Sherly Crow duest with Johnny Cash on new version of “Redemption Day”: Stream

Sheryl Crow plans to release what she’s previously called her “final album” later this summer. Though no firm details have been revealed, the record is said to feature a number of collaborations with the likes of Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, and St. Vincent. Johnny Cash also appears from beyond the grave, dueting on a reworking of Crow’s 1996 track “Redemption Day”.

Cash actually first encountered the song in 2003 after being introduced to it by his son-in-law. The Man in Black approached Crow about covering “Redemption Day”, but first drilled her about the depth of meaning. “He asked a lot of questions about different lines and what I meant,” Crow recalled in a press release. “He didn’t want to put his voice to the song without being able to believe it heart and soul.”

He ended up recording his own take on the anti-war track, though it wasn’t released until after his death, appearing on 2010’s posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave. After playing alongside Cash’s rendition during her 2014 tour, Crow decided to take “Redemption Day” back into the studio to record a new duet version.

The update comes to us via a music video directed by Shaun Silva that places shots of Crow at her piano in a field alongside images of the devastating history of war. Take a look below.

Hear what else Crow revealed about her upcoming LP by listening to her episode of Kyle Meredith with… below.

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Christine and the Queens Cancels Coachella Set Due to Her Mother’s Death

Christine and the Queens has canceled her Coachella weekend 2 set following the death of Héloïse Letissier’s mother. In a tweet, written in French, Letissier explained that she flew home to be with her family following the death of her mother on the evening of Tuesday, April 16. She was scheduled to perform at the festival on Saturday, April 20.

In addition to the Coachella set, the group canceled a show with Blood Orange at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California, originally slated to take place tonight. When reached by Pitchfork, representatives for Christine and the Queens offered no further comment.

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Album Review: The Tallest Man on Earth Continues His Sonic Exploration on I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.

The Lowdown: When Kristian Matsson, the Swedish singer-songwriter who performs under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, laid an almost indiscernible banjo track over the guitar on the opener of 2010’s The Wild Hunt, it came as quite a shock given his solo folk purity. But since then, his production has steadily diversified — though always austerely — from the plugged-in sound of fan-favorite “The Dreamer” to (gasp!) a drum kit on his last full-length album in 2015, Dark Bird Is Home. His newest project, I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. finds Mattson continuing this sonic exploration, playing with horns and pianos to create vast swathes of lonely folk music.

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The Good: Counterintuitively, the songs on I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. are most successful when the glittery production is most reigned in. Take “Waiting for My Ghost”, where a gossamer harmonica warbles over reverberating acoustic guitar, or the title track, where Matsson utilizes space and silence to build toward an ascendant horn line that seems to lift you right out of the end of the album. But even when the production is most involved, it isn’t hard to feel refreshed by a Tallest Man song like “The Running Styles of New York”, which begins with a tremor of synth and features a resonant piano and strings.

The Bad: There’s something a little overwrought about many of these songs, as if Matsson set out to write a distinctly poppier album but couldn’t quite get over his penchant for bizarre metaphors and fret board-slapping fingerpicking. The opener, “Hotel Bar”, builds toward a tolling piano denouement dripping with hope that never quite feels fitting for the singer, while “All I Can Keep Is Now” maintains a generally saccharine atmosphere.

The Verdict: All of the songs on I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. have echoey production, with guitars, strings, horns, and harmonicas whispering ethereally in the background. It’s a solemn, languid ambience, like a late summer breeze — pleasant, but verging on boring. For die-hard fans of The Tallest Man on Earth, there’s plenty of material to latch onto here, but for everyone else, the music floats around so much that there isn’t much solid ground for entry.

Essential Tracks: “I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.”, “Waiting for My Ghost”, and “I’ll Be a Sky”

Buy: Check out more Tallest Man on Earth vinyl here.

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Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa make dedications to Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller at Coachella: Watch

Coachella brought all the biggest names in music to the California dessert this weekend, but many artists took time to pay tribute to those who weren’t able to be there.

At his early evening set on Friday, Jaden Smith was the first to shout out Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31st. Through his autotuned mic, he said, “We just lost a legendary person, an amazing man, a legendary MC, so I want to use this time here up on stage on Coachella to just say R.I.P Nipsey Hussle. We love you,” before taking a brief moment of silence.

Anderson .Paak next gave nods to both Mac Miller, who passed in September, and Nipsey. As .Paak and his Free Nationals closed their set with the Miller collaboration “Dang” off the latter’s The Devine Feminine, he told the crowd to put “One hand in the air for my brother, I miss him so much, Mac Miller.” He added, “One hand in the air for my brother, Nipsey Hussle!”

On Saturday, Wiz Khalifa promised that “the Marathon always gonna continue, my brother,” referencing Nipsey’s 2010 mixtape and brand. He told the crowd to make some noise for the late MC before adding, “Now make some noise for a Pittsburg legend that we lost; his name is Mac Miller.”

Finally, as he closed down the festival on Saturday, Kid Cudi also paid his respect to the departed rappers. Setting up his 2009 hit “Pursuit of Happiness”, Cudi told the crowd, “This next one, I wanna dedicate this to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. And I want y’all to sing this shit as loud as you can. Promise me. Can I get a yeah?” The audience responded with an enthusiastic affirmation.

Find video clips of all the dedications below.

Childish Gambino also took a moment to mention Miller and Nipsey during a speech amid his incredible headlining set on Friday. While it wasn’t as direct a dedication as the other performers, it was powerful moment in which he encouraged the audience to “while we’re here, feel something, and pass it on.” Check video of the emotional scene below.

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Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa make dedications to Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller at Coachella: Watch

Coachella brought all the biggest names in music to the California dessert this weekend, but many artists took time to pay tribute to those who weren’t able to be there.

At his early evening set on Friday, Jaden Smith was the first to shout out Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31st. Through his autotuned mic, he said, “We just lost a legendary person, an amazing man, a legendary MC, so I want to use this time here up on stage on Coachella to just say R.I.P Nipsey Hussle. We love you,” before taking a brief moment of silence.

Anderson .Paak next gave nods to both Mac Miller, who passed in September, and Nipsey. As .Paak and his Free Nationals closed their set with the Miller collaboration “Dang” off the latter’s The Devine Feminine, he told the crowd to put “One hand in the air for my brother, I miss him so much, Mac Miller.” He added, “One hand in the air for my brother, Nipsey Hussle!”

On Saturday, Wiz Khalifa promised that “the Marathon always gonna continue, my brother,” referencing Nipsey’s 2010 mixtape and brand. He told the crowd to make some noise for the late MC before adding, “Now make some noise for a Pittsburg legend that we lost; his name is Mac Miller.”

Finally, as he closed down the festival on Saturday, Kid Cudi also paid his respect to the departed rappers. Setting up his 2009 hit “Pursuit of Happiness”, Cudi told the crowd, “This next one, I wanna dedicate this to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. And I want y’all to sing this shit as loud as you can. Promise me. Can I get a yeah?” The audience responded with an enthusiastic affirmation.

Find video clips of all the dedications below.

Childish Gambino also took a moment to mention Miller and Nipsey during a speech amid his incredible headlining set on Friday. While it wasn’t as direct a dedication as the other performers, it was powerful moment in which he encouraged the audience to “while we’re here, feel something, and pass it on.” Check video of the emotional scene below.

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Fire Breaks Out on Campgrounds at Coachella 2019

In the early hours of the second day of Coachella, a fire broke out at the festival’s campgrounds. According the Riverside County Fire Department, a fire in a mobile shower unit was reported around 2:00 a.m. Central on April 13; the fire was contained shortly afterward and no injuries were reported. Several attendees tweeted about hearing an “explosion” along with the fire. No cause has been revealed. See footage of the outbreak below. Pitchfork has reached out to the festival’s representatives for more information.

Friday marked the kick-off to the first weekend of Coachella. Among the performers were Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, the 1975, and more. Last night, Donald Glover premiered Guava Island, a new movie starring himself and Rihanna.

Follow along with our full coverage of Coachella 2019.

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One dead, three injured in shooting during Nipsey Hussle procession

One person was shot and killed, and several others were injured, during the procession that followed Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service this afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore confirmed that four people were shot at the intersection of 103 St. and Main St. by suspects driving a gray Hyundai. The victims are described as three men and one woman between the ages of 30 and 50. Currently, it is unknown who died.

Nipsey Hussle himself was shot and killed on March 31st at his Marathon Clothing Company in LA. It was recently announced that the same intersection wherein his store is located will be renamed in his honor. At today’s memorial service, music luminaries including Kendrick, JAY-Z, and Snoop Dogg, as well as former president Barack Obama, all paid their respects to Nipsey Hussle.

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Grease prequel coming as if sequel wasn’t enough of a misfire

Want to know what rarely works in Hollywood? Prequels. Too often we go into these stories knowing exactly how they’ll end, which is why most, if not all, can be filed under the increasingly overstuffed Bad Idea Jeans cabinet. The latest addition? A prequel to Grease.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount wants to turn the key again on Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson’s relationship with Summer Loving, their aptly titled prequel that doubles back to the time when the two star-crossed lovers met on the beach one summer.

You know, everything the two already detailed in the song “Summer Nights”? Nevertheless, screenwriter John August has been tapped by the studio to tell us more, tell us more, and he’ll have the unenviable task of capturing magic that’s now well over 40 years old.

(Read: The 50 Greatest Rock and Roll Movies of All Time)

Currently, there’s no director attached, but god have mercy on the soul of any casting director who has to find replacements for John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Perhaps they could go the Scorsese route and de-age the two stars for a wickedly talented spectacle?

We’ll have to see. In the meantime, revisit the song below, and while it’s playing, try to remember a single song or moment from Grease 2. Don’t remember Grease 2? Rest assured, it’s as great as the original and in no way a harbinger of things to come for this project.

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Jeff Tweedy Details New Album WARMER, Shares New Song “Family Ghost”: Listen

Jeff Tweedy has detailed WARMER, his companion album to last year’s WARM. It’s out April 13 as a Record Store Day exclusive via dBpm Records. Ahead of the LP, Tweedy has shared lead single “Family Ghost” and its music video (edited and produced by Mark Greenberg). Check out the psychedelic visual below, and scroll down for the LP’s artwork and tracklist.

WARMER and WARM were recorded and produced during the same sessions at Wilco’s Chicago studio, The Loft. The initial edition of WARMER will be limited to 5,000 vinyl-only copies. Jeff Tweedy said in a press release:

At some point I separated the songs from the WARM/WARMER session into two records with individual character, but still tried to keep the overall tone and texture of the combined session consistent. In a lot of ways these two records could have been released as a double LP. WARMER means as much to me as WARM and might just as easily have been released as the first record of the pair.

WARM marked Tweedy’s first LP of solo material. The Wilco frontman is currently on an extensive tour behind the album.

Read Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 feature “The Music That Made Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.”

WARMER:

01 Orphan
02 Family Ghost
03 And Then You Cut It in Half
04 Ten Sentences
05 Sick Server
06 Empty Head
07 Landscape
08 Ultra Orange Room
09 Evergreen
10 Guaranteed

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Saturday Night Live Highlights: Kit Harrington Watches the Thrones on a Mostly Enjoyable SNL

Hey, have you heard that Game of Thrones is coming to its end pretty soon? It’s pretty impossible to avoid the April 14th return (for six long episodes, anyway) of the HBO series that made labyrinthe fantasy storytelling cool by firmly rooting it in heinous body violence and frontal nudity. Everything from beer to Oreos is shilling Thrones these days, so it stands to reason that Saturday Night Live would likewise get in on the fun.

In that spirit, series breakout and general know-nothing Jon Sn … Kit Harington hosted in a decent enough showing, one that kept the overall GoT references to a palatable minimum, with only the opening monologue and a single effective pre-taped sketch about HBO’s desperation to spin the show off into as many things as possible.

Also, the monologue segment was mostly in the trademark SNL business of getting pops for other surprise famous people, but c’mon. Who’s ever going to get upset about seeing Samwell Tarly?

So, Uh, About All That Joe Biden Stuff…

I’ve written about this a lot in my share of this site’s SNL coverage, but ever since everything went tilt and Donald Trump became the goddamn President of the United States, the show has found itself at a strange nexus when it comes to the issue of what to do now. In a time where the sitting President cares about the way SNL discusses him, in public, more than any other President ever has or should, a bunch of talented comedians now have to draft sketches with an awareness that their late-night comedy show has suddenly become a major flashpoint for the hot-button dialogues of the time, perhaps even as much as it’s ever been.

Because of that, when something happens like, for example, multiple women coming forward and saying that former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in the kind of sexual harassment often explained away with a “well, he didn’t cross those lines” response, the show has to 1) comment on it in some way, 2) somehow make comedy out of a possible Presidential nominee being an oblivious weirdo at best and a creep beyond that, 3) do so without hurling people who are not Donald Trump under the bus, and 4) do all of this with audiences still remembering that the show itself helped platform Trump during his candidacy.

It’s thankless stuff, and the fact that the sketch gets the handful of tense laughs it does is a credit to both a returning Jason Sudeikis as Biden, who tweaks the character to remain affably funny while also playing up his aloof but regular boundary violations. (Sudeikis is pretty great at playing up the creep factor underlying charming men; see his performance in the eternally underseen Colossal.) With Kate McKinnon’s increasingly uncomfortable office training instructor as a foil, Biden is played as a man who probably shouldn’t run, but will anyway. “Biden and some woman 2020” is a pretty great comic stinger, but there’s some unnerving truth going on there as well.

Getting Your Kit Off

It’s no secret that the best SNL episodes are the ones where the hosts let loose and go along with whatever the writer’s room dreams up, and Harington proved a game guest in an episode seemingly determined to push him as far out of his comfort zone as possible.

In part because he’s shaved his trademark black beard for the moment, Harington was able to sink into his roles, whether as a burlesque dancer performing for his fiancee’s bachelor party (a sketch that walked a thin line of being grossly mean in its ultimate punchline of “man in lingerie”), or as the awkward protagonist of the Nephew Pageant, the latest example of how this SNL cast is at its best telling highly specific and weird jokes.

Best of all, however, was “Graphics Department”, which dragged Harington into Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett‘s weird universe. Watching the three awkwardly phrase their conversations like bad RPG quests is skin-crawling enough, and that’s before the turn-based fighting begins.

Weekend Update is Dodging Its Reckoning

Quick sidebar: despite the fact that Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che are competing on this year’s WrestleMania card on Sunday night, as part of the annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale, there was no mention at all of their participation on the go-home show of a New York WrestleMania. Was it the John Oliver thing? Do they fear Braun Strowman? It’s the latter. They know, and we know.

(It’s actually happening in New Jersey. Metlife is on the other side of the river. Stay woke.)

Sara Bareilles is a Great Live Performer

No further commentary needed here. Just watch her live performances of “Fire” and “Saint Honesty” and see for yourself.

And hey, she even got in on a sketch!

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