Frightened Rabbit decided to release Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Midnight Organ Fight as a joint 10-year anniversary commemoration of the band's sophomore album, 'The Midnight Organ Fight' and a tribute to lead singer Scott Hutchison’s legacy. Hutchinson passed away in May of 2018
The album will feature cover versions of the band's songs by some amazing artists - including: Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, The National’s Aaron Dessner, Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, Sarah Silverman, Manchester Orchestra and more. Keep scrolling to listen to Ben Gibbard's Keep Yourself Warm and Manchester Orchestra's My Backwards Walk.
On the concept of a covers album:
“We came up with the idea of asking some pals to record their own interpretations of the songs on the album. It felt like a good way to celebrate everyone who had been a part of the last ten years of the band and we didn’t have to do any work ourselves! Every single person on Tiny Changes has been a part of our lives and Frightened Rabbit in a special way over the last ten years. We’ve shared studios, vans, bars, dressing rooms and probably even underwear with some of these people and that’s why this record is so special to us.”
The band added,
“Scott was a vital part of bringing this album together and it’s something he was very excited about and worked hard to bring to life. He listened to and approved every track on there with us and he had already started preparing the artwork which you’ll see on there (if you buy it). This is a celebration of a record that connected thousands of people to Scott and connected thousands of people to each other and ten years on it is still managing to do it. Scott would probably have put in some joke here about when the album hits puberty and starts rebelling by smoking weed and getting things pierced. We’re not that funny so instead let’s just raise a glass, blow out the candles and make a wish.”
You can order the album here and preview 2 tracks below:
Jack White was in his hometown of Detroit for his 44th birthday - and surprised fans by playing a pop up show at the showspace for his Third Man Records.
Jack was joined by fellow Raconteur Brendan Benson (in town ahead of their show in Detroit this Friday - kicking off the band's US tour), some family (including his mother), friends - and about 375 lucky fans!
The 2 played a 45 minute, 12 song set - that included several songs from the Raconteurs' latest record Help Us Stranger, covers of Pink Floyd - Fearless, The White Stripes (!) - "As Ugly as I Seem" and "We're Going to Be Friends" (which was dedicated to a young fan named Stella).
It was noted that the show took place 20 years to the day that White and Benson first performed together!
“Saw Lightning” is the first cut from Beck’s forthcoming 14th album, Hyperspace ... and the original single is an absolute electronic / slide guitar banger produced by VA native Pharrel Williams ...
But this week - Beck - who is constantly pushing the boundaries of musical genres -dropped a 'reimagined' version of the song ... featuring less synth and more harmonica.. check out Beck wailing away in the Giovani Ribisi–directed video below
You may or may not know - the band had been on a hiatus of sorts - and posted this message to Instagram on Monday:
By now you may have guessed... we have something for you tomorrow (today for some of you), July 9! You may also have noticed that we took a big break after our I’m Alone, No You’re Not record cycle. I needed it. And because I needed it, we all needed it. We needed a break. Time to sleep, to go out to drinks with friends, time to buy plants and water them, time to reset, to be with our close loved ones that we’d spent so much time away from, time to be away from each other and move to/live in three different states. The girls and I hadn’t really confronted the aches and pains of what this record cycle was internally by the time it ended. We were too close to it. The ice was too thin between the three of us. We didn’t want it to break. So, we took space. Lots of it. As conflict goes though, it didn’t take long for it to surface. ?
It was the end of March 2018. We had played a show in Seattle at the Fremont Abbey, one of the places this all began, and had a hometown show the following day in Portland at Revolution Hall. As younger sisters sometimes do, I broke the seal by saying a careless, snide comment to Nat, and though I wish I could take back what I said, looking back it had to happen. ?
To keep a long story short, lots of words were said...a minor car accident, someone hopping out of the car and running the last five blocks to our hotel, and the longest three hour drive of my life. I remember Nat clearly saying to me that day, “I can’t do this anymore. I won’t do this anymore. I will not be in this band if it’s going to keep being like this. I can’t.” ?
It was that day I decided to fight. Fight for us and not against us as though I was a victim of our life. I was focused on a life a thousand miles away and my sisters were asking me to come back. From that experience we wrote a song you can hear in the next 24 hours called Fighter. It’s a song looking you in the eye and asking you to come alive and fight. It’s asking you to wake up and make a choice to have presence for what and who is in front of you.?
“My name is Dr. Goodbody ... We’ll be reviewing the text from Moby Dick, so please turn now to... page 69.”
A classic line from the 1984 Van Halen song - Hot For Teacher.
And on Interpreting The Masters: A Tribute To Van Halen - the upcoming Van Halen Tribute album by synth pop duo The Bird and the Bee - Dr. Goodbody will be portrayed by Mr. Hansen ... aka Beck ..
The track - featuring synth-heavy, plinking keys in places of Eddie Van Halen's tapping guitar - is the second single the band has released from the tribute album- due out August 2nd.
Here’s what Beck had to say about working with the duo:
The Bird and The Bee bring unforeseen angles to the Van Halen song book. Makes sense because, like Eddie Van Halen, Greg is a kind of musical wunderkind in his own right and Inara’s vocals bring a cool counterpart to Diamond Dave’s pyrotechnics. Making a cameo on their version of “Hot For Teacher” felt like an extension of the kind of riffing and fooling around we do in the studio on a normal session.
So what better time to release a new a wild new animated video for their classic track - Rock Lobster!
The video - animated by Laurent Mercier and Cedric Bernard of Callicore Studios - features a pod of lobsters try to fend off an invading horde of alien robots ...becuase of course it does ... and also a cameo by none other than a giant clam !
There isn't a lot of video, let alone color video, of The Velvet Underground performing... (its not like everyone was running around with smart phones let alone camcorders)
But someone has gone through hundreds of reels of film (many of which were unmarked) at the SMU Library archives and unearthed footage of the band playing the Dallas Peace Day, a Vietnam War protest that happened on October 15, 1969.
Below are two (lengthy - but queued up) videos from the protest that were uploaded - which includes the band performing “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Beginning to See the Light,” and “I’m Set Free,” and there’s an interview with Sterling Morrison as well.
When you're playing a show in the land of ice and snow - you might as well perform the song that was inspired by it ... right ? Maybe?
Robert Plant recently perfromed with his new band - The Sensational Space Shifters - at the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland - and decided to take a crack at performing Immigrant Song - a track Led Zeppelin released 49 years ago... this was also the first time Plant performed the song live in 23 years...
The opening “ah-ahs” were a little lacking - but he recouped on the higher notes on the song’s bridge ...
Plant wrote the song back in 1970 with former bandmate - Jimmy Page - when the band toured Iceland in 1970... Plant thanked the country for its inspiration at the end of the show. “Thank you culture, way back, for the inspiration”
Robert Plant at Secret Solstice Festival Iceland - Immigrant Song
Festival curators Wilco - may be the main attraction at The Solid Sound Festival - which took place over the weekend at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA
But the festival's MVP might have been Courtney Barnett - who performed three times on the festival's first day ... In addition to playing her scheduled set, she did an impromptu intimate solo pop-up set earlier in the dat and she joined Wilco on stage for their 'karaoke set' later in the evening .... she was jokingly introduced by Jeff Tweedy as “Courtney from Melbourne,” and proceeded to perform a fantastic rendition of “Handshake Drugs” with the band.
The karaoke set featured special guests joining Wilco on stage to sing/ perform with the band. In addition to Barnett - several contest winners joined the band for songs like “Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway(again),” “Heavy Metal Drummer,” and “Poor Places,” Yuka Honda joined the band for “We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl),” and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s son sang on Sammy Tweedy on “I’m Always in Love.”
Courtney Barnett with Wilco, Handshake Drugs, Solid Sound 2019
Karaoke with Wilco - Solid Sound 2019 - We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl)
It's been a while since we've heard from The Alabama Shakes ... and lately we've been hearing rumors that front woman / lead guitar player Brittany Howard was going to be releasing a solo album ... and it could lead to the end of the band ... Well - good news / bad news.
Brittany Howard is indeed releasing a solo album - Jamie- on Sept. 20 via ATO Records. She also shared the opening track - History Repeats (hear it below)
“‘History Repeats’ is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species. Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony,”
More good news - she will be playing TWO nights at the 930 Club in DC as part of a short run of shows
18 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
19 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Palace Theatre
20 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
22 – Toronto, Ont. @ Rebel
24 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre
25 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
05 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Festival
08 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
09 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Festival
13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ AfroPunk Festival
(* Tickets on sale Friday, June 28, at 12 p.m.)
(^ Tickets on sale Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m.)
Vampire Weekend in Charlotte, NC – 6/22/19 Setlist
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Peace Frog (The Doors cover) (Live debut by VW)
New Dorp. New York (SBTRKT cover)
Hold You Now
California English (first time since 2014)
Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House cover)
Ottoman (request from “Frog on the Buckethat”)
The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (request from child wearing bucket hat)
Vampire Weekend at Firefly 2019 Setlist
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
New Dorp. New York (SBTRKT cover)
Frightened Rabbit have taken a unique approach to revisiting their seminal album - The Midnight Organ Fight - by releasing Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight, an album of covers of songs from the classic album, recorded last year in celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary.
The album features covers by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), and Aaron Dessner (The National) with CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, and Manchester Orchestra.
The surviving members of Frightened Rabbit said in a statement:
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary/birthday of The Midnight Organ Fight we wanted to avoid the usual approach of just repressing the vinyl or rereleasing the same record with different artwork or putting out demos that were never meant to be heard by anyone other than the band and maybe our parents. We came up with the idea of asking some pals to record their own interpretations of the songs on the album. It felt like a good way to celebrate everyone who had been a part of the last ten years of the band and we didn’t have to do any work ourselves! Every single person on Tiny Changes has been a part of our lives and Frightened Rabbit in a special way over the last ten years. We’ve shared studios, vans, bars, dressing rooms and probably even underwear with some of these people and that’s why this record is so special to us.
Scott was a vital part of bringing this album together and it’s something he was very excited about and worked hard to bring to life. He listened to and approved every track on there with us and he had already started preparing the artwork which you’ll see on there (if you buy it). This is a celebration of a record that connected thousands of people to Scott and connected thousands of people to each other and ten years on it is still managing to do it. Scott would probably have put in some joke here about when the album hits puberty and starts rebelling by smoking weed and getting things pierced. We’re not that funny so instead let’s just raise a glass, blow out the candles and make a wish.
We wish the album was available for pre-order tomorrow and that it will come out July 12th and you’ll be able to listen to two covers of Modern Leper straight away when you pre-order! Now we’ve told you it probably won’t come true but we’ll keep everything crossed for you.
Grant, Andy, Simon and Billy x
Check out Manchester Orchestra's moving rendition of Backwards Walk below and then keep scrolling for the album cover and track listing:
Manchester Orchestra - My Backwards Walk (from Tiny Changes) [Official Audio]
1. The Modern Leper – Biffy Clyro
2. I Feel Better – Oxford Collapse
3. Good Arms vs Bad Arms – Fiskur
4. Fast Blood – Right On Dynamite
5. Old Old Fashioned – Josh Ritter
6. The Twist – Wintersleep
7. Bright Pink Bookmark – Peter Katis
8. Head Rolls Off – Craig Finn
9. My Backwards Walk – Katie Harkin & Sarah Silverman
10. Keep Yourself Warm – Benjamin Gibbard
11. Extrasupervery – Jeff Zeigler
12. Poke – Daughter
13. Floating In The Forth – The Twilight Sad
14. Who’d You Kill Now – Aaron Dessner & Lauren Mayberry
15. The Modern Leper – Julien Baker
16. The Twist – Piano Bar Fight
17. My Backwards Walk – Manchester Orchestra
Jack White and Brendan Benson's newly reunited project - The Racontuers - took New York City by storm this weekend - playing a slew of intimate shows for select fans ... the band's full tour - which kicks off next month and stops at The Anthem in DC on August 17 - will all take place at 1000+ capacity venues - but over the weekend the band played at venues that only hold 200 or so people. The band played at Rough Trade Records and Generation Records on Friday and Saturday afternoon and at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on Saturday night Coney Island Baby Sunday afternoon.
Here's some pics and videos to get you primed for July!
SETLIST: The Raconteurs @ Coney Island Baby 6/23/2019
Consoler of the Lonely
Bored and Razed
Live a Lie
Help Me Stranger
Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
Don’t Bother Me
Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) (Donovan cover)
Now That You’re Gone
Steady, as She Goes
And now Liam is back with new music - with a new album - Why Me? Why Not. - due out in September and a banger of a first single - Shockwave (see the video below)
“I wrote some songs on my own for the last album, but this time it’s all co-writes. Reason being is I want it to be even better than As You Were. I know my strengths and I know my limitations. I’m an ok songwriter, but I’m a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done.”
Right now - Liam only has a few tour dates announced - openning for the The Who on the West Coast ... hopefully a proper tour to support the album will follow ...
Austin’s Indie Ambassadors – SPOON – have announced that they will release a greatest hits album called Everything Hits At Once. The collection includes 12 classic Spoon singles – as well as a new song – No Bullets Spent.
Here’s the track list … anything they missed?
01 “I Turn My Camera On”
02 “Do You”
03 “Don’t You Evah”
04 “Inside Out”
05 “The Way We Get By”
06 “The Underdog”
07 “Hot Thoughts”
08 “I Summon You”
09 “Rent I Pay”
10 “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb”
11 “Got Nuffin”
12 “Everything Hits At Once”
13 “No Bullets Spent”
Lead singer Britt Daniels explained the concept behind the album -
The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times. First I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record it was Standing On A Beach. When I got my first New Order record, it was Substance. That was how I met those bands, and I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I love a greatest hits LP when it’s done well. It can be a thing unto itself.
07/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *^
07/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge *^
07/15 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Brewhouse ^
07/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater *^
07/17 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater *^
07/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater *^
07/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
07/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *^
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *^
07/26 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater *#
07/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Dos Equis Pavilion *#
07/28 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *#
07/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *#
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *#
08/02 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *#
08/03 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater *#
08/04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *#
08/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *&
08/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center *&
08/13 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater *&
08/15 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *&
08/16 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire *&
08/17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium *
08/20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center *&
08/21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion *&
08/22 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *&
08/24 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park *&
08/25 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *&
08/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *&
08/29 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *&
08/30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre *&
Here's something you may not know - God's Favorite Customer -Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty - had a tracked rejected from the soundtrackfor the hit film A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and LAdy Gaga.
FJM closed out a recent show in Minneapolis with the song .. and doesn't seem to bent out of shape about the song being cut from the soundtrack - bantering:
“That would’ve sucked. There is no … I’ve seen that movie. There’s really no place in that movie for that song. Unless he was bombing at Coachella or something. The sequel? Now we’re talking.”
The last we heard from Lorde was in 2018 when - she was finishing off her world tour in support of her sophomore album - Melodrama - and told fans she planned to spend her time "eating toast, swimming and teaching herself how to play the piano" in a newsletter.
Well - Lorde is back - apparently ... she took to Instagram to acknowledge and reflect on the 2nd anniversary of Melodrama and to announce that a new record is 'in the oven'!
“I was such a baby making that work, lots of emotions and learning so much all the time ...It’s a good life you’ve given me. Thankyou thankyou. Third one in the oven.”
Speaking of the November newsletter - she mentioned her next album would be “born around the piano in my house” and “kept simple.”
The title track to last year's Dave Matthews Band record 'Come Tomorrow' featured backing vocals from singer song writer Brandi Carlile ... now - a year after the album's release - DMB has re-released the track - but this time Carlile and Matthews switch back and forth on lead vocals - giving the track a much more conversational feel. The pair sing in harmony, complimenting each other with ease.
Thom Yorke has been playing some new music on tour recently ... prompting fans to wonder if there's a new album on the horizon ...
And now - some super sleuths have figured out that some random ads for something called “Anima Technologies” - which have appeared in multiple London trains, on phone booths in Milan, and in The Dallas Observer (?!), - prompt people to call a phone number (916-619-6192) that will retrieve their forgotten dreams ... and at the end of the bizarre message - a portion of Thom Yorke’s song “Not the News” is played. The unreleased track is one Yorke has been performing on tour lately.
Hey #London folks! We think we have spotted part of an ARG on the tube this morning (Jubilee line).
So go ahead and dial up 916-619-6192 and hear for yourself ...
Thom has also announced a slew of solo concert dates - nothing in the DMV yet though
Photo: Tedd Henn
Thom Yorke: 2019 Tour
7/2 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
7/3 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
7/4 – Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
7/6 – Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
7/7 – Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris, Days Off Festival
7/8 – Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris, Days Off Festival
7/11 – Bilbao, Spain – BBK Live Festival
7/13 – Lisbon, Portugal – NOS Alive Festival
7/16 – Barolo, Italy – Collisioni Festival
7/17 – Codroipo, Italy – Villa Manin
7/18 – Ferrara, Italy – Piazza Castello
7/20 – Perugia, Italy – Arena Santa Giuliana, Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 – Rome, Italy – Roma Summer Fest, Cavea
7/26 – Yuzawa-Cho, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
7/28 – Seoul, South Korea – Olympic Hall
9/26 – Laval, Quebec – Place Bell
9/27 – Toronto – Scotiabank Arena
9/29 – Pittsburgh – Stage AE
9/30 – Columbus – Express Live!
10/4 – Austin – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park
10/6 – Atlanta – Fox Theatre
10/9 – New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts
10/11 – Austin – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park
10/18 – Berkeley – Greek Theatre
10/20 – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
10/21 – Vancouver – Orpheum
10/22 – Portland – The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/25 – Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26 – Las Vegas – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
10/29 – Los Angeles – Greek Theatre
Cage the Elephant have been forced to cancel the remainder of their UK and European tour after guitarist Nick Bockrath suffered an on stage injury (ruptured PCL, torn ACL, fractured tibia, damaged meniscus) and will require immediate surgury
From the band:
“We regret to inform the fans that Cage The Elephant will be cancelling the upcoming European tour dates from 12 June to 20 June. Sadly, our guitarist Nick Bockrath had an accident on stage at “PINKPOP” and injured his leg badly ... He tried to play through two shows, but he now requires immediate surgery and is currently getting the medical attention he needs. All ticket refunds will be available at original point of purchase (with the exception of Isle of Wight Festival). We will keep you posted on future dates.”
So far the dates cancelled include:
12 June – Amsterdam, NLD at Melkweg Max 14 June – London, UK at Heaven 15 June – Isle of Wight, UK at Isle of Wight Festival 17 June – Edinburgh, UK at The Liquid Room 18 June – Birmingham, UK at O2 Institute2 20 June – Paris, FRA at Batacla
No word on any of the US tour dates being cancelled - including their August 22nd show at Merriweather Post Pavilion
They didn’t cover Mouse Rats’ “5,000 Candles in the Wind” – but Vampire Weekend had a few surprises in store for their Indiana audience over the weekend … in the middle of performing M79 they broke into a cover of the Parks And Recreation theme song.
Parks And Recreation is set in Pawnee, Indiana, and Ezra Koenig has a kid with Rashida Jones, who played Ann Perkins in the show.
Also - uring the encore - Ezra Koenig announced that during the tour - they would only take requests from people wearing bucket hats ... so when a bucket hatted fan requested "Pizza Party" - a goofy rap song from Koenig’s (Pre-Vampire Weekend) band L’Homme Run, he obliged and went on tp rap a verse from the song a cappella. Not sure why the fan didn't request some Mouse Rat ... but whatever