Grab your friends and some great speakers. My Chemical Romance is streaming their special tenth anniversary reissue of The Black Parade right now. Once you finish, there’s plenty more fun things to kick off your weekend. Panic! at the Disco shared a satanic Stranger Things-inspired video, David Bowie’s unreleased record can be heard in full, Thundercat challenged Hannibal Buress to a bass battle, Regina Spektor dropped a moving single, and Nicolas Jaar finally shared details about his upcoming album.
Look, it’s safe to say most everyone was heartbroken when My Chemical Romance‘s heavily-teased news last month turned out to be neither a tour or a new album. The band said they planned on celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Black Parade with a deluxe reissue with previously unreleased material. Now, that record is here and available to stream, and it’s actually mending our hearts. Spotify is streaming both the original album and its accompanying, 11-track string of demos called Living with Ghosts, including a few live renditions of older cuts. It’s a welcome return after all. [Consequence of Sound]
It seems Stranger Things influenced everyone from directors to rappers in the first few months of it exploding the pop culture bubble. Now, it appears Panic! at the Disco are drinking the Kool-Aid, too. Directors SCANTRON and Mel Soria turned the band’s new video for “LA Devotee” into an ode to the Netflix series. Noah Schnapp himself stars in the clip as Will Byers who finds himself trapped in a satanic lair. It’s equal parts eerie and fun, just like the show, and worth watching even if you haven’t listened to Panic! at the Disco in years. Check it out above. [Nerdist]
Like the magician he is, David Bowie prepped several albums to be released after he passed away. Slowly, those posthumous releases are seeing the light of day, and the first up is one called Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) which includes a previously unreleased record called The Gouster. Recorded in 1974 during his “plastic soul”-era, the album leans heavily on funk, R&B, and soul and includes a few hits like “Young Americans.” Spotify is streaming the whole thing, but if you want to hear that unreleased album first, skip ahead to the 50th track in the playlist. Happy listening! [Consequnece of Sound]
The Eric Andre Show occasionally brings musical guests on the show for bizarre interviews and uncomfortable talks. This week’s episode sees none other than Thundercat coming onstage. In the episode, he gets into a bass battle with Hannibal Buress, only Buress is a robot. If that seems too normal, then you know the show well. Mid-bass battle, a naked guy runs out and hugs Thundercat. Of course. [Pitchfork]
In less than a week, Regina Spektor will release Remember Us to Life, her highly-anticipated album and her first since 2012. We’ve heard mournful numbers and jittery tracks, and now she rings in the final week of anticipation with a poppy number called “Older and Taller.” It’s playful and dramatic, the type of cheeriness the world has come to expect from Spektor. Thank god some people never change. Give it a listen above.
Out of nowhere, Nicolas Jaar announced a fair share of tour dates across the US and UK. It seemed random, but now we know why. The electronic musician, composer, and DJ has a new album on the way called Sirens that drops September 30 via his own label, Other People. The six-track album clocks in at 42 minutes, guaranteeing a number of long hits to dance to while political themes pulse underneath them. Perhaps the coolest part about it all is that the vinyl version will come with a scratch-off cover made entirely of lottery paper. Plus, they give you a quarter to scratch off the white and reveal the city artwork beneath it. Pretty cool, but then again, when is Jaar not? [Consequence of Sound]
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