Thursday Music News

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  • Despite being one of his busiest ever years in terms of musical output, Beck has yet to release an album in 2012. That will (sort of) change in December when he and McSweeny’s release Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, a collection of sheet music of unreleased and unrecorded Beck songs. The 108-page book will contain musical notation and lyrics for 20 songs, and to quote the accompanying press release, “bringing [the songs] to life depends on you.” There’s no word on if any recorded versions of the songs will be released for less-than-musically-skilled Beck fans (or people who would rather listen to a record than play one.) Read more about the release over at Pitchfork.
  • After a limited engagement in theaters last month, the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 9th. The three-disc package features the Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace-directed film, the nearly four-hour final concert from the seminal New York band, and “surprise extras”. Pre-orders have started over at DFA Records’ website.

  • Following in the footsteps of the Flaming Lips, Erykah Badu, and the Roots (among others), Aussie dance-titans Cut Copy have taken a guest turn on the children’s television hit “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. Dan Whitford and co. play a song about taking a idyllic journey through the universe (which isn’t all that different from their normal lyrical output.) Watch a clip of their forthcoming appearance below.

  • As part of their celebrations for what would be Elliot Smith‘s 43rd birthday, Kill Rock Stars have released another alternate version of one of the late Portland songwriter’s tunes. This week, it’s a more uptempo version of “Punch and Judy” from 1997’s Either/Or. Listen to the unearthed track below and hear a previously unreleased version of “Alameda” over at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp.

  • Despite some shakeups in the company, All Tomorrows Parties have announced a new installment of I’ll Be Your Mirror, this time in Melbourne. Curated by Aussie band The Drones, the lineup is topped by My Bloody Valentine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Swans, Einstuerzende Neubauten, Thee Oh Sees, and more. Earplugs are highly recommended. If you happen to be in Australia next February (or have just now decided to be), check out the rest of the lineup and festival information over at ATP.
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One Comment

  1. notnicolajames
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Beck is either brilliant or a mixture between arrogant and ignorant. On the one hand I’m intrigued. It can turn into an exciting exchange between musicians interpreting his songs, probably on youtube. Anyone can try to create their own version instead of just covering what you hear from the CD.

    On the other hand I don’t like that Beck’s release will create exclusion. Many musicians don’t read sheet music (I only started learning it end of last year). I wonder if someone will go ahead and translate it into tabs?

    Depending on the price of this “lavishly” produced reader I’d be up for joining the project and trying to play some of the songs. I wonder if other enthusiasts will follow, or if only lovers of art (visual) will buy the reader to put it on the coffee table?

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