Desert Daze 2018 Was An Oasis Among American Festivals

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Desert-Daze-2018For years now, Desert Daze has arrived in October like a mirage in the landscape to which it owes its name. It’s a sudden oasis, where psych-rock bands and artists and stoners and adventurous music fans have gathered, culminating in what founder (and JJUUJJUU leader) Phil Pirrone has deemed an “anti-festival.” And while … More »

Light in the Attic announces new vinyl and digital singles series, shares Mac DeMarco’s take on Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon”

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Light in the Attic has been deep in the reissue game for some time, with stellar ambient/new age comp I Am The Center and its companion collection, The Microcosm, standing out among many, many others. Now, hot on the heels of releasing remastered vinyl editions of some of prolific Japanese composer Haruomi Hosono’s best works, LITA has a new single to coincide with their reissue campaign and continue celebrating Hosono’s legacy.

Hosono’s track “Honey Moon” has been faithfully covered by none other than Mac DeMarco, and he capably takes on the original’s Japanese lyrics to offer an effortlessly chill and laid-back interpretation. (I can only imagine “chill” and “laid back” will be etched onto Mac’s gravestone, much to his chagrin, and he’ll try to shake that “Jimmy Buffet for hipsters” vibe with an aggressive hardcore record in the not too distant future.)

Speaking of the not too distant future, the label of course intends to continue this covers series beyond DeMarco’s contribution. In their own words, “upcoming highlights from the covers series include acclaimed singer-songwriter Julie Byrne covering Nico, and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker making his own unique selection from the Light In The Attic archives.” Upcoming highlights, indeed! Stay tuned!

For now, though, “Honey Moon” is available for pre-order from Light in the Attic’s shop, or for streaming, which you’ll find below. Savor and enjoy those last bits of summer, and let Mac’s mellow take on Hosono’s tune flow from your speakers ad infinitum.

The Cars’ Perfect Debut Album Turns 40 Today: 9 Great Covers

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The Cars 1978 album“The debut album that plays like a Greatest Hits album” is an old rock-journo cliché, but sometimes that’s what you have to go for — and damn, the Cars’ debut album qualifies better than just about any major release of the late ’70s. Only three singles were officially released, but every one of its nine … More »

Watch Arcade Fire Perform “Cunts Are Still Running The World” With Jarvis Cocker

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Arcade Fire just kicked off the European leg of their Everything Now tour, and they’ve been using the opportunity to have a little fun — playing around with their setlist, covering interesting songs, and bringing surprise guests out. In Dublin last week, they paid tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan by covering the Cranberries’ “More »

Jarvis Cocker Announces UK Tour Playing Mostly New Songs

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Jarvis Cocker’s last full-fledged solo album Further Complications came out almost a full nine years ago. An uncharacteristically raw outing for the Britpop legend, it was a caustic and lascivious document that came across like Cocker’s divorce album. Of course, Cocker’s always still around, frequently guesting on other people’s songs (like Feist’s), More »

Iggy Pop & Jarvis Cocker – “Red Right Hand” (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Cover)

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Later this month, Netflix will come out with the fourth season of Peaky Blinders, the deeply addictive UK TV show about a family of British gangsters in the ’20s. Every season, the show has used a different version of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ clanking, hissing 1994 anthem “Red Right Hand” as its theme … More »

Go Your Own Way: 25 Notable Divorce Albums

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Pop music is littered with the shattered remains of relationships. As the stereotype goes: Personal strife often makes for good art. And for many artists, nothing is more of a catalyst for a great song than romantic discord or destruction. The list of classic breakup songs and albums feels endless; some artists’ whole catalogs seem … More »

Julianna Barwick, Dan Deacon, Kevin Shields, and more to play Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður festival in Iceland’s first real move toward world domination

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With the U.S. having effectively departed the world stage as a global superpower, Iceland — perpetually lingering in the shadows, waiting to make its move — has stepped up as its rightful successor, and the first order of business on the path toward total galactic domination is the first iteration of hometown heroes and post-rock posterboys Sigur Rós’s music and arts festival, Norður og Niður.

The first round of artists set to turn Norður og Niður into the formal commencement of Iceland’s international power-play has been revealed, and it’s a veritable cache of global talents unlike civilization has ever laid its eyes on. We’re talking Julianna Barwick, Dan Deacon, Jarvis Cocker, and Kevin Shields alongside some of the most dangerous musical minds Iceland has to offer, including Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason, JFDR, Hugar, and Sigur Rós themselves, who will be performing four shows over the course of the festival like they’re the goddamn String Cheese Incident or something. What terror hast thou wrought, Jónsi?!

Norður og Niður will take place from December 27–30 in the new cultural capital of Earth: Reykjavík. If you’re planning to jump on the Icelandic imperial bandwagon (which I assume is more of a fjord-traversing schooner), you can check out a Spotify playlist created in honor of the auspicious coup and buy tickets to the specific Sigur Rós shows now at the festival’s website, thereby granting yourself early-access to Norður og Niður 4-day passes, which are actually on sale September 28. I gotta say, though: if the whole epoch of the Modern Icelandic Empire is held down by this much red tape, it’s gonna get real irritating real fast. :-/

Jarvis Cocker, Kevin Shields To Play Sigur Ròs’ Iceland Festival

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Later this year, during the week between Christmas and New Years, Sigur Ròs will play their first shows in five years in their Icelandic homeleand. The band announced earlier this year that they’ll play four straight nights at their own Reykjavik festival Norður Og Niður. And now they’ve also announced that some … More »

Jarvis Cocker, Richard Ashcroft, Marcus Mumford, & More Play Charity Soccer To Benefit Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors

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Musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Richard Ashcroft, and Marcus Mumford joined athletes and firefighters at London’s Loftus Road Stadium yesterday to play a game of soccer for charity. Around 200 free tickets for Game4Grenfell, organized in part by former Premier League player Les Ferdinand to raise money for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed … More »