Friday is here and the smell of Independence Day burgers are in the air. Before you hit the grill, check out some of the music news we can’t get over. Eminem meets John Malkovich in a new video, The Libertines shared their first music in 11 years, Beastie Boys are not playing live shows, Beach House sound like My Bloody Valentine now, Ty Segall formed a new band, Rihanna murders people in her epic music video, Spoon made playing cards, and Crystal Castles shared their first song without lead singer Alice Glass. Check it out!
We already knew Eminem was producing the soundtrack for the new Jake Gyllenhaal film, Southpaw, but what we didn’t know was that one of the four songs he wrote for the movie, “Phenomenal”, would get such a cool video. In the seven-minute clip, Eminem performs martial arts and battles opponents with a fish, of all weapons. The best part, undeniably so, is when he stumbles into a crowded area and tries to locate John Malkovich with a mysterious spoken interlude. It’s available as an Apple Music exclusive, meaning you have to head there to see it. [Pitchfork]
It’s been 11 long years since the Libertines last shared new music. Now the British band have announced not only a new album, but single “Gunga Din” and it’s accompanying video. It’s a fun return to the racous sound we’ve missed, complete with charming harmonies meant for bar crawl sing-a-longs. As the name suggests, there’s some bounce bass for all your smoking needs. Cheers, mates. [NME]
For once, we’re really sad the rumors aren’t true. Beastie Boys have denied the recent chatter suggesting they’re planning a live reunion after Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz filed a trademark application for the Beastie Boys name in conjunction with “live performances by a musical group.” As a rep told Rolling Stone, “There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch.” We hope he’s resting easy up in heaven. Grab some onion rings and throw a party instead. [Rolling Stone]
Did you hear the new Beach House song? Stop what you’re doing and listen right now if not. “Sparks” is a gorgeous number that sounds more like My Bloody Valentine than it does Beach House — a shift we didn’t know we wanted as badly as we want now. Now we’re starving for more. That’s what the repeat button is for. [Nerdist]
Garage rock king Ty Segall never stops making music. Case and point: he just formed a new band called Broken Bat. Joined by Melvins’ Dave Crover and OFF! bassist Steven McDonald, Segall is back at the drawing pad as he always seems to be each year. The new sound is less melodic and more noisy according to the snippet they have shared. Don’t fret. He keeps that high voltage power coming straight at your face. For Segall, the riffs never end. [Stereogum]
Murder is gory, even when celebrities are doing it. Wait, wait — we mean in music videos, not real life. Rihanna‘s newest clip sees her kidnap a rich woman, kill whoever crosses her, and torture plenty of people and objects in the process. As the first image suggests, it’s NSFW. I mean, come on. The song is titled “Bitch Better Have My Money” — what else did you expect? [The Verge]
Hold your poker chips and practice that side eye. Spoon just made their own set of playing cards, and all 56 of them are awesome. The “casino-quality” cards are inspired by their latest album, They Want My Soul. Matthew Jacobson and Camilo Medina helped create them, including the two RIP cards that replace the usual Jokers. If you want to work on your magic tricks, they’ve got you covered too. There’s one crazy 4 card that includes all four suits. [Facebook]
There’s been a lot of drama surrounding Crystal Castles ever since singer extraordinaire Alice Glass left. Now, Ethan Kath is joined by new singer Edith (her last name still hasn’t been given) for a glitchy song with dark undertones. It’s not as heavy as Crystal Castles’ last album, and it’s certainly lacking that Glass charm, but it sounds much better than expected given their fights. [Pitchfork]
Have a happy 4th of July weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another new Music Dispatch!