St. Vincent is set to release the first single from her upcoming third album, Strange Mercy. When enough fans tweet #strangemercy, they’ll be able to hear the mystery single. Fans can track the progress on her website: http://strangemercy.com. Update: the new track is called “Surgeon.” Go to the site for a free MP3.
Wilco, who will launch a U.S. tour in support of their upcoming album, The Whole Love, in September, have recommended this NY Times story on ticket scalping to their fans on Facebook. The article discusses the formation of the Fans First Coalition, which aims to protect music lovers from inflated ticket prices.
On July 23, The King of Limbs – From The Basement premieres on Palladia and MTV2. It’s a live in-studio performance from Radiohead that features non-album tracks and behind the scenes footage. This will mark the first time material from The King is on U.S. television. Watch the band perform much of the album live at this year’s Glastonbury below.
There’s not much of a wait left for the release of Watch The Throne, but Jay-Z and Kanye West still wanted to appease fans by leaking another track from their collaboration. A step up from “H.A.M.,” “Otis” samples the great Otis Redding’s 1966 hit “Try A Little Tenderness.” “I guess I got my swagga back,” Jay raps at the beginning. He and West cut over each other’s lines a la the Beastie Boys, while Redding’s vocals stutter underneath. Watch The Throne drops digitally August 1 and is in stores August 5. Listen to “Otis” here.
Ben Kweller’s internet series “One Minute Pop Song” is back for season two. Every Tuesday over the next nine weeks, check his YouTube page for new episodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals and interviews with his band mates.
The season’s nine episodes were shot in Kweller’s Greenville, Texas, hometown, giving fans a glimpse into his background and upbringing. In the first, Kweller gives a guided tour through his childhood home. And remember that “strange neighbor who doesn’t have curtains on her windows” from the song “Commerce, TX?” Find out who she is in the first episode, which can be viewed here.