The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music
The Wrap-Up brings you the 10 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases.
HEADLINES OF THE WEEK
1. Hozier released a new music video for “From Eden”
On Tuesday, Hozier released a music video for his new single, “From Eden.” The video features Hozier playing the father of a nuclear family on a seemingly innocent road trip through the west coast. However, the viewer later sees Hozier holding up a gas station and the family blissfully driving away afterwards, with plenty of new cash in tow. Watch the video to find out what happens when the police finds the family and to listen to Hozier’s new soulful single.
2. The Smashing Pumpkins released a new song and announced a new tour lineup
In anticipation of the release of their new album, Monuments To An Elegy, on December 9, The Smashing Pumpkins released a third single, “Tiberius,” which features some synth work along with the Pumpkins’ signature heavy guitars. If you haven’t heard the Pumpkins’ previous new singles, “Being Beige” and “One and All,” you can listen to them HERE.
On Monuments To An Elegy, frontman Billy Corgan recruited Tommy Lee, a founding member of Mötley Crüe, to play drums. However, on Tuesday, Billy Corgan announced that Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Mark Stoermer of The Killers would join the Smashing Pumpkins for upcoming tour dates, which are listed below:
11/30 Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
12/05 London, UK @ Koko’s
12/06 Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
12/08 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live! (special outdoor performance)
12/14 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas
3. The Foo Fighters announced a North American stadium tour with shows at Fenway Park
On Tuesday, the Foo Fighters announced a 28-city North American tour that will start with the band’s Fourth of July show, which was announced a couple weeks ago. The tour includes stops at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park on July 18 and July 19. Tickets to the band’s Fenway shows will go on sale to the general public at 10 on Friday, December 5 HERE. You can find the full list of tour dates as well as information about ticket limits on the band’s official website.
If you want a glimpse of what you’ll see on the Foo Fighters’ tour, check out their performance of “In the Clear” on Ellen HERE.
4. Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers) is collaborating with Grimes again
Jack Antonoff, the man behind Bleachers and the bassist of fun., revealed in an interview with the Daily Beast that he was working with Exposure artist Grimes again. The two previously worked together on the Bleachers’ track “Take Me Away,” which is featured above. Antonoff mentioned their collaboration as he elaborated on his experiences writing songs with other artists:
I’ve done these sessions where they throw a bunch of writers together and have a reference for what they want to do, and it’s factory-farming bullshit. But anytime I work with Taylor, or Tegan and Sara, or Sara Bareilles, or anyone I’m working with right now I was with Grimes yesterday, who I love it’s just the two of us in a room having a really good time. Or a really emotional time. We’re throwing around ideas and sounds so that the result is 1 + 1 = more than 2. That’s why it’s really cool to collaborate.
5. Lorde explained her dig at Diplo
Last week, Lorde and Diplo got involved in some Twitter drama regarding Lorde’s close friend Taylor Swift.
In an interview with The Fader, she addressed her rationale for confronting Diplo (whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz and is referred to as Wes below):
So… Diplo insulted Taylor [Swift]’s butt on Twitter, and you called out his dick-size. Major Lazer is on the soundtrack, so it wasn’t like you were taking shots at a stranger. Were you surprised the way people got worked up about it? I mean, I think often I say things and realize that Americans hear what I say differently to how I hear it. I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid shit. Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, “Hey man…” We do still love each other, hopefully.
6. Vance Joy performed stripped-down versions of “Riptide” and “Mess is Mine”
While at the Atlantic Records Recording Studio, Vance Joy performed simplified versions of his hit “Riptide” and second single, “Mess is Mine.” A preview for the intimate studio session is shown above, but you can watch the full performances HERE.
If you want to get to know Vance Joy better, check out our interview with him at Lollapalooza HERE.
7. Paramore will release a reissue of their 2013 eponymous album next week
On November 24, Paramore will release a reissue of their 2013 album Paramore, which includes their hits, “Ain’t It Fun” and “Still Into You.” The reissue will contain a bunch of new songs as well as live versions of songs from previous albums. The full 29-song tracklist is shown below:
1. Fast In My Car
3. Grow Up
5. interlude: Moving On
6. Aint It Fun
7. Part II
8. Last Hope
9. Still Into You
11. interlude: Holiday
13. Hate To See Your Heart Break
14. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls
15. interlude: Im Not Angry Anymore
16. Be Alone
18. Hate To See Your Heart Break feat. Joy Williams
19. Escape Route (Bonus Track)
20. Native Tongue (Bonus Track)
21. Tell Me Its Okay (Self-Titled Demo)
22. Still Into You (Live at Red Rocks)
23. Decode (Live at Red Rocks)
24. The Only Exception (Live at Red Rocks)
25. Brick By Boring Brick (Live at Red Rocks)
26. Let the Flames Begin (Live at Red Rocks)
27. Part II (Live at Red Rocks)
28. Proof (Live at Red Rocks)
29. Ain’t It Fun (Live at Red Rocks)
8. CHVRCHES released a reworked version of “The Mother We Share”
On Wednesday, CHVRCHES‘ performance at the Moog Sound Lab in Asheville, North Carolina was released. The Moog Sound Lab lets artists “explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects.” The result of CHVRCHES’ visit to the lab is an awesome, ethereal reconfiguration of “The Mother We Share” that almost makes you feel like you’re in space.
9. Beck collaborated with Sia for a new song
Beck worked with Sia for a new song, “Moonquake Lake,” whose sound is a depature from the previous work of both artists. The upbeat, ukulele-driven song will be featured on the soundtrack for the new Annie movie that will be released on December 19.
10. VH1 will televise performances from Jack White, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, and Mumford & Sons for A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day (November 27) at 9 PM EST VH1 will air A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which will showcase performances from this summer’s Bonnaroo. The program will feature WBRU favorites Jack White, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, and Mumford & Sons as well as other well-known artists, like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica, and Elton John.