Leave it to the Muppets’ funniest fella to make us laugh over Beyonce and Jay Z drama. If you’re looking for tunes, stick around for a Game of Thrones-themed playlist, new music from Shura, the star-studded list in The Lonely Island’s film, Dinosaur Jr.’s brand new LP, the ambitious LP The Magnetic Fields are working on, and a bloody track from Jenny Hval.
Our beloved Chris Hardwick brings big names onto his Comedy Central game show @Midnight. Last night’s episode started with a dare of sorts. Guests Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, and Fozzie Bear all took turns making jokes about May 23rd being named Beyonce Day in Minnesota. Of course, the puppet extraordinaire and stand-up icon cracked a wise one, and with a rhyme, no less. “I hang the lights on the Beyonce tree,” he half sang, “And I leave cookies and lemonade out for Jay Z.” Nailed it. [Pitchfork]
Not to brag, but we’ve got one of the best music libraries over here at Nerdist. In the wake of Brienne and Tormund’s excellent Game of Thrones episode, we’ve put together a playlist of goofy, giddy, and all-around great songs to keep you riding high on their, er, relationship. Now show us your best crazy-eyed smile! [Nerdist]
If you need a pick me up, it’s time to say hello to Shura. The UK musician finally has a debut album on the way, something we’ve been anticipating ever since she dropped some EPs in the past years. In anticipation of the record dropping in July, she’s shared “What’s It Gonna Be?” It’s a glossy, synth-filled number reminiscent of the ’80s-styled pop Robyn and others make. Give it a spin above and let yourself have some fun.
Andy Samberg plays a famous pop star in the Lonely Island‘s new film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and it looks like he’s not the only musician to be appearing. Reports reveal that the comedy trio will be joined by acts like Joanna Newsom, DJ Khaled, Questlove, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Adam Levine, Arcade Fire, Nas, RZA, Mariah Carey, and more. It’s about as star-studded as, hm, a pop concert. You’ll have to wait until June 3 to see what all the bumpin’ buzz is about, though, when the film finally hits theaters. [Pitchfork]
Dinosaur Jr. are back with a new album, and none other than Henry Rollins is here to announce it. In the album announcement video, Rollins gives an oath of sorts about the quality of their new music. “I was recently sent a copy of the brand new Dinosaur Jr. album… and like every other Dinosaur Jr. record, it is fantastic,” he says. “They are one of my favorite bands and one of the best live bands ever.” Well, duh. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not comes out August 5 via Jagjaguwar. [Rolling Stone]
Stephin Merritt has never been a simple man. The Magnetic Fields frontman has yet another ambitious project on his plate. According to a Facebook post today, he and the rest of the band are hard at work on their first full-length in nearly five years: 50 Song Memoir. As the title suggests, it’s likely a spiritual successor to 69 Love Songs. The sardonic frontman surely only has good words to lay down, and with 50 instruments being used on the album, it’s sure to be an interesting listen at the very least. [Consequence of Sound]
The lady behind songs about soft dick rock and feminist movements is back. Jenny Hval announced a new album is on the way. On September 30, she will release Blood Bitch via Sacred Bones. The album, which she said is “an investigation of blood,” will see 10 new tracks on fictional and personal topics toil with the “white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers.” Ambitious stuff. Give “Female Vampire” a listen to get a taste of what’s to come. [Pitchfork]
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