Happy post-Oscars Monday, everyone. The day following any major media event always tends to run a little light on media news not directly related to that event. It’s simply wise, when possible, to avoid competing for attention with Will Arnett in a Batsuit, Neil Patrick Harris in his skivvies and Benedict Cumberbatch with a flask. Thankfully for us at Music Dispatch, there are a few brave souls willing to be the David to the Oscars’ Goliath. Today, we have a new track from Death Cab, a video from alt-J, and an upcoming album from The Darkness.
First and foremost, we need to discuss how everything was awesome in Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island’s joyfully over-the-top, sugar-rush performance of “Everything is Awesome”, from The Lego Movie. With assists from Questlove, Batman Arnett, a Devo hat clad Mark Mothersbaugh, and about a million costumed dancers, the goofy and frenetic production marked the highlight of the evening (and, without any hyperbole here, possibly the entirety of the Academy Awards’ history). The dancers rushed into the crowd, handing out Sawaya-built Lego trophies to A-listers in a brilliant display of cross-promotional, ancillary marketing that would make even Don Draper tear up. [The Verge]
The award for best song ultimately went to John Legend and Common, for their impassioned track, “Glory”, from the MLK biopic, Selma. Their powerful performance during the telecast was assisted by their stage-filling choir marching across a recreation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the location of 1965’s Bloody Sunday. The duo accepted their award only moments after their performance. At least in this case, can we please keep the “‘The Lego Movie’ was robbed!” talk to a minimum? Deep down, you know “Glory” deserved this nod. [Time]
Moving on from the Oscars now, and across the pond, Oasis has revealed that a new-ish live album, and accompanying documentary, is on the way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1996 series of Knebworth House shows. During the series, the band performed to over a quarter million fans, and marked, in their opinion, the highlight of their career. Noel Gallagher explained they had extensively filmed the events with plans to make a concert doc, and then promptly forgot about it until recently. Expect more from this project in the coming year. [NME]
Back in the States, Pixies are embarking on another North American tour this summer, to kick off in New Orleans in May. The legacy act will be performing a handful of brand new songs, written since the release of last year’s Indie Cindy. [Rolling Stone]
Alt-J have shared a dark and haunting music video (as is their way) for the quiet track,”Pusher”, off their sophomore effort, This Is All Yours. [Stereogum]
Kanye is making a video game about his mom going to heaven??????? Why would he do this????? Apparently the game was inspired by his most recent single, “Only One”, and has been in development for six months. What is earth?
On paradoxically lighter note, the humorous heavy metal act, The Darkness, have returned with an animated comic-book for their track, “Barbarian”. Last of Our Kind, the latest album from The Darkness will come out June 1. [Billboard]
Death Cab for Cutie have shared the floating, melodious “No Room In Frame”. The track is the second single from their March 31 release, Kintsugi. Thematically, the album will explore the idea of creating something new from the re-arranged remnants of something broken. [Pitchfork]
A new Scientific American article explores the origin of Joy Division’s iconic Unknown Pleasures cover art (which we also highlighted once in a gallery). The image displays the first pulsar, recorded in 1919. Read the article HERE, and watch the related short above, “Data Visualization Reinterpreted”.
Are you kidding me with all these new streaming albums, NPR First Listen?? The hip humanitarians of public radio bring us Mayer Hawthorne side-project’s self-titled, Tuxedo; Moon Duo’s third record, Shadow of the Sun; of Montreal’s Aureate Gloom; and the heartbreaking, story-telling folk of Tom Brosseau’s Perfect Abandon.
Chic and Nile Rodgers are releasing their first album in 23 years, It’s About Time, and Daft Punk (who brought in Rodgers for “Get Lucky”) have provided a tribute film. According to Rodgers, their video will come out within a month. [Stereogum]
Fall Out Boy wins over the crowd and frustrates the competition with their foggy understanding of the rules of basketball in their silly, street-style music video for “Irresistible”. [Rolling Stone]
As Wired points out, Siska’s “Unconditional Rebel” was shot in a mere five seconds, but with a 1000 frames-per-second Phantom camera. The result is jaw-droppingly surreal.
See you tomorrow with even more Music Dispatch.