It’s not by chance that Tom DeLonge is no longer in Blink-182. According to the ex-vocalist and guitarist, he quit because aliens told him to. To help you shake off the surrealness of that statement, we’ve included other noteworthy music news. Ticketmaster is giving away free tickets, Beastie Boys’ Mike D designed a purse, a new Beatles documentary will get a theatrical release soon, Jenny Lewis’ new band NAF shared their lead single, Dinosaur Jr. teach a dog how to skateboard in their “Tiny” video, and At the Drive-In cancelled a bunch of tour dates due to health issues.
Everyone knows Tom DeLonge quit Blink-182. Do we know why? Now, yes. Turns out the ex-vocalist and guitarist quit the band to focus on a “national security issue” otherwise known as UFOs. As he told Mic in a recent interview, “When you’re an individual like me, dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you’re being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you’ve been passionate about your whole life — something that has the opportunity to change the world over time — being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path. But I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do.” Say it ain’t so, Tom. You did go, so it looks like you’ll have to turn the lights off and carry yourself home now. [Mic]
Ticketmaster recieves plenty of hate for a myriad of things: scalpers, pricy fees, and faulty servers. Now all their general #ugh-worthy moves are biting them in the butt. Ticketmaster recently settled a $400 million class action lawsuit over their “deceptive” and “excessive” fees. What does that mean for you? Free discount codes and vouchers. If you bought tickets from the company any time between 1999 and 2013, you likely can see a show or two (or twenty) for free. The shows have to be at Live Nation-operated events and are events chosen by Live Nation, but hey, it’s still a free show you get to attend. To find out if you have any free goodies waiting, go to your account on Ticketmaster and click “Active Vouchers.” [Stereogum]
Beastie Boys were more in line with dismantling structures rather than looking put together. Mike D, however, knows he’s a fan of expensive taste himself. Michael Diamond teamed up wtih designer Clair V. to release a whole collection of spiffy stuff. There’s a $145 tote bag, a $115 passport sleeve, a $55 bandana, and a man-purse that costs $625. The clean, taught, fashion-forward item can be seen above. It’s best to start saving now if you even think you may be able to snag one of those items. [Stereogum]
A new authorized documentary on The Beatles has been in the works thanks to director Ron Howard. Now, as a trailer proves, that documentary will finally see the light of day. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which saw cooperation from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will be released in select US theatres on September 16 and on Hulu the following day. A proper world premiere, however, will take place in London (of course) on September 15. [Consequence of Sound]
A few weeks ago, Jenny Lewis opened up for M. Ward at several of his shows… only it wasn’t a solo set. The rock musician and supergroup star debuted her new band, Nice As Fuck (or NAF), at the shows. Now, we get to hear the first single from that project. Check out “Door” above. It’s a fun look into what Lewis, The Life’s Tennessee Thomas, and Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster have in the works for the rest of the summer. [NME]
In keeping with the imagery of their name, Dinosaur Jr. shared a video that’s equal parts toothed and miniature. “Tiny” sees none other than J Mascis’ bulldog Beefy skating around some turf. It’s a good look into the fun and frenzy of their upcoming album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, which we have director Laurie Collyer to thank for its inventive angle. “Aside from music, J Mascis has other passions,” she says in a press release. “Bulldogs and skateboarding among them. When a friend of mine told me there was such a thing as skateboarding bulldogs, I took it from there and came up with the idea for ‘Tiny.'” [Stereogum]
Planning on seeing At the Drive-In‘s reunion shows? You may be out of luck. The post-hardcore act formed in 1993 and recently reunited for a sprawling list of tour dates. Due to a health concern over singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s vocal chords, the band has cancelled dates in Boston, Detroit, Toronto, and Montreal. Check out their statement on Facebook for more info. The good news is that tickets will be refunded and the band plans on rescheduling the cancelled dates. [Rolling Stone]
That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
Image: Blink-182/ Jeff Kravitz