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John Lennon – “Imagine”
No, we’re not going to talk about the celebrities covering “Imagine.” In an effort to raise money for a COVID-19 relief fund, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth has covered John Lennon’s “Isolation.” All the proceeds will be donated to the Recording Academy and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. In an Instagram caption, Longstreth wrote, “I encourage you to buy it (pay-what-you-wish) and we can be a part of helping combat this together.” Check out the cover here.
Sonic Youth – “Kool Thing”
We put together a list of incredible concert films from the 1990s, and Sonic Youth made the cut! Arguably the most comprehensive documentation of the rapidly rising alternative music scene in the early 1990s, The Year Punk Broke captures Sonic Youth, as well as their contemporaries Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball, and The Ramones. Check them all out here.
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind”
Pixies’ performance at Brixton Academy in London in 1991 was another great concert flick. Filmed just prior to the release of Trompe le Monde, the Pixies’ fourth and final record before the break-up of their original line-up. Despite defining the sound of alternative music in the 1990s, and directly inspiring Kurt Cobain to write “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the Pixies only achieved modest popularity in the US. But the UK was another story, and their Brixton Academy performance in 1991 captures the band at their very best in front of their best audience.
Social Distortion – “Story Of My Life”
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, a lot of people have had more time on their hands because of self-quarantining and social distancing, and now, The National frontman Matt Berninger has shared a selection of tracks to help get you through these times. Berninger’s playlist, which he called “Social Distancing Distortion,” features tracks from artists like The Breeders, Neil Young, Lucy Dacus, Nick Drake, Joan Shelley, and, of course, Social Distortion. Check it out here.
U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Bono took to Instagram on St. Patrick’s Day to share a new track dedicated to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “Let Your Love Be Known” is the U2 frontman’s first release since 2017. Sitting at a piano, Bono sung a somber ballad about the isolation many around the world are experiencing while praising the health care workers for fighting the virus. Check it out here!