Some days, the Music Dispatch gods bless us with the best news items of all time. Today we have videos from Jack White, a classic track from Joni Mitchell (who we are relieved to hear is steadily recovering), an exclusive Nerdist mix from Lowland Hum, and the reason you really clicked on this article, Stephen Hawking‘s cosmological interpretation of Zayn Malik leaving One Direction. It’s a good one today, folks.
Let’s clear the air about what starry-eyed really means. World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking spoke at the Sydney Opera House this past Saturday night about the mysteries of the universe, his battle with ALS, and what’s in store for planet Earth. While his presentation was surprisingly easy to digest and unsurprisingly fascinating, the most wild part of the talk had yet to happen (Yes, even wilder than the fact that he appeared onstage as a 3D hologram from his physical location at Cambridge University in the UK the whole time).
When asked what the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction is by an audience member, Hawking gave the best response possible: “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere, outside of our own universe, lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.” Listen up in science class; your wasted teenage heart will thank you.
It’s unclear if Hawking was referring to the solar system or Zayn when he later reminded us to “look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” A million screaming girls are siding with the latter. [Buzzfeed]
When Jack White goes into hiding, we enter a blackout period. The White Stripes renaissance man finished up his first ever entirely acoustic tour this past weekend with a set at Fargo Theatre. As he stated previously, it’s his last show before a long break from performing live. The stripped-down set saw him playing a m ixture of solo, White Stripes, and Raconteurs material to a lucky crowd of patrons who paid a mere $3 to get in. The entire thing streamed live on Tidal, but now there’s only a few meager clips scattered across the web with footage from that evening. The bit above may be short, but it’s all we’ve got to hold onto until Mr. White returns to the stage. [Consequence of Sound]
My Morning Jacket are trying on a new pair of goody two-shoes. The rock gods are taking on a long-term philanthropy effort called The Waterfall Project to coincide with the release of their upcoming album, The Waterfall, starting immediately. The Waterfall Project is a nonprofit that seeks to make a difference in our environmental impact, so the band will focus on supporting and amplifying environment and climate issues through ticket proceeds, exclusive merchandise, and fan engagement with additional nonprofits. Jim James and the gang have guitars of steel and hearts of gold. What their morning jacket is made of, we will never know.
Queen bee of the folk blues Joni Mitchell got caught up in the terrible world of TMZ last night. Mitchell entered the hospital nearly a month ago after she had fallen ill, and TMZ reportedly got a hold of medical papers stating she had fallen into an unresponsive coma. The rumors have since been proven false by Joni Mitchell’s press. Shake off the scary news by settling down with our Music Geek Track Of The Day, the beautiful “California”. While you’re at it, dive into the deep blue sea of Blue in its entirety. [Nerdist]
Why are you reading so fast? Slow down. No really, slow down. Now let folk duo Lowland Hum take control of the wheel. It’s time your brain takes in the beauty of a wheat field and the soft blow of Midwestern wind. In our newest edition of Car Tunes and Cartoons, Lowland Hum have created a playlist that will greet the fresh spring air with a deep, calming sigh. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Damien Jurado have all got your back, so relax. [Nerdist]
Listening to prog rock is one of the best ways to keep your brain in shape. If that’s the case, Time King give you the best workout you will get all week. The five-piece act have shared single “The New” off their upcoming LP Suprœ before it drops this spring. It’s the type of track that stabs the air with sharp, brittle guitar chords and tempo-chasing drums in line with The Dear Hunter. The vocal harmonies will have you adding your own notes to the mix, too. Your brain will thank you.
Come back this Friday for a quick dose of Music Dispatch before the weekend finally kicks off! Until then, folks.