Thursday Music News

  • Following in the wake of their reunion-EP-of-sorts Songs for Slim, which benefited guitarist Slim Dunlap’s recovery from a stroke, The Replacements have announced they will be performing together again as The Replacements for the first time since 1991’s infamous “It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Roadie Plays” show. The band will perform at Riot Fest in Chicago and go on to play two additional shows in Toronto and in Denver this summer. Whether the aged version of the band will be up to the same kind of antics that gave them the rare honor of being the only band to ever be banned from Saturday Night Live is yet to be seen… Here’s a reminder of those days in the clip below. [CoS]

  • Following last years Songs for Slim, The Replacements have confirmed that they will play several shows this year – these would be their first since 1991. The bands full line-up has not been confirmed, but Westerberg and Stinson will certainly be among them. [Pitchfork]
  • “You know you like it but it drives you insane” perfectly describes my relationship with pop music, as described by the infinitely catchy minimal and often time beautiful electro-pop of AlunaGeorge – especially in their new video for “You Know You Like It”. The new video is the same way, a posse dances in a pool in infinitely cool variations and rhythm. Excellent all around. [Pitchfork]

  • Radiohead’s Nigel Goodrich’s other project, Ultraísta, will be releasing a whole album of remixes. The first to come is Zero 7 remixing “Our Song” – which is stretched and slowed down, where the vocals once skittered, they now flow in and out. [Stereogum]

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra recently visited BBC Radio 1 and performed this excellent cover of Otis Redding’s classic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” – while nothing can compare to Redding soulful original, this cover holds its own, a bit drowned and sorry, a bit okay with life as it stands. [Stereogum]

  • Minnesota’s Low are just figures from the past, caught in a magic ball of black and white film, toyed with by masked figures in their new video for “Plastic Cup”. As they harmonize and simmer, the questions they pose come to the forefront – what they think of this plastic cup in the future? [Stereogum]

  • Pure X might be a religion for people in their 20s – the reverb power-washed smoke-filled rampant emotions of being dumped, ditched and confused is unavoidable on their first album Pleasures, and “Thousand Year Old Child” from their sophomore album Crawling Up The Stairs only furthers the kind of welling, sometimes calm, sometimes sobbing emotions of looking for meaning. In the music video we see one version of a thousand year old child – Bob Olson singing his heart out in a lounge that looks startlingly like the White Horse in the band’s hometown. [Impose]

  • Prince keeps treating us to tracks every month or so, it seems. He’s released a new one, this time a collaboration with Ledisi called “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone”. You can download the track on his website, 3rdeyegirl.com. [CoS]

  • Famed Kurt Cobain stand-in Paul McCartney played a special six-song set on The Colbert Report last night and gave an interview. In fact the show was doubled from its usual half-hour slot to a full hour devoted to Macca. Colbert was obviously psyched, as most tv hosts would probably be, and shared it by opening the show saying “Tonight I am sporting some serious Norwegian Wood”. The set started with “I’ve Just Seen A Face”, was followed by “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”, “Hi, Hi, Hi”, “Listen To What The Man Said”, “Lady Madonna”, and concluded with the web-exclusive “Birthday”. Enjoy a taste of all the McCartney goodness below, or at colbertnation.com. [Rolling Stone]

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