Monday Music News

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  • Following an electrifying performance at Pickathon, Thee Oh Sees offer a full album stream of their upcoming release, A Weird Exits. Hard to believe it’s only the 17th full-length from John Dwyer and company. KEXP presents the Bay Area band on Friday, November 25th at Neumos. [Consequence of Sound]

  • Longtime pals Mark Lanegan and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan have teamed up for a bluesy take on the 1983 David Bowie song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire).” Proceeds from the one-off single will go to the American Liver Foundation. It may seem like an unlikely duo, but the two were both vocalists for UK production duo Soulsavers, and even dueting on the 2012’s The Light the Dead See. [Rolling Stone]

  • Another unlikely pairing: former One Direction boy band artist Zayn Malik will appear on the upcoming release from M.I.A., A.I.M.. She explained to Entertainment Weekly, “We have the same publishers and they wanted me to demo some songs for Zayn. Before I started writing properly my own stuff [for A.I.M.], I was thinking maybe I’ll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn… We had a couple people in common. And that’s how it came about. I didn’t really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him.” A.I.M. hits stores September 9th on Interscope. [Pitchfork]
  • And one more cover: last month at the Canadian festival WayHome, Arcade Fire took a stab at Bruce Springsteen‘s signature track “Born in the U.S.A.” That’s kinda ironic coming from a Canadian band at a Canadian music fest. Watch fan-shot video below: [Spin]

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