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Lou Reed – “Perfect Day”
Karen O and Danger Mouse recently collaborated on a cover of Lou Reed’s classic track “Perfect Day.” Karen O is a big Reed fan, and she actually helped induct Reed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Their version takes a more understated approach, with the gentle strums of a guitar and light synthy strings, along with Karen O’s vocals. Listen to the pair’s rendition here.
Sonic Youth – “Kool Thing”
We recently put a list together of the most memorable musician cameos on The Simpsons, and Sonic Youth made the cut! The American rockers starred in the season 7 episode “Homerpalooza,” which is the same episode that featured the Smashing Pumpkins. Sonic Youth hangs out with Homer at the music festival alongside Smashing Pumpkins and Cypress Hill. Check out the full list here.
Pixies – “Gigantic”
Following the release of last year’s Beneath The Eyrie, Pixies have released an EP filled with demos that were recorded before the album. Beneath The Eyrie Demos: Part 1 features three demos called “The Good Works of Cyrus,” “Please Don’t Go,” and “Chapel Hill.” While none of the tracks made it to the album, they were all written by Pixies frontman Charles “Black Francis” Thompson. Listen to the EP here.
Pavement – “Cut Your Hair”
Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus has announced a new solo album called Traditional Techniques, and as part of the announcement he’s released the album’s lead track, “Xian Man.” “Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette, including a variety of Afghani instruments,” the release explained. “The album’s 10 tracks are centred around his 12-string acoustic guitar. Malkmus has Matt Sweeney playing guitar throughout, along with The Decemberists’ Chris Funk assisting with the arrangements. Listen to the new track here.
Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
Iggy Pop has collaborated with American rock band Cage The Elephant on a new rendition of their Social Cues track, “Broken Boy.” On this version that features Pop, who provides his vocals for a verse then adds backing vocals for the track. “Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the rock dream, so for a couple of fun minutes I was one of the boys,” Pop explains in a statement. Listen to the new rendition here.