes performed a cover of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” halfway through the show. As random as it seems, she posted a note on Tumblr back in 2013 saying that the holiday jam “might be one of [her] all time favourite songs.” To be fair, it’s a gorgeous song, and if you have the pipes to sing it, then dang, belt it out. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch. Come back on Wednesday for another round-up of news, though! Like we would ever leave you hanging. Pssssht.
Image Credit: Smashing Pumpkins; Liz Phair