Monday Music News

photo credit: Steve Jennings / WireImage

photo credit: Steve Jennings / WireImage

  • The bad news continues to roll through the music world: singer/songwriter Leon Russell died in his sleep yesterday morning in Nashville. No cause of death has been cited for the 74-year-old musician, but NBC News reports a number of prior health conditions, including surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010, and suffering a heart attack in July 2016. Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 for his long-running career, spanning 35 albums. His work has been covered by artists including Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, and more. KEXP sends our best to family, friends, and fans of his. [Spin]

  • Speaking of beloved artists who’ve left this world, Car Seat Headrest have payed tribute to Leonard Cohen, their “favorite singing millionaire,” as founding member Will Toledo phrased it via Twitter. The band covered the Cohen track “Field Commander Cohen,” off the 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. Watch fan shot footage below from their recent show at The Irenic in San Diego. Car Seat Headrest play a hometown show on Saturday, November 26th at the Neptune Theatre. [Pitchfork]

  • The song just came out last week, and we’ve already got a remix: stream the Godmode ‘Have Fun And Pay Me’ Remix of The xx’s “On Hold” below. The remix name come from an interview with Daryl Hall, whose 1981 Hall & Oates hit “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” is sampled in the song. He told Genius.com, “It’s always interesting to hear what somebody does with my songs. After a song is written, it belongs to the world and can be interpreted anyway they want. As long as I get paid, of course. Have fun and pay me.” Well, Godmode Records founder Nick Sylvester certainly had fun with this remix, anyway. Listen below. The original will appear on I See You, the band’s third album, out January 13th via Young Turks. They’ll also be the musical guest on the November 19th episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Kristen Wiig. [Stereogum]

  • Speaking of TV musical highlights, this past weekend brought the airing of a new episode of Austin City Limits featuring performances from My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper. Watch below. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James just recently released a solo album, Eternally Even, and KEXP presents a show from him on Tuesday, December 6th at the Neptune Theatre. (Note: the show has been moved from its originally announced venue, Showbox SoDo.) Keep track of all these TV appearances with KEXP’s TV Eye column. [Pitchfork]

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