Happy Friday, music lovers (and Sleepy Hollow lovers who clicked the wrong link)! With the changing of the seasons, the harvest has begun, and we are #blessed with a veritable smorgasbord of music news. So clear a spot on your dinner table and unlatch that restrictive belt buckle, because we’ve brought you an overflowing cornucopia of aural delights, including a cook book for rappers, Drake’s very H.A.M. emoji tattoo, and a new Thom Yorke album to sink your ears into. So let’s get to it!
After stirring the blogosphere into a flurry yesterday with a tweeted photo of an unlabeled, white record, Thom Yorke has fulfilled our most hopeful of rumors by releasing a new album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” available through BitTorrent RIGHT NOW! Give a listen to the opening track, “A Brain in a Bottle.” [Pitchfork]
In the first Instagram video of someone singing karaoke that DOESN’T make 15 seconds feel like an eternity, Samuel L. Jackson bellows with enough charisma and playfulness to send our hearts a-flutter. At a recent Abbey Road charity event, model Daisy Lowe captured this snippet of SLJ covering Robin S.’s “Show Me Love.” Please, Mr. Jackson, for the betterment of the world, more surprise karaoke. [Vulture]
While September 23 may be Chicago’s official “David Bowie Day,” 2014 has definitely been the year of Ty Segall. The prolific rocker, who recently spoke with Nerdist’s Music Editor Matt Grosinger, was in town, paying his respects with roaring covers of “Ziggy Stardust”, “Suffragette City”, and “Queen Bitch.” [Spin]
The much-loved data-savants, art-patrons, and smut-peddlers of PornHub are adding a new trick to their trade. In an obvious and inevitable business move, the intrepid media pioneers are starting a PornHub record label. It only makes sense, people! The announcement comes with another tongue-in-cheek PornHub social media competition, inviting one-and-all to submit their own PornHub anthem. You can enter your own submissions, but you’ll have to come up with better lyrics than: “Fap-fap-fap-fap-fap!” More as this story engorges. [The 405]
Coinciding with the box set release of “The Apple Years: 1968-1975,” Conan continued his celebration of George Harrison Week with a performance of “Behind That Locked Door,” by Norah Jones, daughter of the late, great sitar legend, and Harrison collaborator, Ravi Shankar. As expected, Jones sung with the rich smoothness of a sharp knife cutting through warm, home-churned butter. And, yes, all my analogies are going to be food-related today. The previous night, Conan had Harrison’s own flesh-and-blood, Dhani Harrison, perform a moving cover of the Beatles’ “Let It Down,” squeezing hard on our emotion boxes. [TeamCoco]
Have you ever played that classic road trip game where you invent silly food puns for celebrity names? Example: Celery Clinton, Edward James Omelets, Carrot Top… wait. British journalist Ralph Miller has, and has compiled a cook book, complete with charming illustrations of hip hop food musicians (foodsicians?). Cook up some DMEggs Benedict, Notorious P.I.G., Tiramisu Elliot and other Flava-Ful dishes (I’m sorry) with “Rappers Delight: The Hip-Hop Cookbook. Check out some of the illustrations at Good Morning America.
But have we discussed Norah Jones yet today? Puss n Boots, her twangy side project with Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson, sat down for some Sound Advice with comedian Vanessa Bayer. [Above Average]
Drake has permanently scarred his epidermis with ink, in the shape of an emoji of two hands praying or possibly high-fiving (or maybe it’s a duck that could also be a rabbit, depending on how you look at it). It’s that most partisan of emojis, known as “Person With Folded Hands,” and Drake is being frustratingly coy with his own interpretation, stating on Instragram, “It will be a debate until the end of time… high five or praying hands… life is what you make it.” One thing we can all agree on, though: this timeless tattoo will age very well. [Fader]
Bo Burnham released a hilariously traumatizing music video for his song, “Repeat Stuff”, wherein he critiques the trite, formulaic, and manipulative tendencies of modern pop music, and, if you watch to the very end, quite possibly offers your soul to Satan.
In an announcement that will certainly ruffle the feathers of your local record store employees and patrons, Urban Outfitters is now the world’s largest vinyl retailer, according to Chief Administrative Officer, Calvin Hollinger. This, following last week’s scandalous news of their selling blood-spattered vintage Kent State sweatshirts, leads one to wonder if UO is only interested in trolling every single hipster until heads start exploding all over Williamsburg. [Forbes]
Don’t be surprised if the seats of your local movie house have all been removed to make way for a mosh-pit, because enigmatic punk-rock demigods Death From Above 1979 are the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Eva Michon. While “Life After Death From Above 1979” may not actually make it to your local movie house, you’re still encouraged to host a mosh-pit in the comfort of your own home, while watching it through Vimeo on Demand. [Pitchfork]
Hilary Duff is featured in the latest Amazon Fire Phone music video. No, wait, I got that backwards. An Amazon Fire Phone is featured in the latest Hilary Duff music video. [The Verge]
Bryan Ferry is coming back with a slew of guest musicians! His 14th solo album, “Avonmore,” will be released November 17th, with eight original tracks and a cover of Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.” Listen to the opening track, “Loop De Li” on YouTube. [Pitchfork]
In Billboard’s latest cover story, Andre 3000 reveals that, while there is no beef between he and Big Boi, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a new Outkast album. He is far from retired, though, and intends to return to both recording and acting sometime in the near future. [Billboard]
I don’t know about you, but I’m STILL listening to Benjamin Booker’s “Violent Shiver” on repeat.
We hope you enjoyed rummaging your way through another Nerdist Music Dispatch. Tune in on Friday for another melange of music goodness. Until next time!