outkast, confederate, stone mountain, monument
outkast, confederate, stone mountain, monument

Now Hear This: Arcade Fire Documentary, Hodor’s New Single and More!

Despite Noel Gallagher’s wishes, new music Friday continues, and with it, our weekly Music News Roundup! Head ’em up and move ’em out!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Gregory Brothers put out this new video Wednesday, using material from collaborators from Gordon-Levitt’s HitRECord online collaboration project. The Gregory Brothers are perhaps best known as the “Songify This!” guys, and the ones who made the ultra-awesome theme song for Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Speaking of shows everyone loves, Hodor from Game of Thrones is dropping a new single! Unfortunately, it’s not in character, otherwise we’d be able to memorize all the lyrics quickly. But as it turns out, when he’s not saying “Hodor”, Kristian Nairn is a very popular DJ in Ireland, and the Club Mix of “Up” will should be all over dancefloors around the world.

In what might be the hard-rock equivalent of Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, twelve “epic rock stars” will be announced as starring in Gutterdämmerung, a silent movie Western. So far, 4 of the twelve have been announced — Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Grace Jones and Jesse Hughes (from Eagles of Death Metal). Who will be the next to be announced? My money’s on “Weird Al” Yankovic.

The Arcade Fire also have the movie bug. The band is working on The Reflektor Tapes, a tour documentary directed by Kahlil Joseph. No word yet on if the film includes a basketball subplot.

Perhaps the best solution to the Confederate Flag kerfluffle — put OutKast on it. An Georgian artist is proposing adding Big Boi and Andre 3000 in a Caddy to the Stone Mountain monument, which currently only features Confederate “heroes”  Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.

Ideally, those three traitors would be sandblasted off the mountain, but either way, OutKast certainly deserves the spot way more than those other chumps. Or, in other words, Hip Hop Forever, Slavery Never.

New Music This Week: It’s a much better week than last week for releases. The biggest is the brand new Wilco album Star Wars… and best of all, it’s free.

We’ve got a limited edition re-issue of George Clinton’s 1982 album Computer Games with a brand-new remaster.

Country music superstar Alan Jackson’s got Angels & Alcohol, his twentieth album.

Phenomenal Jazz/Funk group Galactic are putting out their new LP Into The Deep today.

Sublime With Rome continue beating a dead horse that wasn’t much good when it was alive with Sirens.

The Bird & The Bee, the indie-pop duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin, have a long-awaited new album, Recreational Love, their first in five years.

The one I’m most looking forward to, though, is Ratatat’s fifth album, Magnifique. One watch of this video will explain exactly why I’m looking forward to this one so much.