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Music Dispatch: GWAR Gave an Insane TED Talk on Regional Identity

If your weekend was pretty meh, then have no fear. We wrapped up a bunch of music news from the weekend to keep you entertained all day. First comes GWAR’s absurd TED Talk on regional identity. Then there’s news of new Joanna Newsom music, ’80s pop from Fever High, a retro music video from A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks’ guest appearance on Ezra Koenig’s radio show, and two Beach House songs that just popped up online that you should stream. See, we told you there’s a lot to check out!

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GWAR came to dominate. If that means beginning a 13-minute TED Talk by slamming someone in the head with a stone tablet and ripping the flesh from their face, then so be it.

The metal band’s bassist and singer, Michael “Blothar” Bishop delivered a bizarre, intriguing, and genuinely moving speech about regional identity by beginning with that exact intro, but when he begins to explain himself, things become fascinating. He talks about the deranged (fictional) history of the band, his (not fictional) PhD in music from the University of Virginia, and the troubling race relations (we wish were fictional) that he saw in Virginia. It’s quite interesting, so grab a glass of water, prepare for the intensities of GWAR, and watch the clip above. [Rolling Stone]

The fairy harp goddess Joanna Newsom has been in hiding for some time. It’s been half a decade since she released new material (although she did star in Inherent Vice). Now the songwriter is back with a new album, Divers, out in October, and a music video for lead single “Sapokanikan” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson himself. The cute is just cute enough to make you get over how bizarre a word “Sapokanikan” is to begin with.  [Pitchfork]

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’80s pop duo Fever High are responsible for the carelessly fun single that you’ll soon be obsessed with: “Tantalized”. Give it a listen here. As our own Matt Grosinger says, “If “Tantalized” by Fever High doesn’t make you flex your butt cheeks and swing your hips wildly from side-to-side, then you should probably consult a physician.” Just sayin’. [Nerdist]

At.Long.Last.A$AP finally rewinds time. On his Kanye West-produced single “Jukebox Joints”, A$AP Rocky spits his way through some pretty fierce lines as does West, but the song’s music video gets even more expansive. Rocky takes us through the vintage dust of the ’50s, through the beepers of the ’90s, and onwards into the colorful, hazy, spaceless era of the future. The only bad news? Kanye West’s verse got cut. [Billboard]

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Beats 1 radio is on a role. One of the new radio shows, Time Crisis, is hosted by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. This week’s episode saw Azealia Banks come onboard as a guest speaker to talk about the top five best selling singles on iTunes–including Drake’s “Back to Back”, One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”, and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”–as well as Lenny Kravitz’s big rip. Give it a listen here. [Pitchfork]

Beach House

Beach House are going from quiet indie rock to feedback-filled shoegaze, or so the leaks of Depression Cherry songs seem to suggest. Now two new cuts from that album, “PPP” and “Beyond Love”, have surfaced. Give them a listen over at their website by following these directions and let the noise wave overcome you. [Stereogum]

That’s it for today, but make sure to come back on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!

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