Friday Music News

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  • Arcade Fire have shared a remix of the title track of this summer’s Everything Now from their tourmates from the European leg of their recent tour, Colombian psychedelic cumbia band Bomba Estéreo. Simón Mejía of Bomba Estereo said that Win Butler approached the band with a couple of song possibilities to remix but they chose “Everything Now” because “we loved the vibe of the song and what it means for these crazy times we’re living in.” Bomba Estéreo released Ayo this year on Sony Music. [ Pitchfork ]

  • The Shins released Heartworms all the way back in March and simultaneously released a “flipped” version of the single “Name for You.” It turns out there was more flipping where that came from. Today the band has announced that they’re releasing an entire of flipped versions of songs off of Heartworms, cleverly titled The Worm’s Heart. The basic premise is that all the fast songs are slowed down and all the slowed down songs are more upbeat. You can see this in work on “Name for You” and the flipped version of “Cherry Hearts,” released in October. The Heart’s Worm is out January 19 via Columbia. [ SPIN ]


  • Brooklyn rap duo Run The Jewels launched a mysterious countdown clock earlier this week for something that would arrive on Friday, 12/15 at 12:15PM EST. It turns out that it was counting down a new apocalyptic video for “Call Ticketron.” Directed by Brad and Brian Palmer, the video depicts RTJ playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden only for the entire audience to mysteriously disappear before the encore. As they investigate, it turns out an alien invasion has taken over Manhattan. The song comes from last year’s RTJ3. Catch RTJ when they play with Lorde and Tove Styrke on Friday, March 9 at the Key Arena. [ Stereogum ]

  • San Diego psychedelic surf band Wavves have taken on a beloved Christmas classic: “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. The band lays on his signature fuzz which works in their favor to add a cozy vibe to the Vince Guaraldi song. Wavves released their 6th studio album You’re Welcome this past May via Ghost Ramp. [ Gorilla vs. Bear ]

  • Last month, acclaimed French singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg released her fantastic new album Rest. It was her first album since 2011’s Stage Whisper. Today, Gainsbourg has unveiled the self-directed video for album closer “Les Oxalis.” The majority of the video is of black and white still shots of a cemetery, until the end when we focus on Gainsbourg walking up a sand dune and tumbling back down. Gainsbourg has previously shared videos for Rest tracks “Deadly Valentine” (co-starring Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes), “Ring-a-Ring O’Roses” and the self-directed “Lying With You” which features Gainsbourg revisiting the home of her late father, Serge Gainsbourg. [ Under the Radar ]

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