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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 The National’s new video for “Sleep Well Beast,” hear new music from The Shins’ “flipped” album The Worm’s Heart

The National | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“It’s a mind-bending technicolor trip that follows the band through a series of different locations with a succession of dark red and moody blue hues” -NME on The National’s new video

The National have just put out a new video for their new tune Sleep Well Beast, the sixth single from their latest album of the same name. Watch it below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch the trailer for HBO’s forthcoming documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years

David Bowie
David Bowie | Photo by Jimmy King | courtesy of the artist

“Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about at the right place to do something exciting.” -David Bowie

This coming January 10th will mark the second anniversary of the passing of David Bowie. Two days prior, on Jan. 8th, on what would have been the icon’s 71st birthday, HBO will debut it’s documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years. Continue reading →