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Today’s Music News: Father John Misty says Lou Reed told him to delete his Taylor Swift covers

Father John Misty performs at Hall's Island in Minneapolis. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

After Ryan Adams released his song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift‘s album 1989 on Monday, Father John Misty followed suit by releasing covers of Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Welcome to New York,” performed in the style of the Velvet Underground. The songs soon, however, disappeared from Father John Misty’s Soundcloud. Some speculated that Swift was responsible, but her camp denies that; in fact, Father John Misty has explained that he deleted the tracks because Lou Reed appeared to him in a dream and said, “Delete those tracks, don’t summon the dead, I am not your plaything. The collection of souls is an expensive pastime.” (Billboard)

A federal judge has ruled that “Happy Birthday” is now free. Decades of copyright claims on the ubiquitous song have been invalid, ruled Judge George H. King in a closely-watched lawsuit by parties who argue that Warner/Chappell don’t have the right to charge people to perform the 19th-century melody in public; the ruling says that the 1935 copyright registration only applies to a specific piano arrangement, not the song itself. “We are looking at the court’s lengthy opinion and considering our options,” said a spokesman for Warner/Chappell. (LA Times)

In a session at SiriusXM, Chris Cornell delivered a powerful, cello-assisted cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (Consequence of Sound)

Kurt Cobain‘s cover of the Beatles‘ “And I Love Her” will be released as a vinyl 7″ on Nov. 20. The B-side will contain a rare original, “Sappy.” The song debuted in the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; the soundtrack to that film, will be released on Nov. 6. (Rolling Stone)

In DazedKurt Vile is interviewed by Kim Gordon; the two talk about topics including day drinking, Neil Young, and Vile’s new album—which you can now stream on our site.

In a video for CBC Music, members of Arcade Fire play “Jam or Not a Jam?” – a game in which they rate tracks by artists including Mark Ronsonthe Weekndthe B-52s, and Justin Bieber. They also reveal that they’re “30 percent” into the process of making a new record. (Pitchfork)

In a deleted clip from the documentary AmyAmy Winehouse and a friend pretend to be Russian tourists in New York. (Billboard)

Beat Happening have announced the release of a career-spanning compilation. The 23-track compilation Look Around is now out digitally, and will have a physical release on Nov. 20. See the full tracklist on Pitchfork.

The self-titled debut album by Sexwitch—a collaboration between Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) and Toy—is now available to stream in full via the Guardian. The album will be officially released on Friday.

A new video for the Phoenix Foundation‘s “Give Up Your Dreams” stars Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords. (NME)

There’s a new trailer for the long-shelved Green Day documentary Heart Like a Hand Grenade. The film, which chronicles the making of the album American Idiot, will be released in theaters on Oct. 15. (Billboard)

Morrissey has released an excerpt—to be precise, 37 words—from his debut novel List of the Lost. The book will be published in the UK on Sept. 24. (NME)

  • Joel I.

    Wow I was quite impressed with Father John Misty’s cover of “Blank Space” I could close my eyes and see Lou singing but it’s not…in the words of another FJM tune, Holy Shit!