Elliott Smith is known to most for his sensitive, disaffected lyrics about existential topics, but today we have rediscovered that he had a cheerier side as he waves hello from the past in footage of his Devo cover band! Elsewhere, Phil Collins has announced a memoir, the Avalanches shared the full audio of their Primavera Sound performance, Schoolboy Q revealed the hilarious cover of his upcoming LP, and The Tallest Man on Earth dropped a new standalone single that will leave your jaw on the floor.
Usually when people think of Elliott Smith, they think of quiet, intimate, relatively sad folk music. Today, that image can change. Footage of singer-songwriter just surfaced that shows he was a part of a Devo cover band. Yes, that means he dressed up. Back in 1994, he teamed up with Portland musicians Sam Coomes of Quasi, Sprinkler’s Nate Slusarenko, Sean Croghan of Crackerbash, and Guided by Voices’ Chris Slusarenko for a one-time-only tribute set at La Luna in Oregon. They somehow managed to squeeze a costume change in the middle of their 20 minute set. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]
Oh, Phil Collins. You bring so much color to the world, so stop acting like we’ve forgotten you’re still etching away with crayons. The drummer and frontman of Genesis, solo artist, and all around music idol has a new memoir on the way. The title? Not Dead Yet. The book touches on everything in his career from beginning to not-quite-end, including his child actor days. It’s guaranteed to be an interesting read, so pre-order it here. [Stereogum]
The Avalanches performed for the first time in forever at Primavera Sound this June. Unfortunately, visa issues forced the band to do a live DJ set instad of a live instrumental performance, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. The electronic group shared a recording of that festival set for fans to listen to, but then decided to step things up by sharing a brand new song, too. Check out “Colours” over at Beats 1 and give the performance audio a listen above. [Consequence of Sound]
This summer, Schoolboy Q marks his return to the rap scene with the highly-anticipated LP Blank Face. The follow-up to 2014’s Oxymoron doesn’t have much information out in regards to its release, though we do know it will be out via Top Dawg Entertainment. Schoolboy Q has already shared piping hot tracks “THat Part” and “Groovy Tony” this year. Now we get a look at the album cover since he shared the image via Twitter, and it’s equal parts hilarious and excellent. The artwork featured a faceles version of the “Crying Jordan” meme, giving a whole new look to an otherwise comedic depiction of sadness. Buckle up for an intense album, folks. [Rolling Stone]
Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, spent a night on tour whipping up a brand new song. “Time of the Blue” sees Matsson performing the bare ballad in a bedroom. There’s plenty of quick finger-plucking involved, but despite that, it feels peaceful and calm, like the type of number you listen to when reflecting on the day’s events. Needless to say, it’s moving and offers some changes from the full-bodied work of last year’s Dark Bird Is Home. [Pitchfork]
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