Joni Mitchell launches archival series, shares “House of the Rising Sun” Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

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An massive five-CD Joni Mitchell box set featuring almost six hours of previously unreleased recordings by the acclaimed singer/songwriter spanning from 1963 through 1967 will arrive next month!

Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1 comes out October 30th and will be the first in a series of planned compilations that will present previously unheard and rare Mitchell recordings like demos, live performances, and recordings from radio and TV appearances.

The box set also contains a 40-page booklet with largly unseen photos from Mitchells personal archives, plus new liner notes featuring conversations between Joni and music journalist/filmmaker Cameron Crowe.


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Gorillaz ft. Robert Smith “Strange Timez” Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

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Gorillaz, the long-time music/animation project from Blur co-founder Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, just announced the latest installment of its Song Machine project, a 17-song set that features the likes of Beck, Elton John, St. Vincent, ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook, ScHoolboy Q, Slowthai, Fatoumata Diawara and many more.

Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez comes out on October 23rd, and will also include the option of a 17-track Deluxe and Super Deluxe box set, which comes with a full-color 210-page almanac.

But were already excited about this sixth installment that features the one and only Robert Smith of The Cure


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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “Letter To You” Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

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Bruce Springsteen has just announced a new album, one that will be the rock legends TWENTIETH studio offering!

Letter To You drops October 23rd and will include his equally-iconic E Street Band (Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons) and was recorded at The Boss New Jersey studio in only five days.

“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” Springsteen said in a statement. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”


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Bedouine, Waxahatchee & Hurray for the Riff Raff cover Big Star’s “13” Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

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When they toured together in 2017, Bedouine (Azniv Korkejian), Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield), and Hurray for the Riff Raff (Alynda Segarra) were looking for a song to collaborate on, but nothing really worked for all three artists. But then inspiration struck, according to Korkejian:

“I was backstage in Columbia, MO when I realized it was the anniversary of Big Star’s ‘93 reunion show that had also taken place in Columbia. I was fiddling around with the song in my dressing room when Katie and Alynda walked in. Suddenly I remembered there were three verses to split up. We played it as an homage that night and every night after. After the tour wrapped up, I think it was Kevin Morby that insisted we track and share it. Down the road, Katie wrote me that she would be in LA so I tracked the guitar and she came by to visit and put down her part. Down the road some more Alynda put down her part from New Orleans and sent it over the ether. Now 3 years later we’re finally getting to share it.”

Give a listen to their version of 13


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Bob Mould “Siberian Butterfly” Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

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Whenever we think we have a favorite track from Bob Moulds forthcoming album, he goes and drops another gem like this one!

Blue Hearts arrives September 25th and this third single is a barely two-minute (but fierce) romp that Mould calls autobiographical:

I put myself through some self-hating years as a young gay man – never feeling “good enough,” not recognizing the positive qualities I had to offer, while inhibiting the development of my gay identity. I hope for a world where all people can be what they want to be. Life seems shorter every day; maybe this simple song can be of use to people who are struggling to find their true selves.


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Amanda Palmer & Rhiannon Giddens cover Portishead’s “It’s a Fire” Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

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Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn) has joined forces with Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) for a stirring take on a Portishead tune, and for a timely cause dear to them both.

Its a Fire was originally on Portisheads 1994 album, Dummy, but this inspirational version hopes to raise funds for Free Black University.

In a statement Palmer said:


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Janelle Monáe “Turntables” Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

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We havent had new music from Janelle Monaé since 2018s Dirty Computer, but now she has blessed us with a new single one that takes on voter suppression.

Turntables was written for the new film All In: The Fight for Democracy, a documentary about the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her voting-rights crusade.

In an interview with Apple Musics Zane Lowe, Monaé said of the new track:


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New Order “Be a Rebel” Tuesday, Sep 8 2020 

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New Order have just shared their first original music in five years!

“In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song,” New Order frontman Bernard Sumner in a statement. “We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together. We hope you enjoy it… until we meet again.”

Oh, in other New Order good news: they also have a new box set coming out! Theyve announced a deluxe reissue of their 1983 sophomore album Power, Corruption & Lies will arrive October 2nd that will include a 12-inch vinyl, two CDs, two DVDs, and a hardback book.


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listen hear! Land of Talk “Footnotes” Sunday, Sep 6 2020 

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  listen hear! spotlights a new track we love and think you will too.

“Footnotes” is the latest single from Land of Talk, the Montreal-based band led by vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. It’s the juxtaposition of the upbeat melody and dreamy wall of fuzzed-out guitars set against lyrics that include “your psychotic thoughts” that make the song a standout. One of many on their new album, “Indistinct Conversations”, out now via Saddle Creek.

The song came together while Powell was hiding from an angry neighbor. “I locked myself in my house after he ripped up my fence by the cover of night. He and his goons would always end up harassing me, and skulking outside in my back driveway, and just being generally disgusting. I wound up being scared to leave my house that day and wrote ‘Footnotes,’ just losing myself in the repetitive, meditative guitar parts. I think I played that for six hours just to put myself in a trance state and not panic.


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Ruen Brothers “Saving Me, Saving You”/”Alone” Friday, Sep 4 2020 

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Weve been enthralled by the Ruen Brothers (Henry and Rupert Stansall) ever since we heard All My Shades of Blue, the title track from their 2018 Rick Rubin-produced album of the same name, and by the time they played WFPKs Live Lunch and Waterfront Wednesday, we were full-blown fans!

And now theyve announced a second album is on the way in March of next year, one the guys wrote, recorded, produced and mixed themselves in their Brooklyn studio. Even better? Hen and Ru just shared not one, but TWO new tracks were equally excited about!


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