Today’s Music Dispatch has everything you need. First and foremost, Foo Fighters are officially the final musical guest to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman. Then comes the news that Spotify has some major updates including a ton of Nerdist content (!), Florence and the Machine is back with a new song, the official trailer for Amy Winehouse’s first documentary is online, Mourn release an awesome punk rock single, and Marina Abramovic claims Jay-Z used her for his flashy “Picasso Baby” video. Let’s get to it.
It’s still impossible to believe that David Letterman is stepping down from his role as the host of Late Show this Wednesday night. Now that we know the Foo Fighters are going to be his final musical guest when he bids farewell, though, things got a bit easier to swallow.
Letterman and Dave Grohl’s band have had a long history together. In addition to being his favorite band, the group has played numerous times on the show, including their week-long residency in October of 2014 to celebrate Sonic Highways. Back in February of 2000, Letterman had to get an emergency quintuple bypass surgery and Foo Fighters played “Everlong” live to usher in his first post-surgery show (aka his “favorite band playing [his] favorite song”). It’s fitting for a band so musically talented, large-hearted, and epic to close out his final musical performance. Still, that doesn’t make it any less bittersweet. [Rolling Stone]
At a press conference in New York, Spotify announced they’re adding new features: video content, podcasts, news, original programming, weather programming, and a new running program. It’s already available here in the US, but other countries need to hold on a bit before they get access. Best of all, we’re joining them. The Nerdist Podcast can be streamed directly from Spotify along with You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Indoor Kids, Thrilling Adventure Hour, and many more. Did we mention our own Matt Grosinger is hosting a web series there, too, called Celebrity Playlist? It’s full of fun goodies that your earbuds can’t wait to hear. [Nerdist]
The chills are back. No, it isn’t cold outside; there’s a new Florence and the Machine song. Florence has shared “Delilah”, a new track from their forthcoming third LP, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and it’s a soaring number that sees her expand her lungs as wide as possible for some truly diva notes. Piano clunks around with anthemic chords and some backing organ mist in the background. Then things speed up. All of a sudden we’ve found ourselves clapping to the beat and dancing in our office. Oops. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s hard to forget the first time you heard Amy Winehouse. With a voice so sharply reminiscent of earlier decades and smoke-filled cabarets, she had a way of capturing music’s soul by putting her own into it before she died from alcohol poisoning in 2011. The official trailer for Amy, Asif Kapaida’s forthcoming documentary about the singer’s life, is a dramatic look into the reason the world loved her before the film drops nationwide on July 10. “I’m not a girl trying to be a star,” she says modestly in the emotional footage. “I’m just a girl that sings.” [MTV]
We double dog dare you not to fall in love with Mourn. The Barcelona group of teenagers make the most refreshingly punk, melodic, charming rock that speaks far beyond their years. On the heels of their self-titled debut that dropped this year, Mourn have shared a new single titled “Gertrudis, Get Through This!”. It’s the diet version of the album in terms of grit, but it perfectly matches the less-harsh weather outside. Head over to Captured Tracks to pick up a copy of the 7″ before they sell out (because trust us, they will).
Remember when Jay Z performed Magna Carta Holy Grail cut “Picasso Baby” for six straight hours at New York City’s impossibly white Pace Gallery in 2013? It’s hard to forget. The footage became a music video that featured dozens of famous world figures, including Marina Abramović. It made sense given her work “The Artist Is Present” inspired the concept. In an interview with Spike, she claims he “completely used [her] and that wasn’t fair.” Things are still being worked out (the video’s producer says her claims are unfounded), but watching the music video just got a whole lot more disappointing — maybe even moreso than the album as a whole. [FACT]
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