Wednesday Music News

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  • On the tour behind his new album Banks, Paul Banks made a stop on the Late Show with David Letterman to play the album track “Young Again” to an audience-less studio, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. Although Letterman and his crew stuck around for the performance, it’s cooler to think that Paul was playing his isolated nighttime-set music to an empty room, rather than Paul Schaffer. Watch it over at CBS. In other Banks-related news, the Interpol frontman will play the lead role in Mine To Kill, a short film by James Kendi with a score by Ratatat’s Mike Stroud. Watch the trailer for it below.

  • Between non-stop touring since March and the release of his first solo album Blunderbuss, Jack White has been pretty busy, but he’s still releasing new tunes in the form of B-Sides to his 7″ singles. The latest, “Blues on Two Trees”, finds him rapidly speaking verses in a manner that… kind of sounds like he’s rapping. (Insert “White rapper” joke here.) Listen to a snippet below and resume wondering if that rumored Jay-Z collab is ever going to come out.

  • Avoiding becoming one of those bands that just stays on the reunion tour circuit forever, Death From Above 1979 debuted a series of new songs on the first date of their Canadian tour earlier this week. There’s no HD footage yet, but the tunes – which are as ferocious as the ones they penned nearly ten years ago – probably sound better on a fuzzy cell phone camera anyway. Watch footage of four currently untitled songs over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Before the passing of singer Trish Keenan in early 2011, Broadcast had been working on a soundtrack for the film Berberian Sound Studio, and nearly two years after Keenan’s death, their work will see a release. Out on January 7th through Warp, the soundtrack is one of two posthumous releases Broadcast member James Cargill is planning on releasing with Keenan’s leftover vocals. Sample one of the soundtrack’s cuts, “The Equestrian Vortex”, below.

  • 52-year old Bob Mould has been playing with the fervor of his younger self ever since the release of his latest album Silver Age, and on Conan last night, he showed off the cut “Keep Believing” to the red-haired talk show host. (And, unusually for this week, an audience.) Watch the video over at Team Coco.
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