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Music Dispatch: Don Cheadle Plays A Totally Convincing Miles Davis

Music Dispatch: Don Cheadle Plays A Totally Convincing Miles Davis

First it was Tom Hiddleston nailing his portrayal of country music pioneer Hank Williams for an upcoming biopic, and now it’s Don Cheadle’s turn to show off his great musical impression, of jazz legend Miles Davis. Also on the slate for today: Rihanna’s upcoming album has a name and a cover, a Radiohead member has a new album on the way next month, an elementary school girl conducted a killer interview with CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, tomorrow is Patti Smith Day, and the latest rock supergroup features some grunge legends.

Let’s get into it.

Musical biopics are a hot commodity nowadays, and Miles Davis is an icon that has been peculiarly under-explored. Don Cheadle has been working for years to make the movie a reality, and although there is no set date for a wide release, we do have the above clip, in which we get a feel for Cheadle’s whispery vocal impersonation of Davis and his actual trumpet-playing abilities. This other clip was also released a few hours ago, and it doesn’t make us envious of the journalists who have interviewed Davis in the past. [Consequence of Sound]

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That is the newly unveiled artwork for Rihanna’s upcoming album, which she said is “my favorite album cover I’ve ever done.” The record was also revealed to be titled ANTI–not to be confused with the record label ANTI-. The art was revealed on Wednesday night at an event in Los Angeles, and was later described in a press release:

“In a recent exhibition at the MAMA Gallery, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum have unveiled seven original oil paintings that will be used as the official artwork for her forthcoming eighth studio album titled ANTI.  Included in these seven paintings is the album cover, which depicts a young girl with a gold crown covering her eyes, and a black balloon strung tightly to her wrist, painted in multiple, intersecting views.  The back cover features an oil painting of the same young girl seen from behind.  Both paintings are cleverly inscribed with sculpted Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchel that spreads between the front and the back cover of the album.  Additional paintings featured as inside album artwork include poetry sculpted in Braille by Roy Nachum.  This is the first time an album has ever incorporated physical Braille.  The Braille inscription will also allow people who are blind to experience an entire album by touch.”

[Pitchfork]

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Speaking of new albums, it was previously announced that Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has one on the way in collaboration with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, and today, we’ve been enlightened with more information about it: The album is titled Junun, it’s coming out on November 13, and it also features Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Indian qawwali group the Rajasthan Express. The album is also accompanied by a documentary of the same name, and you can watch it here now if you feel so inclined. [Pitchfork]

Few things make us happier than CHVRCHES’ singer Lauren Mayberry, but one of those things might be Piper from Kids Interview Bands, the fourth-grader who sat down with Mayberry to ask her some fun questions. Piper may be fresh-faced, but behind that face is tons of journalistic experience, as she has interviewed everybody from Best Coast to Vance Joy to GWAR’s Pustulus Maximus. Piper has done some great work in making Mayberry relatable to the everyday person whose favorite song to dance to is also “Firework” by Katy Perry.

Piper is also trying to interview Taylor Swift, which would probably be the most adorable thing ever, so let’s signal blast this video and help make that happen the next time Swift is around Columbus, Ohio! [Consequence of Sound]

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It’s a big day in Boston tomorrow, as mayor Marty Walsh declared that October 10 would be Patti Smith Day:

We’re thinking Walsh was inspired to create this holiday after hearing Smith’s song for Aqua Teen Hunger Force. [Pitchfork]

How’s this for a rock summit: members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and OFF! have formed a new supergroup called Ten Commandos, and their debut single “Staring Down The Dust” sounds like a modern day Black Sabbath tribute, which we are in no way opposed to. Their debut album is set for November via Monkeywrench Records and will feature contributions from Mark Lanegan, Peter Frampton, Nikka Costa. [Consequence of Sound]

That’s what we found interesting today, so go see some pretty leaves this weekend and check back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!


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