Cats. That is what we are promising in today’s Music Dispatch. Once you get through a healthy batch of news about Gerard Way, The New Pornographers, Foo Fighters, Lorde, and Chance the Rapper updates, you will be rewarded with some very exciting news regarding cats! Meow!
Our pals The New Pornographers appeared last night on Conan for a resounding rendition of “Dancehall Domine”, one of the standout tracks from there new album, Brill Bruisers. Make sure to check out last month’s episode of Nerdist Sessions to catch frontman AC Newman performing an acoustic version of “Hi-Rise”. And if you are in the Los Angeles area tonight, the band will be playing a show at The Wiltern.
Just in time for your Friday night shenanigans, we present “The Walking Drunk,” a video mashup of the opening credits of The Walking Dead intercut with footage of drunk people trying to get from point A to point Z(ombie). [Laughing Squid]
There was a gathering of the redheads on Conan Wednesday night, as Gerard Way, sporting a vermilion tie to match his vermilion mane, performed “No Shows” off his new album Hesitant Alien. If you have yet to catch his music video for “Millions,” make sure you catch that right here.
Clear your calendar from June 11 through the 14th and book a plane ticket to Tennessee, because Bonnaroo just announced festival dates (June 11-14th).
The Foo Fighters have released the first song from their forthcoming, municipality-themed album, Sonic Highways. Each track on the album is inspired by and recorded within a specific city, and Chicago enjoys that privilege for this first track, “Something From Nothing”. As readers pointed out in the comments of our Geek Track of the Day posting, it’s riff brings to mind Dio’s “Holy Diver” (whose music video is always worth revisiting).
South Park has released the full track to Randy’s/Lorde’s “Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday)”, available for free download on their Twitter. Read our full writeup: ya, ya, ya, I am Lorde. Ya, ya, ya.
The Foo Fighters, who tonight wrap up their weeklong residency on Late Show With David Letterman, stuck around after the show the other night to perform “Miracle” for an emotional Letterman. [Alternative Nation]
Chance the Rapper hates a lot of things in his latest track with The Social Experiment, “No Better Blues”. I hate a lot of things, too, but one thing I don’t hate is this new track. [Hypetrak]
Rolling Stone sent Rick Rubin back to school for a new short-form documentary on the early days of that legendary record label he launched out of his NYU dorm room, Def Jam Recordings. The short is a pleasure to watch, as Rubin returns to room 712 for the first time in thirty years, and everyone, from Russell Simmons to LL Cool J, from Adam Horovitz to Rubin’s old roommate/intern, reminisce on those early years in the hip-hop game. [Rolling Stone]
NPR’s First Listen is streaming Jessie Ware’s smooth disco-pop album, Tough Love, available for purchase October 24th.
Remember when world renowned violinist Joshua Bell played a 400 year old Stradivarius in a hectic DC subway station as part of a social experiment for the Washington Post? The result? He made $32 in change. Taking a page from the music-slumming playbook, Erykah Badu tried some unheralded performing in Times Square. Competing with sidewalk vendors, distracting billboards, and that naked cowboy guy, Badu did not fare as well as Bell. She came out only $3.60 richer. [NME]
Building up to the deluxe reissues of Led Zeppelin IV later this month, Jimmy Page and team has released an alternate mix to “Rock and Roll’. Before you get too excited, the difference is hardly noticeable beyond some muddier guitar work and what may or may not be a little more flourish on the keys. That being said, it is always exciting to hear the what-might-have-beens. Listen to it on Consequence of Sound.
Meow the Jewels, the crowd-funded, all-feline remix of Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels 2, has reached it’s fundraising goal on Kickstarter. They have released a special video to celebrate this historic accomplishment. This is why the internet was invented, people. Totally worth reading through all that other stuff, wasn’t it? [Pigeons and Planes]
L.A.-based duo Foxygen have released visuals for their new single, “Coulda Been My Love”, which borrows aesthetically from 70s pop rock, and even employs the same chord progression as “Come And Get Your Love”, which you definitely recognize from The Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1.