Ever wanted to sleep in a former drug den owned by the Cobain family? Thank god for Airbnb! Find out how you can rent Kurt Cobain’s old LA apartment, stream the Grateful Dead’s final show, and help Waka Flocka Flame attain the presidency in today’s Music Dispatch!
If you are visiting the Los Angeles area in the coming months and are looking for a modest place that was formerly a fortress of grunge, heroin, and paint, then you might be interested in renting out Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s former apartment in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Though the 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment where Cobain wrote “Heart-Shaped Box” was completely trashed when the infamous couple lived there, it has since been heavily cleaned and repaired, and honesty, looks like a lovely spot to nest for a few nights. [Vulture]
Cameron Crowe will take over theater screens once again on May 29 with his brand new film Aloha, and now we know the film’s soundtrack is just as tropical as the plot. The half dramedy, half romance stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who’s smitten for the Air Force officer (Emma Stone) assigned to watch over him in Honolulu. The soundtrack includes material by Fleetwood Mac, Beck, The Tallest Man on Earth, Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter, and a slew of native Hawaiian songs. Imagine hearing these while Rachel McAdams, John Kraskinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Murray dance across the screen. It’s almost too good to be true. [The Uncool]
Are you a Dead Head, but too broke to try to pony up the cash for The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows in Chicago and Santa Clara, California? Then you’ll be pleased to know that in addition to the Chicago shows having a pay-per-view option, all five shows will also be streaming via an as-yet-unannounced streaming platform. So buy some tie-dye, bake some pot brownies (if that is your thing) and have yourself a trippy lil farewell party right at home. [Rolling Stone]
In 2012, Waka Flocka Flame announced he was going to run for president in the next election… in a tweet. Turns out he was serious. The Atlanta rapper held a “high-level meeting” with Rolling Stone this week where he declared his candidacy for the next President of the United States. His running mate? DJ Whoo Kid. However, Waka Flocka Flame isn’t alone in wanting to change the government. Wyclef Jean ran for Haitian presidency in 2010 and 2 Chainz considered becoming a city official earlier this year. Flocka promises to immediately legalize marijuana, ban dogs in restaurants, “impose harsh restrictions on the big-footed” (Pardon???), and create new policy proposals on education, jobs, enact Congressional reform, and moreMaybeMaybe the youth vote will finally come out and storm the polls, red eyes and all. #WakaForAmerica [Rolling Stone]
Next week, British rockers Blur will release their first record since 2003. Titled The Magic Whip, it sees a return to their roots, jumping all over the place from quiet, synth-spliced tracks to gripping rock melodies. We’ve already heard several cuts from the record, like the excellent “There Are Too Many Of Us”, but now it’s time to hear it all. You can listen to the whole record via iTunes First Play right now.
Speedy Ortiz officially released their new album, Foil Deer, yesterday. To celebrate, they shared a brand new music video for album cut “The Graduates”. All four members of the band go on a whirlwind of an adventure thanks to a new googly eye drug. When consumed, they imagine a giant god-like rabbit, grow googly eyes on their faces, and get glitter around the eyes. Truthfully, it looks rather fun. Even the karaoke scenes pale in comparison to that giant pileup on the floor of a quirky diner. Bonus points to anyone who can spot Krill, Palehound, and Pile in the video.
DIY is getting a glorious reboot thanks to Sheer Mag. On their new single “Fan The Flames”, the band warps garage punk until it starts to sound like disco, throwing in guitar solos that could come straight from Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty. Frontwoman Christina Halladay gets melodic through nasally vocals. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself suddenly standing atop the bar countertop.
Stay tuned for more Music Dispatch this Friday!