THE NERDS HAVE TAKEN OVER. Ahem, excuse me, I am just really excited about the outcome of the 57th annual Grammys because some of our favorite people walked home with little golden gramophones: “Weird Al” Yankovic, St. Vincent, Jack White, Sam Smith, and Beck all won awards last night and it was glorious to see the look on Kanye’s face throughout various points of the evening. We’ve also got your usual dose of music news in today’s Dispatch, so let’s get to it!
Many of the Grammy awards were given out before the televised broadcast, which means that we didn’t get to celebrate in real time with our friend “Weird Al” who took home a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, and St. Vincent, who took home Best Alternative Record. Sam Smith’s buttery voice swept Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Song Of The Year, and Record Of The Year, because “Stay With Me” was a self-fulfilling prophecy about how much of an ear worm that track was.
Ilana and Abbi from Broad City were stoked about Rihanna‘s quinceanera dress and Beyoncé‘s aura, while an astute writer pointed out that Lady Gaga‘s dress was really channeling Miss Piggy vibes.
Kanye almost repeated his infamous 2009 T-Swift VMA gaffe when he went up alongside Beck after he was awarded the Grammy for Album Of The Year. Luckily it was a fake out, (Jay Z and Beyoncé were not in on this one) but that didn’t stop Kanye from smashing Beck later that night for not “respecting artistry”, which is absurd if you are at all familiar with Beck’s impressively diverse discography. Beck was obviously a good sport about it and responded that he is a fan of Kanye, but sometimes you just can’t please everyone. PSA: If you are going to snub Beyoncé, don’t put Yeezus in the splash zone, namsayin?
To celebrate the late legendary producer J Dilla, Los Angeles-based label Soulection released a 3-hour radio dispatch full of heady, sexy electronic jams. If you are not familiar with J Dilla, that is okay! We recommend listening to his first posthumous album The Shining, or his early work with Detroit group Slum Village
Jack White‘s management got into a beef about guac. After a student paper at the University of Oklahoma published White’s tour rider, which outlined a very specific recipe for chunky guacamole and forbade any Bananas on the tour, William Morris Endeavor reportedly blacklisted the university from future performances. Shortly thereafter, White’s PR responded to Guac-gate, claiming that no such blacklisting would happen, and that the food requests were for White’s crew and not just the future hall-of-famer. What a stupid, stupid, stupid incident. [Pitchfork]
Sky Ferreira, who released one of my favorite records in 2013, will be featured alongside Elijah Wood and Nicholas Cage in The Trust, a movie about two crooked cops. Not sure how to say that I think she’ll be great in this seedy flick without sounding like a rude asshole, but I am excited to see her on the big screen!
Father John Misty‘s excellent sophomore album, I Love You Honeybear, drops tomorrow and he recently performed a live version of the LP’s closing track, “I Went to the Store One Day”, in a Parisian cafe. If you are already feeling emotional, you might have a moment, so fair warning. [La Blogotheque]
The trailer for Straight Outta Compton will not make you feel warmly about the police. Check out the red-band trailer above and go revisit the N.W.A. discography.
Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos are playing Minecraft on Twitch, so you should stop whatever unimportant life task you are completing right now and watch their utterly inane live stream. Can you build a bando in Minecraft?
NPR First Listen has advanced streams of Jose Gonzalez‘s Vestiges & Claws, Pops Staples‘ Don’t Lose This, Paperhaus‘s, Paperhaus, A Place To Bury Strangers’ Transfixiation, and Ibeyi‘s Ibeyi. So plenty of new music with which to soundtrack your Monday, dudes.
Kendrick Lamar just released a new track as I was writing up this installment of the Music Dispatch. It is called “The Blacker The Berry”, and it bangs into your skull, angrily, violently. It is awesome and it will be the only thing I play after I finish watching Migos play Minecraft.
That’s all for today’s Dispatch; see you dudes tomorrow!!