If you think Dave Grohl is awesome, just wait until you read about his mom. The musical giant will step out of the light for a hot second so that his mom can grab a hold of the mic, well, in pen form. She interviewed a slew of famous people as a part of an upcoming book. Before we spill the rest of the details, promise you’ll stick around to hear about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘s soundtrack getting a proper release, Sia’s collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Frances Bean Cobain’s new mixtape, Green Day’s tour announcement, and Bat For Lashes’ gorgeous Fleetwood Mac cover.
Foo Fighters would be nothing without Dave Grohl, but Dave Grohl would be nothing without his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl. The most important woman of his life has some wisdom to share, and it’s not only her own wisdom. She wrote a book called From Cradle to Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars that comes out April 25 2016. You may as well pre-order it right now from that title alone, but if you need more reasons, here they are: Dave Grohl wrote the foreword, “exclusive” family photos are included, and, oh yeah, she interviewed a bunch of famous moms for the book. Mrs. Grohl interviewed the mothers of famous musicians to see what it was like to raise them. The moms of Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, Haim, Michael Stipe, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and Adam Levine all spoke at length with her. See, don’t you want to pre-order it now? [Pitchfork]
When Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out in 1986, the film studio never bothered to release an official soundtrack. Despite the film’s many musical scenes and magical moments (see above), the tracks that sparked the classic scenes never got their due time as a unit. Now, La-La Land Records will make the soundtrack available for the first time on September 13. It’s a limited run of 5,000 copies, but it’s worth it, if only for that marching band version of “Twist and Shout.” You may just have to skip school to grab a copy. [Pitchfork]
Sia never stops churning out songs. The pop star is about to take off on her first North American tour in five years later this month, and to celebrate, she released “The Greatest,” a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar that will punch you in the gut the way most of her songs do. The song’s video is emotive and dramatic, as we have come to expect. If you’re looking for Lamar’s verse, though, head over to Spotify to hear the full version. [Consequence of Sound]
FBC Mixtape: The Vines-Get Free/Longpigs-She Said/The Vaselines-Son of a Gun/Pavement-Cut Your Hair/Vincent Gallo-Honey Bunny/JAMC-Perfume
— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) September 5, 2016
The world has been waiting patiently for Frances Bean Cobain to follow in her parents’ footsteps. The daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love finally released a mixtape. Well, not that kind. While she did share a short cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” the other day, she took to the internet to share a list of songs recorded by their original authors. The playlist of songs includes The Vines, Pavement, Hope Sandoval, and more. Maybe she’ll whip out covers of these songs, too. One step at a time. [Consequence of Sound]
Green Day will release their 12th studio album on October 7. As that date inches closer, the band have finally announced a tour in support of the full-length. Starting later this September on through to 2017, Green Day plan on playing a long list of intimate shows in North American clubs and then will go on to play Europe with bigger appearances, including festival sets. It’s a long list of shows, one that no doubt will grow longer in the coming months. You can check out all the dates here. Revisit the album’s ace lead single, “Bang Bang,” above. [Consequence of Sound]
Off in the middle of the woods in England, a bunch of artists gather together to perform at End of the Road Festival. It’s a magical four-day event in Larmer Tree Gardens. What makes it all the more special, though, are the treats bands bring to the table by changing up their sets. Case and point: Bat For Lashes. Natasha Khan staged a marriage proposal for her friend during her set and then effortlessly launched into her song “In Your Bed.” To make the soon-to-be married couple even happier, she then launched into a cover of “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac. It’s a beautiful cover of the 1982 hit, her vocals topping off what was a magical evening for more reasons than one, clearly. [Rolling Stone]
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