Vinyl Archives: Week of December 22nd

Featuring Aretha Franklin, New Order, Sonic Youth, and more

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Aretha Franklin – “Respect”

The first teaser for the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic has arrived, and it sees Jennifer Hudson belting an a cappella rendition of “Respect.” The clip from the Liesl Tommy-directed film sees Hudson playing the role of Franklin, performing “Respect” on an empty stage, as she’s backlit in gold. Hudson’s rendition of the hit track is almost entirely a cappella, with some soft backing vocals and an ambient synth line. When Hudson reaches the chorus, the word “Respect” appears in bright lights behind her. Watch the trailer here.

New Order – “Blue Monday”

A New Order documentary called New Order: Decades recently premiered on Showtime, and it follows the band’s preparation for the restating of “So It Goes.” The movie is part concert, part documentary, and it shows the collaboration between the band, Liam Gillick, and the 12-piece synthesizer orchestra during Manchester International Festival 2017.

Blondie – “One Way Or Another”

Far Out Magazine has unearthed an isolated track from Blondie’s “One Way Or Another,” which sees frontwoman Debbie Harry’s unbelievable vocals truly shining. With an enigmatic vocal delivery, the isolated track is almost otherworldly. You can listen to the cover in full here to get a new perspective on the hit track.

Lou Reed

In celebration of the holidays, we have resurfaced a clip of Lou Reed singing “Blue Christmas” with Laurie Anderson and friends. The Velvet Underground frontman truly brings the festive spirit on this track, as his slowed-down, crooning vocal lines take the lead. You can check out the performance, which sees Reed decked out in a holiday sweater, here.

Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo joined Yo La Tengo to perform in celebration of Hanukkah on Christmas Day. Every year, Yo La Tengo hosts an annual set of holiday shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, and this year they were joined by comedian Todd Barry and Ranaldo himself. Ranaldo provided vocals and guitar on the set-closing cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Heroin.”