Is Kanye… crying? Yes, folks. Your eyes are watching the new music video correctly. Kanye West can’t keep from bawling in his “Wolves” video. If you don’t want to get misty-eyed, read on for news of Elvis Presley’s ’60s guitar going up for auction, The Melvins guest appearence on a Cartoon Network show, Malia Obama’s attendance at Lollapalooza, Massive Attack’s new song with Mazzy Star’s frontwoman, and Action Bronson’s new clip where he watches alien-related footage with Tyler, the Creator.
It feels like The Life of Pablo has been one constant release. Kanye West teased the album, teased it some more, released it, changed it, changed it some more, released a video, changed it some more, released another video, and alas, here we are today, staring down yet another music video. Things feel different now, though. In the newest clip for “Wolves,” Kanye teams up with director Steven Klein to tell an autotuned story of pain and pride. The black-and-white video sees Vic Mensa, Sia, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Joan Smalls, Cindy Crawford, and more make appearances in what seems to be a big ad for fashion company Balmain. Most importantly, the video features a new version of the track and it’s so dang beautiful that it brings Kanye to tears. He can’t stop crying. Really. Look at all those tears. It’s a sight to see, especially if you’re tired of seeing him look so dang smug all the time. [Pitchfork]
It seems every musician is offering up old rarities for auction. Elvis Presley now joins that list. The deceased singer-songwriter will have numerous items up for sale, most estimated to sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The items up for auction: a guitar he used in the ’60s, his 1935 birth document, his Magnum revolver, his custom-made karate outfit, and 200 other “unique items.” The bidding goes down on August 13 as part of Invaluable.com’s Auction at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Start savin’, collectors. [Rolling Stone]
Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you’re irrelevant. The Melvins have been churning out awesome punk rock for three decades now and they’re still loved for it. The group got cartoon-ified for an episode of Uncle Grandpa on Cartoon Network. The episode premieres on August 4 and sees Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover turn up to help Lizzy when her band bails before a talent show performance. It’s an honor to be animated for most. Osborne is no exception. “I LOVED seeing myself animated,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s the most reality I’ve had in a long time. These guys were so nice to us! They even allowed Dale and I to do the voiceovers sans pants!” If only that image made it into the cartoon. [Rolling Stone]
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Sometimes your parents throw boring parties. Sometimes you bail on those parties for a better party elsewhere. If you don’t know how it’s done, just ask the president’s daughter, Malia Obama. She skipped out on the Democratic National Convention to go to Lollapalooza this weekend. Armed by some slacked-out Secret Service , Malia caught EDM act Cashmere Cat close to the front row. No word yet on any other acts she saw, but it seems like she had a good time with her friends, possibly even more fun than when she went to Lollapalooza in 2014. Rock on. [Consequence of Sound]
VICELAND TV has a new series called Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. It’s exactly what the title describes. The foodie rapper invites guests onto his show to watch the History Channel TV show and discuss aliens, weed, and everything in between. This week’s episode will make you laugh in under five minutes with Tyler, the Creator as a guest. There’s some funny animations about face tattoos and giant piles of sand, both of which sound random but make sense if you watch it. Check it out above to see what we mean. [Pitchfork]
Enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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