It’s only Wednesday but we’ve already found the best cover song of the week. An unheard Jeff Buckley cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” went up on NPR today. If you’re looking for something happier, read on. Coachella announced a NYC version of their festival, Sam Smith threw comical shade at Thom Yorke, The National and Beirut members formed a new band, Boards of Canada created a soothing song remix, Tim Roth talks about the time he recorded music with Tupac, Earl Sweatshirt dropped a bummer track, Flatbush Zombies have a new record on the way, Yuck released a new track, and Pearl Lion has our hearts swelling to twice their size.
Hallelujah, y’all. Jeff Buckley‘s camp is releasing a collection of unheard studio recordings on March 16. The LP, called You and I, has 10 songs, many of which are covers. Sneak a peak at his take on Bob Dylan‘s “Just Like a Woman.” Be careful. You may be brought to tears at your work desk from its sheer beauty. [NPR]
If you’re an east coaster whose dreams of attending Coachella were all the more amplified by news of LCD Soundsystem headlining, you’re in luck. Coachella producer AEG/Goldenvoice has a New York City music festival called Panorama Music Festival that will take place this summer. From July 22-24, Randall’s Island Park (that big field where Governors Ball takes place) will host the festival. Who’s set to play? None other than LCD Soundsystem. [Consequence of Sound] [Image Credit: Governors Ball Music Festival]
Apparently every member of The National made music on the side during the band’s short break. Say hello to the bizarrely titled band LNZNDRF. Comprised of The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf, as well as Beirut member and National/Sufjan collaborator Ben Lanz, LNZNDRF will release their self-titled debut LP on February 19 via 4AD. It’s mellow, mystical, and, surprisingly, recorded over two and a half days in a church.
It’s been three long years since experimental duo Boards of Canada have released music. This week, they offered up a remix of “Mr. Mistake” by Nevermen, a supergroup consisting of Faith No More’s Mike Patton, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and rapper Doseone. It’s a slow, peaceful trip through an otherwise uptempo number. If you’re looking to fall asleep happy tonight, give this one a spin. [Consequence of Sound]
Did you know Tupac and Tim Roth recorded music together? Neither did we, until today. Turns out the two went to Death Row Records to crank out a few songs while they were filming 1997 film Gridlock’d. Apparently Tupac encouraged Roth and their co-star Thandie Newton to freestyle with him in the recording booth. Hear more of the story in his interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden. [Rolling Stone]
Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt put out a gritty LP last year called I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. On it, he confronted, depression, alcholism, and the heartbreaking love woes that leave someone insane. One of the album’s cut songs, “Mirror”, has now found its way online despite original issues clearing its samples. Fittingly, it sees Sweatshirt taking another critical look at himself. Here’s to hoping he gets plenty of hugs in 2016. [Consequence of Sound]
Alt-rock act Yuck are back with a new album, and with it comes single “Hearts In Motion.” It’s got the crunchy guitar parts and tight drumming that remind us of that feeling when you run out of your high school doors on a Friday, homework in the back of your mind, while you drive off to some fun adventure. Sure, there’s a heart with an arrow stabbed through it for the artwork, but it’s a little more uplifting than that sonically. [Pitchfork]
Sometimes we get so caught up in lyrics that we forget what makes music so incredible to begin with: the instrumentation. Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff reminds us why it’s worth falling in love with again. Under the moniker Pearl Lion, Scharff has created the brilliant “Alpha 4” which gets a complementary music video thanks to FOX ADHD animation. It’s sweet but sharp, leaving the kind of impression that sticks with you for a while. Check it out.
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch, but we’ll be back on Friday for another round-up of music news. See you then!
Featured Image: Jeff Buckley; Columbia Records