A cosmic week in music – Stephen Malkmus releases “Middle America”, Bob Marley turns 73, a car playing David Bowie gets sent to space, Quincy Jones isn’t winning a whole lot of friends. And a bunch more.
New Music On The Colorado Sound
Take a listen to all the new songs we played this week on The Colorado Sound.
Belle & Sebastian return with “The Same Star”, Calexico introduce some cool Tex/Mex beats on “Under The Wheels,” plus new Joan As Police Woman, The Lonely Biscuits, Laura Veirs, and more.
Arcade Fire Team Up With Legendary New Orleans Band
Win Butler and Régine Chassagne released a new jam with members of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band along, and with renown Haitian group Ram.
It’s full of Carnival flavor and a pretty rad tune to play in a few days while eating your King Cake on Fat Tuesday. “Every nation/come together,” Win sings over the rousing dance beats. We can get down with that.
Willie Nelson Cancels More Tour Dates
Speaking of positive vibes, let’s send them out to Willie. The 84-year-old Outlaw has cancelled all of his February dates. This comes after cancelling his January dates after a shortened San Diego show on January 6. That happened in the middle of the opener, “Whiskey River”. It’s being speculated as the flu, and let’s hope noting more.
Quincy Jones calls Beatles worst musicians
Quincy Jones had a rough week, and didn’t win many fans. He dissed the the Beatles, telling Vulture “they were the worst musicians in the world.” He goes off on Paul, Ringo, and basically the entire human existence in a rant for the ages. It’s a good weekend read, if not a completely cynical one.
A Johnny Cash Covers Album
This is pretty cool: On April 6, 16 Johnny Cash’s poems will be released in song form, featuring Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, the Jayhawks, Roseanne Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. There’s a great trailer, which you can see below.
Three New Releases To Hear From This Week
1. There’s a new Car Seat Headrest song, “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)”.
2. A new PJ Harvey song got released. Listen to “An Acre Of Land”. It’s not what you might expect.
3. If that wasn’t enough, how’s a new Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks song sound?
Even better, Malkmus brings the Jicks to the Gothic, July 31
Ground Control, Meet Elon Musk
Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a car out into space this weekend. What was on the stereo system? David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, of course.
The launch was a success, and as far as we know is still up there… floating in a most peculiar way, indeed.
John Perry Barlow, Farethee Well
A fond farewell to John Perry Barlow, the Grateful Dead lyricist. He was 70. He passed away Wednesday night in his sleep.
Happy Birthday, Bob Marley
Lastly, some positive vibrations for the weekend. Check out this rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” on cello. He turned 73 this week.
Enjoy the music!