Friday Music News

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  • Lackadaisical singer/songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile joined forces last month release the collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice. Since then they’ve been on tour and last night were the musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They performed “Over Everything” on the broadcast show and shot a black & white acoustic version of “Continental Breakfast” for the web-exclusive. Barnett and Vile recently stopped by KEXP to play live in our studios and also played two sold out Seattle dates at the Moore and the Showbox. Lotta Sea Lice is out now on Matador. [ Under the Radar ]


  • Wilco are gearing up to release remastered and expanded reissues of their first two albums, 1995’s AM and 1996’s Being There. Today they’ve shared the previously unreleased song “Myrna Lee” from the AM sessions. The alt-country song is twangier than their later work and sounds more akin to Jeff Tweedy’s band prior to Wilco, Uncle Tupelo. Wilco’s John Stirratt wrote the song and sings lead rather than Tweedy. A.M.: Deluxe Edition comprises the original album and eight unreleased bonus tracks while the Being There: Deluxe Edition features a large number of unreleased tracks, alternate takes and live performances. Both will be available December 1 on Rhino. [ Paste ]

  • Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. recently dropped the periods from his name and today dropped a new song with legendary producer Rick Rubin. Entitled “Check Ya Fabrics” the song features D.R.A.M.’s vocals pitched-up over a psychedelic R&B beat. D.R.A.M. released his well-received full-length Big Baby D.R.A.M. last year via Atlantic. [ SPIN ]

  • Sufjan Stevens has contributed three songs to the soundtrack of the queer romance film Call Me By Your Name. His contributions include two new songs “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon,” as well as a Doveman remix of “Futile Devices” from 2010’s Age of Adz. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chamalet and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The soundtrack also includes new music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Moroder, the Psychedelic Furs, and more. Call Me By Your Name is in theaters November 24 in the US. [ Noisey ]



  • Sunflower Bean have returned with a new song called “I Was a Fool.” They’ve also announced a new record deal with Mom + Pop Music. Guitarist Nick Kivlen said of the song: “‘I Was A Fool’ is one of those songs that seemingly crept up from nowhere and into our practice space. I think this song is a good example of how we’ve grown as a band, while still staying true to the band that first played together back in high school.” A video for the song was also shared, but only exclusively on Apple Music. The band’s last album was Human Ceremony, released in 2016. [ Pitchfork ]

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