Of course the Pope has to be a do-gooder, but how does he sound so dang good doing it? On his new single (yes, the Pope is a musician now), Pope Francis brings a Latin hymn to life while still donating part of the proceeds from sales to a support fund for refugees. Meanwhile, regular musicians are still making their own waves. “Weird Al” guest stars in a sports video, Patti Smith took over U2’s London show, Grimes starts screaming on a new track, Steve Albini spoke on Marc Maron’s podcast, and there’s finally more new music from the one and only Eleanor Friedberger. It is truly a blessed day.
Pope Francis is a certified rock star. His debut album, Wake Up!, drops on November 27, but we’ve already heard the title-track, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”. Today, we get to hear His Holiness ask why children suffer while some beautiful strings and heartfelt choirs join him on “¿Por qué sufren los ninos?” Like Titus Andronicus and those before them, the Pope includes a speech excerpt in the song, this time from his own event where he spoke to St. Thomas University in the Philippines. [Pitchfork]
“Weird Al” Yankovic always brings music to our ears, even when he’s not physically singing. Please welcome the faux sports conference. In “Sports Song”, the parody mastermind spoofs every sports presser ever by starring as Grizzled Coach, a banal coach who helps highlights the yawnings of our athletics-obsessed culture. It goes as any one of these tapings does: restate the facts, agree that they took place, and look gruff the whole time you say it. Oh, and throw an overreaction in there for good measure. [Rolling Stone]
When you have a six-night residency in London, you go big because going home is no longer an option. That’s exactly what U2 did. The other night, Bono and co. brought Patti Smith out to perform intimate performances of “Gloria” and “People Have the Power” off her essential LPs Horses and Dream of Life respectively. They brought Noel Gallagher out to cover The Beatles on another night, but that paled in comparison to Smith’s powerful words. So do most guest appearances, really. [Consequence of Sound]
In a mere seven days, Grimes will finally release her next album, Art Angels. In anticipation of that big moment, the Tumblr qyeen turned music icon has shared a new single titled “SCREAM”. The all-caps look is necessary. It’s a jarring number featuring Taiwanese MC Aristophanes and, yes, a handful of actual screams. It seems her full-length will not be lacking edge. [Consequence of Sound]
Comedian Marc Maron draws quite an interesting array of guests on his podcast WTF With Marc Maron. The newest to grace that list is none other than music giant Steve Albini. On this episode of the podcast, the two talk about high school, parental engineering, and the downfall of disco. Check it out in full here. [Pitchfork] [Photo via WTF With Marc Maron]
The Fiery Furnaces left a considerable dent in the way we viewed indie rock back in the mid-2000s. While the long since defunct band has no plans to reunite, Eleanor Friedberger will continue writing her own solo material. On January 22 of next year, she will drop a full-length titled New View. Get a taste of what’s to come with “He Didn’t Mention His Mother”, a slow roller spliced up by clean guitar that’s as jagged as it is alluring. [Consequnece of Sound]
Now it’s off to the haunted houses and ghoulish parties, pals! Do a monster mash dance for us. We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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