Sad news started off the week, with the death of music legend Allen Toussaint Tuesday morning at 77. Toussaint had just performed a show in Madrid, Spain, and had a heart attack in his hotel room. Toussaint was responsible for many, many huge hits, including “Workin’ in a Coal Mine,” “I Like It Like That” and “Lady Marmalade“.
Justin Timberlake must have gotten bored with conquering the pop world — he’s just released his first country single. After performing The 20/20 Experience‘s “Drink You Away” on the CMAs last week with Chris Stapleton, country radio has been playing the song. For fans of Timberlake, this might not be that surprising — two years ago, Timberlake said he thought of “Drink You Away” as a country song in an interview with Sirius XM, and country star Craig Morgan has been known to cover “Drink You Away” in concert. So far, “Drink You Away” hasn’t popped up on the country charts yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
Missy Elliott is back! It’s been eight years since her last music video, and three since her last single, but yesterday, she dropped “W.T.F. (Where They From)”. The new song is a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, who is also working with her on her upcoming album. Still no word on when the album is coming out, or what it will be called, but it shouldn’t be too much longer!
We recently told you about the upcoming Radiohead album, and while there’s no update on that, Jonny Greenwood has released a stream of his new album with singer and composer Shye Ben Tzur, frequent Radiohead producer Nigel Goodrich, and the Indian group the Rajasthan Express. The new album is called Junun, which is also the title of the upcoming documentary about the album from Greenwood’s buddy Paul Thomas Anderson. The album comes out for purchase next Friday.
What hath the Gorillaz wrought? Just because one cartoon band has success touring, now others are getting into the game — Japanese digital popstar Hatsune Miku is going on her first North American headlining tour. Unlike the Gorillaz, though, who are a front for Damon Albarn, Miku doesn’t have a human counterpart; everything about her, from her image to her voice is computer-generated using software called Vocaloid. Vocaloid allows people to create their own music, complete with programmable vocal tracks, sung from a variety of avatars — including Miku, meaning she can sing anything for anybody… try getting Lady Gaga to do that, at least for the same price!
If you’re interested in seeing Miku in a stadium rather than on your own computer, her tour dates are:
03-23-24 Fukuoka, Japan – Zepp Fukuoka
03-29 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Namba
03-31 Nagoya, Japan – Zepp Nagoya
04-05 Sapporo, Japan – Zepp Sapporo
04-09-10 Tokyo, Japan – Zepp Tokyo
04-23 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
04-30 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (two shows)
05-06 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
05-14 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
05-20 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
05-28 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom (two shows)
New Music This Week: Jeezy’s releasing his newest, Church In These Streets.
The soundtrack album from Manglehorn is out on both CD and vinyl, featuring music by Explosions From The Sky.
Chris Isaak comes back from the ’90s with his newest, First Comes The Night.
Martha Wainwright and her sister Lucy Wainwright Roche are putting out their first album as the Wainwright Sisters, Songs in the Dark.
Indie-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood are putting out their eighth full-length, Global Chakra Rhythms.
If you’re looking for something for your dad, Eric Clapton’s concert film Slowhand At 70 comes out on bluray and DVD today. (Next week is a vinyl release of the soundtrack.)
Speaking of concert films, Across the USA in 51 Days: The Movie! comes out on DVD from brilliant metal band Melvins.
Jeff Lynne releases his first album as the Electric Light Orchestra in 14 years, Alone In The Universe.
Charles Bobuck of the Residents has a new collection of instrumental music, What Was Left Of Grandpa.
Also, Christmas is coming, and that means two things: Christmas albums and deluxe reissues! For the former, if you’ve been good this year, you can get Kylie Minogue’s Kylie Christmas. But if you’ve been bad, you get Train’s Christmas In Tahoe. (We hope you’ve been good… for your sake.)
When it comes to reissues, we’ve got a brand new Neko Case boxset, Truckdriver. Gladiator. Mule. collecting all her albums on vinyl. We’ve also got a 35th Anniversary edition of prog band/Austin Powers joke The Alan Parsons Project’s Turn of a Friendly Card. There’s also a vinyl box set of the Scorpions, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, creatively titled Vinyl Box: 50th Anniversary.