When you’ve already had every big-name cameo on your tour, the next step is to become a beloved fictional character. Taylor Swift brought out Idina Menzel to cover “Let It Go” from Frozen, but she wore an Olaf costume while it all went down. Other musical acts got in a goofy spirit, although most were costume-less this weekend. Sufjan Stevens covered Drake with comical dance moves, Danny Brown is hosting a poetry workshop, Duran Duran joined Eagles of Death Metal on live TV, Animal Collective dropped a 24-minute jam, the Dune documentary soundtrack is coming out on vinyl, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes teamed up with Connan Mockasin, and Azealia Banks remixed Fall Out Boy to get oddly sensual.
Musicians get dressed up for Halloween too, you know. While wrapping up her North American leg of the 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift donned an Olaf costume from the smash Disney movie Frozen. At one point during the show, she brought out Idina Menzel to cover “Let It Go”, both donning character costumes, and they hit each note surprisingly well. That Halloween + Christmas combo may as well have resulted in some covers from The Nightmare Before Christmas.[Rolling Stone] [Header photo via Instagram]
It’s been nearly five years since Sufjan Stevens dropped his electronic-leaning LP Age of Adz, and he’s still struggling to dance. The difference between now and then? He’s finally embracing it. This weekend, the folk crooner covered Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” with help from the incredibly talented Gallant on vocals. They harmonize, they groove, and they hold a special moment just for dancing at the end–all while Drake’s oversized head watches behind them on the screen. [Pitchfork]
Danny Brown‘s Bruiser Brigade Thanksgiving show is back for another serving of holiday helpings. The Detroit rapper will celebrate the second annual show by also partnering with InsideOut Detroit’s City Wide Poets Project to lead a city-wide poetry workshop for teens and young adults on November 25. If you live remotely close to there, we suggest you hurry over for some seriously good schooling. [Pitchfork]
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and his partner in crime Jesse Hughes teamed up to form Eagles of Death Metal and released a killer LP earlier this year. Last night, they appeared onstage with Duran Duran to cover “Save A Prayer” on live TV. Homme isn’t there, as is usually the case for EODM performances, but it’s still a packed punch of straight-faced rock. [Stereogum]
Given various members of the band never stop writing music, Animal Collective‘s silent retreat since their 2012 album Centipede Hz doesn’t feel that long ago. But the psych rock band have been hard at work on new material. During their first jam session since taking time apart, Animal Collective work their way through 24 minutes of weird warbling and scuba diving footage. It’s a trip, for sure, but who knows if it will make it to the follow-up album. [Consequence of Sound]
Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune received high praise from superfans and critics alike. Not only did it pry into the unique details of the cult film, but it featured a fantastic score by Kurt Stenzel. Light in the Attic Records teamed up with the composer to give the score a proper commercial release. It will strike up all kinds of feels in you, even if you’ve never heard of Dune before today. That’s how otherworldly it is. [Nerdist]
Right off the tail of a new single, Dev Hynes of Blood Orange announced he has more material on the way. Turns out Hynes is teaming up with psych rock weirdo Connan Mockasin to create three original songs for their joint Marfa Myths 001 EP. Better yet, it’s readily available right now. Stream one of the release’s more heartfelt numbers, “Feelin’ Lovely”, above to get a taste of the collab yourself. [Pitchfork]
Fall Out Boy have altered their sound from rock to pop over the years, but they haven’t quite tried to go the sultry route yet. Azealia Banks, it appears, is eager to help with that. The Harlem rapper slowed down their song “The Kids Aren’t Alright” for their rap-remix album Make America Psycho Again. Her take spins the song on its head–dare we say for the better? [Rolling Stone]
And to wrap things up, here is a vibey ambient track from Texas-based psych trio Khruangbin. Close your eyes, dim your lights and pretend you are floating down the Amazon toward a colony of bioluminescent prawns.
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch! Be sure to swing back through on Wednesday for another roundup of music news to keep your ears happy!