He was an artist as brilliant as he was troubled, and now Kurt Cobain has a documentary that stands up to the challenge of telling his story with the energy and depth you would expect. We have more on that, as well as the outcome of Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s legal woes with Marvin Gaye’s estate, and a soothing, new music video from Sufjan Stevens. This is Wednesday’s Music Dispatch.
The first trailer for Brett Morgen’s much hyped documentary on Kurt Cobain, Montage of Heck, is here, and it is exciting to say the least. Through extensive home movies, concert footage, sweeping interviews, and beautiful animation, the trailer promises an intimate portrait of the charismatic and enigmatic artist. The film will receive a wide release on May 4th, and feature a previously unreleased 12 minutes track by Cobain. [Pitchfork]
Kendrick Lamar took to Instagram for only the second time, to announce the title and artwork for his forthcoming album. To Pimp A Butterfly drops March 23rd. [Pigeons and Planes]
You know that Game of Thrones mixtape we keep talking about? Well, Pitchfork’s got first epic track, Mastodon’s “White Walker,” which samples music featured in the series’ last season. Go give it a listen, and then come back, will ya?
When it comes to copyright law and plagiarism, there appear to be fewer “Blurred Lines” than Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams would have hoped. After a year of allegations that eventually reached the court, a judge has determined the duo’s massively successful track borrowed a little too heavily from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 “Got To Give It Up”. To the satisfaction of feminists everywhere, Thicke and Williams have been ordered to pay Gaye’s estate in the amount of $7.3 million. During the court proceedings, it was revealed that the song’s revenue has reached $16,675,690. BRB, writing a pop song. [Stereogum]
Well, here is something you don’t hear everyday. For the 2014 iTunes Festival, celebrated choral conductor Eric Whitacre decided to infuse some fresh blood into his traditionally classical performance. Working with a full choir (as expected) and singer-songwriter, Marius Beck, Whitaker delivered a profoundly stirring cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. The track will be available on Eric Whitacre Live at iTunes Festival 2014. [ClassicFM]
Sufjan Stevens brings us “Should Have Known Better” to bring some peace and serenity to hump day. It’s the musical equivalent of floating on a cloud. Carrie & Lowell comes out at this month’s end. After hearing this, if you want to keep the midday meditation train rolling, check out José González and Zero 7’s new collaboration, “Last Light”. [Consequence of Sound]
Azealia Banks’ new interactive music video for “Wallace” uses your webcam to mirror your movements using the singers’ digital face on screen. Its a cool (and creepy) concept, if you can get it to work. Check it out HERE. [Spin]
And, finally, did you see Michael Bolton playing Office Space’s Michael Bolton for Funny Or Die? Check it out in Comedy Playlist!