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New tribute LP illuminates Arthur Russell's unappreciated greatness


Covers are stubborn. For every magical Jimi Hendrix-“All Along the Watchtower” combination, hundreds of reinterpretations crash and burn. When Arcade Fire performed a new cover at every show on their Reflektor tour, for instance, they often fell short, because, well, even the Greatest Freakin’ Indie Band will struggle to nail iconic recordings by R.E.M. and Sam Cooke. Sometimes brilliance strikes, like on Cat Power’s The Covers Record, but tribute albums are frequently dull and all too often smack of washed-up stars trying to channel legends.

Considering these challenges, Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, the new tribute dedicated to one of New York City’s most seminal (and unappreciated) musicians, is remarkable. Arthur Russell isn’t a household name, but this star-studded album could make listeners wonder why.


David Bowie to release hits collection and new single in November


To celebrate 50 years of recording, David Bowie will release a three-disc hits collection on November 17 via Columbia/Legacy. Nothing Has Changed follows 2013’s The Next Day, which was Bowie’s first album of new material since 2003’s Reality.

The collection kicks off with a new track named “Sue (or In A Season Of Crime),” then works its way backwards. This means listeners have to wait until the third disc—or just skip ahead—to hear classics like “Rebel Rebel,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Changes.”

Nothing Has Changed also comes loaded with some cool Bowie deep cuts. The singer famously penned “All the Young Dudes” for Mott the Hoople, but his own studio version will see release on the new record. Nothing Has Changed will also include a remix of Next Day track “Love Is Lost” by Bowie-influenced LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

James Murphy visits Jimmy Fallon, reminds us he could've been a 'Seinfeld' writer: Watch it here

The upcoming documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits focuses on LCD Soundsystem’s last days, but DFA ringleader James Murphy has an equally compelling origin story that includes a job offer in one of comedy’s finest writers rooms. (Hint: it rhymes if Feinseld. Also, it’s in the headline.) Watch the video below to see him discuss that and other tribulations on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon:


Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000's 'DoYaThing' drops today: Hear it here


A few weeks ago, EW chatted with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn about his latest tag-team collaboration with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast lyric spitter Andre 3000 for Converse’s recurring “Three Artists. One Song” campaign on the one-off single “DoYaThing.”

The full song, a spastic four minutes of psychedelic funk, is now available as a free download at Converse’s official website. (The four limited-edition Chuck Taylor All-Stars designed by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett are also now available.) And it’s a seamless marriage of the three men at the helm: Albarn’s head-trippiness, Murphy’s beat science, Andre’s lightning-tongued lyrical attack.

But don’t take our word for it. Download it at the Converse site or give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Gorillaz team up with Andre 3000 and James Murphy for Converse track 'DoYaThing' -- EXCLUSIVE


Good news for fans of Damon Albarn, LCD Soundsystem, OutKast, simians, dancing, spaced-out funk, and sneakers: All those things are coming together.

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn talks about the latest installment of Converse’s ongoing “Three Artists. One Song” project — past participants include Kid Cudi, Santigold, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, members of Vampire Weekend and Best Coast, and more — which put him in a studio for three days with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast’s Andre 3000.

The result track, a head-tripping masterpiece called “DoYaThing,” will be available for free download on the official Converse website on February 23.

“I had spoken to James a couple times, but previously I knew only [his and Andre’s] work,” Albarn told EW. “I love that level of spontaneity. I look for it all the time. It doesn’t always arrive on my doorstep, but it’s something I aspire to.”

“DoYaThing” also serves as the launch point for a quartet of Chuck Taylor All-Stars custom-designed by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett (he also created a video for the clip, complete with new animated avatars for Murphy and Andre, pictured above). The shoes, which borrow designs from various Gorillaz-related projects, also go on sale February 23.

Check out the music section of this week’s issue of EW – there are naked TV vampires on the cover! — for more on “DoYaThing,”and stay tuned for more developments from the mind of Albarn.

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LCD Soundsystem's final farewell at Madison Square Garden: Watch it here

If you were not amongst the thousands who were black and white and freaked all over for the last blowout night of New York dance-rock scene kings LCD Soundsystem’s Long Goodbye—or even if you were—it’s not too late to relive it.

From the opening notes of of 10 cc’s velveteen-rock classic “I’m Not In Love” (which I, in my all-black excitement, first mistook for Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone”) and coverage of nearly all the “hits,” as it were (“Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” “Get Innocuous!”, “Tribulations,” “Losing My Edge”) to an incendiary guest spot from singer/comedian Reggie Watts (on “45:33″), somewhat more demure appearances by members of Arcade Fire (“North American Scum”), and near-religious renditions of “Someone Great” and finale “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” complete with a white-balloon weather system swirling down from Madison Square Garden’s cavernous ceiling, it was—in nearly every sense of the word—an epic undertaking.

Below, has uploaded all three hours and 40-plus minutes of extended rave-out space-jam bonanza (minus openers Liquid Liquid). Go ahead and clear out a four-by-four foot space in your cubicle today, and, with the power of the skip button at your disposal, dance yrself clean: READ FULL STORY

LCD Soundsystem: New York show in April will be their last ever

james-murphy_320.jpg Is it really such a hassle to be in a perennially hip and critically acclaimed rock band? Apparently so. Just last week The White Stripes announced that they are calling it quits. Now LCD Soundsystem have posted a message on their official website declaring their imminent retirement from the live circuit.

“good people of earth,” begins the message, “lcd soundsystem are playing madison square garden on april 2nd, and it will be our last show ever. we are retiring from the game. gettin’ out. movin’ on. but for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly 3 hours–playing stuff we’ve never played before and going out with a bang. and we’d like you to be there. if you would, we’d love it if people all came in white. or black. or black and white. and come ready to have fun, please. and come early, as the festivities will be opened by our favorites, liquid liquid. yes: liquid liquid. if it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!”

You can check out the LCD website for ticket info.

Will you be attending this funeral party? Or do you have a favorite memory of seeing James Murphy and crew? Let us know!

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Glee dances past the Rolling Stones to No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart

glee-stonesImage Credit: Micahel Yarish/Fox; Mark SeligerAfter earning their first No. 1 album with The Power of Madonna last month, Glee‘s latest installment, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 136,000 albums sold. The re-release of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album Exile on Main Street debuts at No. 2 with 76,000 sold.

Four other albums also debut in the top 10 this week. The Black Keys’ Brothers comes in at No. 3, selling 73,000 copies. With 62,000 units sold, last week’s chart-topper Justin Bieber drops three spots to No. 4. Nas and Damian Marley’s rap-reggae hybrid Distant Relatives sold 57,000 units and debuts at No. 5.

Band of Horses’s Infinite Arms gallops to No. 7, selling 45,000 copies, and LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening rounds out the chart at No. 10 with 31,000 copies sold.

Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now continues its reign in the top 10 at No. 6 with 46,000 copies sold. Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond sits at No. 8. He sold 41,000 copies. AC/DC Iron Man 2 soundtrack lands at No. 9 with 32,000 albums bought.

Surprised team Glee beat the Stones’ classic album? Did you think Nas and Damien would sell more? Let us know.

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LCD Soundsystem get hazed in new 'Drunk Girls' video

Who is this harassing the innocent members of LCD Soundsystem? Apparently, it’s Asshole Pandas Gone Wild in the Spike Jonze-directed video—throwing frontman James Murphy into involuntary lady-drag, urinating on each other, egging the place, and generally unleashing frat-bear mayhem. Watch the marginally NSFW clip after the jump: READ FULL STORY

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