Ya’ll ready for this? Today we’ve got a very special, late-night-performance heavy, hump-day Music Dispatch lined up for you: Conan is in the midst of George Harrison week to celebrate the late Beatle with special performances by Beck, Paul Simon, Norah Jones, and George’s son Dhani. The Black Keys and Julian Casablancas each stopped by The Tonight Show, while Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco/Dad rock fame) and his son Spencer stopped by The Colbert Report. In the world of ridiculous shit that performers in the world of hip-hop did, 2 Chainz ate an obscenely expensive hamburger that is registered by the Guinness Book Of World Records, and Tyler, The Creator threw a surprise birthday party for the anchors of KTLA’s morning news show. Let’s break it down dudes:
Beck performed George Harrison‘s “Wah-Wah” on Conan monday night to kick off the show’s weeklong celebration of George Harrison, which coincides with the release of a shiny new box set that will be out later this fall.
Paul Simon performed a poignant, accoustic version of “Here Comes The Sun” last night on Conan that hit me right in my kishkas with feels. A timeless song performed by an American treasure. This was truly a treat, and we are looking forward to the rest of the week’s performances–tonight is Dhani Harrison. Below you’ll find last night’s performance as well as an SNL performance from 1976, during which Harrison and Simon performed together.
Jeff Tweedy and his mega-talented son Spencer performed “Low Key” and “World Away” on The Colbert Report. Colbert asked Spencer the how it felt to be the son of the Daddest Dad of all time.
The Black Keys stopped by The Tonight Show to perform their new single, “Gotta Get Away”. Commence countdown until Jack White harangues Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach for playing music that evolved from the same paradigm as the White Stripes.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz also headed to The Tonight Show to perform “Where No Eagles Fly” from the group’s experimental rock album Tyranny. God Julian Casablancas still epitomizes New York Cool.
2 Chainz ate a really f-cking expensive hamburger whose buns are dusted with 24K gold because why not? If you are into watching 2 Chainz do rich people shit, make sure you also watch the video of him riding a Segway around his huge hotel room. Excited to see more of GQ‘s “Most Expensivist Shit” series with the artist formerly known as Tity Boi. [GQ]
Tyler, The Creator surprised the morning news anchors of KTLA with birthday party! Of course it didn’t matter that it was no one’s actual birthday…
Mutual Benefit, one of our favorite new artists of last year, debuted a new music video for his glowing, autumnal track “Auburn Epitaph”. It features what seems like found footage of old home movies from a bygone decade and is charmingly quaint.
David Bowie now has his own official holiday (September 23) and an immersive retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. No word if Bret and Jemaine will be performing at the exhibit. [Rolling Stone]
Kendrick Lamar‘s long awaited new single “i” dropped yesterday to very mixed reviews–I am all forThe Isley Brothers samples, but “That Lady” was an odd choice. At the very least, he is making it exceedingly difficult to pigeonhole him as any prescribed type of rapper. Make sure to watch him freestyle on Power 106 for six minutes straight. [Pitchfork]
Mondo acquired Death Waltz Recording Company, which means we will be getting really rad vinyl releases of our favorite movies very soon. If I don’t hear a Shaun Of The Dead sample on Dr. Dre‘s (now definitively nonexistent) Detox, I will be so mad.
Here is what it would look like if the biggest rappers in the game had their very own Pokémon cards. My personal favorite is DJ Khaled‘s who has “Suffering From Success” as his pivotal move. [Pigeons & Planes]
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