MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: REM’s Michael Stipe opens for Patti Smith, watch Sharon Van Etten cover Lou Reed, and remembering artists we lost in 2014


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Michael Stipe, who’s virtually gone underground since the breakup of REM in 2011, shocked fans at a Patti Smith concert in NYC Monday night by performing a short opening set for the punk legend. Watch fan video of Stipe singing “New York, New York

The performance by Michael Stipe at NY’s Webster Hall Monday night, marked his first multi-song performance in nearly four years and was essentially his debut as a solo artist. Read more at Rolling Stone

Michael Stipe’s 6 song set included:

Lucinda Williams (Vic Chesnutt cover)
Theme From New York, New York (Frank Sinatra cover)
Wing (Patti Smith cover)
Saturn Return (from Reveal, 2001)
Hood (Perfume Genius cover)
New Test Leper (from New Adventures in Hi-Fi, 1996)


Sharon Van Etten joined folk band Deer Tick on stage over the weekend in Brooklyn, NY to perform a cover of Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day. Deer Tick has been playing a 6 night residency at the Brooklyn Bowl marking the band’s 10th anniversary. They’ve been covering a different record each night with guest performers. This past Saturday they played Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’ in its entirely, playing ‘Perfect Day’ with Van Etten and ‘I’m So Free’ with Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles.

And finally, on the last day of 2014, we remember the artists, singers, musicians & performers who passed away this past year.


Rest in peace-

Joe Cocker
Phil Everly
Robin Williams
Doc Neeson
Jim Keays
Peter Dawkins
Johnny Rebb
Ed Nimmervoll
Ian McLagan, The Faces
Bobby Keys, The Rolling Stones
Jack Bruce, Cream
Rick Rosas, Neil Young band
George Donaldson, Celtic Thunder
Dick Wagner, Alice Cooper band
Jimmy Ruffin
Alvin Stardust
Paul Revere
Lyndsey De Paul
Gerry Goffin
Bob Crewe, Four Seasons songwriter
Johnny Winter
Tommy Ramone
Bobby Womack
Casey Kasem
David Madden, Ruben Kincade of Partridge Family
Bob Casale, Devo
Peaches Geldof
Mickey Rooney
Bob Hoskins
Rik Mayall
Scott Asheton, The Stooges
Simone Battle, G.R.L.
Simone Bose, Universal Music
Franny Beecher, Bill Haley & The Comets
Mark Bell, UFO
David Brockie, GWAR
Nicky Da B
Ernest Chatway, Judas Priest
Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull
Shane Gibson, Korn
Big Bank Hank, Sugar Hill Gang
Jake Hooker, The Arrows
Jimi Jamison, Survivor
Frankie Knuckles
Joe Lala, Blues Image
James Levesque
Ikey Owens, Jack White band
DJ Rashad
Billy Rath, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
DJ E-Z Rock
Pete Seeger
Wayne Static, Static X
Chris Sheenan, The Starlings
Maria Von Trapp
Jesse Winchester
Robert Young, Primal Scream
Jo Jo Benson
Alberta Adams
Larry Henley, The Newbeats
John Fry, Ardent Records
Raoul Cita, The Harptones
Dawn Sears, The Time Jumpers
Edward Bivens, Manhattan Transfer
Clive Palmer, Incredible String Band
Mickey Champion
Johnny Elichaoff, The League of Gentlemen
Glen Larson, The Four Preps
Gary McMilliam, The Standells
Jeanne Black
Acker Bilk
John Holt, The Paragons
Paul Craft
Tim Hauser, Manhattan Transfer
Leonard Delaney, The Tornadoes
Beatrice Best, The Jive Fibe
Polly Bergen
George Hamilton IV
John Gustafson, The Merseybeats
Joe Sample, The Crusaders
Cosimo Matassa
David Anderle
Tommy Gough, The Crests
Rosetta Hightower, The Orlons
Tim Wiilliams, Suicidal Tendencies
Jean Redpath
Ralph Morman, Savoy Brown
Rick Parashar
Henry Stone, TK Records
George Riddle
Charlie Haden
Ann B Davis, The Brady Bunch
Richard Cowsill, The Cowsills
Teenie Hodges
Jimmy C. Newman
Alan Douglas
Don Davis
Ralph Pruitt, The Fantastic Four
Gus Lezcano, Miami Sound Machine
Randy Covan
Jerry Vale
Ed Gagliardi, Foreigner
Jerry LaCroix
Jessica Cleaves, Friends of Distinction
Larry Ramos, The Association
Paul Goddard, Atlanta Rhythm Section
Deon Jackson
Little Joe Crook, Little Joe and the Thrillers
Arthur Smith
Dave Gregg, D.O.A.
Joe Frazier, The Chad Mitchell Trio

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