Wednesday Music News

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  • Last night Tame Impala performed “Elephant” off their sophomore masterpiece, Lonerism, on Late Night with Jools Holland. In short, it’s a stunning performance. The Perth band sounds at the top of their game and supremely confident. The glam-rock strut of “Elephant” is perfectly matched by the show’s lighting and direction–check out the performance below. Tame Impala are currently on tour in their native Australia. [Stereogum]


  • J Dilla’s blog has announced that Yancey Media Group (the Yancey family company which controls the catalog of James Yancey aka J Dilla) and Dilla’s longtime label Delicious Vinyl will combine efforts to release more of J Dilla’s unreleased catalog, material which they are referring to at the “Lost Scrolls”. “The Throwaway”, a digital-only single, will be the first track released this December, followed by, among others, a 10-inch vinyl which includes Dilla himself rapping and the 48 Hours album by Frank & Dee–the only J Dilla-produced LP without the use of samples. Check out the video for Dillatroit below, which was another previously unreleased track released earlier this year. [Pitchfork]

  • Now that Thanksgiving is just a day away, you know what that means? Christmas is almost here! Our Christmas related music news begins with the premiere of a new video for Sufjan Stevens‘ version of Xmas classic “Joy to the World”. It’s got everything you could hope for — pixellated nutcrackers with mini electric guitars and swirling, kaleidoscopic video effects. Exactly what we could hope to expect from Stevens continuing dedication to making Christmas music fun again. [Consequence of Sound]

  • More Christmas cheer comes from an unlikely source: thrash metal band Slayer. The delightfully ugly christmas sweater gets an update complete with skulls and the band’s logo, and is available for purchase at the band’s website.

photo from Slayer’s merch store

  • Drew Crumbaugh, formerly known as Analog Loyalist, is a mastering engineer who has just remastered a 1980 concert by Joy Division and made it available for download. Crumbaugh had previously remastered the Rhino Records Unknown Pleasures, Still, and Closer collector’s editions in 2007–but he maintains on his blog that in comparison to this release, the 2007 work is cringe-worthy. Grab the concert here and prepare to be blown away by the clarity of Crumbaugh’s work. [Spin]
  • It’s been reported that Beck will release Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, an album entirely of sheet music which “listeners” can play for themselves, through McSweeney’s this December. But furthermore, he has announced plans to release a real album which can be listened to sometime next year. The songs were largely recorded in 2008, and he hopes to convince his Odelay bandmates to take it on tour with him. [Paste Magazine]
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