Welcome to Music Dispatch! The date is November 10, 1974, and we have tons of news regarding all your favorite modern artists, including David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bryan Ferry and Pink Floyd! Let’s get to it fast, because who knows how long any of these rockers will stay relevant. Groovy today, square tomorrow, amirite? But first…
Nicki Minaj has been receiving plenty of ire and criticism for the blatant Nazi imagery and glorification in the otherwise tepid lyrics video for her tepid track “Only (featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)”. In the video, Minaj is portrayed as an animated, Hitler-like dictator, complete with rows of tanks, soldiers in SS uniforms and arm bands, and giant, vertical banners where the swastika has been replaced by the Young Money logo (true to the track’s title, this replacement accounts for the only change made to the Third Reich design). Brown is portrayed as a military general, Lil Wayne as an ominous corporate-y guy, and Drake (who was raised Jewish) as the Pope. What do you think: Is this in bad taste? Are people overreacting? Are lyrics videos just kind of lame in general? State your case in the comments below. [Consequence of Sound]
David Bowie has released another new track, building up to the release of his compilation album Nothing Has Changed. BBC Radio 6 premiered “Tis a Pity She Was a Whore”, and Bowie described it as acknowledging “the shocking rawness of the First World War,” and credited Vorticism art movement as inspiration. Accessible! [Spin]
The Amazing Disappearing Taylor Swift! First her entire library was removed from streaming service Spotify, then her latest music video for the 1989 track, “Blank Space” was been yanked off the internet after only a fleeting, 30-minute life on Yahoo. Taylor Swift giveth and Taylor Swift taketh away. Actually, in this case, Yahoo reportedly jumped the gun by sharing the video before its official premiere, and removed the post once the mistake was realized. But its 2014 and the time between reporting this blurb and finishing this post, the video went live again. Watch above.
Lauren Mayberry, the frontwoman of Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES stopped by the Nerdist Podcast to talk to our very own Chris Hardwick about Scotland, music, and much more. We are exceedingly stoked to see which scene of Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has been soundtracked by the band’s new track, “Dead Air.”
Remember back in September, when Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek dedicated all his energies to the systematic destruction of War On Drugs, following the band’s loud performance countering his own at Ottawa Folk Fest? It culminated in the instant classic diss-track, “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”. This weekend, in what was assuredly arranged by a festival booker with a sense of poetic justice, Sun Kil Moon performed at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest opposite the much noisier Run The Jewels. RTJ’s El-P, who is an enthusiastic Kozelek fan, caught the guy beforehand and introduced himself as the band that would be interrupting his set, to which Kozelek cheekily rejoined, “Suck my dick, Run The Jewels.” Later, El-P lead their audience in a good-natured chant of, “Suck my dick, Sun Kil Moon!” According to Twitter, Kozelek and El-P have since become email pen-pals. [Stereogum]
Onto the Streams! Check out Oh Land’s new, poppy album, Earth Sick, currently streaming on Billboard, and visit NPR’s First Listen for new releases from BIG K.R.I.T., Robert Wyatt, Andy Stott, and Bryan Ferry. And if you are trying to push your audio boundaries with some very aggressive dance music, check out this compilation album dedicated to the late-great footwork producer, DJ Rashad via Pitchfork Advance.
Pink Floyd’s The Endless River, the first album from the band in 20 years, is now available for purchase and to stream on Spotify. They’ve also released the above promotional video, featuring the track “Louder Than Words”. It begins with dreamy imagery reminiscent of a Pure Moods commercial (“Set adrift with the timeless pleasure of ‘Tubular Bells'”), intercut with Behind the Music-esque split screen studio footage, and then, all of a sudden, we are in Baraka and Asian children are holding up photographs of rusty, landlocked shipping vessels. Shine on you crazy Pink Floyd. [Consequence of Sound]
Chance the Rapper and Erykah Badu both lent their voice to Adult Swim‘s blacksploitation parody cartoon, Black Dynamite, for the reference-laden episode, “‘How Honeybee Got Her Groove Back’ or ‘Sexodus’ or ‘Night of the Living Dickheads.'” Chance, falling in and out of a Jamaican accent, performed the role of a glistening Bob Marley, while Badu played both Rita Marley and a prostitute. [Pitchfork]
Hoping to cash in on the Oculus Rift craze as the Beatles did Guitar Hero, The Who will be releasing a special 50th-anniversary app, which will allow the player to explore the history and music of the band in an immersive 3D world, ultimately tying in the compilation album and anniversary tour which will be released around the same time. [The Guardian]
In Rich-White-Guys-with-Goaties News today, Robert Plant has turned down Richard Branson’s £500 million offer to embark on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. Plant was the only hold out from the band, taking two days to think about it before ripping up the contract. This comes on the heels of District Court Judge Juan Sanchez denying Led Zep’s latest attempt to dismiss a court case accusing that they plagiarized “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 song “Taurus”. If they lose that case, maybe Plant should reconsider; “Stairway to Heaven” was estimated in 2008 to be worth $572 million. [NME]
That’s all for now. See you in the future!