Oh, Friday, how we love you so. Not only do you bear promises of the weekend, but you’ve got a bucket of noteworthy music news tucked under your arm. A brand new ’90s festival is happening this fall, Madonna’s star-studded new music video is an eye-full, Amy Schumer is opening up for said diva, Palehound released our favorite song of the week, Thundercat has a surprise album in the works, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter reveals his mask in a leaked film clip, Ms. Lauryn Hill is giving us goosebumps with her Nina Simone cover, and Stephen Colbert does a a flawless impression of Toby Keith. Let’s dig in.
Still got some bread leftover after throwing it at Smash Mouth? Hold onto it. They’re going to be playing the brand new 90sFest in Brooklyn on September 12 at the blissfully outdoor 50 Kent. Music nostalgia will be rewarded with a slew of other super ’90s acts: Coolio, Lisa Loeb, Tonic, Naughty by Nature, the remaining members of Blind Melon, and a “surprise act” that has yet to be announced.
Meanwhile there will also be a Nintendo Mario Kart tournament, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest group of “Macarena” dancers ever, and freshly mixed cocktails with Crystal Pepsi. Tickets are onsale here. Did we mentioned it’s hosted by Pauly Shore? Yeah. That’s so ’90s. [FADER]
Rebel Heart may have been less of a success than Madonna wanted, but the album’s clear lead single, “Bitch I’m Madonna”, has received a forward music video too star-studded to ignore. Directed by Jonas Åckerlund, the video sees a famous cast slowly appear, including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Rita Ora, designer Alexander Wang, and more. The song’s best part, Nicki Minaj‘s rap verse, remains the best visual part as well, allowing her to make a cameo which intersects well artistically. Co-producer Diplo shows up as well to party, which is the literal translation of what his work sounds like, too. [Rolling Stone]
Speaking of Madonna, the pop diva is hitting the road to tour in support of Rebel Heart and has enlisted none other than Amy Schumer to open. Schumer is proving that comedy is as high a form of entertainment as music — and that you don’t need to be male to do that. The two will be performing in New York City on September 16, 17, and 19 this fall. We wish she could open the whole tour, but getting those New York dates is such a win. [Nerdist]
There are some songs that hit you so hard you don’t know where they came from. They merge masked lyricism with naturally catchy grooves, merging forces to find a middle ground of depth and lightness, ultimately raising the bar for all that follows. That’s exactly what Palehound‘s new single “Molly” does. On her debut LP Dry Food, Ellen Kempner immediately lays down the rules for how things will go. It’s wavy art rock akin to early St. Vincent and coy-yet-cutthroat penmanship not too far off from that of her roommate, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis. This is the best song of the week, so prepare for it to get stuck in your head after a single listen. Just saying. [Stereogum]
Daft Punk aren’t robots. This shouldn’t be breaking news, but it’s so hard to see their faces for longer than a couple seconds that any chance to see what the humans working that electro-disco is such a treat. In Quentin Dupieux’s new film Reality, Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk makes a rare unmasked appearence alongside Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame. Check it out above and marvel in all of the bearded, Dad-glasses glory. [Pitchfork]
During last night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York, Stephen Colbert gave an unannounced cover performance of “As Good As I Once Was” and completely nailed it. Apparently the country singer and Colbert have a history of mutual respect–once the artist was backstage during the early days of The Colbert Report and told Colbert, “Hey man, you do a great job–whatever the f-ck it is you do.”
Alas, the surprise album has returned, but we’re rather stoked this time. Producer/bassist/R&B singer/good guy Thundercat announced a mini-LP titled The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam will drop Monday, June 22. Longtime collaborator Flying Lotus and jazz legend Herbie Hancock will appear on “six spiraling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk.” In case you think he’s lyring, he has shared “Them Changes” from the release, and it’s definitely an outerspace groove that will make every bone in your body move. (Consequence of Sound)
On July 10, RCA Records is releasing a 16-track tribute album to Nina Simone titled Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. It comes out in conjunction with upcoming documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? Ms. Lauryn Hill contribute six covers to that album, and today we get to hear her jaw-dropping rendition of the soul classic “Feeling Good”. Normally when this is covered, it hits the heart. This cover, however, will make your hairs stand straight up; it’s that good. (Vulture)
Enjoy the rest of your Friday and don’t forget to come back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!