MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch St. Vincent’s new video, Van Morrison prepares new album, and meet Joe Strummer the “snail”

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St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) has debuted the video for her song “Birth in Reverse”.

“Birth is Reverse” is from St. Vincent’s self-titled album, released earlier this year.  Listen to more songs from it here.  Watch video below.

Van Morrison has inked a new record deal with RCA, and the Northern Ireland troubadour is expected to release his 35th studio album sometime early next year.


RCA executives said in a statement:

We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster. He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album.

The as yet untitled album from Van Morrison will be his first for Sony, following runs with Warner Bros., Mercury, Polydor, Exile, Virgin/Point Blank and Blue Note.  The new EP will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B, which was released via Blue Note.

Meet Joe Strummer– The snail. Actually, the snail’s name is “A. strummeri” named after the late, iconic front-man of The ClashMonterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute senior research technician Shannon Johnson Williams has discovered five new species of snails using DNA sequences. She describes them as “cool as punk rock” and named one: A. strummeri. (after Joe Strummer) The snails live in hydrothermal vents in the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Read more about it here.

“Should I Stay or Should i go”- the Clash- 1982

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