11 January 2010

Every Single One's Got A Story To Tell

TNOP once again finds for you all the news that's fit to print . . .

Jack White talks with Rolling Stone about the state of the music industry, starting his own record label in Nashville, the genesis of "Seven Nation Army," how Jay-Z is cool and a bunch of other stuff.

The Fader provides you with a chance to download with no charge the "digital 7-inch" of two outtakes from Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca sessions: "Ascending Melody" and "Emblem of the World."

Lights Out! Former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf will soon be releasing his first record in eight years. Paste reports that Neko Case, Merle Haggard and Shelby Lynne are contributors to Midnight Souvenirs, set for release on April 6.

"Sam Cooke: Crossing Over," a new documentary, airs starting tonight on PBS' American Masters series. Check local listings for showings over the next week. The Washington Post previews the show, which focuses on Cooke's cross over not only from the gospel realm to R&B, but also to the (mostly at the time) Lilly white pop charts, as well as his untimely death at the age of 33. Twelve years in the making, the film features interviews with alot of music heavyweights who have now left the scene. This also gives us a chance to highly recommend the fine biography by Peter Guralnick, "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke."

Greg Kot follows up on the rumors that Pavement may be headlining this summer's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago's Union Park.

We guess the trove of old Jimi Hendrix recordings is endless. His sister Janie breaks the news that on March 9, the Hendrix Estate and Sony will release a "new" album, called Valleys of Neptune. It will feature 12 unreleased recordings. What makes this interesting is the comments of noted Hendrix biographer Charles Cross to the Los Angeles Times: “With so many different ‘official’ albums so far, and hundreds of bootlegs, very little Hendrix is truly ‘unheard’ or ‘unreleased’ these days," Cross said Sunday. "But to listen to some of Jimi’s final Experience recordings in their original versions, with quality remastering, is enough to get any Hendrix fan excited, particularly when the songs are as good as ‘Hear My Train,’ one of Jimi’s best ever tracks. Though this song was released before, it was on a posthumous album with awful overdubs, so to hear Jimi’s pristine recording is a joy.” So, maybe a slight return once again in the offing.

The Quietus went looking for Elvis Presley covers on YouTube and came up with some pretty varied - and good - performances, from The Dead Kennedys to Robert Plant and much in between.

The newest Daytrotter session features the American singer, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston.

Passion Pit is hitting the road. On the heels of its acclaimed CD Manners, the band is covering most of the U.S. with some dates in Australia, Japan, the U.K. and Ireland sandwiched in between.

That's it from the TNOP news desk. While we're thinking about it, let's go listen to "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit.

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