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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 →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 perform “Red Hill Mining Town” in concert for the first time ever

U2 | photo by Mat Hayward via Rolling Stone

“I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing.” – Bono

Music history was made Sunday night in Vancouver, Canada when U2 opened their tour celebrating The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. The band performed their classic tune “Red Hill Mining Town” live in concert for the first time ever, and you can watch video below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch LCD Soundsystem perform new songs, & see David Byrne and Angélique Kidjo sing Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”

LCD Soundsystem | still from video

LCD Soundsystem is readying their first new album since 2010’s This is Happening, and on Saturday Night Live this past weekend James Murphy & crew performed a couple of new tunes: “American Dream” and “Call the Police.” Watch the performances below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to a new Prince song, “Deliverance,” from controversial forthcoming EP

Prince | photo by Michael Ochs / Getty Images | via RollingStone.com

“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing, I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many”- George Ian Boxill – Producer & Engineer for Prince

Friday marks the one year anniversary of Prince‘s death. It’s also the day a posthumous EP called Deliverance will be released. It features six previously-unheard recordings by Prince, including the title track, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →