Yesterday, many of our favorite artists began rolling out extravagant, new music videos as part of The YouTube Music Awards. We got Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper working in a fast food restaurant, Charli XCX trapped in selfie-hell, and FKA twigs and a bunch of contortionists giving a forested fashion show. Today, we bring even more visual extravagance, including a muppety Shamir, a space-traveling Kygo, a storm-chasing Lindsey Sterling, and a hard partying Ray Liotta (weren’t expecting that, were you?). Keep reading, watching, and listening, because this is Music Dispatch.
Shamir, the septum-pierced prince of countertenor disco, takes a trip to Ave. Q in the official video to “Call It Off”. Like Master P and A$AP Ferg, Shamir’s got the must-have accessory of 2015: a severely outdated cellphone.
For Ed Sheeran and Rudimental’s collaboration on “Bloodstream”, intensely serious Goodfellas actor, Ray Liotta, plays a reformed-but-still-raging rock legend. It’s cute when Taylor Swift rides an ungulate into the mansion, but self-destructive when a drunk 60 year-old does it. If you can put up listening to more Ed Sheeran, this is another awesome video.
Kygo‘s submission for the YouTube Video Awards features a couple of space travelers who happen upon an earthly costume party, probably resulting in significantly skewed research data. The track, “Stole the Show”, features singer Parson James.
Lindsey Stirling, the “hip-hop violinist” who gained attention following a season five showing on America’s Got Talent , but really rose to prominence through her YouTube videos, released “Take Flight” as part of the YMAs. The crossover-classical epicness of the track is partnered with a fantasy-themed video that finds our hero navigating an Escherian stairwell labyrinth and rowing through a storm cloud, in hopes of reaching a dual planet, a la Another Earth.
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez, and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei, will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015, the human rights organization announced today. Keep up the good work!
Having consumed the THREE full servings of mixtapes Gucci Mane dropped in a single day last week –titled Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, respectively– we’re now treated to a helping of Dessert, the three track follow-up EP to cleanse our pallets. If his sheer prolificness is not impressive on its own, consider Gucci Mane has been incarcerated since June, and all these mixtapes have just been sitting patiently in some freezer somewhere. [Stereogum]
Regardless of our personal (and often heated) opinions of his music, Tom DeLonge news always gets us excited. The man can’t help but be interesting. Whether it be his very public battles with the other members of Blink-182, or his conspiracy theories about aliens, or the great think-pieces his career inspires (like Clayton Purdom’s “Thank God for Tom DeLonge, the Wandering Ghost of 90s Mall-Punk“). Today, we get another track from the first of his FOUR upcoming albums (Ball’s in your court, Gucci Mane), To The Stars …Demos, Odds and Ends. “The Invisible Parade” finds DeLonge at his most acoustic-sad, and the accompanying lyrics video features him pouting around the streets, carrying a sad, broken guitar (metaphor!!). But the overall effect is kind of undermined by the surprised girl who balks at 1:20. We are looking forward to four more albums worth of this. [Consequence of Sound]
Hey, remember the glam rock revivalists, The Darkness? They are back with a second track off their upcoming album with the very self-aware title, Last of our Kind. Here’s “Open Fire”. Let us know what you think in the comments! [Stereogum]
Now this is what we call synergy. Promoting his Mr. Wonderful album, as well as his food/traveling show, Fuck, That’s Delicious, Action Bronson was in the kitchen with fellow celebrity chef, Mario Batali. The two cooked up a meal of Mr. Wonderful-inspired plates, which probably wasn’t too difficult, considering the excessive food-references throughout. [Pitchfork]
Both Nick Cave and Elvis Costello have books coming out later this year. Cave’s The Sick Bag Song will document his 2014 North American tour with the Bad Seed, and was written entirely by hand on airplane sick bags. Meanwhile, Costello’s will be a more traditional memoir titled, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, and will be out by Penguin on October 13. [Pitchfork]
I’ve been listening to a lot of Chapel Hill synthpop rapper, Gentleman Contender, this week. Give a listen to “Rooftops // Roadblock” above, and visit his site for more free downloads.
One final piece of news: According to TMZ, Rich Homie Quan punched a Miami Beach night club security guard in the nose, hightailed it across the street, jumped into a speedboat, and made a swift, watery escape.
We will see you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch.