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Music Dispatch: Bjork Wants to Save Iceland’s Environment, Plus Will Smith is BACK

Music Dispatch: Bjork Wants to Save Iceland’s Environment, Plus Will Smith is BACK

Everybody wants to save the world, but really, saving the entire world is a pretty Herculean task. Instead, Björk is focusing her efforts on Iceland, her own part of the world about which she cares very much. Also, Yoko Ono and The Flaming Lips are releasing music together, Grimes’ new album is out, Outkast almost performed at the Super Bowl, Against Me! rocked Seth Meyers, and The Fresh Prince plans to hit the road with Jazzy Jeff. Big stuff’s going down in today’s Music Dispatch, so let’s hop to it.

In the video above, Björk explains that an “overhead high voltage power line” is set to be built across the entire island of Iceland, and if the country’s citizens don’t sign an online protest in the next 11 days—when the government will consider a proposal on the matter—the country’s wilderness could be severely impacted. Bjork hopes for a national park to be declared on the land in order to protect it.

“I have decided to put all of my energy into Iceland,” Björk said. “I can be more valuable here and get more done than if I tried to fly around the world and fight global warming.” [Rolling Stone]

We’ve officially turned the Halloween corner, and now it’s time for Christmas stuff to overtake humanity.

In 2011, Yoko Ono and The Flaming Lips teamed up to record a cover of Ono and Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” The track was available exclusively to Amazon Prime customers—as part of the service’s compilation All Is Bright—but now, the track is set to be re-released on vinyl on December 11 via Chimera Music.

Listen to “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” above, and “Atlas Eets Christmas”, the record’s b-side also by Ono and The Flaming Lips, here. [NME]

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Yesterday it was revealed that we were so close to having Outkast perform at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, better known to music fans as the one where Justin Timberlake helped Janet Jackson #freethenipple. According to Big Boi, the preventative factor was Andre 3000 wanted to perform both “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya” despite only having time for one song.

During an interview on ESPN Radio’s “The Dan LeBatard Show,” Big Boi said he tried really hard to make it happen: “I was in his ear a lot. To this day, his son told him, ‘Dad, man you should have performed at the Super Bowl, man.’ We look at it now, we laugh. Hopefully they’ll invite us back.” [Consequence of Sound]

Late Night with Seth Meyers isn’t known for its musical guests. More often than not going without one, this week the late nighter had one of the best active rock bands today in Against Me! on the program. On Thursday, the rock outfit tore through a blistering rendition of “True Trans Soul Rebel”, originally from 2014’s Transgender Dysmorphia Blues and the band’s 2015 live album, 23 Live Sex Acts.

And kudos to Meyers for having killer taste in music, as he introduced the band as one of his favorites. Maybe have some of your favorites on the show more often?

Will Smith has been out of the rap game for ten years, but along with his first musical partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Fresh Prince is looking to get back into it. He previously teased plans and pseudo-confirmed that the two would go back on the road, but when he was a guest on Ellen this week, he confirmed the tour is in fact happening. He also pointed out that the duo never actually embarked on a full-fledged tour, so this will actually be a first for fan and performers alike. Consider us excited. [Pigeons and Planes]

That should be enough music news to hold you over for the weekend, so enjoy it and check back with us on Monday for another Music Dispatch!


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