Tuesday Music News


  • There’s a posthumous Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings video out today, but I can’t get through it without tearing up. The song “Please Come Home For Christmas” was recorded last year for the Daptone Records holiday collection, It’s A Holiday Soul Party!, and takes on an even more aching poignancy in the wake of Sharon’s passing. (Jones died last month after a long battle with cancer.) In the tradition of 1960s claymation holiday specials, directors Alex Howard and David Hatter have crafted a beautiful clip that I can’t get through without crying, but hey, you can make your best attempt below. [Consequence of Sound]

  • And because cancer is a goddamn motherfucking asshole, Jessi Zazu, former frontwoman for Those Darlins, has launched a fundraiser to help cover costs of her own battle against cancer. Zazu was diagnosed with cervical cancer just one week after finishing her final tour with the Nashville band. Eight weeks of chemo and radiation treatment over the summer seemed to be working, but last month, doctors told her the cancer had returned and spread to her lymphatic system. In the video statement below, she defiantly says, “I just want everyone to know that I am a fighter and that I will never give up.” [Spin]

  • Okay, on a completely different track, IFC’s Portlandia returns in early January for its seventh season. (Time sure has flown since we first heard “The Dream of the ’90s,” right?) This year’s special guests include Run The Jewels and the B-52s, as well as Abbi Jacobson, Tim Heidecker, Laurie Metcalf, Judy Greer, and returning actors Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Natasha Lyonne, and Kyle MacLachlan. None of them appear in the clip below, but check it out: [Stereogum]

  • And finally, Ryan Adams — who’s, like, my new best friend after that Lil BUB’s Big SHOW interview — is doing something pretty fun to promote his forthcoming full-length, Prisoner. Using one of those vintage recording booths at Electric Lady Studios (like the one at Third Man Records), Adams recorded a new version of the single “Do You Still Love Me?” and will be randomly hiding them in the exclusive limited edition box set versions of the new LP. As he says in an Instagram caption, “It’s 50 cents to record a song, but the idea that someone could find one hidden in their boxed set is priceless.” Prisoner hits stores, in its many forms, on February 17th via Pax Am/Blue Note. [Pitchfork]

"Making of" the new album I recorded tonight at @electricladystudios

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New single… One copy only. ; ) Things to hide in a box

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One copy only… Sounds pretty damn good. Gonna make some more and hide them in the box. Lemme know if you find one : )

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