At last, an I Am Legend sequel. Well, kind of. Will Smith turns a warehouse into a dance room as he raps in Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta” video. When you need to cool down after, check out The Velvet Underground’s unreleased version of “I’m Sticking With You”, Usher and Nas’ intense video on police brutality, John Malkovich’s bizarre remixes, Husker Du’s new website, M83’s exciting reissue news, Joanna Newom equating Spotify to a banana, and a handful of album streams to send you off for the weekend!
Will Smith recently shared his first verse in a decade when Bomba Estereo released new single “Fiesta”. Now the actor-turned-rapper is flaunting his moves too in the song’s fresh video. Watch as Smith breaks out a warehouse party where everyone loves neon coats and cloaks and crazy dance moves. It’s almost an I Am Legend-like setup. Of course he had to find a way to up his already scorchin’ verse. Watch it here or on Apple Music. [Rolling Stone]
The Velvet Underground spent a good chunk of their Loaded sessions swapping out guests. A pregnant Moe Tucker led to a flurry of drummers swinging by, but it didn’t keep her from singing vocals on the adorable outtake “I’m Sticking With You” (as made popular for millennials via Juno). A rare unreleased version will be on the upcoming box-set edition of the album that sees acoustic guitar and orchestral strings pipe in over bolder vocals. An interesting listen after hearing the original so many times, for sure. [Rolling Stone]
Police brutality is impossible to comprehend, despite seeing video clip after video clip of horrific acts of violence. In their new music video for “Chains”, Usher and Nas force viewers to stare directly into the eyes of numerous unarmed victims who were killed. “While racial injustice keeps killing, society keeps looking away,” the video’s intro reads. Then, with facial recognition technology, the video only plays when it senses you are staring directly at the screen — and, thus, into the eyes of these victims. It’s powerful and deeply important, to say the very least. Check it out at TIDAL for free, even if you aren’t a subscriber, right here. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo by Johnny Nunez for WireImage]
John Malkovich read Plato’s Cave Allegory over some original ambient music by Eric Alexandrakis. Next, the two sent the resulting audio to musicians to remix and reinterpret his voice for Like a Puppet Show, a record that drops on November 27. Not much more has to be said. You bet we’re going to be all over that. [Pitchfork]
At the end of the ’80s, Hüsker Dü broke up. Singer-guitarist Bob Mould, drummer Grant Hart, and bassist Greg Norton went their separate ways, but it appears their roads have finally run back to one another. They launched a new website, put six different official shirts up for sale, and said there’s “ongoing communication between the three” now. Fingers crossed more news will come soon. [Stereogum]
Early 2000s hipsters are filled with joy today. M83 have released a compilation of remixes and b-sides from 2008 album Saturdays = Youth and vinyl reissues of 2007’s Digital Shades are also on the way. After that? They will release a new LP next year, probably at midnight and probably in a city. Just kidding. Maybe. [Pitchfork]
Drag City devotees know that every artist on their record label isn’t available to listen to on Spotify. What often looks like a label-wide decision is not always an upper management choice. The label’s most reputable act, Joanna Newsom, told The Los Angeles Times that she believes Spotify is a “cynical and musician-hating system” which robs them. “It’s the banana of the music industry… It just gives off a fume. You can just smell that something’s wrong with it.” [SPIN] [Photo by Annabel Mehran]
Before you run away for weekend plans, make sure you check out the excellent albums that are streaming in advance. Beach House will whip you away to sweet sounds on Thank Your Lucky Stars, Deerhunter are changing the game for indie rock yet again with Fading Frontier, and things will get emotionally cathartic with Majical Cloudz‘s Are You Alone? Better yet, give them a listen throughout your weekend. They fit the whole mood spectrum you could run into.
Now off you go to enjoy the weekend! See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!