If you were wondering, yes, Björk has always been the coolest kid in the room. Someone recently uncovered a video of Björk performing with her old band (pre-Sugarcubes!). She’s a mere 17 years old in the video, and even then, her stage presence and voice demand recognition. In more recent news, Johann Johannsson will score the new Blade Runner film, Frank Ocean may have changed stream-only album releases, Questlove’s got a cool podcast, Angel Olsen’s new music video is remarkably powerful, and Sleigh Bells announced a new album is on the way.
We all know Björk is as individualistic as it gets. The Icelandic singer, songwriter, producer, artist, and all-around icon has too much genius in her brain to keep put. Over the years, she’s worked on dozens of music-related projects, both on her own and with others. Before she starter her solo career, Björk was in a popular Icelandic band called the Sugarcubes. They’re one of those bands music junkies love to love, especially because it’s the opportunity to hear Björk making music a little less abstract than her own. But now, thanks to Hint Fashion Magazine‘s Facebook page, hundreds of people get to hear even earlier Björk music: a live performance by her old band Tappi Tíkarrass. Filmed in 1982, the clip shows Björk fronting the band on vocals. She sings with punk energy and dances with the enthusiasm of a child (which is made all the easier to see with a haircut exactly like Marcus’ from About A Boy). It’s hard to imagine this took place five years before the Sugarcubes even existed, which means Björk is a 17-year-old in the video. Some prodigies were born that way from the start. Björk is one of them. [Hint Fashion Magazine]
Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson has already worked on some impressive film scores in his career: Theory of Everything, Sicario, and Arrival. Now, he’s got an even bigger film on his plate: the Blade Runner sequel. Director Denis Villeneuve is working on the new film and plans to release it on October 6 of 2017. That leaves him plenty of time to come up with music for it, but based off his past work (like “The Beast” clip above from Sicario), I don’t think it will be too hard to do. [Pitchfork]
A source told the Fader that Frank Ocean released his visual album, Endless, through Apple Music first on purpose. The album contains full songs and shorter numbers, most of which is very pretty, but it feels like a slew of leftover cuts. His second album, Blonde, is the more commercially viable project as well as the more cohesive. It also, apparently, was released independently. It looks like Frank Ocean put the visual album out first to end a contract with Def Jam. Then, mere days later, released the real full-length on his terms, at his time, in his way. So what’s that mean for the big guys up top? Well, for starters, Universal plans on banning streaming exclusives after being spurned by Ocean. That’s one way to solve things. [Consequence of Sound]
Ever feel like NPR gets a little too, well, white sometimes? So does Questlove. The music afficianado and dummer extraordinaire recently unveiled that he will have a three-hour radio program on Pandora soon. The show, called “Questlove Supreme,” focuses on global music and will premiere on September 7. The Roots’ drummer said the show will be a bit like his popular NYU music courses. If you need more reason to tune in, Maya Rudolph will be his first guest, talking about children in 1970s soul songs, because nothing gets a conversation started like a super specific niche genre. [Rolling Stone]
In a matter of days, Angel Olsen will return with a new full-length in tow. The album, My Woman, is a jam-fueled record, full of guitar solos and catchy hooks. If you’re looking for a sad album, this may not be for you. Take a look at her new video for “Sister,” for instance. Olsen co-directs the clip with Conor Hagen. In it, slow frames expand the natural cinematography of each shot as Olsen swims in pools and treks across Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a beauty of a video to match a beauty of a song. If you needed motivation to get out and play in nature this summer, this clip should do the trick. Make sure to grab My Woman when it comes out September 2nd via Jagjaguwar. [Consequence of Sound]
It feels longer than three years since Sleigh Bells last album, but indeed, Bitter Rivals dropped in 2013. The duo shared a single called “Hyper Dark” back in July (which you can re-listen to above), but didn’t share much else at the time. Now, Sleigh Bells announced a proper studio album is en route. Jessica Rabbit, their upcoming full-length, will be released November 11. Mark your calendars, folks. It’ll be a fun one. [Pitchfork]
The National Lampoon is putting out its first album in 35 years. Satirically titled, Are There Any Triggers Here Tonight, the album will feature Tony Hendra and the comedic minds behind The Final Edition Radio Hour. You can grab a copy of the release on September 9 and laugh until it hurts.
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