Monday is for metal. To celebrate, explore the eerie world of bugs and lights in Metallica’s newest music video. If you’re not ready to jump right into material that dark yet, read on for happier news like Lin-Manuel Miranda joining Weird Al onstage for “Yoda,” Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend playing basketball together, John Carpenter’s futuristic music video, and a new Beck song that comes from a videogame soundtrack.
On November 18, Metallica return with their two-disc album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct. The new release is their first studio album in eight years, and with it comes new songs like “Moth Into Flame.” Better yet, new music videos come in hand, too. The aforementioned song got a video that sees them snarling and raging while bugs do the same. It’s eerie, something to be expected given the songs name, to watch moths buzz around them in a room of lights and all over a TV screen, but James Hetfield’s intense singing makes our hearts all warm just in the nick of time.
What’s the one way “Weird Al” can make “Yoda” more perfect than it already is? By bringing out a guest, of course! During a show in New York the other night, “Weird Al” brought out Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Without missing a beat, Miranda ran onstage, sang a few lines, and then vanished, like all Broadway stars know how to do seamlessly. Watch above about halfway through to see his unexpected cameo. [Nerdist]
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Charity basketball is a real thing. If you don’t believe us, watch how real it gets on the court. Win Butler of Arcade Fire hosted his “POP vs. Jock” game at McGill University Sports Center once again, and this year’s game got as heated as ever. Win and Will Butler played alongside Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend, Martin Starr of Silicon Valley, and more. Best of all, POP won by 105 to 97. Some highlights can be watched above, but let’s be real: we all wish we saw the game in real time. [Pitchfork]
When he’s making music or filming movies, John Carpenter lets his signature sci-fi creep into the mix. His new music video is no exception. For “Utopian Facade” off this year’s Lost Themes II release, he filmed a video that’s as ominous as The Thing and as futuristic as Tron. Check it out above and imagine what the world would be like if this zombie film came to life, tropes and all. [Consequence of Sound]
See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!