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”.
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 Independentreports, 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.”
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.
This what PANDERING looks like .I will never praise no politician not even Obama,FDR or Bernie ONLY THE LORD !This is how Trump panders with black people while Candice concerns how Joe panders with me 😩 pic.twitter.com/ad5ClSm7JJ
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).
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) Tracklist:
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)
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
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
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
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)
05. Morning Morgantown 06. Born To Take The Highway 07. Intro to Song To A Seagull 08. Song To A Seagull
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
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)
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
Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)
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
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
EARLY JONI – 1963 LP TRACKLIST:
01. House Of The Rising Sun 02. John Hardy 03. Dark As A Dungeon 04. Tell Old Bill 05. Nancy Whiskey
01. Anathea 02. Copper Kettle 03. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) 04. Molly Malone
LIVE AT CANTERBURY HOUSE – 1967 3LP TRACKLIST:
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
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 03.Marcie 04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie 05. Ballerina Valerie 06. The Circle Game
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
01.Morning Morgantown 02. Intro to Night In The City 03. Night In The City 04. Both Sides Now 05. Urge For Going
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.”
“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 it’s here. Last day of principal photography on Supernatural, my home for 15 years. Getting ready to go to work on it for the final time. Deep feelings. Very deep. I love these people. Okay. Let’s go kick it in the ass one last time. pic.twitter.com/oRlalucX3h
To the cast, crew, writers and all my friends drawing a magnificent 15 seasons to a close…. thank you. So much of my life is entwined in this show. Sorry I couldn’t be there to say my farewells in person, but you… https://t.co/tj0GDqi9NK
It’s the last day of filming on the set of #Supernatural. Even from afar, didn’t know I’d feel all these feelings. Thank you for 8 years of playing an amazing character. Nothing else will match being a part of the #SPN family <3 pic.twitter.com/yNoalyuMHA
My son Steve when I did my 1st episode of #Supernatural in 2007 & today on the show’s last day of shooting. What a long & amazing ride. From janitor to director, I’ll never have another experience like I’ve had on this show. Or a better TV family. Cheers to you all. ❤️ #SPNFamilypic.twitter.com/zOR5nEPzZs
It is impossible to contain the depth and breadth of my feelings for #Supernatural, and everything it stands for, into one tweet. For the crew, the cast, the fans, and everyone who has ever worked on it, I will always love you. Thanks for changing my life, Show. #CarryOn
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 JusticeLeague 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.
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.
“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 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-orderswill 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.
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) Tuscaloosa 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) Homegrown 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) Dume 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
Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Margo Price, and several other musicians have joined Stevie Nicks in paying tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She was small in stature but even the tallest looked up to her,” Parton said in a statement post to social media. “Her voice was soft but her message rang loud and clear and will echo forever. Thank you, RBG. Rest In Peace. Respectfully, Dolly Parton.”
“A life that was the very definition of service,” wrote the members of Pearl Jam. “May she rest now in peace and may we not rest until we have carried her legacy forward.”
“Major thanks to this badass,” remarked Williams. “Rest in peace & power #RBG now, let’s all PLEASE just fucking vote! I feel especially inclined to mention how much our reproductive rights are at stake – please excuse me for the dramatics but i don’t want to be a handmaid in this lifetime. LET’S VOTE.”
Price struck a similar tone to Williams, writing: “We have lost a feminist icon and a just and historical leader. Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your passion and your fight to hang on for us all… Let’s rise against anyone trying to fuck with our democracy in her name.”
Find these tributes and more below.
Ginsburg passed away Friday, September 19th, at the age of 87 from pancreatic cancer. When it came to music, Ginsburg was an avid fan of the opera and even had a small speaking part in a 2016 production of La Fille du Régiment at the Washington Opera. In light of her passing, the New York Times spoke to opera director Francesca Zambello, who called Ginsburg “our greatest advocate and our greatest spokesperson.”
A life that was the very definition of service.
May she rest now in peace and may we not rest until we have carried her legacy forward. #RBG
major thanks to this badass. rest in peace & power #RBG now, let’s all PLEASE just fucking vote! i feel especially inclined to mention how much our reproductive rights are at stake – please excuse me for the dramatics but i don’t want to be a handmaid in this lifetime. LET’S VOTE pic.twitter.com/vp6Ykfzv26
we have lost a feminist icon and a just and historical leader. thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your passion and your fight to hang on for us all… let’s rise against anyone trying to fuck with our democracy in her name https://t.co/KdeSCXAtwF
The Flaming Lips have released their new album American Head. Stream it below via Apple Music and Spotify.
The effort is the 21st (!) record from the Oklahoma psych-rock heroes, following their 2019 album King’s Mouth and their collaborative album with Deap Valley from earlier this year. As its title implies, American Head is the Lips’ embracing their identity as an American band. When they announced the album back in June, frontman Wayne Coyne published a short essay about how they always considered their homebase to be “Earth”, but that they wanted to see what would happen when they consciously channeled so-called traditional American rock ‘n’ roll.
In a recent feature for SPIN, Coyne talked about his wacky idea for how he imagined the record would sound:
“I did sort of fantasize about ‘What would have happened to Tom Petty and the fellas if they’d ran into my older brothers and their really drugged-out friends, and they all got strung out on heroin and didn’t end up becoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and instead made some really homesick music? The more I thought about that, I thought, ‘Man, that’d be a great record.’”
Elsewhere in the interview, Coyne revealed that the Lips and some “venue guys” in Oklahoma are brainstorming ways to bring their live show to life despite the ongoing pandemic. The group is known for Coyne performing in a giant clear bubble, and back in June, the Lips played The Late Show With Stephen Colbert while everyone — audience included — was safely inside their own see-through orbs. They could be onto something there.
American Head Artwork:
American Head Tracklist: 01. Will You Return / When You Come Down 02. Watching the Lightbugs Glow 03. Flowers Of Neptune 6 04. Dinosaurs On The Mountain 05. At The Movies On Quaaludes 06. Mother I’ve Taken LSD 07. Brother Eye 08. You n Me Sellin’ Weed 09. Mother Please Don’t Be Sad 10. When We Die When We’re High 11. Assassins of Youth 12. God and the Policeman (Feat. Kacey Musgraves) 13. My Religion Is You