We know you have a lot of prep work to do for your Super Bowl prop bets today, but there is still plenty of important music news we need to discuss first. Don’t worry; some of it is football related. So stop thinking about what color Belichick’s sweatshirt will be for just a few minutes, and watch some new videos from Kanye West and Spike Jonze, Purity Ring, Hundred Waters, and Courtney Barnett! Then you can go back to predicting how many attaboy butt-slaps Pete Carroll will hand out before halftime.
Courtney Barnett clowns around in the video for “Pedestrian At Best”, which finds the self-reflective Australian rocker gussied up in face-paint and giant shoes, struggling to reclaim the success of 2013. If this track is any indication of the rest of her sophomore release, 2015 is sure to put a smile back on that sad clown face. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, is due out March 24
Katy Perry, who is the featured performer at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, pulled a Marshawn Lynch during yesterday’s pre-game press conference, answering a question with, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” The reporters in the audience ate it up. She also assured all that nothing in her performance would be “deflated.” [Fox Sports]
2015 has become the year of music videos featuring girls suspended in air. Already we’ve seen the motif in The Weeknd’s “Often”, FKA twigs’ “Pendulum”, & Allie X’s “CATCH”. The latest entry in the category is Purity Ring’s “Push Pull”. Unlike the others, though, Purity Ring’s is less bondage-centric and more super hairy vest-centric. [Billboard]
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is recruiting Weezer, ZZ-Top, Haim and Morris Day and the Time to kick off a series of one-off supergroup performances through the month of February. Known as “Mashup Mondays” (Hold up. “Mashup Mondays”? That’s our thing!), the showcases will see Weezer and ZZ-Top combine, Voltron-style, to become Wee-Z Top. The other combo: Morris Day and the Haim. Also, Aloe Blacc will join forces with 90’s “No Diggity”-ers Blackstreet to become, yes, Aloe Blaccstreet. You get the bit. [Rolling Stone]
Spike Jonze directed a simple, improvised music video for Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s simple, improvised “Only One”, featuring Kanye and his offspring, North, bonding along a drizzly country road. To premiere the home-movie music video, Kanye returned to Ellen, where he had also premiered his last personal project, the much maligned video for Yeezus’ “Bound 2”. The full “Only One” video is viewable at kanyewest.com. [Dazed]
You better brew up a pot of tea and curl up next to your pondering window. Hundred Waters has released neon-tinged music video for the gentle, piano-only track, “Show Me Love”, and it’s oh-so-impossibly-sweet. [Pitchfork]
Want some free music? What am I saying, of course you do! Visit StrangeTrails.com to download the new, magical single, “The Night We Met”, from experimental multi-media artists, Lord Huron.
Monitor your words wisely; there’s a strong possibility Taylor Swift now owns them. The 1989 songstress has trademarked a number of memorable and marketable expressions from her latest album, including “Could Show You Incredible Things”, “Cause we never go out of style”, “Nice to meet you. Where You Been?”, “This sick beat”, and “Party like its 1989”. No, she was not the first person to say any of these “incredible things,” but she is the first to claim intellectual property and profit from them, and the US Patent and Trademark Office seems to agree. So Prince has 1999, and now Swift has 1989. Hey, that still leaves eight decades up for grabs. [Consequence of Sound]
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If you do accidentally infringe on one of Swift’s trademarks, maybe Migos can help you out of your financial worries. The Atlanta rap trio and their label, Quality Control Music, adorably donated a giant Publishers Clearing House-like check for $1,000 to ATL’s Booker T. Washington High School. Though their intentions were surely in the right place, the notably minuscule amount invited the derision of the internet. As Stereogum pointed out, Migos has been pulling in $40,000 per show lately.
Former Death Row co-founder and general portent of trouble, Suge Knight, was involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision outside a film set in Compton, Los Angeles, yesterday. The victim was Knight’s friend, the 86 year-old actor Terry Carter, known for portraying Colonel Tigh in the original Battlestar Galactica. Actor Cle “Bone” Sloan was also injured in the altercation. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and The Game were reportedly also on the film set, but left before the incident occurred. Knight’s lawyer arranged for the his client to turn himself into authorities. [TMZ]
Next week, we are going to try something new with Music Dispatch, bringing you music news updates daily. Until then, enjoy your weekend, watch some football, and Go Hawks!