Vinyl Archives: Week of March 29th

Featuring Sonic Youth, John Lennon, R.E.M., and more!

Join us on a journey through the gigantic vinyl archive weekdays on Indie88.

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Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”

Noise rockers Sonic Youth have shared 12 live recordings online. The band have uploaded a whopping dozen concerts to Bandcamp, featuring different phases of their work. The recordings range from early noise-based endeavours to their major label crossover to the last Sonic Youth show in North America. These new recordings are definitely perfect for self-isolation listening, as Sonic Youth were known for putting on a jaw-dropping live performance. Check them out here.
 

John Lennon – “Imagine”

Oregon artist Andy Baio has started a new series where he reworks famous album covers under the lens of social distancing. The new series sees Baio taking classic covers from renowned artists like The Beatles, Weezer and Queen, and moves around the people on the artwork so that they’re practicing social distancing. Baio has shared the series amidst the spread of COVID-19 in an attempt to encourage people to stay home to flatten the curve. Check them out here.
 

R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe has shared a new demo track with The National’s Aaron Dessner. The new tune, which is called “No Time for Love Like Now,” seems to be inspired by the ongoing global efforts to stay inside. “First take! A new song with Aaron Dessner,” Stipe wrote. “This is the demo track. Echoing Love xxx Michael.” Check out “No Time for Love Like Now” here.
 

Elvis Costello – “Radio Radio”

Elvis Costello performed “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” from his home in Vancouver while he’s been self-quarantining for two weeks. The performance was filmed for Artists4NHS, and all proceeds will go toward the UK National Health Service (NHS) aid the spread of COVID-19. Check out the performance here.
 

L7 – “Pretend We’re Dead”

L7’s Donita Sparks has launched an online variety show called The Hi-Low Show with Donita Sparks, which is set to stream every Friday afternoon. Sparks launched the show in light of the spread of COVID-19, and it sees the artist performing with a variety of special guests through We Are Hear: On the Air on YouTube.