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Music Dispatch: ‘Weird Al’ Will Be MAD Magazine’s First-Ever Guest Editor

Music Dispatch: ‘Weird Al’ Will Be MAD Magazine’s First-Ever Guest Editor

Hi, music lovers. No time for small talk; let’s get to the music news! Today, we bring you the first track from Furious 7 Soundtrack, a Mark Ronson and Action Bronson remix, a WALL-E inspired music video by Hundred Waters, and some fun “Weird Al” news!

Drake shared the short film, Jungle, today, stirring up excitement for his rumored mixtape and upcoming studio album, Views from the 6. The nonlinear visual collage includes home footage of tweeny Drake rapping and singing with his father, as well as a sliver of a new song around the six minute mark. Rumor abounds about a new track being released (possibly the one from the short) later today. [Consequence of Sound]

Action Bronson has been having a productive 2015. His latest accomplishment is lending a verse to a remix of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ uber-hit, “Uptown Funk”. Producer Ronson shared the track while guest DJ-ing on NYC’s Hot 97 this morning. Also, “Bronson & Ronson” sounds like a buddy cop show that definitely needs to happen. [Miss Info]

Furious 7  keeps up the long Fast and Furious tradition of putting a bunch of rappers on a track together without much concern about the muddy outcome. The latest installment is the first track from the upcoming film’s soundtrack, “Ride Out”, featuring Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, TG, and Rich Homie Quan. [Stereogum]

“Weird Al” will be MAD Magazine‘s first ever guest-editor for their 533rd issue, which will hit news stands on April 21. Among several other responsibilities, Al will be writing an introduction to the issue and picking his favorite MAD article from the vault. Don’t know about you guys, but we are too excited about the “Weird Al”fred E. Newman cover photo they will inevitably use.


Following Tuesday’s premiere of the music video for “How Big How Blue How Beautiful”Florence + The Machine are back with an elaborate and violent production for the new track, “What Kind of Man”. The video also comes with news, as you may have suspected, of a new album, out in June, also titled, “What Kind of Man”. [Stereogum]

In annotated lyrics news, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen have begun providing insight into a number of their songs on Genius. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Mark Ronson collaborator, Michael Chabon has offered his two cents on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry” and Ronson’s “Daffodils”. [Pigeons and Planes]


An adorably big-headed and squid-shaped vacuum-bot gets to work cleaning the creepy halls of an abandoned space station, in Hundred Waters’ animated music video for “Innocent”. We haven’t had so many feels for a robot since WALL-E. [Pitchfork]

Did you see our John Hughes Valentine’s Day playlist? One band that didn’t make the cut was The Jesus and Mary Chain, whose lo-fi “The Hardest Walk” was featured in 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful. The band recently reunited for a 30th anniversary tour of their debut album, Psychocandy, and now lead singer, Jim Reid, has shared that a new album is on its way; their first since 1998! [Pigeons and Planes]

As regular readers will know, I’ve been on a real Daft Punk kick recently (mostly obsessing over what it would take to build one of those helmets). Until I can figure that out, I have the #DaftPunKonsole to keep me preoccupied. Created by developer, Malik Dellidji, the Konsole lets anyone recreate 2001’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on your very own computer keyboard. Enjoy, fellow robots. [Pigeons and Planes]

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  1. ed says:

    Weird Al’s a great choice for a MAD editor. Shoul’ve happened a long time ago, with Al Feldstein and other classic MADmen,  I think. I wonder how he’ll do with the new Usual Gang of Idiots?
    (Sat a couple of rows behind him at a panel at SDCC once, didn’t bother him, and enjoyed our common MAD fandom.)