Cheer up, nerds! Sure, it may be Monday, but once you read our Music Dispatch, chock-full of the things you like (things like Bill Murray singing Bob Dylan, a Better Call Saul theme song, a new Childish Gambino mixtape, and a Strong Bad music video to make you feel nostalgic for your flash-animated childhood), you’ll be on a direct route to Tuesday aboard the Happiness Express. Still with me? No? Well, no matter. Here comes music news:
We have been impatiently awaiting Better Call Saul so long, we could have built a meth empire and watched it destroy our lives in the meantime. To our relief, country musician Junior Brown and his trademark guit-steel are here to introduce us to our first tantalizing glimpse of the pre- and post-Breaking Bad world of slick, morally-muddy Saul Goodman. Drenched in neon light and featuring a plethora of clownish, strip-mall attention-grabbers, the video hints at the more zany direction the new show will take in a departure from it’s predecessor. [Nerdist]
Increasingly prolific and experimental Childish Gambino has released the EP KAUAI, to accompany his recent mixtape STN MTN. The Jaden Smith featuring mixtape is currently streaming on Spotify and iTunes, and, after Glover hinted at a secret track, redditors went to work to uncover it. [Hot New Hip Hop]
From the Michael Bay school of filmmaking comes this uber-cinematic Yellow Claw, Diplo and LNY TNZ music video for “Techno (featuring Waka Flocka Flame)”. Just keep the camera pushing in and spinning around your subject, and anything can appear exciting; even a father helping his daughter construct Ikea furniture. [EW]
Jenny Owen Youngs–who will have split vinyl 7″ with Matt Mira on Jonah Ray’s Literally Figurative records–is crowd-founding her new Slack Tide EP, and we think it will make the perfect fall mini album for you to listen to while you sip cider and wear baggy flannel.
With the exception of a special April Fools’ video earlier this year, Homestar Runner went dormant four years ago. Like a blast from the past, Strong Bad is back with a goofy Beastie Boys aping rap video about fisheye lenses; a subject matter that feels even more antiquated than flash animated websites of his heyday. [Nerdist]
Drake has moved up to #8 on the list of artists with the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, placing him just above The Beatles. His appearance on Makonnen’s “Tuesday”, which debuted at #90 on the charts brought Drake his 72nd appearance. He still has a ways to go before dethroning the current #1, the cast of Glee, with 207 appearances… [HipHopDX]
Maybe if the latest instagram trend, #azizdrakegrams, takes off, Drake will get the much needed leverage to move up that list. If you’re not familiar with #azizdrakegrams, comedian Aziz Ansari has encouraged his fans to photoshop photos of he and Drake together, and fans responded whole-heartedly. You can click through a collection at Pigeons and Planes.
Karaoke legend Bill Murray mumble-sings Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” in this long-take from the upcoming St. Vincent (the film, not the musician). Its nearly three minutes of Murray doing next to nothing, as though openly challenging us to doubt his onscreen charisma, confidently knowing that we, mere mortals, cannot. He is after all, an American treasure [Consequence of Sound]
The gaze of Law and Order: SVU has landed on Jay-Z and Solange’s elevator incident, to inspire an upcoming “ripped from the headlines” episode. Also sprinkled into the plot will be references to Ray Rice and Donald Sterling. [Spin]
Edgar Wright had directed the upcoming music video for Pharrell and Daft Punk‘s “Gust Of Wind”. We are still sad that he stepped down from his role in Ant-Man, but we’ll definitely take whatever we can get from one of our favorite directors working with two of our favorite musicians.
After inking a hefty deal with Bose, the NFL has banned players from wearing Beats by Dre during league broadcasts. Bose, which holds 20% of the luxury headphone market, trails the meteoric Beats and their dominant 50% share. Considering Beats’ ties to Apple, this news surely puts a wry smile on the face of Steve Ballmer, whose Microsoft paid $400 million to get the Tablet in the hands of coaches and players on the field, and who reportedly forbids his Los Angeles Clippers from using Apple products while on the clock. [HipHopDX]
50 Cent continues his tireless, James Franco-esque campaign to subvert our expectations, this time appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show to play a game of “50 Cent or 50 Shades of Grey.” In front of an all female audience and a soft-jazz backing band, 50 read quotes from his own songs, as well as from the E.L. James classic work of literature, while contestants guess who wrote what. At the end of the clip, everyone in the audience is awarded a pair of Street by 50 headphones, and the NFL’s lawyers quickly write up some legalese to get them prohibited on the field. [MTV]
New-old Radiohead will be featured in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. The previously unreleased “Spooks” will accompany a score composed by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood. [Consequence of Sound]
OK GO‘s new album Hungry Ghosts is streaming now via Hype Machine, which means that your day just got way, WAY, happier.
This week on NPR First Listen, we can enjoy new album streams from:
Kindness – Otherness (Like if Squeeze, Sade, and ’80s boogie had a catchy lovechild)