Friday Music News

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  • Following a string of recent European performances previewing new material, the xx have announced formal release details of the follow-up to their 2009 debut. The album, entitled Coexist, will drop on September 11th through Young Turks. If you didn’t score tickets to their sold-out show at The Showbox SoDo on July 25th, you can watch a video of the band performing a new song at the San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival yesterday below and find fan footage of five of the new tracks at Some Kind of Awesome.

  • Despite only existing for a little over a decade, The Black Keys are the subject of a new tribute album, Black On Blues. Leading the charge of artists covering the Ohio duo is Iggy Pop, who recorded a cover of “Lonely Boy” with Cream/Blind Faith drummer (and recent documentary subject) Ginger Baker. Listen to their take on the Keys’ ubiquitous single below and see a full tracklisting at Consequence of Sound.

  • The legacy of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti has seen a recent revival in the past few years, and the trend continues with the release of Red Hot + Fela, an upcoming tribute compilation benefitting the fight against AIDS via the (Red) Organization and Red Hot Organization. The first track released features American musicians tUnE-yArDs and ?uestlove teaming up with the African singer Angelique Kidjo and rapper Akua Naro to cover Fela Kuti’s “Lady”. If you think you can handle this much groove, stream the track below and prepare yourself for the full compilation when it tentatively releases in the fall.

  • Hot Chip recently stopped by Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 program for an in-studio where they played cuts from their forthcoming record In Our Heads (available June 12th via Domino) alongside a bubbly cover of Prince‘s “If I Was Your Girlfriend”. Visit the BBC website to stream the whole session and skip to 1:19:50 to hear five mild-mannered English guys take on one of the Purple One’s most sensual tunes.
  • Between some cross-country tours and the reissues of their first two albums, Archers of Loaf‘s reunion last year has provided more than a few reasons for their fans to revisit the band’s catalogue. They’re not done yet though, as reissues of their final two albums, 1996’s All the Nations Airports and 1998’s White Trash Heroes are getting the expansion treatment on August 7th via Merge Records. Set to be issued on double-CD, colored vinyl, or digital download, both albums feature re-imagined cover art, new liner notes, and, of course, plenty of bonus material. (Dear major label executives – this is how a proper reissue campaign is done.) Check out a stream of “Dead Red Eyes” from White Trash Heroes below and get a full tracklisting of both reissues at This Is Fake DIY.

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One Comment

  1. Seriously
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Iggy Pop covering The Black Keys – simply brilliant.

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