Tuesday Music News

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  • Sigur Ròs guitarist and vocalist Jónsi has announced that he’ll be releasing a collection of unreleased solo electronic recordings called Frakkur: 2000-2004, which will be available on limited-edition vinyl at the Norður Og Niður festival. The fest is put on by Sigur Ròs, who are also headlining for four nights. Other artists scheduled to play the Icelandic festival include My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Juliana Barwick, Dan Deacon, Tangerine Dream, GusGus, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Jarvis Cocker. The festival takes play December 27 – 30. Jónsi has shared a four-minute sample from Frakkur: 2000-2004. [ Paste]

  • Scottish trio Young Fathers returned on Halloween with a captivating new single called “LORD.” The song is a departure from their previous fast, heavy beats and reads more as a gospel ballad. Today “LORD” has received a spellbindingly beautiful video by Rianne White that features the members of Young Fathers shot close up in the rain. “LORD” will be on the forthcoming album, of which the title and date of release have not yet been announced. [ The FADER ]

  • Panda Bear has been recently teasing new material by posting lyrics to Twitter. Today, the Animal Collective member has announced that he’ll be releasing a new EP entitled A Day With the Homies on January 12 as a vinyl-only release via Domino Records. No download card will be included and no songs will be posted online. Noah Lennox has released a lengthy statement regarding the album via Animal Collective’s Instagram. Panda Bear’s last album was 2015’s Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. [ SPIN ]


It's been my perception that these things tend to homogenize experience so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t outline, in any specific way, the many choices involved in its creation. I appreciate your role as filter or translator, and by withholding my own blueprints for the album, I mean to encourage and cultivate your part in its trip. There are, however, a couple of things I think might easily go unnoticed without mention, and the existence of these things, I'd wager, are important to the music's success. The songs aren’t lyrically linear or narrative as such, though I did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks. I find they still work satisfactorily alone, but strengthen each other’s messages when combined. It's not often anymore I find something specific to my life that feels worthwhile setting to song for others to consume. It’s a tough sell convincing myself that my own troubles warrant as much attention as those we all share. The strokes of the messages themselves are broad enough, then, that I think anybody can find a familiar face, if they care to look. I hoped to make something without frills or much embellishment, principally because I’ve found more fluff tends to equal less power. Since the juiciest action is entirely focused in the deeper zones of the frequency spectrum (at least from where I’ve sat), power was key. The lion’s share of the noise is centered, or nearly, so both speakers get a taste. This is another nod towards power, but it also means HOMIES doesn’t work in the same way through headphones as it does out in the air. My greatest hope with this stuff is for it to live like my favorite songs do, which is to say like comforts or companions. Thank you very much for listening and I hope "A Day With the Homies" can mean something to you. My best to you and yours. Noah A Day With The Homies 12" EP is out January 12th and will be a vinyl-only release (link in bio)

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  • Jack White has just published a children’s book called We’re Going To Be Friends, named after the White Stripes song from 2001’s White Blood Cells. In promotion of the book, White has shared a 2003 recording of himself and Meg White performing the song at Freemans Bay Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand. For whatever reason, the band played a seven-song set for the incredibly fortunate children but until now, the only video that existed of the show was a quick clip of their cover of Lead Belly’s “Boll Weevil.” We’re Going To Be Friends is out now on White’s imprint Third Man Books. [ Stereogum ]


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