February 16th, 2012
NEW MUSIC WORKS
>> As part of a Converse initiative “Three Artists, One Song” (sounds a little dirty, doesn’t it?), James Murphy of LCD Sounsystem fame, plus Damon Albarn from the Gorillaz/Blur, and Andre 3000 are working together on a track. Should be pretty dope.
>> Andrew Bird’s got a new record coming out soon, and by simply “Liking” his Facebook page, you can stream and download a couple songs, namely “The Crown Salesman.”
>> Curren$y surprised us and dropped a live-instrument LP called The Muscle Car Chronicles with Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and a bunch of other guests. Check out the details.
>> The Chromatics are working on their first record of new material in five years, but in the meantime, they’ve got a cool cover for you. They did a version of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black),” that they’ve affectionately just called “Into The Black,” and you can listen to it on their Soundcloud.
>> For all you freaks who love “Come On Eileen,” you can rejoice with wild abandon tonight. Dexys Midnight Runners have reunited and are prepping their first new material in 27 years!
GO ‘HEAD AND STREAM SOME STUFF
>> You may have seen our little Valentine treat the other day, but just in case, Diplo and Usher have teamed up and you need to hear the result. It’s called “Climax” and you can listen to it here.
>> Portishead’s Geoff Barrow’s got a hip-hop bun in the oven. The project’s called Quakers and he got a whopping 35 guests to appear on 41 tracks that Stones Throw will be releasing. You can listen to a gem called “Fitta Happier” on the Soundcloud page.
HOT NEW VIDEOS
>> The Rapture have got a new one for “In The Grace of Your Love.” Los Campesinos! gave us a new one for a creepy, stripper-themed version of “Songs About Your Girlfriend.” There’s something a little weird about the title of The Boss’ “We Take Care of Our Own,” isn’t there? Something very post-9/11, maybe. A not-very-safe-for-epileptics video for Jay-Z and Kanye’s “N**gas in Paris” is shocking people now. Cults have a new pyromaniac-friendly video for “You Know What I Mean.” Buzz band Shearwater’s got a video for their new album’s single, “Breaking the Yearlings.”
>> A couple cool late-night performances caught our eye this week. The Drums made their network television debut with Jimmy Fallon the other night. And then, in one of the coolest David Letterman musical spots in some time, Mark Ronson brought Erykah Badu, some Dap-Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste with him to do “A La Modeliste.”
TOURS AND SUCH
>> Just a couple hours to our northeast, Kraftwerk will put on eight performances in as many nights at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Yes, from April 10-17 they’ll do a different record every night. For real, check out the details.
>> Frankie Rose, indie-pop all star, will be putting out a new solo album next week, Interstellar. And to support it, she’ll start a tour here in Philly at the North Star Bar on April 5th.
>> Bonnaroo announced its lineup this week and the whole thing goes down in Manchester, TN on June 7-10. Repping for Philly are The Roots, Major Lazer, Kurt & The Violators and The War On Drugs. No real surprises there. You can check out the full, extensive lineup here.
A FEW OTHER RANDOM THINGS
>> Joanna Newsom showed up on Portlandia to our delight. After leading a euphoric and blissful nature romp with her harp, she just needs a ride home back to the Southeast, but, alas, her friends drive a little compact hatchback. What ever is she to do with her huge-ass harp? It’s funny.
>> Bon Iver won some Grammies and back-handedly thanked everyone for the win. It’s a little difficult to watch but applaudable.
>> St. Vincent was on Gossip Girl doing “Cruel.” Here’s just a little minute of it. Annie tweeted that she broke her guitar on the bar but maybe it’ll show up in the long-form version of their Valentine’s Day episode. That crowd seems super-lame.
>> For Hot 97’s “Black Fist Friday,” ?uestlove did a guest DJ spot and honored his mentor J Dilla. You can download his hour set right on ova heah.
>> One of the biggest and best voices in pop music history died this week. Much has been said about her past with drug addiction, Bobby Brown, rehabilitation and the perceived comeback she was bringing. But tributes have already been performed and respects paid. Here’s a heartbreaking one of Girls doing a more Dolly Parton-flavored version of “I Will Always Love You.” No doubt her astounding legacy and catalogue will last forever.