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XPN MusicNotes: Hear Elvis Costello perform sweeping new song with lyrics from a Johnny Cash poem

Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello | photo via Consequence of Sound

“There was one lyric that was thought to be one that might suit me. And then I was glancing through the folio and that particular lyric was there on the page, and the next thing I could hear it in a very unusual way” –  Elvis Costello in an interview w/ Rolling Stone re: a song he wrote to a Johnny Cash poem.

Next month an album called Forever Words will be released featuring well-known singers who have taken poems and letters written by Johnny Cash, and have put his words to music. Elvis Costello is one of the performers.  Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Courtney Barnett covers INXS, Laura Veirs sings with Sufjan Stevens, Chris Cornell’s voice appears on a Johnny Cash tribute

Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist
Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

It’s a terrific Tuesday of new music including Courtney Barnett’s cover of the INXS classic “Never Tear Us Apart”; Chris Cornell’s contribution to a Johnny Cash tribute album, and Laura Veirs’ new song featuring vocals from Sufjan Stevens. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch a Foo Fighters fan join Dave Grohl onstage and shred on “Monkey Wrench”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

“Come on kid, get on up here right now…are you sure you can play it?”- Dave Grohl to wannabe Foo Fighter

It’s every rock & roll fan’s dream to play alongside their heroes on stage, but few are up to the task…unless you’re some guy named Joey and your hero is Dave Grohl & the Foo Fighters. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See the latest video from Sharon Jones’ final album, listen to some early Nirvana demo tapes

Sharon Jones | photo by Jacob Blickenstaff | courtesy of the artist
Sharon Jones | photo by Jacob Blickenstaff | courtesy of the artist

If God watches over a little sparrow, you know, if he takes care of the birds, here I am, one of his children, you know, he’s got so many of us down here. Human beings that send our faith up and believe. And if he watch over a sparrow, I know he watches over me.”-Sharon Jones

Before her death in 2016 Sharon Jones recorded one last album with the Dap-Kings called Soul Of A Woman. There’s already been two posthumous music video releases, and now comes the third for the song “Searching for a New Day.”
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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong ring in 2018 by covering The Replacements with Steven Van Zandt and more

Steven Van Zandt and Billie Joe Armstrong | via billboard.com

There was no shortage of artists ringing in 2018 with New Year’s Eve performances including Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong teaming up with Steven Van Zandt,Tommy Stinson and others for a new year’s set at New York’s Club Berlin. Below, watch the super-group — which also included Blondie’s Clem Burke, The Hold Steady’s Tad Kubler, Jesse Malin, and Billie Joe’s own sons — cover “Color Me Impressed” by The Replacements. Continue reading →