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with Wesley Woodson

Like Father, Like S.R.

Father John Misty has returned with a duo of new songs.

The singer shared “To S.” & “To R.,” which are his double A-side contributions to Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 5. It’s also the first new music from Misty since his 2018 record, God’s Favorite Customer.

Recorded at Fivestar Studios and Funky Monkey Soundhaus NoHo in Los Angeles, the songs feature guitar (“To S.”) or keys (“To R.”), respectively and deliver heartfelt messages. It will surely make fans look forward to the moment they can actually watch him perform these two tracks live.

To S.” and “To R.” follows the release of Off-Key In Hamburg, which was Misty’s first live record that came out in March. And in July he released Anthem +3.

Kozelek Caught Red Handed, Kils Career

Mark Kozelek, the musician behind Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, was accused by three women last week of sexual misconduct; today it was announced that the six November 2020 shows scheduled for the UK, Ireland and Europe have been postponed. The official Sun Kil Moon site simply states: “November tour rescheduled for 2021. Dates TBA.”

There was no word on whether the currently scheduled 2021 performances, scheduled to begin Feb. 1 in London and run through Feb. 17 in Berlin, will happen.

Jones is Alive Behind A Tiny Desk

Norah Jones is the most recent artist to invite fans into her home for the NPR’s at-home Tiny Desk concert.

Sitting in front of the piano in her home, a collection of guitars in the background is visible. She played songs from her latest LP, Pick Me Off the Floor, which released in June via Blue Note Records. It was meant to initially drop in April but was moved due to the pandemic. Jones kicked off her set with “How I Weep.”

She continued her set with “Heartbroken, Day After,” “I’m Alive”, which was co-written with Jeff Tweedy, and “To Live.”

Norah Jones’ performance on NPR’s at-home Tiny Desk concert is now available for your viewing pleasure via youtube.

Lana Is 'The Boss', According to The Boss

Lana Del Rey’s been in the news for not-so-great reasons recently. But people can try to “cancel” her all they want, and she can still rest easy because Bruce Springsteen said she “is simply one of the best songwriters in the country, and that she just creates a world of her own and invites you in.”

Since April, Springsteen has taken over his own E-Street Band SiriusXM station to host a From His Home To Yours DJ series, and during the latest episode he played Del Rey’s “American,” which features a lyric about him: “Springsteen is the king, don’t you think/ I was like, hell yeah that guy can sing.”

This isn’t the first time Springsteen has sang Del Rey’s praises. In an earlier episode of his radio show, he played one of her earlier cuts, “Video Games.”

The Cavern May Cave

Liverpool’s Cavern Club was the location of nearly 300 Beatles shows before the British Invasion, and now it “could close forever” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Mayor Joe Anderson warned that despite the UK beginning to reopen music venues with reduced capacity, the historic venue is in danger of permanently closing if its bid to the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund falls through.

Bill Heckle, one of the club’s directors, told the newspaper that the Cavern has been losing £30,000, (which is equivalent to $39,000) a week since the pandemic first hit, and recently had to let go of 20 employees, with more layoffs expected.

Stateside, in June, more than 600 artists signed an open letter to U.S. Congress asking for aid to help save independent music venues; unfortunately, that response is still up in the air since Congress recently went on recess without a new COVID-19 relief bill in place.

Ready, Set, Vote, Live!

Last night, a number of famous indie rock artists shared original, self-recorded performances as part of Vote Ready Live — a livestream event encouraging voter registration. Waxahatchee, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear, and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton all participated in the online concert, and so did Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, who debuted a new song called “Featherweight.

Kevin Morby, Hand Habits, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Ciggy, The Suffers’ Kam Franklin, The Building, and Our Native Daughters’ Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla rounded out the lineup.

Vote Ready Live is the brainchild of voter registration nonprofit HeadCount, Fort William Artist Management and Live From Out There, and HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein described the event as the “first of its kind.”

West, North, Saint & Rain Get Taken To Church In All Directions

On Sunday, Kanye West revived his Sunday Service gathering.

Taking place at West’s Wyoming ranch, he revealed that all safety precautions were followed during the worship gathering.

The gospel choir wore bright orange outfits and without masks had space in between each singer, although it seemed to not be the strongly recommended six-feet social distance.

Kim Kardashian West, who was also there with their children — North, Saint and Reign — said that “Kanye’s team took every precaution” to make the event a safe one. No one other than the choir, the West family and his team were present.

This is West’s first worship service since Easter Sunday (April 12). Earlier this year, West’s Service paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. And his “Wash Us in the Blood” video, which was released in June, featured a number of clips from previous Sunday Service rehearsals.

Deftones Go Black

Deftones are teasing something — and all signs point to the release of their anticipated new album. As Loudwire points out, the band recently updated all its social media profile pictures to black frames, with the Facebook image directing fans to its website. The website is a static black screen with white pixels slowly coming into focus to form a square. Maybe it’s the album artwork?

The real clue is in the URL itself (https://www.deftones.com/0925). The numbers in it likely translate to a date — Sept. 25 — which happens to be a Friday, the day albums are released. Deftones’ drummer Abe Cunningham recently said the album would “hopefully” drop in September after revealing it had been completed during quarantine and was getting mastered.

Though Deftones haven’t properly announced any details about the upcoming album, Cunningham accidentally shared a snippet of new material back in April.

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