XPN MusicNotes: James Murphy explains how David Bowie challenged him to reform LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

“I talked to David Bowie. I thought I couldn’t talk to him, but he was so gracious and so friendly. I had an email friendship with David Bowie, which is one of the weirder, more amazing things.”- James Murphy-LCD Soundsystem

After a seven-year hiatus LCD Soundsystem is making music and touring again. But that might not have happened if it hadn’t been for David Bowie’s advice to James Murphy to get “uncomfortable.”  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 cover Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” in tribute to the late Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono

U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto.  Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: See Dave Grohl’s daughter play drums with Foo Fighters, read lyrics to George Harrison’s “Hey Ringo”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |

How about this for a rock-n-roll “Father’s Day Special” this weekend: Dave Grohl brought his 8-year-old daughter Harper onstage to play drums with the Foo Fighters at their show at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival. Watch some great fan videos below. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sing Fleetwood Mac on Fallon, see Green Day’s new video

Fallon, McVie, Buckingham, kids and The Roots

Fleetwood Mac alums Christine McVie & Lindsey Buckingham have been busy promoting their recently released duet album Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, but last night they joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for a fun rendition of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Don’t Stop.”  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Bruce Springsteen join Steven Van Zandt on stage in Red Bank, NJ

Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen | photo by Amanda Stevens | via AP

“I’d like to bring out a friend of mine who’s out of work” – Steven Van Zandt introducing Bruce Springsteen

Steven Van Zandt spent part of the weekend in New Jersey performing at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank with his band The Disciples of Soul, and guess who came out to join him on the encore? None other than “The Boss” himself — Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Neil Young to release long lost 1976 album “Hitchhiker” on 7/14

Neil Young’s Hitchhiker

“I spent the night there and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker. It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke.” -Neil Young from 2014 memoir Special Deluxe

Big news Neil Young fans: his forgotten album Hitchhiker, originally recorded in 1976, is coming out this summer. Continue reading →