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XPN MusicNotes: Read a new book of Johnny Cash’s forgotten poetry

Johnny Cash | photo by Joel Baldwin | via Wikimedia commons

“Along with the music, there is a large part of my father’s legacy that has to do with what he had to say.”
-John Carter Cash on his dad Johnny Cash

Late music icon Johnny Cash was not only a country legend but also a prolific poet, and now a new book of his lost poetry has been chronicled by his son John Carter Cash. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Phil Collins jam with The Roots, hear Lady Gaga sing Carpool Karaoke, read about Neil Young’s new album

Phil Collins and Questlove | photo via NME

It was a cool old-meets-new mashup on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as Phil Collins hooked up with The Roots for a rendition of the classic 80’s hit “In the Air Tonight.” Check it out below, and pay attention to Questlove’s take on the song’s iconic drumming. Continue reading →

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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 →

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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 | silvestography.tumblr.com
Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

“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 →

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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 →