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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 →

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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.”
-NME

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 →

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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 →

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XPN MusicNotes: College kid’s year is made when he joins Springsteen on stage in Philly for “No Surrender.”

Springsteen and fan in Philly | still from video
Springsteen and Matthew Aucoin in Philly | still from video

““I got up there and I looked at the crowd. It was the time of my life! I can see why Springsteen loves playing in Philly!”

Talk about having your 15 minutes of fame! Texas A&M student Matthew Aucoin had the once in a lifetime thrill of joining Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on-stage Friday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philly for a spirited rendition of “No Surrender.” Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering ska legend and pioneer Prince Buster: 1938-2016

Prince Buster | via guardian.com

“Prince Buster was at the vanguard of the new young ska sound of Jamaica in the early 60s; the sound was so energized and the beat so infectious that as young teenagers we were immediately hooked on Prince Buster’s music.”
-The Guardian

Legendary ska and two-tone pioneer and performer Cecil Bustamente Campbell, aka Prince Buster, has died at age 78. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Oasis teases new documentary, Gregg Allman cleared to perform again

Supersonic documentary poster | via consequenceofsound.com

The trailer for the soon to be released Oasis documentary is out. The Mat Whitecross directed rock-doc entitled Supersonic will come out this fall. It tells the true life story of the rise and fall the Britpop greats. Asif Kapadia, director of the Oscar-winning documentary Amy, is the film’s executive producer. Check out the trailer below. Continue reading →