No one knows wrestling better than the Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan. Or so that’s what TNA Wrestling thought when they picked up his song “Roustabout” for their show Impact Wrestling. If you’re looking for less spandex-clad news, read on to find a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” by Courtney Love, a rare track from Jack White’s pre-White Stripes band, details on Sonic Youth’s vinyl reissues, The Thermals’ new song, Savages intense music video, and a summetime video by Eleanor Friedberger that will wash away your winter blues.
Almost a year ago, Billy Corgan announced he was the new Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. Today, we get word that his contributions don’t stop there. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman wrote a theme song for a TV show that airs on the Nashville professional wrestling company called Impact Wrestling. The song, titled “Roustabout”, originally began as a song for his band but quickly became the much-needed theme for the show. Check it out above. [Pitchfork]
There’s a hole in Thom Yorke’s heart and there’s one in Hole frontwoman’s too. At a private party thrown by producer Linda Perry in Los Angeles this past Tuesday night, Courtney Love got onstage and covered Radiohead’s classic “Creep”. It’s not the most heartfelt or the most delicate, but it definitely hits with the messy passion of someone looking at their lonely life, wrecked and hostile. [Yahoo]
Two Star Tabernacle never made it big, but the band’s founding member sure did. Back before The White Stripes, Jack White was busy writing songs for the aforementioned band. He’s gone ahead and shared one of their early tracks, “Itchy”, with Rolling Stone, but you can hear it and all of its rare live beauty above. [Rolling Stone]
If you plan on snagging Coachella 2016 tickets or watching live-stream videos from afar, you’re in luck. Our music editor, Matt Grosinger, hand-picked a playlist to get you amped about the acts we’re excited about. Know this year’s festival inside and out thanks to his round-up; it’s a treasure trove of classic hits and deep cuts to keep you heart-eyed until April rolls along. [Nerdist]
A new generation of Sonic Youth fans often found themselves fawning over their hard-to-come-by vinyl records. It’s a band with obsessive onlookers, many of whom hold onto their albums forever. Until now, a series of legal claims prevented them from making large reissues. On January 22, USM will release reprinted vinyl of Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, A Thousand Leaves, and NYC Ghosts & Flowers. Vinyl reissues of Murray Street, Sonic Nurse, and Rather Ripped will follow on February 19. Happy record hunting! [Pitchfork; Image via artist]
Indie rockers, rejoice. Everybody’s favorite west coast boppers, The Thermals, are back with a brand new album called We Disappear. If the full-length sounds anything like its exuberant, snappy single “Hey You”, then we’re in for a treat when it drops on March 25 via Saddle Creek. [Consequence of Sound]
At last, we finally get the Savages song that name-drops the title of their upcoming album, Adore Life. On “Adore”, frontwoman Jehnny Beth states “I adore life” with intense ferocity, oddly choosing to lay off the line’s intensity as it’s swept up in a crescendo of repetition. Tough bass lines punch it in its heart while she, in the song’s video, stares right into the camera, challenging those to argue with her softening words. It’s bold, honest, and definitely going to give you goosebumps. [Consequence of Sound]
In a few weeks, Eleanor Friedberger‘s new album, New View, will be out via Frenchkiss. You can skip ahead to hear single “Sweetest Girl” now. Even better? The song’s video, a swirling combination of sunny film takes and tricky editing that will have you thinking it’s summer all over again and you’re in a blueberry boat (if only). [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch! Be sure to come back on Friday for another music news wrap-up!
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