NPR posted a recording of Thurston Moore’s performance at the 11th NON-COMMvention in Delaware last May 19. Moore, the solo artist, performed songs from his new album Demolished Thoughts. Add this to the many reasons why the world is a better place with NPR.
Jack White hooked up with rapper Black Milk for two new tracks, which comes to us courtesy of weallwantsome1. White has his grubby hands all over the release; he signed Black Milk to a record contract, he played guitars and drums and he co-produced the tracks. In other words, it’s like every other record that has White in it.
Jeff Tweedy’s solo set from last year’s Philly Folk Fest is now up on wilcoworld.net. The gig contains interesting, toned-down versions of “Muzzle of Bees” and “I’ll Fight” and offers insight on an alternate universe where Wilco doesn’t exist.
Seasick Steve, along with Jack White, John Paul Jones and Alison Mosshart, played a cover of Mississipi Fred McDowell’s “Write Me A Few Lines.” The performance came at the headline set of the second night of the iTunes Festival. It’s like a jam band dream sequence. It would only have gotten better if White and Steve played guitar together and Jesus sat in on drums.
Wilco posted full audio streams of three shows on wilcoworld.net. The streams were recorded in Tucson (June 2009), New Orleans (March 2008) and Tulsa (May this year). The sound quality is kind of muddy, but “Jesus, Etc.” still melts the heart.
During Pulp’s set at the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 3, singer Jarvis Cocker told the audience, “Christmas just came early. See you all again.. in about 15 years probably.” The band, which broke up in 2002, kicked off its reunion tour in Primavera last May and was a “last-minute” guest at Glastonbury. The way Cocker’s talking, a permanent return might not be in the works.
Just for fun, there’s a link to the music video for the song “Common People,” only because it’s awesome.
Talk about theatrics. The Flaming Lips played the song “Do You Realize?” during a 6am concert at a cemetery in Los Angeles. Nothing makes you think more about your mortality than encountering the question “Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?” in a cemetery setting.
It’s so creepy and poignant, you’ll need a hug afterwards.
Remember those Smiths demos that were featured on Stereogum and Rolling Stone? Apparently, those were just mono rips of the double vinyl set Demos & Instrumentals. Somebody over at smithstorrents had worked on the demos to produce a cleaner version of the original files.
It’s been out for a while, but if you haven’t been up on your Smiths news, this is a really great find. The tracks are in lossless FLAC format for uber geekery and are divided into five zip files. There’s also a track-by-track description of the contents for additional trivia, Simon Goddard attributions included.