Before you run off for the weekend, stick around for the shiny apples music has gifted us today. First and foremost, Dr. Dre’s new Straight Outta Compton-inspired album is streaming in full. Then comes Ryan Adams’ take on Taylor Swift’s 1989, Oh Montreal’s animated clip, Earl Sweatshirt’s dark music video, Robin Thicke’s comeback assisted by Nicki Minaj, a terrifying music video from noise punk act Girl Band, and a bunch of delectable albums to stream in their entirety over at NPR. Ready for a free sampling? If so, then read on.
After months of waiting and plenty of hype, Dr. Dre‘s new album, Compton, is finally streaming in full over at Apple Music. The record is inspired by his work on Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming N.W.A. biopic we can’t wait to see, and is stuffed with hard-hitting lines and beats. Not only is Dre slaying, but so are his guest vocalists: Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and more.
But wait, there’s more. Dr. Dre announced that all of his artist royalties earned from Compton will be donated to a new performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton. That’s right: Every. Single. Cent. [Rolling Stone]
Taylor Swift may be good at doing stripped down acoustic songs, but Ryan Adams is even better. The country-meets-indie-rock mastermind has his eyes set on Swift’s 1989 and he’s ready to turn it into something magical. He’s recording an album of The Smiths-style covers of Swift’s entire album. How does she feel? Like she’s going to pass out. Who wouldn’t? [Rolling Stone]
Of Montreal couldn’t be mediocre if they tried. The psych rock troupe are on their 13th album, Aureate Gloom at this point, yet they never fail to come up with inventive ideas for their videos. Case and point: the clip for “Last Rites at the Jane Hotel”. Technicolor upbeat notes turn physical via morbid cutout bunnies, hand-painted eyeballs, and a lot of wooden teeth for one cerebral stop-motion animation. Head here to see how many cut piece of wood and paintbrushes they had to go through to craft this beauty. Say it with us: animation will never die! [The Creators Project]
Robin Thicke may have dug himself the deepest hole possible with “Blurred Lines”, but the faux womanizer isn’t giving up yet. Thicke joined forces with Nicki Minaj and super-producer Max Martin for a massive dance floor harbinger, “Back Together”, that grabs at whirring disco synths for a thicker slice of dance. Though her time onstage is short, Minaj’s verse is undoubtedly the strongest part of the track. [Rolling Stone]
Odd Future aren’t all smiles and hi-jinks. The youngest (and best) rapper of the bunch, Earl Sweatshirt, released arguably the most depressing rap album of the year, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, this past winter. Now album cut “Off Top” has an equally dark video, though its animated caricatures lessen the minor chord blows a bit. [Pitchfork]
Irish noise punk act Girl Band are infinitely more menacing than you imagine. Their bass tone is haunting, scratching about like a piece of machinery that’s going to implode at any minute, while the singer screams like the gun being held to his head is in his own hand. Their music videos amp that unnerving craft way up, particularly in their clip for “Paul”. Watch as cartoon animals, a nursing home elder, and one drug-addicted fella spiral out of control. [Stereogum]
NPR’s First Listen is stocked up with new albums for you to stream in full. Our suggestions? the Mowtown punk poetry of Royale Headache’s High, the pop-rock lift of Grace Potter’s Midnight, and especially the yummy, catchy, double-time twists of Palehound’s Dry Food. [NPR]
Enjoy your weekend and make sure to come back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!