Here’s a revelation: the music industry never sleeps. One would think the holiday season would be a time of rest. “Only Santa works these hours,” your mother might have said ages ago. Not in the digital era. Not when Twitter enables artists to be their own publicist, label, and distributor. (We love you Patrick Stickles.) Consequently, yours truly spent Christmas afternoon stringing together the words “Merry eX-Mas and Suck My Dick.” Sorry, Mom!
Below you can find a recap of news coverage from the last two weeks. Among the major themes: Mixtapes, covers, and more money for Adele.
On a side note: We can’t wait to show you what’s in store for 2012. Buckle up.
— Van Halen is going on tour.
— Adele‘s 21 is the best-selling album since 2004.
— Hear the new ASAP Rocky track, “Pretty Flacko”.
— Check out a new song from Frank Ocean, “4 Tears”.
— Hear Destroyer cover New Order’s ”Leave Me Alone”.
— Listen to and/or watch the video for jj‘s new song, “VI”.
— Hear an unreleased Pearl Jam demo from 1991 entitled “Chinese”.
— Watch The Flaming Lips‘ extra trippy cover of “I Am the Walrus”.
— Watch footage of My Morning Jacket covering Gil-Scott Heron’s “The Bottle”.
— Listen to R.E.M. cover ABBA’s “Does You Mother Know?” during a concert in 1984.
— Watch Jónsi‘s video for “Gathering Stories”, from his soundtrack to We Bought a Zoo.
— Hear Lady Gaga‘s previously unreleased Born This Way outtake, “Stuck on Fuckin’ You”.
— Hear the new single from Paul McCartnery featuring Eric Clapton, “My Valentine”.
— Captain Beefhart‘s “lost” 1976 album Bat Chain Puller will finally be released in January.
– Memoryhouse kicked off their big 2012 with a cover of The Zombies’ ”This Will Be Our Year”.
— Cocteau Twins are reissuing their compilation album Stars and Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990).
— Download the final installment of The Weeknd‘s mixtape trilogy, Echoes of Silence. Then read our review.
— Watch Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles perform a non-ironic cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games”.
— That’s not the only “Video Games” cover we heard though; check out Silver Swans‘ wintery twist on the infamous track.
— Download Lykke Li‘s The Lost Sessions Vol. 1, featuring stripped-down versions of three songs from Wounded Rhymes.
– Kraftwerk, New Order, Justice, TiÃ«sto, Fatboy Slim, Avicii, David Guetta, and M83 top the massive bill for Ultra Music Festival 2012.
— Watch the video for Cat Power‘s newly reworked version of ”King Rides By”. An mp3 of the song is also available in exchange for a charitable donation.
— Download the new mixtape from rising Brooklyn MC Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, the wholesomely-titled Merry eX-Mas & Suck My Dick.