How did you celebrate President’s Day? Did you scale the Washington Monument and recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Maybe build a log cabin in the shape of Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat? Or did you spend it in bed, re-watching SNL’s 40th anniversary special? Whatever you did, our Founding Fathers are surely looking down on you fondly, so treat yourself to an extra large helping of Music Dispatch. Today, we bring Weird Al‘s guest appearance on The Late Late Show, Action Bronson‘s new single, and Jack White‘s response to GuacGate!
The [new] Odd-Couple’s Thomas Lennon was temping as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, last night. His first guest was the omnipresent nerd demigod, Weird Al Yankovic, who re-enacted his infamous Gwen Stefani floating photobomb and showed off the cover of his upcoming MAD Magazine collaboration. The two comedic minds closed out the show with a duet of Woody Guthrie… sort of. We won’t spoil the joke. Watch his interview at the 15:30 mark and his performance at 33:00. [Consequence of Sound]
That fleecy gourmet, Action Bronson, shared yet another track from his forthcoming album, Mr. Wonderful. The jazzy, relaxed “Terry”, his latest collaboration with The Alchemist, will instantly transport you to the passenger seat of a cruising droptop on a tropical summer night.
Jack White, whose tour rider recently became public when printed in a university newspaper, wrote an open (and annoyed) letter responding to “GuacGate.” Stating, once and for all, that the guacamole recipe was an inside joke by his tour manager to break up the monotony of touring, White went on to write, “people WANT a rider to be a list of demands that a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music. but in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the hundreds of workers and guests who have to live in a concrete bunker for 15 hours.” He quashed rumors that he would never again perform in Oklahoma (where the rider was published), and requested peace so his band could focus again on touring. That being said, the guacamole recipe is actually pretty great. Our Jenn Fujikawa walks you through it HERE.
Cambridge inditronica darlings, Passion Pit, have unveiled the details to their new 10-track album, Kindred, which is available for pre-order today and due to be released April 21. Pre-ordering the albums comes with immediately available downloads of the singles, “Where The Sky Hangs” (above), and “Lifted Up (1985)”. Both tracks are accompanied by oddly hypnotizing videos of the album artwork come to life. [Pitchfork]
Pharrell the Great continues his unstoppable multimedia land-grab, signing with publishing house Putnam to adapt his ubiquitous Despicable Me 2 hit, “Happy”, into a children’s book. The musician will then go on to write three more books, which will then surely be adapted into cartoons, songs and/or toasters. The first book will be published in late September, with a respectable run of 250,000 copies. [Rolling Stone]
Sufjan Stevens shared the dreamy track, “No Shade In The Shadow of the Cross”, from his March 31 release, Carrie & Lowell. Let the soothing waves and his calming voice lull you into a peaceful, meditative state. Really dig the track, and need it on vinyl ASAP? Joyful Noise Records will be printing a mere 100 copies lathe-cut singles, so get on that. [Pitchfork]
If you’re a Joy Division fan, how about joining the campaign to convert Ian Curtis’ old home into a museum? The two bedroom 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield property is currently on the market for £115,000, and a group of fans have launched an Indiegogo to make his final home a lasting monument to the “Love Will Tear Us Apart” musicians. They are just under 1% of their goal with 40+ days to go. [NME]
More new Modest Mouse! This one is called “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”.
Sad news: Lesley Gore, feminism activist and singer of “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me”, has died of cancer. She was 68. [BBC]
That’s all for Music Dispatch today. We leave you with this: Kanye’s forehead alien, as discovered by DJ/Producer Goldroom.