Modest Mouse have created a “linguistic remix generator” for their new album Strangers to Ourselves: it creates an audiovisual experience pairing text you provide with images and music from the album. Meanwhile, frontman Isaac Brock posted a track-by-track album commentary on Spotify. (Pitchfork) Read Leah Garaas’s review of Strangers to Ourselves, and grab tickets to see Modest Mouse this summer at Rock the Garden.
Slint guitarist David Pajo says he feels “empowered” by the “massive outpouring of love and support” that followed his recent suicide attempt, and that he plans to return to music. (The Thin Air)
“There might be a season two” of the Foo Fighters‘ Sonic Highways, says Dave Grohl—maybe even an international version. (Billboard)
Sam Cooke‘s family have agreed to the development of a biopic that will focus on the strange and sad circumstances of the singer’s 1964 death. (Rolling Stone) Cooke’s alleged dying words, “Lady, you shot me,” inspired a Har Mar Superstar song.
Amy, a new documentary about Amy Winehouse, will be released this summer in the U.K. No U.S. release has yet been announced. (Rolling Stone)
Newly-released figures from the Recording Industry Association of America indicate that U.S. recording industry revenues shrank only slightly in 2014 compared to 2013, with a 29% increase in streaming revenue and a 50% jump in vinyl sales largely offsetting a 9.5% dip in digital download sales and a 16.5% drop in CD sales. (Billboard)
Almost three decades after its release, the Beastie Boys‘ 1986 album Licensed to Ill has been certified diamond: it’s now sold ten million copies. (Rolling Stone)
Jack White‘s Third Man Records announced a release date—March 20—for a special edition of Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail on eight 7″ records, in an edition of just 1,000 copies. (Pitchfork)
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th week, putting them in the company of Toni Braxton‘s “Un-Break My Heart” (1996) and All-4-One‘s “I Swear” (1994). One more week at #1 and “Uptown Funk” will tie “Blurred Lines,” but it will need to hang on for over a month longer to challenge the all-time record holder: “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men topped the chart for 16 weeks. (Billboard)
In more bad news for Robin Thicke, that whole baby-come-back album didn’t work: he and his ex-wife Paula Patton are now officially divorced. (Billboard)