It’s back to basics for Weezer. After changing things up the last couple years, the four-piece are restarting their color-themed self-titled albums with a brand new record called The White Album. Bold, yes, but also tongue in cheek (or so we hope). While that’s in the works, check out why Kendrick Lamar got a key to Compton, James Franco’s pretty vocals in a new Daddy song, Wolf Parade’s return to the scene, stellar lineups from Boston Calling to Bonnaroo, Santigold’s stunning music video for “Chasing Shadows,” and a solo record from Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara.
Weezer spent all day yesterday “whiting out” on social media, posting images of the color white and uploading white noise tracks. Now we know why. Weezer are releasing a new self-titled album, otherwise known as The White Album, which is ten tracks long. Fingers crossed it will be as classic as The Blue Album and The Green Album. So far, things sound pretty good with their new single “King of the World.” If you’re going to try and make a white album, the only way to acknowledge your own inferiority to The Beatles is by dropping it on April Fools Day. At least we know they got that part down pat. [Rolling Stone]
Mayors aren’t the only ones who hold a key to the city. At 28 years old, Kendrick Lamar will be gifted a key to the city he grew up in, Compton, from Mayor Aja Brown himself. “.@kendricklamar you inspire millions + rep #Compton w/ honor!,” Mayor Brown tweeted this past Thursday. “Excited to give you the #keytothecity Feb13th! #VisionForCompton #ComptonUp.” It’s only fitting that he get the key a day before Valentine’s Day to show him the hometown love. [Rolling Stone] [Image Credit: MTV]
By now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that James Franco gets to do pretty much whatever he wants. The actor, director, and author formed a band called Daddy with his old art school classmate to release a debut full-length that’s inspired by The Smiths. The record drops on March 18 via Kobalt, but you can sneak a peak at single “Lime Green Dress” and its moody new wave vibe right now. [Pitchfork]
— Wolf Parade (@WolfParade) January 15, 2016
Wolf Parade ruled the Canadian scene back during the mid-2000s. However, 2010 saw the band take an indefinite hiatus to pursue other projects. It seemed like they would never get back together, but yesterday the band updated their website with “2016” stamped on the page. Today, they created a Twitter account to announce that not only is the hiatus over, but they’ve booked residency shows in New York City, Toronto, and London AND have new music in the works. Apologies to the Queen Mary, but we’re looking for more US shows once they wrap up in London. [Pitchfork]
Did you hear? Bonnaroo‘s lineup prematurely leaked online when its mobile app listed a string of 91 names without realizing it was public. In addition to snagging LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, and members of the Grateful Dead with John Mayer, Ween, M83, and Tame Impala are also set to play. While that’s quite the round-up, we’re equally impressive with Boston Calling‘s spring festival lineup. Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, JAIM, Janelle Monae, Courtney Barnett, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Battles, and more are set to play. The best part? There’s equal representation across the gender board, proving that, yes, female artists are just as talented and exciting as males. But you knew that already. [DigBoston]
Santigold has been hyping her upcoming album for several months now, and it’s safe to say we are definitely all aboard that hype train. “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” and “Who Be Lovin’ Me” still get stuck in our heads to this day. Lucky for us musicheads, there’s a new single to devour. “Chasing Shadows,” which sees production by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, comes hand in hand with an Elliot Lester-directed video where she spends the holidays alone. We feel you, Santigold. If you ever need a friend to chill with, we’re always here for ya! [Stereogum]
Arcade Fire are probably a little burnt out after their massive world tour in support of Reflektor. Some members, however, aren’t. (We’re looking at you, Will Butler, Sarah Neufeld, and Richard Reed Parry!) Drummer Jeremy Gara announced his debut solo album, Limm, is on the way and will hit stores on March 11 via NRCSS. If you use Spotify, give single “Divinity” a listen. How was he able to find the time to write, record, and produce this ambient record all by himself? The world may never know. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch, right? Right. Now go enjoy your weekend!
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