Don’t let that weekend come down put a frown on your face. It’s Monday and there’s plenty of music news to get you amped for this week! Not only are Ghostface Killah and MF Doom debuting new music via an upcoming Star Trek-inspired performance, but Spoon performed at a Spoon cover set in Maine, Inside Out gets a moody playlist, The Chemical Brothers teamed up with St. Vincent for a new song, Mastodon cast an absurd psychedelic cat in their latest music video, Four Tet released a surprise new album, and NPR is streaming a bunch of new albums. Plus Taylor Swift changed Apple’s corporate policy for music streaming overnight.
See? Mondays can be great sometimes!
Say what you will about the country pop idol, but at this point there’s no use arguing: Taylor Swift is a force that can’t be stopped.
Swift wrote a public complaint on June 21 called “To Apple, Love Taylor” about Apple’s refusal to pay royalties during a three-month trial period of its new streaming music service. Less than 24 hours after that complaint ran, Apple changed their mind and confirmed they will pay full royalty rates for music during the free trial. “When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, said in an interview late Sunday. In other words, what Taylor Swift says goes. That devilish apple scene in “Blank Space” certainly had to help, too. [New York Times]
For everything, there is a first time. Rap legends Ghostface Killah and MF Doom take over III Points Festival in Miami from October 9-11 to perform together. According to a press release, their tag team performance as DOOMSTARKS is cooler than it sounds. Doom will be “transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage” in a “one-of-a-kind, interactive performance.” They’re debuting music from the long-awaited upcoming DOOMSTARKS album, too. Talk about an unforgettable set. Live long and prosper, rap friends. [Pitchfork]
On June 19, Spoon played in Portland, Maine at the dapper State Theatre, but when their set was done, they had too much energy to end their night right there. Down the street, local musician Jeff Beam was playing Kill The Moonlight and Girls Can Tell in their entirety at the 200-person club Empire. So Spoon did what awesome bands like Spoon do and hopped onstage to play a few songs with the band’s gear. You know, just because. To say the least, it was an unforgettable night for the crowd and bands–and something that the rest of us will eternally be jealous of forever. [Fuck Yeah Spoon]
Disney-Pixar’s animated feature Inside Out is in theaters now and continues to recieve high praise from every film outlet. To celebrate its sympathetic nervous systems–Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness–we pulled together a playlist to match those emotions. So break out the tunes when you need help handling, or alleviating, those feelings. It’s #allthefeels and #alltheantidotes in one. [Nerdist]
The Chemical Brothers will be releasing their first studio album in five years, Born in the Echoes, this July. One of the album’s many guests is St. Vincent aka Annie Clark, and their collaborative song, “Under Neon Lights”, is somehow even better than expected. It’s jittery and dark, with its panflute-meets-industrial darkness approach. There’s a lot of Talking Heads vibes too, which makes total sensegiven Clark has worked with David Byrne an extensive amount. [BBC Radio 6]
Mastodon are really amping up the absurdity on their music videos these days. The heavy metal band have shared the clip for “Asleep in the Deep”, a gutteral cut from last year’s LP, Once More ‘Round the Sun. In the video, a cat embarks on a terrifying psychedelic adventure into a creepy alternate world. If you get Alejandro Jodorowsky vibes, pat yourself on the back. That’s exactly what they were going for. Hello, nightmares. [Adult Swim]
Four Tet was supposed to release Morning/Evening, his follow-up LP to 2013’s Beautiful Rewind, in July. But because the summer solstice is so dang beautiful, Kieran Hebden decided to upload the two-song, 40-minute album online to stream way in advance instead. The physical edition can be picked up on July 10. Until then, you can greet the sun with his beautiful downtempo electronics. Bonus: his Instagram announcing it is incredibly random (frog onesie?) and incredibly delightful (that smile!), proving Hebden is truly the best. [Pitchfork]
It’s Monday, and that means another slew of albums are up on NPR’s First Listen. Miguel’s Wildheart captures all the rich beauty and deep emotion of ’60s-era soul, Neil Young + Promise of the Real’s The Monsanto Years does vintage folk rock with a side of politics, Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06 is low key rap for an uptempo summer, and Matt Pond PA’s The State of Gold will have you captivated by its restless rustic roots. Stream them all in full here. [NPR]
Come back on Wednesday for another breakdown of news on Music Dispatch!