Whether you’re white and nerdy, livin’ in Amish paradise, or throwing a party in the CIA, we’ve got news that will make you thrilled. “Weird Al” Yankovic just announced a 78-date North American tour that sees him breaking out all the hits, from “Another One Rides the Bus” to “Trapped in the Drive-Thru” and beyond. In other music news, White Lung announced a new LP with help from St. Vincent, Kanye West promised another album will be out this summer, Santigold dropped an interactive music video, The So So Glos shared a crazy punk single, and a documentary about the iconic Brooklyn ex-venue Death By Audio has been released.
The comedy genius is back, y’all. “Weird Al” Yankovic announced a massive tour that will see him promoting 2014’s Mandatory Fun full-length as well as his classic hits. Maybe it’s his very elaborate warm-up to take on his new role as the co-host and band leader of Comedy Bang! Bang! After all, the dude’s got a great polka face. [Consequence of Sound]
Leave it to White Lung to change up the PR game. The punk rockers announced a new LP, Paradise, that’s due out May 6… but with a little style. St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark held a Q&A with two of the band’s members. “I can’t think of another band that sounds like you guys,” says Clark. “I can’t wait to be in the pit.” Neither can we, especially after watching the video for lead single “Hungry” starring Amber Tamblyn and Deafheaven‘s George Clarke. [Pitchfork]
Kanye West‘s backstage breakdown at SNL, Twitter fights, and public call for help from Mark Zuckerberg has much of the music world asking the same question: Is Kanye okay? Last night, he premiered a new song called “Closest Thing to Einstein” at a private party in Los Angeles which answers that question. “I know I’m the most influential/ That TIME cover was just confirmation/ This generation’s closest thing to Einstein/ So don’t worry about me, I’m fine,” he raps. And then, out of nowhere, he promises he will release a new album this summer. Oh, Kanye. [Consequence of Sound]
With her new album, 99¢, coming out this Friday, Santigold is eager to share what she’s been working on. Case and point: the glitchy, trippy, new video for “Who Be Lovin’ Me.” The clip uses your webcam to plaster your face everywhere in the city as she and ILOVEMAKONNEN drive through a plague of “America’s vanity epidemic.” Jeeze, stop looking at yourself, will ya? [Pitchfork]
Rowdy fellas The So So Glos return with a new album on May 13. The record, Kamikaze, is their follow-up to 2013’s heavily-loved Blowout. To celebrate, the garage rockers have shared “Dancing Industry,” which is as loud as you would expect coming from an album called kamikaze. [Consequence of Sound]
Back in 2002, a couple of music lovers and artists created Death By Audio, a DIY venue in Brooklyn. Then, in November of 2014, the whole thing closed along with a series of other respected DIY venues in the city. Turns out several people have been working on a documentary about its legacy called Goodnight Brooklyn and it looks incredible. Then again, what else would you expect when someone films the end of a venue that hosted everyone from U2 to Lightening Bolt to Future Islands over the years? RIP. [Rolling Stone]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch. Come back on Friday for another music news round-up!
Image Credit: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Facebook