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The Last Johnny Cash American Recordings!

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The final American Recordings album by Johnny Cash is set to be released on February 26th!

From Pitchfork.com:

Rick Rubin produced this volume, just as he did all the others. And once again, Cash covers a whole lot of other people’s songs. This one will include Cash’s versions of Sheryl Crow’s “Redemption Day”, Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times”, Tom Paxton’s “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound”, Bob Nolan’s “Cool Water”, Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream”, J.H. “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes’s “Satisfied Mind”, and Hawaiian monarch Queen Lili’uokalani’s farewell song “Aloha Oe”. It’ll also include a new Cash original called “I Corinthians: 15:55”.

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By the way, “I Corinthians 15:55” reads as follows:
Where, O death is your victory
Where, O death is your sting

That is going to be a powerful song, especially since he was recording this around the time of his wife’s death and he died very shortly after he finished recording this album.


Anticipated Indie Albums of 2010

Here’s a wonderful list put together by Stereogum.com of independent albums schedule to be released in 2010! If you’re into this music world, you will notice that this is shaping up to be quite an amazing year!

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Lil’ Wayne’s “Rebirth” leaked by Amazon

Reported by Pitchfork.com via Billboard:


Somebody is so fired. After six different release date changes, Rebirth, Lil Wayne’s forthcoming rock album, isn’t due in stores until February 1. But the album is now out there in the world, thanks to Amazon.com.

Billboard reports that the online retail giant mistakenly sent 500 copies of the CD to customers who had pre-ordered it. A “shipping mishap” was the reason for the early leak, which caused Rebirth to show up in mailboxes this past Monday.

Shockingly enough, Rebirth is no longer available for Amazon pre-order.


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Creative website for Spencer Krug’s new EP

Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake is releasing an EP under the name Moonface. Check out the simple, yet creative, website where you can download the EP for a simple donation amount of your own choosing. Not only that, you can also read a journal of his dreams by clicking on stars that fill the browser window, and you can submit a dream of your own for the “Dream Forum” that’s coming soon.

Brian Eno interviewed by Pitchfork


Brian Eno is one of my heroes of the art world. He has produced some of my favorite albums from Talking Head’s “Remain in Light” to U2’s “The Joshua Tree” to David Bowie’s “Low.” Highly innovative and experimental, Eno breaks new ground wherever he walks. He also pushes the artists that he works with to think in new ways and use their talents to further the art of music.

Here’s a question and answer from the interview:

Pitchfork: In some ways, making something that’s both interesting and popular is the ultimate experiment.

Brian Eno: It’s surprisingly unrecognized. I find the same thing in all forms of art, things that are very popular. I think everyone’s inherently snobbish. Things that are very popular are not taken seriously, because the snobbish side of one says, “Well, if everyone likes it it can’t be that good.” Whereas if only I and a couple of other people like it, then it must be really something special.

One of the things I love about U2– and it’s one of the things that we’re constantly arguing about, the balance of this– is that they want to take everyone with them for the ride! [laughs] They don’t want to let anyone go at any point! I’m always saying, “Look, if you’re going to do something new, you’re going to lose a few supporters along the way.” And they really fight against that. They don’t want to do that. I honestly don’t think it’s greed. It’s not lust for money or lust for power. It’s the feeling that everybody’s got to be at the party: we’re not going to make it unapproachable to anybody.

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New song from Them Crooked Vultures

From Pitchfork.com

After many teases, the triple-headed rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures has finally, finally seen fit to let us hear a whole entire studio track. Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones have posted the song “New Fang” to their YouTube page.

Shins front man James Mercer and Danger Mouse team up!


James Mercer, the front man for the Shins, is teaming up with producer Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Danger Doom, Gnarls Barkley, Beck, etc)!!! Danger Mouse just “released” Dark Night of the Soul with Sparklehorse to critical acclaim, though the label has held it’s official release due to past legal issues with Danger Mouse. You should be able to stream it at NPR.org >>>

Anyway, they are teaming up for an album scheduled to be released early next year and they currently call themselves Broken Bells.

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