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Pavement – “Cut Your Hair”
Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus has shared an acoustic performance of the band’s
Spit on a Stranger.” The performance was shot live at La Fontaine de Belleville in Paris last September. The sweet rendition of the track sees Malkmus strumming on an acoustic guitar as he delivers crooning vocals, singing lines like, “However you feel/ Whatever it takes/ Whenever it’s real/ Whatever awaits.” Watch the video here.
Sonic Youth – “Kool Thing”
Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo has shared three rare releases on Bandcamp. Ranaldo has shared DEMONS: MUSIC FOR STAGE AND SCREEN, which is a limited CD release from Switzerland in 2004; Scriptures of the Golden Eternity, which is made up from live solo recordings from 1988 and 1989; and a cover of Hanatarash’s “My Dad Is Car.” Take a listen here.
L7 – “Pretend We’re Dead”
L7 have shared a two song single, where the A-side is a cover of Joan Jett’s “Fake Friends” featuring Jett herself, and the B-side is a slowed-down rework of “Burn Baby” called “Witchy Burn.” The new single package was originally planned for release around L7’s New Zealand and Australian tour in May, which was cancelled because of the spread of COVID-19. Check out the new tunes here.
Prince – “1999”
St. Vincent, Beck, and the Foo Fighters are among several artists who have paid tribute to Prince by covering some of his songs for the CBS special Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince. A couple of nights after the Grammys, the show’s producers put together a Prince tribute concert with a slew of Grammy-staple artists, and last night, on the third anniversary of Prince’s death, CBS aired the special. Watch some of the performances here.
Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
Iggy Pop is celebrating his 73rd birthday by sharing a limited free download of his 1985 cover of “Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone, which features Bootsy Collins. “I’ve always loved this song, it came out when I was kinda on the ropes in 1971. There’s a lot of truth in it, especially in the second verse, about all sorts of questions that are coming around again now,” Pop explains to BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne of the tune. Check out the new track here.