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Today’s Music News: Singers from TV On The Radio and Faith No More form supergroup

Nevermen's mysterious logo

‘Tis the season for supergroups—apparently. Earlier this week we learned of the formation of EL VY (featuring Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Memomena), and now we have Nevermen: a trio comprising Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Mike Patton (Faith No More), and rapper Adam “Doseone” Drucker. After working together for years, the three have finally released music – the song “Tough Towns” – and say their debut LP will be out this fall. Hear the track at Rolling Stone.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen has named early November as the release date for the Montage of Heck companion album that will include over a dozen unreleased demos by Kurt Cobain. The album will also include spoken passages and audio montages made by Cobain, and its release will coincide with the home video release of the documentary, which is being released theatrically on Friday after premiering exclusively on HBO. Though he was able to interview Dave Grohl after completing the film’s final cut, Morgen says he decided not to incorporate Grohl’s interview into later releases of the film. “I think it would be disrespectful,” Morgen says. “I don’t think Dave Grohl is a DVD extra.” (Billboard)

Meanwhile, a demo tape by Cobain’s pre-Nirvana band Fecal Matter has emerged. Among the tracks is an early version of “Downer,” a song that later appeared on Nirvana’s Bleach. (Consequence of Sound)

A Minneapolis guitarist who formerly played with Owl City has been charged with criminal sexual conduct. Authorities say that Daniel Jorgensen had “criminal sexual contact” with a 14-year-old girl in Atlantic City while Owl City was there to perform, and that Jorgensen subsequently tried to lure the girl to his hotel room and the band’s tour bus to have sex. (Pioneer Press)

Robyn‘s new project La Bagatelle Musique released a minimix of music from their forthcoming “mini-album” (that’s getting pretty mini). Love is Free will be released on Friday. (Pitchfork)

Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer, is leaving the streaming giant for an online video startup called Pluto TV. Parks was Spotify’s first U.S. employee. (Billboard)

Keith Richards says that the Rolling Stones‘ 1967 psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request was “a mishmash of rubbish”…just like, he argues, the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released earlier that year. “If you’re the Beatles in the Sixties, you just get carried away—you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties – ‘Oh, if you can make a load of s–t, so can we.'” (Rolling Stone)

For a band that just ended their career, the Grateful Dead are pretty busy. Three of the group’s surviving members—Bob WeirMickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann—are joining with John Mayer and other musicians to form a new group called Dead & Company. The new group will make its debut with a Halloween concert at Madison Square Garden. (Rolling Stone)

At September’s Americana Music Honors and Awards Ceremony, to be held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, lifetime achievement awards will be bestowed upon Buffy Saint-Marie, Don Henley, Ricky Skaggs, Los Lobos, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings. (Rolling Stone)

Two musicians have announced marriages: Kate Pierson of the B-52s wed her longtime partner Monica Coleman at a Hawaii ceremony where Fred Schneider reportedly delivered the traditional best-man speech. (Billboard) Also, Macklemore shared that he and Tricia Lewis ended their two-year engagement by secretly trading vows on June 27, after “the Supreme Court ruled same sex couples could too.” Macklemore’s new track, “Growing Up” – produced with his regular collaborator Ryan Lewis and guest vocalist Ed Sheeran – celebrates the birth of the rapper’s baby daughter. (Billboard)

Tim McGraw has dedicated his new single “Top of the World” to the astronauts on board the International Space Station. They sent the love right back via Twitter, telling McGraw, “you’re on #TopOfTheWorld…we just orbit around it.” (Rolling Stone)

  • Paul Comeau

    Nevermen’s mysterious logo? guessing (in the case of the dead bird) somebody liked Paul Williams’ Phantom of the Paradise (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_the_Paradise); next a Phantom of the Opera reference w/ the mask? The swirl has me stumped… as it doesn’t look like a Bim mark from The Apple (which I would have expected…)