Tuesday Music News

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  • His new album Pure Comedy may be in stores now, but Father John Misty hasn’t stopped sharing new music. FJM (real name: Josh Tillman) covers the Velvet Underground classic “Who Loves the Sun” off their 1970 LP Loaded for the Mondo Boys score to Shangri-La Suite, a feature-length film from Los Angeles writer Eddie O’Keefe. Skip to 2:59 for his track in the mix tape stream below. The Mondo Boys tell Pitchfork, “Josh Tillman came in during the bottleneck of the score on a Saturday night. He showed up in sunglasses and did the first few takes great. It could have just stopped there but we wanted to try a few takes ‘going too far’ just to see what would happen. We ended up reworking the track on the fly to fit Josh’s voice, so the backing vocals and backing music were pitched up, giving it a touch of that chipmunk sound. Josh was really into it and said something like ‘I know you guys are going to try to fix that, but it’s really cool’ and encouraged us to leave it. We re-recorded the backing music but left those pitched vocals in the final version in the film. Afterward he treated us to an exclusive Honeybear listening party in his rental car (this was just prior to its release).” Shangri-La Suite will be in theatres this fall. [ Consequence of Sound ]


  • Every once in a while Ellen surprises us with a great daytime musical guest, and today, she welcomed Spoon, introducing them by saying, “I love this band so much and I am obsessed with this song.” The song in question is “Hot Thoughts,” the title track from their latest LP on Matador Records. Watch below, and keep in track of all these musical TV highlights with KEXP’s TV Eye. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Late last week, Kendrick Lamar dropped his new album DAMN., which features such guests and collaborators as U2, Rihanna, James Blake, Kaytranada, and many more. Today, he shares the video for the single “DNA.” and the guest appearances keep rolling with Oscar-winning actor/producer Don Cheadle. Watch as Cheadle portrays a police detective interrogating a handcuffed Lamar, who is later released back to the streets and his friends, including ScHoolboy Q (the list keeps increasing!). This past weekend, Lamar turned out a powerful performance from Coachella, which he’ll do again this coming weekend. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • There’s some real creativity bubbling in the Crutchfield genetics: Alison made her solo debut earlier this year, and now her sibling Katie (who records as Waxahatchee) has announced a new album, Out in the Storm, out July 14th via Merge. (In fact, Alison will support her sis on keyboards/percussion, along with backing band Sleater-Kinney touring guitarist Katie Harkin, Katherine Simonetti, and Ashley Arnwine.) In a press release, Katie says, ““It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not very honest with myself. It’s about self-preservation, self-care, and reclaiming your autonomy. When you find the things that make you happy, sometimes it’s easier to see things that make you unhappy.” [ Pitchfork ]

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