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Music Dispatch: They Might Be Giants Sing About All Kinds of Animals in Their New Music Video

Music Dispatch: They Might Be Giants Sing About All Kinds of Animals in Their New Music Video

They Might Be Giants could get away with calling themselves They Might Be Animal Behavior Scientists–or, to be technical, They Might be Ethologists–after releasing their new animated music video. Meanwhile, Mac DeMarco is an actor now, Youth Lagoon’s new music video features a septuagenarian arsonist, CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry is flattered by your marriage proposal but no thanks, Drake and Beyoncé tried to explode the world by teaming up on a song, Miley Cyrus is taking The Flaming Lips on tour, and Drake again tried to explode the world by performing live with Future. Yes, it was a big weekend in music, so let’s get to it.


They Might Be Giants has a new album coming up called Glean, which will collect some of the songs the band has created as part of their Dial-a-Song project, for which they have released a new song every week this year. “Moles, Hounds, Bears, Bees and Hares” won’t be on that album, but the song did just get its own animated music video, and it’s great if you want to learn about the behavioral patterns of the titular animals, or if you just want to see a green squirrel playing trumpet. [Laughing Squid]

Mac DeMarco

Guys, Mac DeMarco is going to be a movie star! Not really, though: based on the trailer, it looks more like he read some narration off a script as a favor to some acquaintances of his. Regardless, the movie is called DARK PRISM and it has everything, if “everything” includes a giant screaming penis. We can’t really explain it either, so here’s the official synopsis for the bizarre horror film:

DARK PRISM is about three unique and strange women, each battling their own demons, in both a literal and metaphorical sense. Although they exist in different times and perhaps different worlds, their lives will soon collide due to the mysterious appearance of a massive prism. Slowly, the world as one knows it disassembles, and the nonsensical becomes the sensical… in DARK PRISM.”  Check out the NSFW trailer at Consequence of Sound.

Nursing homes are meant as a place for the experienced to live out their final days while being taken care of by trained professionals and perhaps even enjoying the sense of community offered by the facility. The grandmother in Youth Lagoon’s new video for “The Knower” isn’t buying that narrative, though, as she craves a different kind of warmth: she decides to burn the place to the ground instead. The sad news is that a cockatoo is caught in the fire, and the bird may or may not make it out alive. Send your avian prayers… or just watch the video and find out what happens. [Consequence of Sound]

Listen: no matter how much undying affection you have for CHVRCHES’ singer Lauren Mayberry, if you happen to be at one of her band’s concerts and find yourself with some dead air into which you can project your voice, do not ask her to marry you. Mayberry won’t take too kindly to your request, as one heckler learned the hard way recently by prompting the following speech from Mayberry:

“Oh, come on. Do you actually think that’s… what’s the hit rate on that? When you go to public places and ask women you don’t know if they want to wed you?… Does that work out well for you, sir? And also, I assume because you’re here that you’d know a bit about our band. And I’m very grumpy. I don’t want that shit.” Then the audience applauded, and she continued, “Thank you. Thank you everybody else. Sorry for shaming that one person, but if nobody tells you, you’re never gonna know. And luckily for me right now, I have a microphone and you don’t, so it works in my favor at this particular juncture.”

We usually trust Beyoncé, but maybe you shouldn’t put a ring on it just because you like it. [Consequence of Sound]

Speaking of Queen Bey, she will be giving Drake’s upcoming album Views From The Six–which is expected to come out at some point this year–a nice bump as she is featured on “Can I”, which has previously been leaked online in May. Now, we have a full studio version of the song courtesy of Drake, so check out the latest collaboration from the titans of their field above. The two previously worked together on “Mine”, from Beyoncé’s 2014 self-titled album.

Miley Cyrus might be the lead singer of The Flaming Lips now, or at least its seemed that way the past month or so. The band joined her on stage for her Saturday Night Live performance this weekend–watch “Karen Don’t Be Sad” above, “The Twinkle Song” here–and now they’re getting ready to head out in a brief club tour together. So brief, in fact, that we’re comfortable listing the complete schedule here:

11/19: Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
11/21: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/27: Washington, DC – Echostage
11/28: New York, NY – Terminal 5
12/05: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/06: Boston, MA – House of Blues

Let’s talk about Drake some more: What A Time To Be Alive, his mixtape with Future, has received an unprecedented amount of hype, so Drake decided to further titillate the masses by bringing Future on stage during his set at Austin City Limits over the weekend, and the two played a few songs from their joint release. Watch “Jumpman” above, then check out “Big Rings” and “Where Ya At” here. [Pigeons & Planes]

Drake will probably do something else worth talking about in the next couple days, so check back on Wednesday to see if he makes the next Music Dispatch!

Featured image courtesy of They Might Be Giants

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