It’s with saddened hearts that we report Scott Weiland, the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away at only 48 years old. His musical contributions helped shape modern rock, and many of those who took note of his songwriting are working on their own songs today. Bjork released a queasy video for “Mouth Mantra”, Bill Murray and Phoenix teamed up for a Christmas single, Bruce Springsteen announced a 2016 tour, digital pop star Hatsune Miku teamed up with Laurel Halo, Julian Casablancas sings with Jehnny Beth of Savages on a cover song, and Coldplay are streaming their new album.
Scott Weiland, the former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away at the age of 48. TMZ reports that Weiland died from cardiac arrest on his tour bus. It’s difficult to lose a musician of his importance, but even moreso a musician who was so honest about his struggles with addiction. From big hits like “Plush” to pop-centered realism like “Interstate Love Song”, Weiland’s work will never be forgotten for its straightforward approach to music as a form of therapy and resolution. Rest in peace. [Consequence of Sound] [Featured image courtesy of ABC News]
Sofia Coppola’s Netflix Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas hits computer screens everywhere today. To celebrate, one of the film’s songs is online to stream. Hear “Alone on Christmas Day”, a cover of The Beach Boys by Bill Murray and Phoenix featuring Jason Schwartzman, Paul Shaffer, and New York Dolls’ David Johansen. Murray Christmas, y’all! [Nerdist]
The boss is back. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced a North American tour in support of Springsteen’s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set, which is out today. It starts on January 16 in Pittsburgh and snakes its way around to New York City, Toronto, Cleveland, Phoenix, and more until it ends in Los Angeles. If you can’t snag tickets, don’t worry. See him from the comfort of your couch when he plays Saturday Night Live on December 19 of this year. [Rolling Stone] [Photo courtesy of Jo Lopez/ABC News Radio]
While we’re busy cracking dusty jokes about hologram performances, Japan is busy worshiping digital pop stars in its own backyard. Hatsune Miku is a massive international singer who will tour North America for the first time next year. In anticipation of that, Miku collaborated with electronic musician Laurel Halo on a performance and art installation. Sneak a peak here and contemplate what the future really looks like. [Pitchfork] [Photo courtesy of Hatsune Miku’s Facebook]
In what world are Julian Casablancas and Savages‘ Jehnny Beth friends? This one, apparently. The two musicians teamed up for a cover of Sort Sol/Lydia Lunch track “Boy/Girl”, and with it comes a heady music video directed by Warren Fu. Beth hoped to draw attention to Sort Sol whose cult following only exists in Denmark. “I had never heard the song before and still have no idea what the hell the words are talking about,” Casablancas said in a press release. “It sounds like a Danish dude trying sound like he’s saying English sounding words.” In other words, it’s the perfect song for Casablancas to sing. [Rolling Stone]
Love ’em or hate ’em, Coldplay have given us some of the biggest hits of the ’00s. Their new album, A Head Full of Dreams, is supposedly their last. You can stream the 11-song release over at Apple Music now where guests such as Noel Gallagher, Beyonce, Tove Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and President Barack Obama all perform various contributions throughout the record. It’s a statement that shows they would rather go out with a bang than with a dim, yellow parachute. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records/Julia Kennedy]
See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch. Now go skeedaddle and enjoy the weekend!