Thursday Music News

  • At last night’s NME Awards in London, The Smiths/Modest Mouse/The Cribs/Electronic/every-other-band-ever guitarist Johnny Marr won the Godlike Genius award and celebrated by playing a set at the ceremony, concluding by playing The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. (?) You can watch video of the performance below while imagining how angry Morrissey must be after the events of this week.

  • When Radiohead released The King of Limbs in February 2011, the album’s surprise release was briefly overshadowed by the music video for “Lotus Flower”, which featured Thom Yorke – by all accounts, a shy, quiet, introverted person – busting out some insane dance moves. Two years later, the video for Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue” was released and it’s going to fuel Radiohead forum GIFs for at least another nine months. Watch the dance-tastic video below, and cross your fingers that Yorke breaks out at least a few of these moves when Atoms For Peace tour later this year.

  • Because today was shaping up to be not quite weird enough, Passion Pit have released a remix of their Gossamer single “Constant Conversations” by the less-than-obvious choice of Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J. The remix isn’t too different than the album version, but the fact that it even exists merits a curious listen. Check it out below.

  • Now fronting Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum retired his The Microphones moniker in 2003, but later this year, he’ll revisit it in the form of a series of reissues. First up is a double vinyl version of the 2002 compilation Song Islands (out March 5th), 1999’s Don’t Wake Me Up follows on April 16th, 2000’s It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water is reissued on May 28th, and then he’ll reissue the acclaimed The Glow Pt. 2 on July 9th. He’ll finish the series on August 20th, with a reissue of The Microphones’ 2003 swan song, Mount Eerie. If you prefer the digital versions, they’re available at Elevrum’s Bandcamp right now.
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