XPN MusicNotes: Watch a trailer for The Rolling Stones’ blues album, read about Brian Wilson plans for a rock record

The Rolling Stones are going to release a blues album tomorrow.

Earlier this week, the band’s website was updated to include a short teaser video titled “The Rolling Stones – Coming October 6th”, showing footage apparently shot inside British Grove Studios. Rumors have been swirling that it will be collection of covers of Chicago blues classics. The musical piece on the video is already indexed in Shazam as “Just Your Fool,” which is a 1953 rhythm and blues standard originally written and recorded by Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra. Cyndi Lauper covered the song with Charlie Musselwhite on her 2010 album Memphis Blues. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jeff Tweedy explain how Wilco names albums, listen to the new Pixies album Head Carrier

Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry |
Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry |

“The next time someone tells you Wilco doesn’t put a lot of work into things, just tell them…I don’t know. Something. You make it up.”
-Jeff Tweedy

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recorded a video, (prior to last night’s appearance on The late Show with Stephen Colbert) in which he responds to critics of the band’s recent album titles. Funny stuff. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Leonard Cohen celebrates 82nd birthday, The Kinks to release vinyl collection, & new Oasis doc will screen for one night only

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Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker | Courtesy of the artist

We tip our hat to Leonard Cohen, who celebrates his 82nd birthday today and fans are happy with the release of his latest song – the title track of his forthcoming album: “You Want it Darker.” Hear it below.

Leonard Cohen’s new album- You Want It Darker comes out October 21st. The title track appeared earlier this year on the Netflix series Peaky BlindersYou Want It Darker is produced by Cohen’s son, Adam and is the follow-up to 2014’s Popular Problems. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Michael C. Hall embody David Bowie as “Lazarus” while Skepta wins Mercury Prize

Michael C. Hall performs David Bowie's “Lazarus” the the 2016 Mercury Awards | Photo from Video
Michael C. Hall performs David Bowie’s “Lazarus” the the 2016 Mercury Awards | Photo from Video

“Skepta is a landmark in British street music.”

The 2016 Mercury Prize was awarded last night for the best album by a British or Irish artist & Grime star Skepta was the surprise winner. Actor Michael C. Hall might have stolen the show, however, with his performance of “Lazarus” as a tribute to David Bowie. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Kings of Leon perform new song plus emotional performances from Jack White

Screen Grab from "Around The World" performance on BBC | Kol Fanblog Vimeo
Screen Grab from “Around The World” performance on Later… With Jools Holland | Kol Fanblog Vimeo

Kings of Leon are getting ready to release their 7th studio album, Walls on October 14th and daily listeners of XPN have most likely already heard the lead single “Waste a Moment”, but last night on Later… with Jools Holland, KOL performed another one of their brand new songs: “Around the World.” Watch & listen below.  Continue reading →