Friday Music News

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  • Because being the frontman for Radiohead and Atoms for Peace still leaves a little bit of free time in his schedule, Thom Yorke has been working on some soundtracks across the past year. However, unlike his film-scoring bandmate Jonny Greenwood, Thom has been making soundtracks for fashion montages. Along with longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich, Yorke created a soundtrack to last year’s Rag and Bone menswear collection, and today, he’s released another to go with the designer’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Watch the video over at Pitchfork.

  • News that Morrissey had been hospitalized broke last weekend, resulting in the cancellation and/or postponement of a number of his U.S. tour dates. This morning, Moz himself took to the Internet to make a characteristically idiosyncratic statement on his well-being. “The reports of my death have been greatly understated... I received treatment for concussion, a bleeding ulcer, and Barrett’s esophagus,” says the former Smiths singer. “Equally, I determined to play Flint (Michigan) if it kills me.” Morrissey (presumably) resumes his tour in Las Vegas on February 9th, while on the other side of the Atlantic, a perfectly-healthy Johnny Marr is prepping to go out on a tour behind his solo album The Messenger. (Fingers crossed that both of them got a flu shot this season.)
  • Pitchfork have always picked some left-field acts to play their Chicago-based music festival, but they’re really aiming to turn heads this year. This morning, it was announced that the 2013 installment of the festival (which runs July 19th-21st) will be headlined by Belle & Sebastian, Bjork, and... R.Kelly. (Which, if you’re a P4K devotee, isn’t that surprising.) The unexpected news comes about a week after the Internet reacted with general confusion to Coachella’s curveball Friday headliners. Your move, Sasquatch!
  • SXSW’s lineup grows a little bigger every day, and this week, they’ve added another handful of artists in addition to the approximately 1 million who are already listed as playing the Austin showcase marathon. Jim James, METZ, DIIV, PUJOL, King Tuff, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Jaill, and Dusted are now expected to make appearances during March 12-17th.
  • Earlier this week, Four Tet announced that his new single “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room” (which, somehow, doesn’t sample long-album-title champion Fiona Apple) would be receiving a forthcoming 12″ vinyl release on his Text label, but because he could, Kieran Hebden went ahead and released the song on his Twitter account. Download it here.
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