Best Free Music Player App for Android

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Best Free Music Player App for Android

Today the smartphone comes pre-installed with the music player of the manufacturer running exclusively under Android OS. But not every one of us is very happy with these stock music applications. They are great for listening and organizing music, but that’s just it – basic options with skinned versions. This is where different music playing apps for Android come to the rescue. So, in this article we are going to cover the best Apps for music player that you can actually play.

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MX Player

The MX player is mostly known as a video player but not many people know that it is also a very powerful music player. This is the app for you with advanced hardware acceleration and subtitles. With powerful multicore decoding, it has been tested and proved that dual-core devices perform better than single-core ones. There is also a special Kids Lock feature that you can use for your children without worrying about whether the child can close the app or use another app.

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BlackPlayer is another popular music player app for Android to get a better music experience. It comes with an easy to use, but good-looking UI with enhanced features. Dark and minimum themes look good, but you can also customize the look and feel to suit your interest. It supports many music formats and comes with a built-in equalizer.

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Musicolet Music Player

With no advertisements or in-app purchases and no need to connect to the Internet, Musicolet is one of the most honest music player apps for Android. It’s great, as well, with the usual scent of features including leveling, a sleep timer, embedded lyrics, and full granular folder browsing. Its UI is nice and simple, and instead of dabbling with silly things like themes, it gives you widgets and drum roll  multiple listening queues.

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Google Play Music

A unique feature of the music app is the upload manager. This feature allows you to upload 50,000 songs from many different sources such as iTunes or any other program where all your songs are stored in the current time. In addition, if you wish to select a subscription to their premium plan by paying $ 9.99 per month, you will be given access to the full collection of Google Play. Not only this, you will also get the facility of YouTube Red. This, in turn, lets you watch all the videos that are in its collection without interruption of advertisements. Furthermore, you are going to get additional access to the programming that is developed keeping in mind only YouTube Red subscribers.

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iTube is a beautiful Android app that can play YouTube videos without any ads, background play support thus acts as a music player app for Android. This app can be the best YouTube option on your phone. It is the best YouTube music app option for Android that turns YouTube into a powerful music repository that acts as an actual music player.

Pearl Jam Announce Vote-by-Mail Initiative, Reissue MTV Unplugged Live Album

Eddie Vedder recently joined Instagram to teach people how to vote by mail, but he isn’t stopping his political efforts there. This week, Pearl Jam have launched a vote-by-mail initiative called “Take-Three Pledge: Vote by Mail, Recruit Three Friends, and Don’t Wait” to encourage fans nationwide to take part in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

The three-step pledge is quick and easy to do. After registering to vote (or indicating that they already are), fans are shown city- and state-specific information regarding their upcoming elections. From there, they’re encouraged to forward the pledge to three other people. Head to or text “PJVotes” to 52886 to join in the effort.

For this initiative, Pearl Jam have partnered with People For the American Way, The League of Conservation Voters, and Make the Road Pennsylvania to promote voting by mail as a safe, accessible, and verified option to make your voice heard in this crucial election. “Voting freely and easily is our ultimate right as citizens of these United States,” said bassist Jeff Ament in a statement. “It’s a hard-fought gift from our foremothers and forefathers. Join us in our Take Three Pledge.”

“We believe America is at its best when every voice is heard,” added Eddie Vedder. “This is the most important election in our nation’s history. Our democracy is at risk. Your vote is your voice, and it’s time to use it. Join us by voting by mail — something our band has been doing for almost three decades, since we began touring in 1992. It’s safe, it’s easy, and it’s secure.”

There’s another big announcement that arrived today, too. After completing the Take-Three Pledge, fans can pre-order Pearl Jam’s 1992 MTV Unplugged Session. It’s being reissued on vinyl — it was first pressed in 2019 as a limited release for Record Store Day — in addition to being released on CD for the first time ever. The seven-song setlist saw Pearl Jam pulling cuts from their excellent debut album, Ten, barely three days after they completed their first North American tour. Those stripped-down renditions have since become legendary in their own right, and it’s pretty wild to think it hasn’t been floating around on a CD before now!

Earlier this year, Pearl Jam returned with their massive new record Gigaton. The coronavirus pandemic initially halted their plans to tour in support of it, but thankfully they’ve since rescheduled those dates for Summer 2021. Needless to say, it should be quite an emotionally worthwhile time seeing them live after spending months quarantined indoors. You can grab tickets to those upcoming Pearl Jam concerts here.

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Spillage Village Announce New Album Spilligion, Share “Baptize”: Stream

Hip-hop supergroup Spillage Village have reunited after four years for the release of a new album called Spilligion. As a preview, the Atlanta artists have shared the first single, “Baptize”, featuring group members EarthGang and J.I.D.

Spilligion is the collective’s fourth album overall, following on the ursine trilogy Bears Like This (2014), Bears Like This Too (2015), and Bears Like This Too Much (2016). By the time the latter record was released, the Village had grown to include EarthGang, J.I.D., 6LACK, Mereba, JurdanBryant, Hollywood JB, and Benji. They were bearly barely getting started when, in late 2016, 6LACK broke out with the single “Prblms”, followed by EarthGang and J.I.D. signing to J. Cole’s Dreamville label the next year. The group was breaking apart because their dreams were coming true, and there’s no use crying over Spillage milk.

Now, though, the old friends have reassembled in a changed world. While Spilligion was begun before the coronavirus pandemic overran the United States, it was mostly recorded within the pressure of lockdown. As new single “Baptize” would seem to demonstrate, the group is also very aware of the summer’s protests against police brutality.

Produced by Johnny Venus, Christo, and Hollywood JB, “Baptize” finds EarthGang and J.I.D. in the role of outcast preachers — although their messages are more soul-stirring than overtly religious. EarthGang’s Johnny Venus leads things off with a staccato verse on state-sanctioned violence. “Police, they beat me, we storm the same streets/ We storm the same block, won’t stop ’til we free.”

J.I.D.’s spirituality is a bit more materialistic, though he does find time to mediate on all the “Blah, blah blah, sinnin’ and shit/ Adam and Eve dumb ass/ Apple eatin’ dumb ass.” Doctor Dot takes the closing verse, and he draws funny comparisons between himself and a biblical life, claiming he was “Made in his image, okay? I even work in mysterious ways,” and adding that he’s been “Burnin’ that bush like Moses.” The accompanying music video shows the rappers preaching to three different congregations, with some parishioners more sinfully dressed than others. Check out “Baptize” below.

Spilligion arrives September 25th and pre-orders are ongoing. The tracklist remains a mystery, but in June Spillage Village shared the lead single “End of Daze”.

Spilligion Artwork:

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Cardi B Gets Trump-Supporting Teen Arrested for Doxing

Everyone knows Cardi B has WAP: a Willingness to Arrest and Prosecute. In a recent Instagram live, the hip-hop superstar recalled getting a Trump-supporting teen arrested after he revealed her home address on the internet.

As The Independent reports, Cardi B spoke to her fans on Instagram about a wide range of topics, including Joe Biden, Candace Owens, and how her vocal opposition to Trump has made her a target of right-wing trolls. She said that after one person doxxed her and encouraged people to “put my house on fire,” she felt compelled to hire a private investigator. She explained,

“Shit gets so intense that a Trump supporter posted my address and encouraged people to dox my home, to put my house on fire. I literally hired a private investigator, and served them with a warrant and arrested this boy. This boy was a fucking teenager. His parents were shook.”

Elsewhere, she addressed her ongoing feud with conservative blowhard Candace Owens. It all began after the rapper interviewed Joe Biden about Black Lives Matter, healthcare, and Trump’s lies. In response, Owens called Cardi B “illiterate,” and accused Joe Biden of “pandering.” Cardi B hit back, saying “the guy you fucking love so much, he panders too.” She added, “Just like I can make millions of people pop their pussy… I can make millions of people go vote.”

Over the course of this never-ending election cycle, Cardi B has become a popular conservative punching bag, both for her endorsement of Biden — “He understands the people’s pain, she says” — and for the sex-positive lyrics of her Megan Thee Stallion-collaboration “WAP”. A Republican congressional candidate got all hot and bothered after “accidentally” watching the “WAP” video (I myself accidentally watched it at least ten times) and Fox Anchor Tucker Carlson had a sexually repressed freak out. Even Tiger King’s Carole Baskin got in the action, claiming the video was “abusive” to big cats.

Meanwhile, Cardi B is laughing all the way to the bank. “WAP” peaked as the number one song in the country, and its popularity has spawned a line of waterproof merch.

Joni Mitchell Announces Archival Series, Shares Early 1963 Recording of “House of the Rising Sun”: Stream

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is cracking open her vault for the very first time to present fans with a comprehensive archival series. Simply titled Joni Mitchell Archives, the campaign will highlight unreleased material from throughout her career, showcasing the artist’s evolution and lasting impact over the decades.

The series massive archival project begins with Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). Set to hit streets on October 30th, the five-CD collection includes Mitchell’s earliest-known recording, a 1963 in-studio radio performance for CFQC AM in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

There are also early versions of songs like “Michael From Mountains” and “I Had a King”, a 1965 mini set for Let’s Sing Out on CBC TV, and her rare Neil Young cover of “Sugar Mountain”, as well as 1967 New York City home demos of “Free Darling”, “Mr. Junk”, “Chelsea Morning”, and more.

Vol 1. closes with an impressive multi-set nightclub performance recorded at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967. This grouping features over 20 live recordings, including “Go Tell the Drummer Man”, “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”, “Night in the City”, and “Both Sides for Now”.

In a statement about these recently unearthed recordings and her early label as a “folk singer”, the 76-year-old Mitchell said,

“The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folk-singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened and…it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization…I was a folk singer!”

In addition to a treasure trove of music, the Vol. 1 bundle comes with a 40-page booklet boasting a number of previously unseen photos. Writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe also provided extensive liner notes.

Both the CFQC AM and Canterbury House performances will also be individually released on 180-gram vinyl, limited to just 10,000 copies.

As a preview, Mitchell is sharing a very early recording of “House of the Rising Sun”, made when she was just 19 years old. Stream it below, and then head here to pre-order Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). 

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Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) Tracklist:

Disco One

Radio Station CFQC AM, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (ca. 1963)

01. House Of The Rising Sun
02. John Hardy
03. Dark As A Dungeon
04. Tell Old Bill
05. Nancy Whiskey
06. Anathea
07. Copper Kettle
08. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
09. Molly Malone

Live at the Half Beat: Yorkville, Toronto, Canada (October 21, 1964)

First Set

10. Introduction
11. Nancy Whiskey
12. Intro to The Crow On The Cradle
13. The Crow On The Cradle
14. Pastures Of Plenty
15. Every Night When The Sun Goes In
16. Intro to Sail Away
17. Sail Away

Second Set

18. John Hardy
19. Dark As A Dungeon
20. Intro to Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man
21. Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man
22. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
23. Deportee (Plane Crash At Los Gatos)
24. Joni’s Parents’ House: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (February 1965)
25. The Long Black Rifle
26. Ten Thousand Miles
27. Seven Daffodils

Disc Two

Myrtle Anderson Birthday Tape: Detroit, MI (1965)

01. Urge For Going
02. Born To Take The Highway
03. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow

Jac Holzman Demo: Detroit, MI (August 24, 1965)

04. What Will You Give Me
05. Let It Be Me
06. The Student Song
07. Day After Day
08. Like The Lonely Swallow

Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada (October 4, 1965)

09. Favorite Colour
10. Me And My Uncle

Home Demo: Detroit, MI (ca. 1966)

11. Sad Winds Blowin’

Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: Laurentian University, London, ON, Canada (October 24, 1966)

12. Just Like Me
13. Night In The City

Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (November 1966)

14. Brandy Eyes
15. Intro to Urge For Going
16. Urge For Going
17. Intro to What’s The Story Mr. Blue
18. What’s The Story Mr. Blue
19. Eastern Rain
20. Intro to The Circle Game
21. The Circle Game
22. Intro to Night In The City
23. Night In The City

Disc Three

Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA, (March 12, 1967)

01. Intro to Both Sides Now
02. Both Sides Now
03. Intro to The Circle Game
04. The Circle Game

Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (March 17, 1967)

Second Set

05. Morning Morgantown
06. Born To Take The Highway
07. Intro to Song To A Seagull
08. Song To A Seagull

Third Set

09. Winter Lady
10. Intro to Both Sides Now
11. Both Sides Now

Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (March 19, 1967)

12. Intro to Eastern Rain
13. Eastern Rain
14. Intro to Blue On Blue
15. Blue On Blue

A Record Of My Changes – Michael’s Birthday Tape: North Carolina (May 1967)

16. Gemini Twin
17. Strawflower Me
18. A Melody In Your Name
19. Tin Angel
20. I Don’t Know Where I Stand
21. Joni improvising

Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (May 28, 1967)

22. Intro to Sugar Mountain
23. Sugar Mountain

Disc Four

Home Demo: New York City, NY (ca. June 1967)

01. I Had A King
02. Free Darling
03. Conversation
04. Morning Morgantown
05. Dr. Junk
06. Gift Of The Magi
07. Chelsea Morning
08. Michael From Mountains
09. Cara’s Castle
10 . Jeremy (Incomplete)

Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)

First Set

11. Conversation
12. Intro to Come To The Sunshine
13. Come To The Sunshine
14. Intro to Chelsea Morning
15. Chelsea Morning
16. Intro to Gift Of The Magi
17. Gift Of The Magi
18. Play Little David
19. Intro to The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
20. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
21. I Had A King
22. Intro to Free Darling
23. Free Darling
24. Intro to Cactus Tree
25. Cactus Tree

Disc Five

Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)

Second Set

01. Little Green
02. Intro to Marcie
03. Marcie
04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie
05. Ballerina Valerie
06. The Circle Game
07. Intro to Michael From Mountains
08. Michael From Mountains
09. Go Tell The Drummer Man
10. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand
11. I Don’t Know Where I Stand

Third Set

12. A Melody In Your Name
13. Intro to Carnival In Kenora
14. Carnival In Kenora
15. Songs To Aging Children Come
16. Intro to Dr. Junk
17. Dr. Junk
18. Morning Morgantown
19. Intro to Night In The City
20. Night In The City
21. Both Sides Now
22. Urge For Going


Side One

01. House Of The Rising Sun
02. John Hardy
03. Dark As A Dungeon
04. Tell Old Bill
05. Nancy Whiskey

Side Two

01. Anathea
02. Copper Kettle
03. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
04. Molly Malone


Side One: First Set

01. Conversation
02. Intro to Come To The Sunshine
03. Come To The Sunshine
04. Intro to Chelsea Morning
05. Chelsea Morning
06. Intro to Gift Of The Magi
07. Gift Of The Magi

Side Two

01. Play Little David
02. Intro to The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow
03. The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow
04. I Had A King
05. Intro to Free Darling
06. Free Darling
07. Intro to Cactus Tree
08. Cactus Tree

Side Three: Second Set

01.Little Green
02. Intro to Marcie
04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie
05. Ballerina Valerie
06. The Circle Game

Side Four

01. Intro to Michael From Mountains
02. Michael From Mountains
03. Go Tell The Drummer Man
04. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand
05. I Don’t Know Where I Stand

Side Five: Third Set

01. A Melody In Your Name
02. Intro to Carnival In Kenora
03. Carnival In Kenora
04. Songs To Aging Children Come
05. Intro to Dr. Junk
06. Dr. Junk

Side Six

01.Morning Morgantown
02. Intro to Night In The City
03. Night In The City
04. Both Sides Now
05. Urge For Going

ThankYouSupernatural: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Crew Reflect on Last Day of Shooting

Emotions are high for the Supernatural family. Today, The CW series reached its final day of shooting, concluding an epic run that spans 15 years and 15 seasons. Not surprisingly, the cast, the crew, and the fans reflected on the momentous occasion, so much so that #ThankYouSupernatural became the No. 1 trend on Twitter.

Series creator Eric Kripke, who served as showrunner for the first five seasons, more or less kicked off the odes early Thursday morning. He shared a GIF of stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, adding: “This was the first #Supernatural scene we shot. Today will be the last. I’m grateful & love you all beyond words. But it’s only over when you say it is, #SPNFamily. In the words of Kim Manners (RIP): Kick It In The Ass.”

Ackles later followed with a few photos on Instagram, writing:

“Woke up at 6am this morning. That alarm went off with a heavy tone. Today is the final day of a 15 year journey. One that has changed my life forever. To those I have worked with on this journey and to those who have watched and supported…you will never understand my great appreciation for you. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t cover it. There just aren’t words. I’m so grateful for these memories that I will carry with me forever. What a ride it has been. And what a run. #spnfamilyforever here are a few shots from our final days…including today. I’ll try and send more later, but in true SPN form…we are in the middle of “nowhere” and have zero service. Go figure. Stay tuned.”

His co-star Padalecki echoed those sentiments:

Well, here goes… I write this as I head to my last day of #Supernatural. My last day with #SamWinchester. Obviously, my head is spinning and my emotions are stratospheric, but there’s still a bit of time left on the clock. Thank y’all SO MUCH for the incredible amount of love and support that’s been headed our way, in these final hours. It’s definitely been felt. I’ll check in soon, but, for now, #WeHaveWorkToDo.

Misha Collins, who plays the ever-hilarious Castiel, retweeted Kripke’s previous comments, adding: “#ThankYouSupernatural. You’ve changed my life in so many ways and you changed the world for the better.”

Those are only a few pieces of the bittersweet pie. Pretty much everyone shared their sentiments, from Jim Beaver to Mark Sheppard, Felicia Day to Mark Pellegrino. Hell, even Kansas, whose “Carry On My Wayward Son” has become the show’s de facto spiritual theme, expressed their appreciation. We’ve rounded up as many as we could find, and collected them for your perusal below.

Supernatural returns on October 8th via The CW and wraps up with a series finale on November 19th. A retrospective special will precede the final episode, giving everyone a little more time with the SPN Family. However, don’t cry too hard; after all, Ackles himself hasn’t ruled out a reunion for the Winchesters down the road.

So, say a prayer. Or two.

Zack Snyder to Shoot New Justice League Scenes in October: Report

When Warner Bros. finally agreed to let Zack Snyder finish his director’s cut of Justice League, they were pretty clear that there would be no reshoots. After all, they were dumping some $30 million into the project just for re-editing and special effects work alone. However, it now seems the studio has reversed course, as The Hollywood Reporter has it that a “week- or so- long” shoot to capture new footage is set to take place next month.

According to THR, much of the principal cast is expected to return for Snyder’s new shoot. That includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and — most surprising of all — Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Fisher had a large portion of his character’s story excised when Joss Whedon took over directing and rewriting duties from Snyder following a family tragedy. The actor has since called out WB for the studio’s handling of that transition, claiming Whedon was abusive on set and executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns allowed the misconduct to persist.

While Berg and Johns left the studio following the massive failure of the theatrical Justice League, Fisher’s grievances only came to light over the summer. He tweeted out a series of statements accusing Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior. WB began investigating the claims in August, but even that has led to a heated back-and-forth between Fisher and the studio.

Throughout the month of September, Warners and Fisher have traded barbs about the latter’s cooperation with the investigation. When the former released a statement claiming the actor refused to meet with their investigator, Fisher retorted with a screenshot of an email seemingly proving he had “just got off the line with the investigator.” “@wbpictureshas escalated this to an entirely different level, but I’m ready to meet the challenge,” he added.

Since then, Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has backed up his co-star, sharing an Instagram message just last week that read, “@ray8fisher AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPEN UNDER THE WATCH OF @wbpictures NEEDS PROPER INVESTIGATION.”

Further complicating Fisher’s involvement in any Justice League reshoots is his position in the star-studded Flash film. Cyborg was originally expected to play a large role in that movie, but the part has shrunk with further rewrites. Warner Bros. exercised Fisher’s contract option to have him appear in The Flash, though Cyborg would be limited to, apparently, just three scenes. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that despite the smaller role, WB upped the previously negotiated fee. Fisher’s side reportedly countered with a request to double that offer, and talks have since stalled.

All that is to say Fisher’s return for more Justice League filming is certainly a surprise. It’s speculative but likely safe to say his willingness to partake in the October reshoots has more to do with Snyder than it does WB.

Justice League: The Director’s Cut, set to be presented as four one-hour parts, is expected to debut on HBO Max sometime next year.

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The Flaming Lips Return to Earth on Devastatingly Beautiful American Head:

The Lowdown: Looking back now, it feels safe to say that the ’10s represent something of a lost decade in the long, strange journey of The Flaming Lips. After ushering in the new millennium with a pair of unlikely mid-career classics (1999’s The Soft Bulletin and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) and closing out the ’00s with unexpectedly muscular rock fanfare (2009’s Embryonic), Wayne Coyne and his merrymakers spent most of the next 10 years getting into tabloid feuds, recording scattershot side projects, and cosplaying as Miley Cyrus’ acid-casualty uncles.

The Flaming Lips records they did manage felt like dispatches relayed from a derelict space station, about sonic landscapes too grim (2013’s The Terror) or fried (2017’s Oczy Mlody) or daft (2019’s The King’s Mouth) to warrant revisiting. With all of that in mind, it’s easy to see why this quote from frontman Wayne Coyne in American Head’s press materials warranted intrigue: “For the first time in our musical life, we began to think of ourselves as ‘an American band.’” After a decade lost in space, The Flaming Lips were headed back to Earth. How would they feel about what they found?

The Good: If you’re looking for a record that sums up the state of the American Dream in 2020, you could do worse than American Head, which finds The Flaming Lips energized by elegies inspired by Coyne’s teen years in Oklahoma with “[his] older brothers and their drug-dealing biker friends.” Across the record’s 13 tracks, Coyne relives these times and, in the process, tackles the lure of nostalgia, the longing for escape, and the inevitability of aging and its effect on relationships with the fresh-eyed wonder of a man just awoken from a long, long slumber.

This rediscovery begins with the gentle repeated question that forms the title of opener “Will You Return / When You Come Down”. The song captures the sense of fragile mortality at the heart of Yoshimi and Soft Bulletin, this time made all the more powerful by the sense of lonesome aftermath that accompanies it. “All your friends are dead/ And they’re ghosts floating ’round your bed,” Coyne croons, his voice descending through a swirl of bittersweet keys and chimes and backing vox like distant radios. It’s the kind of devastation you want to experience again and again.

From there, American Head unfolds as a record about consequences, with Coyne offering a guide for living out the long years after a misspent youth. The results are intermittently breathtaking: “Dinosaurs on the Mountains” turns a half-remembered night on a family road trip into a mournful meditation on childhood innocence, “At the Movies on Quaaludes” reconstructs the warped sense of youthful possibility that fades with age and choices, and “Brother Eye” writes a devastating plea to a troubled sibling anchored by gut-wrenchingly desperate lines like “You were born/ And the dark was changed.” Throughout, Coyne resists drawing easy conclusions, content to remember, report, and wonder what it all meant right along with us.

Coyne’s revitalized confessional lyricism is matched and then some by the inventive, inviting arrangements from masterminds Steven Drozd, Dave Friedmann, and Scott Booker. American Head shimmers with sonic touches that often seem to mimic the natural world; you’ll catch the pulsing of fireflies on “Watching the Lightbugs Glow”, the concentric waves of raindrops in “God and the Policeman”, and even the subtle inhalations and exhalations of the lovers at the heart of “You n Me Sellin’ Weed”. They not only make the record feel like its own living entity, but heighten the tension of inorganic moments like the post-radioactive Morse code beeps that add sickbed sorrow to “Brother Eye” or the dayglo Four Horsemen gallop that revs up the early section of “Assassins of Youth”.

The Bad: Ear-catching production flourishes aside, American Head is a record defined and dominated by mid-tempo balladry. While that stripped-down foundation suits the material well in most cases, the uniformity of that relatively languid pace sometimes leaves the record feeling stretched past its 50-minute runtime. It also opens up the temptation to slide into mawkishness; neo-murder ballad “Mother, Please Don’t Be Sad” aspires to the same kind of profundity of classics like “Waiting on Superman” and “Do You Realize??” but instead gets lost in its own anodyne sentimentality. Coyne’s told this song’s story before (it’s sourced from the fateful armed robbery he experienced as a teen fry cook at Long John Silver’s) and in better ways than this.

The Verdict: The best records in The Flaming Lips catalog are the ones that find the balance between the band’s penchant for fried psychedelic whimsy and the uncanny tenderness that underpins Coyne’s songwriting. For the first time in nearly two decades, they’ve rediscovered this winning formula. As a result, American Head stands alongside The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots as one of the very best records The Flaming Lips have recorded and should be required listening for anyone who’s gone on their own quarantine-induced walk down memory lane in search of a way to survive this year.

Essential Tracks: “Will You Return / When You Come Down”, “Dinosaurs on the Mountain”, and “Brother Eye”

Pick up a copy of The Flaming Lips’ American Head here.

R.I.P. Roy Head, 1960s Rocker Famous for “Treat Her Right” Dead at 79

Roy Head, the 1960s rocker best known for the smash hit “Treat Her Right”, has died at 79. According to the Montgomery County Police Recorderthe cause was heart attack

“Treat Her Right” was a sensation upon its release in 1965, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100, while boasting sales that would have made it number one at just about any other time — except that The Beatles had recently released “Yesterday”. The song has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, appearing over the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and popping up in the 1991 film The Commitments.

Head was born in Three Rivers, TX, on January 9th, 1941. His father was a sharecropper, and his love of music came from listening to Black sharecroppers singing in the field. “The melodic flow they had, it sounded like a lone wolf at night,” he told The Houston Chronicle. “They sang about pain and hurt, all that sort of stuff.”

After serving in the Army, Head joined up with a group of musicians who would soon be known as the Traits. While playing small venues in Texas, Roy Head & the Traits developed a reputation as a powerhouse live act led by their dancing, cartwheeling frontman. Head modeled himself after James Brown, and would pepper his performances with gravity-defying backbends and the occasional jump into the splits.

He continued putting out new music in the ’70s and ’80s, eventually transitioning from rock and R&B to country. To hear him tell it, his professional career was constantly beset by bad contracts and even worse drunken decisions. He claims that he once bit Elvis Presley on the ankle, and had to be forcibly dragged away by bodyguards. His son, Sundance Head, said of these stories, “I take what he says and divide by two. Then maybe something’s right with it.”

Head experienced a resurgence of popularity over the last 15 years, especially as Sundance booked spots on musical reality competitions. In 2007, Sundance was a semi-finalist on American Idol, and in 2016 he won The Voice outright. That winning run included a performance with coach Blake Shelton of “Treat Her Right”.

Sundance announced his father’s passing on social media. He wrote, “My old dad Roy Head has went to be with the lord this morning he was an amazing person and a wonderful dad. He slept away in the arms of my mother at home. I am in shock and also confused. He was a giant to me. I don’t know what else to say right now. Please keep my mother in your prayers and our family.”

Neil Young Details Archives Vol. 2 Box Set

Neil Young has officially detailed his long-awaited Archives Vol. 2 box set. Arriving just in time for the holiday season on November 20th, the collection contains 10 discs chock-full of recordings from 1972 through 1976. According to a post on his Neil Young Archives website, twelve of these tracks have never been released in any format. There are also 50 alternate, previously unreleased versions of Young originals.

The first four discs are taken from the period of 1972 and 1973 following the release of Harvest. Disc 1, titled Everybody’s Alone, boasts the most goodies, as it features four never-before-released tracks: “Letter From ‘Nam”, “Come Along and Say You Will”, “Goodbye Christmas on the Shore”, and “Sweet Joni”. Disc 3, Tonight’s the Night, also contains a recently unearthed cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Raised on Robbery”.

Discs 5, 6, and 7 capture Young’s prolific streak in 1974. Among the highlights here are previously unreleased versions of “Bad Fog of Loneliness”, “Traces”, “Love Art Blues”, “Through My Sails”, “Pardon My Heart”, “One More Sign”, “Bad News Comes to Town”, and so much more. This grouping also includes a handful of songs that will be new to even the most diehard Young fan, such as tracks titled “Homefires”, “Frozen Man”, “Daughters”, and what appears to be his cover of “Greensleeves”.

Dume is the title of Disc 8 and it focuses on the 1975 sessions for Zuma. Here, fans will find a never-before-released song (and not a cover) called “Born to Run”,” as well as previously unheard takes on “Powderfinger”, “Ride My Llama”, and “Too Far Gone”.

Finally, 1976 is represented on both Disc 9 (Look Out for My Love) and Disc 10 (Odeon Budokan). The former includes previously unreleased song “Mediterranean” and alternate versions of “Ocean Girl”, “Midnight on the Bay”, and “Human Highway”. As Rolling Stone points out, the material found on Love Out For My Love was originally recorded around the time of an aborted Crosby Stills Nash & Young reunion album.

The latter disc, meanwhile, is a live album that chronicles Young and Crazy Horse’s tour through Asia and Europe. Specifically recorded at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall and London’s Hammersmith, it features extended versions of songs like “Down by the River”, in addition to “Too Far Gone”, “Cortez the Killer”, and “The Old Laughing Lady”.

Check out the massive tracklist for Archives Vol. 2 down below. Pre-orders will be available beginning October 16th.

Young’s Archives Vol. 1: 1963-1972, also spread across 10 discs, was released back in 2009.

In case that’s not enough archival Young content, the legendary songwriter recently announced a number of additional releases on the horizon. Return to Greendale, a live set from his 2003 tour with Crazy Horse, is due out in November. The following month will bring Way Down in the Rust Bucket, another Crazy Horse concert recorded in 1990. The Timeless Orpheum, said to be a “concert film with a lot of twists and turns, telling my story and yours, our history together”, is also nearing completion.

Last week, Young released The Times EPwhich captured the “Porch Episode” of his Fireside Sessions series from back in July. And just this past weekend, Young’s seminal After the Gold Rush celebrated its 50th anniversary.

neil young archives vol 2 Neil Young Details Archives Vol. 2 Box Set

Archives Vol. 2: 1972-1976 Tracklist:

Disc 1 (1972-1973)
 Everybody’s Alone
01. Letter From ‘Nam *
02. Monday Morning #
03. The Bridge #
04. Time Fades Away #
05. Come Along and Say You Will *
06. Goodbye Christmas on the Shore *
07. Last Trip to Tulsa
08. The Loner #
09. Sweet Joni *
10. Yonder Stands the Sinner
11. L.A. (Story)
12. LA. #
13. Human Highway

Disc 2 (1973) 
01. Here We Go in the Years
02. After the Gold Rush
03. Out on the Weekend
04. Harvest
05. Old Man
06. Heart of Gold
07. Time Fades Away
08. Lookout Joe
09. New Mama
10. Alabama
11. Don’t Be Denied

Disc 3 (1973)
 Tonight’s the Night
01. Speakin’ Out Jam *
02. Everybody’s Alone #
03. Tired Eyes
04. Tonight’s the Night
05. Mellow My Mind
06. World on a String
07. Speakin’ Out
08. Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell song) *
09. Roll Another Number
10. New Mama
11. Albuquerque
12. Tonight’s the Night Part II

Disc 4 (1973) 
Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live
01. Tonight’s the Night
02. Mellow My Mind
03. World on a String
04. Speakin’ Out
05. Albuquerque
06. New Mama
07. Roll Another Number
08. Tired Eyes
09. Tonight’s the Night Part II
10. Walk On
11. The Losing End #

Disc 5 (1974)
 Walk On
01. Winterlong
02. Walk On
03. Bad Fog of Loneliness #
04. Borrowed Tune
05. Traces #
06. For the Turnstiles
07. Ambulance Blues
08. Motion Pictures
09. On the Beach
10. Revolution Blues
11. Vampire Blues
12. Greensleeves *

Disc 6 (1974)
 The Old Homestead
01. Love/Art Blues #
02. Through My Sails #
03. Homefires
04. Pardon My Heart #
05. Hawaiian Sunrise #
06. LA Girls and Ocean Boys *
07. Pushed It Over the End #
08. On the Beach #
09. Vacancy #
10. One More Sign #
11. Frozen Man *
12. Give Me Strength *
13. Bad News Comes to Town #
14. Changing Highways #
15. Love/Art Blues #
16. The Old Homestead
17. Daughters *
18. Deep Forbidden Lake
19. Love/Art Blues #

Disc 7 (1974)
01. Separate Ways
02. Try
03. Mexico
04. Love Is a Rose
05. Homegrown
06. Florida
07. Kansas
08. We Don’t Smoke It No More
09. White Line
10. Vacancy
11. Little Wing
12. Star of Bethlehem

Disc 8 (1975)
01. Ride My Llama #
02. Cortez the Killer
03. Don’t Cry No Tears
04. Born to Run *
05. Barstool Blues
06. Danger Bird
07. Stupid Girl
08. Kansas #
09. Powderfinger #
10. Hawaii #
11. Drive Back
12. Lookin’ for a Love
13. Pardon My Heart
14. Too Far Gone #
15. Pocahontas #
16. No One Seems to Know #

Disc 9 (1976)
 Look Out for My Love
01. Like a Hurricane
02. Lotta Love
03. Lookin’ for a Love
04. Separate Ways #
05. Let It Shine #
06. Long May You Run
07. Fontainebleau
08. Traces #
09. Mellow My Mind #
10. Midnight on the Bay #
11. Stringman #
12. Mediterranean *
13. Ocean Girl #
14. Midnight on the Bay #
15. Human Highway #

Disc 10 (1976)
 Odeon Budokan
01. The Old Laughing Lady #
02. After the Gold Rush #
03. Too For Gone #
04. Old Man #
05. Stringinan #
06. Don’t Cry No Tears #
07. Cowgirl in the Sand #
08. Lotto Love #
09. Drive Back #
10. Cortez the Killer #

* = previously unreleased song
# = new unreleased version