Music News: Daft Punk scoring new Dario Argento film

The Current Music News for April 28, 2020 (MPR Video)

Exciting news: Daft Punk are working on new music. However, it's not for a new album. There's still no planned follow-up to 2013's smash Random Access Memories, but movie fans will still be glad to hear about the duo's current project. They'll be scoring the first new film in eight years from revered horror director Dario Argento. The film, titled Black Glasses, will star Argento's daughter Asia Argento and will be Daft Punk's first film score since 2010's Tron: Legacy. According to the director, Daft Punk reached out to him and offered to score the film when they heard about it, so...they're fans, and it must be mutual. (Consequence of Sound)

How often do Grammy voters and critics agree? Not often

Apparently with a little time on their hands, Billboard decided to dig into Metacritic album scores to find out just how often critics and Grammy voters agree on the best album of the year...or at least, the best among the nominated albums. Surprise, surprise: it's not that often. Not all Grammy-nominated albums are ranked by Metacritic, but among those that are, in the past 20 years the only times the best-reviewed LPs won Album of the Year were in 2002 (Norah Jones's Come Away With Me, a critics' tie with Bruce Springsteen's The Rising), 2009 (Taylor Swift's Fearless), 2010 (Arcade Fire's The Suburbs), and 2018 (Kacey Musgraves's Golden Hour).

The Grammys' biggest whiffs? Well, in 2017 Bruno Mars's 24K Magic won Album of the Year despite being the least positively reviewed among the nominees...infamously beating Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer-winning DAMN. The critics also thought Lamar was robbed in 2015, when To Pimp a Butterfly lost to Taylor Swift's far less-lauded 1989. It's also hard to forget 2016, when Adele's 25 beat Beyoncé’s seminal statement Lemonade and it was so awkward, Adele ended up basically apologizing to Beyoncé from the winner's podium. But hey, maybe next year will be different! If nothing else, there probably won't be a podium.

Want to hang out with the Strokes? Place your bids (for charity)

During the first week of May, Sotheby's is hosting a charity auction to raise money to combat COVID-19. Some big-name musicians are involved, but they're not selling guitars. This is an action of experiences. Among the lots: you can bid on the chance to record a song with Sting — virtually, somehow — and hang out with the Strokes. If you're not sure exactly what you'd talk about on a Zoom call with the Strokes, then you can always bid on coffee with former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton or Madeline Albright. They'd probably have a lot to talk about. (Billboard)

Reuniting prog-era Genesis lineup? Too hard, say band members

When concerts come back, so will Genesis: earlier this year, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks announced plans to reunite for a tour they're calling "Last Domino?" with a question mark. Okay, but what about those other Genesis members who were in the band during their '70s prog phase: guitarist Steve Hackett and singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel?

Count on Rolling Stone to really push the band on this, and count on the answer to be the same: it's not happening. That's especially frustrating for fans because there's apparently no personal animosity among the former bandmates. Basically, the musicians are saying what old-school fans don't want to hear: the '70s were a long time ago, and truly, there aren't actually a lot of people who want to hear stuff from concept albums like Nursery Cryme and Selling England By the Pound.

Basically, what would happen would be that the musicians would come out to an arena full of screaming fans hoping to hear Collins-era hits like "Invisible Touch" or Peter Gabriel solo songs like "Sledgehammer." And that's really what the musicians want to play, not songs like "The Return of the Giant Hogweed." So, sorry, progressive rock fans. It's time to...progress.

The Offspring cover Joe Exotic

Here's something you didn't learn in the Netflix series Tiger King: Joe Exotic didn't actually sing his own songs. You saw him in those crazy music videos, but the music was recorded by the Clinton Johnson band. I learned that from the Offspring. Yes, the "Pretty Fly" rockers have been watching Tiger King too, and they were inspired to record a social-distanced cover of Joe Exotic's song "Here Kitty Kitty." It's kind of weirdly good...but then, Joe Exotic didn't write it. (Billboard)