What do you do when you’ve sold out Madison Square Garden in a matter of minutes? Play your neighbor’s backyard, of course. Well, at least if you’re Thom Yorke. After catching up on the Radiohead frontman’s antics, stick around for a clip of the School of Rock Broadway cast performing live, Kanye West’s newest single, a music video for a Wet Hot American Summer tune, and the brand new Weaves album which can now be streamed in full.
Thom Yorke can do whatever he pleases. When you play international festivals and stadium gigs on the regular, sometimes all you want is to play a bare set to a crowd who couldn’t care less. The Radiohead frontman brought an acoustic guitar over to his neighbor’s garden party in Oxford and got to work performing for unassuming adults. As Reddit user verylittlesound reports, the 30-minute set included solo acoustic versions of “Desert Island Disk.” “No Surprises,” “Street Spirit,” “Reckoner,” and “I Might Be Wrong.” Not too shabby, eh? [Consequence of Sound]
It feels like it’s been much longer than three months since The Life of Pablo dropped, but that’s the time stamp. Kanye West and his monster of an album don’t want to be forgotten. Case and point: he just dropped a new single. “Champions” comes from Cruel Winter, a new album that serves as a follow-up to 2012 compilation Cruel Summer. As such, it sees a huge group of G.O.O.D. Music acts and others beside West: Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Quavo, Travi$ Scott, and Yo Gotti. It seems like too much came out of nowhere. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised given he promised two more albums would be out before this year ends. The streaming audio has been taken down, but you can give it a spin after purchasing at Apple Music. [Consequence of Sound]
Now that summer is here, it’s time to bust out the ultimate camp movie: Wet Hot American Summer. The film’s co-composer, Craig Wedren, shared a music video for one of the film’s songs, “I Am a Wolf, You Are the Moon,” and it’s beautiful. The song comes from the seventh episode of the spinoff Netflix series, which is up for EMMY consideration for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. How could the judges not love it when none other than Paul Rudd performs it in gaudy camp garb? For all that comedy, there’s a gushy heart to be found at its core. [Billboard]
Carry on with the rest of your day while you soak up one of our most highly-anticipated releases of the year: Weaves‘ self-titled debut LP. The album comes straight out of Toronto’s bustling scene, showing a quartet that bounced ideas off highly creative walls, allowing them to carve their own sound in an artful way. The 11-track release sees warped bass on “Candy” right alongside the slide guitar of “Birds & Bees” and dozens of other delights hidden in its tangled melodies. Give it a listen above and pre-order the album before it drops this Friday. [Vice]
See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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