I would not wish a suplex from Peaches or Kim Gordon on my worst enemy, especially after watching Peaches’ insane new music video. That is definitely the strangest thing in today’s Music Dispatch. Additionally, Morrissey got intimate in his first in-person interview in years, a university professor is cosplaying as David Bowie for a full year, Dr. Dre is under the spotlight for abuse concerns, The Who’s “Christmas” got an orchestrated backup version, Danger Mouse started a label and the first taste of Deafheaven’s new album is finally here. Ready to check it all out?
European post-punk quartet Savages are gearing up to drop their sophomore LP. To tease it, they’ve shared a trailer. Among shots of the band and live footage is a clip of Henry Rollins reading from “Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time” by Phyllis Rose. Random? Maybe. Time will tell if that excerpt has to do with the album, or, even better, if Rollins is on it himself. [Pitchfork]
Morrissey talks a lot, just not in person. The outspoken frontman of The Smiths gave Larry King his first on-air, in-person interview in a decade. The full thing has yet to be broadcasted on Ora.TV, but you can already check out several clips where he iscusses depression, cancer, and sexual assault. It is, to say the obvious, rather intimate. [Vulture]
Teachers always have to dress their best, but one teacher is determined to look even better. Will Brooker of England’s Kingston University will be dressing up as each of David Bowie‘s personas for the next year, all of which will help him “better understand” the rock icon. Plus, he’s going to do some method-acting. Then, after living the Bowie life, he can create a critical study on it all. [Nerdist]
Straight Outta Compton is a biopic feat, showcasing the rise and falls of N.W.A. Like all films, it doesn’t represent the full picture. In a brave new essay by journalist Dee Barnes, Dr. Dre’s abuse against women once again gets the spotlight. Barnes outlines how she and R&B singer Michel’le were physically beaten, what the absence of this information in the movie means, and why this is never, ever, ever okay. Read it in full here. [Gawker]
Way back before “Pinball Wizard” was adapted for the big screen, The Who‘s 1969 rock opera Tommy was staged by the London Symphony Orchestra in a massive all-star concert featuring guest spots by Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, and more, plus all four members of The Who. The 1972 performance has been out of print, but a remastered version is coming out on September 11. To celebrate that release, Rolling Stone is streaming “Christmas” as sung by Winwood, Roger Daltrey, and a 60-voice chamber choir, backed by a 104-piece orchestra. [Rolling Stone]
Some men were meant to be born in the renaissance. Danger Mouse has produced countless Grammy-winning records. He’s the Gnarles Barkley, Broken Bells, and Grey Album mastermind everyone grooves to. Now, to add to that list, he’s a record label owner. As of today, Danger Mouse now has his own label called 30th Century Records, an imprint with Columbia. What doesn’t he do? [Rolling Stone]
NSFW: Peaches is going to knock you out. Really. Her new video for “Close Up” sees her training to become a wrestler under the eyes of a very unmotivated, disinterested Kim Gordon. Watch as Peaches gets minimal training, Gordon keeps vaping (yes) and Peaches decides to make out with her opponents (yes). It’s a lot to handle (some weird shit and breastfeeding stuff?), but oh so entertaining. Of course it’s nothing less than absurdly over the top. [Pitchfork]
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Deafheaven‘s new album, and now it’s clear why. New Bermuda is their follow-up to 2013’s critic-lauded Sunbather. Opening track “Brought to the Water” surfaced online today and it’s a snarling eight-and-a-half-minute beast. Prepare yourself. You may get lost in the undertow. [Stereogum]
That’s it for today! Come back on Friday for another round up with Music Dispatch!