Tis the season for charitable donations according to all the music news that matters. Some of our favorite musicians (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The Strokes) and comedians (Will Ferrell) all collaborated recently to help several charitable organizations the only way they know how: by making super tasty jams, hitting all the right notes on the cowbell, and playing a friendly game of musician vs. jock basketball. We’ve also got some new videos from some of our favorite musicians, so lets get down to the nitty gritty!
Stevie Wonder, James Franco and Seth Rogen surprised Jimmy Fallon for his 40th birthday. This surprise was so big that Rogen and Franco hiding inside of giant cake wasn’t even the surprise. I’ll be happy with the surprise that the world isn’t a post-apocalyptic wasteland for my 40th birthday.
Will Ferrell, on cowbell of course, performed the Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Women” with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Brandi Carlile, Guns N’ Roses Duff McKagan, and Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard. The performance was part of Ferrell’s Cancer For College charity. [Wondering Sound]
Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes covered “Seven Nation Army” and Phil Collins’ “In The Air” for the halftime show at Montreal’s 3rd annual POP vs Jock charity basketball game featuring musicians and professional athletes. [Rolling Stone]
Music Geek Track of the Day alum, Ariel Pink, has shared the video for his catchy track “Put Your Number In My Phone”. Watch as Pink gets the cold shoulder form all the ladies at his local mall. Super unrealistic–who could possibly say no to that green, ersatz fur coat?
The Antlers released a lava-lamp music video for their track “Refuge”. Makes me want melt right into my seat and drool for five minutes.
Trent Reznor is previewing the soundtrack from Gone Girl over at the Nine Inch Nails website
Ryan Adams and Johnny Depp performed Danzig’s “Mother” live in concert because every cool celebrity is friends with every other cool celebrity.
Scorpion creator, Nick Santora, curated an exclusive playlist for the hacking-themed show.