Aliens exist and no one can convince Tom DeLonge otherwise. The ex-Blink-182 guitarist is so sure of their existence that he’s writing an entire book inspire by them. Really really. After you pre-order that book (because why wouldn’t you), there’s plenty of other things to do. Read up on The Lonely Island’s new comedy, watch The Roots turn Super Bowl tweets into rap songs, listen to the lead single off Andrew Bird’s upcoming album with Fiona Apple, mimic Janelle Monae’s dance moves in a Super Bowl commercial, and stream a new mixtape by Young Thug.
When you’re not in Blink-182 anymore, what’s there left to do? Write comics and then a book, of course. Tom DeLonge announced he will launch a cross-media three-book series called Sekret Machines that spans fiction and nonfiction books this spring. Get your hands on the first novel, a 704-page book called Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, on April 5. “Aliens Exist” was just the beginning. Do you believe? We do. [Rolling Stone]
There’s a new late-night sketch comedy show entering the weekend game and it’s going to make Saturday Night Live tremble in fear. The show, called Party Over Here, will air on Saturday nights at 11 PM on FOX — just half an hour before SNL starts. This wouldn’t be a big threat if it weren’t for the incredible cast the show has set. It’s executive-produced by The League’s Paul Scheer and The Lonely Island (aka Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer). Comedians Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna, and Alison Rich are already set to star. Stay tuned for more news about it before the first episode airs on March 12. [Consequence of Sound]
Your tweet is The Roots‘ command. Well, if you happened to tweet a really good use of the #SuperBowlRap hashtag, that is. On an episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week, The Roots turned Super Bowl-themed tweets into hilarious songs in a matter of seconds because, you know, they’re ridiculously talented. As usual, any lyric parody of “Hotline Bling” doesn’t get old, especially when it references chicken wings. [Rolling Stone]
Even though he released an experimental album last year, Andrew Bird‘s newly announced LP feels like it’s the first record he’s dropped in years. Titled Are You Serious, the album sees collaborations with Fiona Apple, Blake Mills, and his own funky loop pedal. Also with that announcement comes the first single: “Capsized.” Lest you forget, Bird is doing a world tour this year, and now we know what it’s in support of. It all adds up to form some seriously exciting news that has us giddy for his wild violin. [Pitchfork]
Nobody can dance like Janelle Monáe. The girl’s got incredible soul moves that look easy . Last time I tried, I hurt my leg. In a new Pepsi commercial for the Super Bowl, she debuts some moves that anyone can tackle — as long as you take it slow. If you pay close attention, you can see her slip into an early Madonna outfit while dipping across the decades, ranging everywhere from the ’60s, ’80s, and today. [Pitchfork]
Young Thug put out three releases last year in addition to two guest spots on other rappers’ albums. If that’s not hustling, we don’t know what is. Unsurprisingly, his work doesn’t stop there. The Atlanta rapper-weirdo just dropped a new mixtape called I’m Up. The nine-track collection is yours for the streaming above. [Consequence of Sound]
Have a great weekend, y’all! See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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