with Wesley Woodson
Being stuck in quarantine can really make you focus inward, reflect and sometimes get emotional, and those are just some of the emotions that play out in Alanis Morissette’s new video for “Smiling.”
Teaming up with members of the Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill, the visual gives us a deep look into how people are doing at home — with some beautiful choreography from frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
“Smiling” is off Morissette’s upcoming album, Such Pretty Folks in the Road, which is set to release July 31.
And to celebrate her birthday and the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, she released a digital reissue of the record.
Prior to the pandemic, Morissette was supposed to tour with Garbage and Liz Phair as part of the Jagged Little Pill celebration and in support of her new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Those dates have been pushed to 2021.
If You Blinked, You Missed It
Blink-182 marked the 182nd day of the year with a surprise.
The group dropped a new five-song EP titled, Dogs Eating Dogs, on Tuesday (June 30) along with special merch that will only be available for one week.
The one problem? The limited-edition vinyl is already sold out.
The good news? Dogs Eating Dogs is a re-release from 2012, which you can find and hear on your preferred music streaming platforms.
At the beginning of quarantine, Mike Shinoda fell in love with Twitch. He spent every weekday creating art on the platform as fans shared their feedback on what he was doing in real-time. Four days a week were dedicated to making music, while one day a week was spent working on visual art.
Now, 12 of the tracks the Linkin Park co-founder created with fans will comprise his latest project, Dropped Frames, Vol. 1, which is out on July 10 on his Kenji Kobayashi Productions.
Sufjan Stevens Ascends Into America
Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens has a new album. Titled The Ascension, the record will be his eighth solo studio album and follows his recent collaborative effort with his stepfather Lowell Brams, which was released earlier this year. It is Stevens’ first solo album in five years.
The album’s first single, the sprawling, over 12-minute “America,” will be out this Friday. The Ascension is out on Sept. 25 via Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Pearl Jam honored the nine lives that were lost on the 20th anniversary of the Roskilde Festival tragedy.
On June 30, 2000, Pearl Jam took the stage at the Danish music festival. So many fans packed the crowd, especially the mosh pit, so much that Eddie Vedder implored the crowd to step back to give space to those who were all the way in the front.
However, that didn’t happen, and nine men, between the ages 17-26, were suffocated or crushed by the rails and died. Pearl Jam paid tribute to them in their 2002 song, “Love Boat Captain,” with the lyrics, “Lost nine friends we’ll never know, two years ago today.”
See Pearl Jam’s full dedication by clicking on the image to the left.
MTV Social Distances The VMA
With or without an audience, the MTV Video Music Awards are happening this summer.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, during last Monday's press briefing, that the yearly award show is slated to take place on Aug. 30 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
His award-show revelation came as he announced that New York City will be entering Phase III of reopening on July 6.
A slide on display during to Cuomo’s briefing read that “the event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.” But, as MTV shared after Cuomo’s announcement, the event won’t be limited to just Brooklyn, it’ll travel throughout the city.
Performances will take place in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island for the show.
Laura Jane Grace, El-P, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, are among the artists contributing to a new compilation called Save Stereogum: An ‘00s Covers Comp, which, as the title implies, is a a fundraiser to help the long-beloved online publication, which went full independent earlier this year, stay up and running.
The list of musicians contributing covers of songs from 2000 to 2009 include INDIE101 artists The National, Dirty Projectors, Car Seat Headrest, Soccer Mommy, Sharon Van Etten. Ty Segall, Hamilton Leithauser and Mac DeMarco among others.
Donations to their Indiegogo campaign will help Stereogum keep their staff and freelancers employed, pay web maintenance fees, help with the site’s redesign and other projects, along with the list of all 44 contributing artists by clicking the image to the left.
Rolling Stones Can't Give Trump What He Wants
The Rolling Stones are threatening Donald Trump with a lawsuit after the president ignored their previous cease-and-desist letters demanding him to stop using their music at events.
After publicly telling him to stop using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump played the song during his lightly attended rally in Tulsa last Saturday.
Now, the Stones’ legal team and performing rights organization BMI have sent a firmer message to the president’s team, threatening a lawsuit if he continues to play the band’s music without permission.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” isn’t the only song that Trump got slammed for using during his June 20 rally.
Tom Petty’s estate also rebuked his use of “I Won’t Back Down.” Earlier this month, the Village People also told the president to stop using their music at events.
Björk Will Go Live, Literally, Not Virtually
Björk is playing three actual concerts in August in her hometown of Reykjavík, because unlike the United States, Iceland has just about defeated the coronavirus.
The singer partnered with Iceland Airwaves for Björk Orkestral, three special matinee shows that will raise money for Kvennaathvarf — an Icelandic women’s shelter.
The shows are slated to take place at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall on Aug. 9, 15, and 23, and will be played to live audiences (not in their cars), as well as live streamed.
A few weeks after releasing “Flowers of Neptune 6,” which features guest vocals from Kacey Musgraves, the Flaming Lips have announced their 21st studio album.
Titled American Head, the album will feature 13 songs and another appearance by Musgraves on “God and the Policeman.”
The album is produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann and the Lips themselves.
In addition to the announcement, the group shared a video for “My Religion Is You,” which has a similar steady ballad type of vibe to “Flowers of Neptune 6.” American Head is out Sept. 11 via Warner Records.