Monday Music News

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  • During a two-night stand at Manchester’s O2 Apollo this past weekend, The National paid tribute to hometown heroes New Order with a cover of the band’s 1985 single “Love Vigilantes.” Watch as frontman Matt Berninger does his best Bernard Sumner impersonation, and even walks down to the audience. The band are currently on tour in support of their latest Sleep Well Beast, including two nights — Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th — at the Paramount Theatre, and a LIVE performance on The Morning Show on KEXP on Wednesday, November 29th at 9:30 AM PT. [ Consequence of Sound]

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs have dug through their vaults to share the track “Phone Jam,” a demo dating back to June 2002. The nearly six-minute-long track was shared on social media with the phrase “Wait…..#FeverToTell Tomorrow,” leading many to believe a reissue of the band’s 2003 debut is in the works. Check out the song below: [ Pitchfork]

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg recently made her return after a seven-year break from music with the single, “Rest.” She’s now debuted the official video to the general public for the song, directed by herself. The video was previously only available to Apple Music subscribers. It follows last week’s video for second single “Deadly Valentine,” starring Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. The video combines footage of Gainsbourg in the studio with archival film footage. Rest will be released November 19. [ SPIN ]

  • The Swedish supergroup LIV is made up of Lykke Li, her romantic partner Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg from Miike Snow, and Björn Yttling from Peter Bjorn and John. Today the group released a new song called “Hurts to Liv.” The delicate, sorrowful song was made after some major life changes for the members of the band. According to Li,  “It’s been a very spiritual, beautiful, and life-awakening cycle. Creating and giving birth to a baby boy, losing a mother-as well as Andrew’s father-and to be able to put into song life’s suffering before it even happened. Sometimes we forget to live and be loved, cause it hurts to live.” No word on whether an EP or album will be forthcoming. [ The FADER ]

  • Glasgow’s Belle and Sebastian returned earlier in the summer with a new single called “We Were Beautiful.” The song has now received the video treatment from director Blair Young. According to Young, the video encapsulates, “Life experienced at different speeds as the city wakes up over a Saturday morning. Filmed throughout Glasgow, from Crookston in the south-west, through the City Centre to Easterhouse and Cranhill.” The band hasn’t announced whether there will be an upcoming album, but they did tease in a press release to “keep an eye out in early October for more Belle and Sebastian new regarding forthcoming new music!” [ Under the Radar ]

  • Frankie Rose has taken on the task of covering The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds in full for Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription series, in which artists cover their favorite albums in full. Benjamin Gibbard recently did this with Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque. Today she shared “A Forest,” from the release. Rose said of covering Seventeen Seconds, “Since I already think it’s a perfect record, I tried not to reinterpret too much and stick to similar sounds as the original, but with a twist.” Rose recently released Cage Tropical and will be in Seattle this Friday, September 29 to play Barboza with Suburban Living and Perfect Families. [ Pitchfork ]

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