Based on recent music videos like "Must Be Santa," there's no doubt that Bob Dylan's sense of humor is as sharp as ever—but it seems he isn't very fond of the new breed of romantic-comedies. Today, Dylan released the music video for the jaunty, Love And Theft-esque "Duquesne Whistle," the first single from his forthcoming album Tempest. As for the video: picture Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character from 500 Days Of Summer getting beaten for dancing in the street as he stalked a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and you've got the right idea.
Of course, as entertaining as the main storyline is, the best images of the video come from seeing Dylan and his bizarre gang strolling down the street. Rolling Stone thinks one of his posse is meant to be "dressed up as Gene Simmons circa 1977." So there's that.
Tempest, Dylan's 35th studio album, will be released on September 11th. Early reviews of the album have been very positive, with many calling it his best since Time Out Of Mind—between the 14 minutes-long songs about the Titanic, odes to John Lennon, and lots of references to blood and death, we're significantly excited. And there's also this line from "Narrow Way:" "I'm still hurting from an arrow that pierced my chest/I'm gonna have to take my head and bury it between your breasts."
If you can't wait to get your paws on a copy of the new album, Dylan also announced that a few select Tempest pop up stores will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday September 10th (and will remain open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 16th)—in addition to the new album, other Dylan releases and exclusive merchandise commemorating the week-long events, including a limited quantity of CDs hand-signed by Dylan, will be available. The NYC pop up will be located at 819 Washington Street.
Listen to another new song from the album, the historically-questionable but hilarious 12-bar blues "Early Roman Kings," below: