The Pixies’ first new album in 23 years, Indie Cindy, is really just a collection of the EPs that they released over the past year, but fans who picked up the pre-release Record Store Day vinyl found a surprise inside: a new song, “Women Of War,” included on a 7″. You can listen to a stream of it below.
As previously announced, Sunny Day Real Estate has released their first new song in 14 years on a split 7″ with Circa Survive for Record Store Day. “Lipton Witch” was recorded in sessions that failed to produce a full-length following their 2009 reunion tour. The release of the song comes only a few weeks before the 20th anniversary of their debut album Diary that propelled them to emo fame. Listen below.
It’s not a day that ends in Y if Morrissey’s not outraged by something and this time it’s a whole nation — in case you weren’t aware, the whole country of Canada is now “fashionably dead.” Morrissey took to his fansite to call the country out on its seal hunt, which started on Monday. The annual East Coast event has caused an uproar in the environmental community and has been bogged down with legal challenges. Seal hunting only occurs in six countries nowadays, partly because of conservationist’s efforts but mostly because the demand for seal byproducts is at an all-time low: the United States, Europe, most of Russia, and China no longer allow seals on the market.
On Thursday night, Big Boi DJed a Coachella party in advance of his second reunion performance as Outkast (which was apparently much better, if you believe music critic Twitter) and dropped some hints to The Hollywood Reporter about what he’ll be up to for the rest of the year. On the rumored Modest Mouse collaboration that happened back in 2011 and still hasn’t seen a release: “We’ve got these songs they’ve been sitting on forever. I saw [lead singer Isaac Brock] a couple months ago and they’re working on some additions to what we did. I don’t know. It’s a crazy camp over there. It’s coming.” He also revealed that he’s working with Phantogram on an EP (or possible full-length) Big Grams following their past collaborations.
After he releases the followup to Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, which he’ll try to record on the road during Outkast’s massive festival tour, he wants to get into acting. “I’ve been turning down roles for a while now because music is my first passion but there’s been a lot of calls for me to do film. [...] I wanna play Bill Clinton. I’d play the shit out of that.” He also is really into Majical Cloudz apparently and uses Shazam and Soundhound to find new music — just like one of us! You can check out the setlist from Outkast’s second Coachella performance below.
Yesterday, Prince announced his reconciliation with Warner Bros. and said that a new studio album was on the way that would be released on the label. The fruits of that deal came earlier than expected when Prince dropped a new single late last night in the form of “The Breakdown,” which is a slow and soulful ballad that, appropriately, breaks down into an emotional wail amidst lavish instrumentation. Listen to the song below.
Four Tet’s been releasing songs under his Percussions alias over the past few days in a lead-up to the release of two 12-inches on his own label. We’ve already heard “Blatant Water Cannon,” “Ascii Bot,” and “Sext” and “KHLHI” completes the series. It’s very much of the same family as the other tracks, elevated by a beautiful sample from ’70s soul singer Syreeta Wright’s “Keep Him Like He Is” that carries the track home. Listen below.
Mazzy Star was working on music consistently during the 17-year break between Among My Swan and last year’s Seasons Of Your Day so they probably had a lot of material to pick from when figuring out what their Record Store Day exclusive would be. They chose “I’m Less Here,” a track that’s been floating around in their live shows since 1994. The video for “I’m Less Here” is just as moody and eerie as the song it accompanies, mired in slow dissolves and superimpositions. If you’re sitting around reading this, you’ve probably already come back with your RSD haul but if you have a chance, this is out now on a coke-bottle clear vinyl 7″ with b-side “Things.” Watch and listen below.