Wednesday Music News

Sufjan Stevens

  • Sufjan Stevens has shared an outtake from 2015’s fantastic Carrie & Lowell called “Wallowa Lake Monster.” The song will be on a forthcoming album of outtakes, remixes, and demos from Carrie & Lowell called The Greatest Gift. Helado Negro, Doveman, James McAlister, and Stevens himself contributed remixes to the album. The Greatest Gift comes out November 24 via Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty. [ Brooklyn Vegan ]

  • Earlier this year, ’90s shoegazers Slowdive reunited and released a new self-titled album. Today they unveiled a new video for the glistening track “Don’t Know Why.” Directed by Grant Singer, the video is, unfortunately, an Apple Music exclusive which means you’ll have to be an Apple Music subscriber in order to watch it. If you are, you can watch it here. If you aren’t then you can sign up or just wait until it inevitably end up on YouTube. Slowdive are playing a sold out show at the Neptune on Wednesday, October 25 but you can catch their live KEXP in-studio performance at noon on the same day. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Today is National Coming Out Day and in a serendipitous and unintentional coincidence, Will Weisenfeld has released a new Baths song called “Out” that refers either to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person and the intersection of those two things. The song will be on the forthcoming Baths album Romaplasm which will be released November 17 via Anticon. [ Stereogum ]

  • In celebration of Cassette Store Day on October 14, The White Stripes are reissuing their first three albums on cassette tape for the first time. Delivered via Jack White’s Third Man Records, 1999’s The White Stripes, 2000’s De Stijl, and 2001’s White Blood Cells will be printed onto white cassettes exclusively for Cassette Store Day. [ Rolling Stone ]
  • Shamir burst onto the scene with the 2014 dance track “On The Regular” which led to 2015’s electro-pop album Ratchet, making many assume that he was a rising pop star. Instead, Shamir shed that identity with this year’s super lo-fi album Hope and recent single “90s Kids” and he’s continued down this more reflective path with the new single “Straight Boys.” The fuzzy song has a deep meaning for the singer, who said the song is “about how frustrating it was for me to have my whole identity picked apart at a young age just to see straight white men use it as an aesthetic choice. The video quite unequivocally depicts the process of whitewashing and the repudiation of the queer and people of color who pioneered.” The visual expression of that process looks like Shamir playing and singing against a plain white backdrop as his image flickers and finally is replaced by a white guy wearing the same outfit. “Straight Boys” is from forthcoming album Revelations, out November 3 from Father/Daughter Records. [ SPIN ]

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