Happy Columbus Day, music lovers! In honor of the holiday, we urge you to travel in the opposite direction of all your days’ anticipated destinations, and, regardless of wherever you end up, insist you have reached the Indies, or Cipango, or a previously unexplored “New World.” If that plan fails, just tell your friends you discovered some new music, like these new works from David Bowie, Robert Plant, Neil Diamond, and Thurston Moore. Throwback Monday anyone? We are certainly happy to see these legendary names still making great music.
Lorde has taken the fact that she is actually Randy Marsh in stride. Watch above as she performs a snippet of her number one new smash hit single “Ya Ya Ya, I am Lorde, Ya Ya Ya”. Clearly the teenage pop singer is way more honored than offended to be satirized by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, because duh.
The Simpsons paid tribute to Yusuf Islam f/k/a Cat Stevens in the couch gag of the 550th episode. Playing the titular track of Islam’s classic 1970 album Tea For The Tillerman, the opening scene emulates the album artwork and animates what the singer’s lyrics would look like in the hyper-yellow, pastel world of Springfield. It’s a really striking tribute to the iconic songwriter, whose new album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone comes out October 27. [Rolling Stone]
Gearing up for the release of a career-spanning compilation album titled Nothing Has Changed, David Bowie premiered the new track “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour yesterday. Clocking in at seven minutes and employing the services of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, it is epic and theatric. Nothing Has Changed will be available November 18th, with a 10″ vinyl of “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime” following on November 28. [Spin]
More delightful interview shenanigans from Robert Plant, who kicked off his visit to the Colbert Report by losing his wireless microphone and needing Stephen Colbert’s assistants to get it clipped back in his pants. Halfway through the interview, he gifted Colbert a hand-rolled joint. Colbert, taking a moment to regain his composure, spoke directly to the camera: “For the purposes of my lawyer and network, this is a cigarette.” Plant also performed “Rainbow” of his new album Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar.
One of Nerdist’s favorite artists of 2013, Cuushe, is featured on the first solo effort in six years from producer Andrea Mangia, aka Populous. The track, “Fall” effortlessly synthesizes the global sounds and inspirations that define the album, Night Safari.
The Foo Fighters have promised “Something From Nothing” will premier this Thursday morning. [Spin] To stoke your excitement, check above for the band’s previously released trailer for their HBO series of the same name as their album. They go to eight different cities and meet with legendary producers, musicians, and artists along the way. There is absolutely everything to love about the Foo Fighters right now, just like there has always been.
Kendrick Lamar dropped the lyrics video for “i”, the first single off his much anticipated and eventual sophomore album. The video is primarily a lot of footage of people making heart shapes with their hands and smiling and hugging. Very positive and uplifting. Excited to see what Kendrick has in store for the rest of his upcoming album. [Rolling Stone]
Fans of fast-twitch muscle fibers will be excited to hear that ostensibly underground filmmakers Tim & Barry are releasing a documentary on the Chicago Footwork scene. The film will be released later this month, featuring DJ Spinn, Traxman, RP Boo, DJ Clent, the late DJ Rashad, and dance battles previously undocumented in this scope. The trailer, above, has all the unpolished authenticity that seems to charm people who like underground film things. [Xlr8r]
In the mood for some new music from some old friends? NPR’s First Listen is streaming Thurston Moore’s The Best Day, as well as Neil Diamond’s Melody Road. First Listen also has the exciting, dance-inducing Arthur Russell tribute album, Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring Robyn, José González and Hot Chip, among others, and with profits supporting Red Hot’s battle against AIDS. Though your plate is already quite full, make some room on there for Horse Feathers’ folksy new album, So It Is With Us, also streaming on NPR.
tUnE-yArDs has released the new music video for her track, “Real Thing”, featuring a mannequin-ception of mannequins opening packages full of mannequin parts. As we have come to expect from the eccentric Merrill Garbus, the video is full of loud, zig-zagging colors, and strangely choreographed dance moves–we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Jukely, a “matchmaker” app for people and music, has announced a new service offering unlimited concerts for $25/month. The service is currently available only in New York City, and there is a wait list to sign up, but if you share a referral link, you will be moved up the list. That being said, here is MY referral link. [Pigeons and Planes]
See you all on Wednesday with another dose of the Music Dispatch! Let us know which newsy nugget was your favorite in the comments below and on Twitter!