Odds and Ends: Listen to MGMT & National, Elliott Smiths Fans Are Upset, Beck Covers INXS, and more...
Here's some of the stuff I've seen over the week that's kinda interesting but not interesting enough for me to clog up your RSS feed, twitter account or Facebook page over.
- MGMT's new album was leaked so they decided to stream the whole thing from their site. Enjoy.
- The National's new album, High Violet, will be released on May 11th. You can grab a track from the record, "Bloodbuzz Ohio" on highviolet.com.
- Larry Crane is a longtime friend of Elliot Smith and he's in the process of remastering Smith's debut album, Roman Candle. Fans are upset over an album that no one has heard, but I can see why. It's something that should be preserved, faults and all.
- Beck, St. Vincent & the Liars have covered INXS's popular "Kick" album in a day. They are releasing one song a week from their project, first up is "Guns in the Sky".
- The BBC reviews Jonsi's new album, Go. I like the intro: "His voice remains one of modern music's most readily identifiable instruments".
- Iggy Pop will no longer stage dive after the audience failed to catch him at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Fatboy Slim's Norman Cook, Talking Heads' David Byrne, Iggy Pop and Dizzee Rascal have collaborated on a project dubbed the Brighton Port Authority (BPA), and will release a debut album in the US this winter. - Source
Iggy Pop and the Stooges have announced a handful of North American tour dates this summer. - Source
Xfm salutes the man who set the template for punk rock and who, at 61, is still managing to shame bands half his age with performances that defy belief. - Source
Heroes doesn't normally give us a lot of reasons to mention it, as pop music is rarely incorporated into their scenes about staving off the apocalypse. There was that one time where some girls were double-dutching to M.I.A.'s "Boyz" (before Kala became the Reminder of dance music) but that hardly seemed worth a post. Usually the deepest we go with the show here is when Peter Patrelli turns up in Fergie videos.
But apparently none of that really matters when it comes to compiling the show's soundtrack, because it's hella cool and hella full of stuff that has absolutely no connection to the narrative (okay, Bowie's "Heroes" is a logical inclusion). The key question for OST compilers these days seems to be "what will make us appear cooler" -- and in Heroes' case, they've succeeded here, most notably scoring the Jesus & Mary Chain's first studio recording in a decade ("All Things Must Pass") and a new and exclusive tune from Wilco, "Glad It's Over." That's in addition to previously unreleased tunes from Imogen Heap, Brighton Port Authority (feat. Iggy Pop), and Panic At The Disco, as reported by Billboard. To throw more coolness at you: there's a tune from the Chemical Brothers (feat. Spank Rock) and oldies from Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab, the New Pornographers, do you really need us to go on? It's out 3/18 on, what else, NBC Records. Check the tracklist: - Source
Here's more on the venture entitled 'Rock The Rabbit': *Rock The Rabbit artists will put their twist on the iconic Playboy Rabbit Head logo by creating limited edition t-shirt designs. Original prototypes of all t-shirt designs will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Rock The Vote. A special collection of RTR t-shirts will be available nationwide at select Bloomingdale's locations and online at ShopTheBunny.com.*
Some of the artists include: Iggy Pop, Duran Duran, Daft Punk, The Shins, Hot Chip