Happy Friday! Here at Nerdist Music Dispatch, we know you have a choice when choosing curated music news roundups, and we would like to thank you for jamming with us. Today’s little morsels of audio happenings, we have a TLC cover by Bette Midler, an S Club 7 reunion, Britney Spears’ paycheck, and new music from the Foo Fighters. But I’m most excited about…
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Yesterday, we premiered alt-rapper K.Flay’s new, super dope, VFX-heavy music video for “Make Me Fade”. Today, we have an exclusive, in-depth interview. She talks about everything from making her music videos to Margaret Atwood. Keep an eye out for it.
Prolific music documentary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will produce a new doc on the Grateful Dead with director Amir Bar-Lev. The band, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, will join the likes of The Band, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Rolling Stones as subjects of Scorsese’s work. [Rolling Stone]
Britney Spears is on a hot streak in the City of Lost Wages. The new contract for her residency at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas has her earning approximately one million dollars a week. That’s $1,00,200.00 more than I’ve ever made in Vegas. [The 405]
In a gross simplification of data, a software applications writer has been making sound waves in the music world with a chart that correlates musical tastes on Facebook to SAT scores. While people are reading the chart and coming to the conclusion that smart people like Beethoven and dumb people like Lil Wayne, a more honest interpretation would be: Beethoven is more popular than Lil Wayne among smart students, and Lil Wayne is more popular than Beethoven among dumb students. It may seem like a minor distinction, but its enough to suggest the two sets of data aren’t as directly connected as they seem on the chart. Maybe I’m just bitter because I like Lil Wayne. [Consequence of Sound]
Did you know FKA Twigs nickname came from how loudly she can crack her bones? It’s a surprising factoid, mostly the part about her having bones. After watching the ballerina-turned-musician dance in this video, you’ll begin to suspect she’s made out of rubber. In this concept video for Google Glass, which she directed as well as stars in, Twigs battles a series of doppelgångers with some dominant krumping and android assistance. [Dazed]
Parliament must have received all my letters imploring them to bring S Club 7 back, because it’s really happening this time, you guys! The coed version of the Spice Girls, whose main shtick was constantly reminding you of their names, will be reuniting for the first time in over a decade for the BBC’s Children in Need benefit show on November 14. Now if only I could get some traction with my Westlife reunion tour petition. [Vulture]
Continuing their HBO music documentary, Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters have released the second track, “The Feast and the Famine”, this time inspired by the city of D.C. The Foo Fighters will be in town for the episodes, premiere, and will perform a special midnight show at the popular Black Cat.Now watch Dave Grohl return to, and gush about, the city that raised him in this sentimentally slow-motion promo for the next Sonic Highways episode. [Rolling Stone]
Music Dispatch is very gradually becoming a strictly Foo Fighters Dispatch. Dave Grohl and Courtney Love, who recently buried the hatchet of their ages old Nirvana feud, have a longstanding $10,000 bet to see who can acquire the most strippers. We’re vague on the rules of this bet, but, considering strippers work for money, logically the best strategy to win this bet would be to spend $20,000 before your opponent can spend $10,000, thereby forcing them to either minimize their losses through forfeiture (and thereby compensate half of your losses), or continue spending in a mutually destructive spiral of attrition. [Page 6] Right now, we’re really digging this mixtape by Tkay Maidza, an 18 year-old Australian by way of Zimbabwe. Her catchy brand of electro-pop hip hop lands somewhere in the hue wheel between Santigold, M.I.A. and Azealia Banks. Listen above.
Everything new is old again. That’s how the expression goes, right? In the same category we present: Jessica Lange covering Lana Del Rey, and Bette Midler covering TLC‘s “Waterfalls”. We gave both admiringly snarky write-ups that you will enjoy reading. In the latest of his Secret Songs series, Ryan Hemsworth brings us “You” by Little Cloud. It is very pretty and available for free download. [Pigeons and Planes
Complex sent comedian The Kid Mero to do some man-on-the-street reporting, asking New Yorkers to decipher Young Thug’s often baffling flow. A couple listeners confidently hear “500 Visa cards” (wrong), and a few others dubiously think they may have heard something about “puffing on clouds” (right!). And, of course, plenty of white people exclaiming, “I can’t repeat that!” [Pigeons and Planes]
That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend, and let us know what you think of the new Run The Jewels 2 in the comments below and on Twitter!