What do Andy Samberg, boy bands, and bananas have in common? They’re all in one weird music video. Before thinking that’s not for you, read on for a collaboration between The National and Bon Iver, a new Nick Cave album, an audieu to The Smell, a bunch of Robyn remixes, and a brand new (free!) Four Tet song.
In barely a week, The Lonely Island will appear on the big screen. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, their debut feature film, will hit theaters nationwide on June 3rd, showing Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) and his rise and fall in fame as an ex-boy band member. The mockumentary will be full of laughs. Don’t believe us? Check out “I’m a Weirdo Freestyle” from the film above. It’s bizarre and hilarious and all sorts of inappropriate goofiness that we’ve come to love the trio for. [Rolling Stone]
Bryce Dessner of The National organized a new concert called Invisible Bridge for September 25. The show takes place in Paris at Philharmonie. Of course, his brother Aaron Dessner will be joining him, but so will Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The event’s description can get you more excited in case you weren’t already: “Passing nimbly between rock and contemporary music, Bryce Dessner cultivates the art of collaboration with shared compositions and performances. For this concert, he brings together guests from a variety of backgrounds: his brother and close collaborator Aaron Dessner (The National), singer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and the Labèque sisters.” To get a feel for what their collaborations are like, check out their Slow Show from Primavera above. [Pitchfork]
Back in 2013, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds released Push The Sky Away. Now, it appears Cave has a new record on the way. The follow-up release, which is as yet untitled, it scheduled to be released in September. The Laemmle Theatres website lists an untitled film set to screen on September 8 that features Cave and the band performing songs off of a new album. Given the tragedies that have happened to Cave since the last album, it’s safe to assume this one may very well be his darkest yet. [Stereogum]
There’s a legendary all-ages venue in downtown Los Angeles called The Smell. Ignore the gross name to find that it’s a cozy spot where local bands and rising acts first got their fame. Everyone from Ty Segall to Best Coast has played there since it opened in 1998, but now, as the venue shared via Facebook, things are coming to an end. The space got a demolition notice on the door of every building on the block by L&R Group of Companies. The note also states that “public comment will hve no impact on this project.” So much for power to the people. [Stereogum]
Those who caught Robyn at Boston Calling this past weekend know the Swedish popstar is trying something new. At the festival, she played remixes of all of her songs instead of the original synthpop versions. Turns out she’s including nine remixes of key tracks from various points in her career on upcoming festival dates to reinvent her work. Acts like Axel Boman, Cassius, The Black Madonna, and Joakim all lend their hands to help the songs take new shape. Those at NYC’s Governors Ball and Toronto’s Field Trip can hear it live for themselves. [Consequence of Sound]
Producer Keiran Hebden has been busy. The man behind Four Tet reworks others’ music seemingly on the regular now, from Jamie xx to Oneohtrix Point Never, and it’s been getting him some extra attention. He now has over one million followers on SoundCloud. To celebrate the rise in popularity, he shared a new song called “TrackI’veBeenPlayingOnRadio+StuffSeemsNiceThing2DropBecauseSmashingItOnInternetShouts2B.UFO+A.Naples.” Yes, the title is long (and includes a Ben UFO shoutout), but the track is just over five minutes. Check it out above and feel good about yourself if you’re one of the million who follows him. [Consequence of Sound]
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Image: The Lonely Island/Universal Pictures