Thursday, January 21, 2010

Music News & Notes

Ohbijou, Stars, Sigur Ros To Sing You To Sleep

Stars, Dala and Ohbijou's Casey Mecija are some of the many artists contributing to an upcoming charity album compilation entitled Sing Me To Sleep. The album will be released worldwide May 18 through American Laundromat Records.

A press release describes the album as a "whimsical collection of lullabies and non-lullabies covered by some of ALR's favorite indie artists, including Tanya Donelly, Dean & Britta, Say Hi, Telekinesis, The Real Tuesday Weld, Julie Peel, Sigur Ros, The Leisure Society, Stars and many more."

Songs include Stars covering The Smiths' "Asleep," while Mecija has a go at The Beatles' "Dear Prudence." Other songs include Dala performing "Dream A Little Dream" and Papercuts doing a cover of Don Henley's "Boys Of Summer." The album will also feature songs from films such as The Sound Of Music, The Muppet Movie and Breakfast At Tiffany's.

All proceeds from the album will be donated to The Valerie Fund, which provides support for health care for children with cancer and blood disorders.

A limited-edition first pressing CD will contain bonus tracks and the track list will vary depending on the version purchased (digital format and seven-inch blue vinyl version).

Here is the track list for Sing Me To Sleep:

Stars — "Asleep" (The Smiths)
Papercuts — "Boys Of Summer" (Don Henley)
Telekinesis — "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" (ELO)
Neil Halstead — "Cloudbusting" (Kate Bush)
Dala — "Dream A Little Dream Of Me"
Laura Gibson — "Edelweiss" (The Sound Of Music)
Coctails — "Gymnopedie No. 1" (Erik Satie)
Jenny Owen Youngs — "Have You Forgotten" (Red House Painters)
The Leisure Society — "Inchworm" (Hans Christian Andersen)
Sigur Ros — "Kafari" (available on bonus seven-inch vinyl only)
Say Hi — "Kiss Off" (Violent Femmes)
The Real Tuesday Weld — "Little Boxes" (Malvina Reynolds)
Dean & Britta — "Making Me Smile" (Jack Early)
Tanya Donelly — "Moon River" (Breakfast At Tiffany's)
Tanya Donelly — "Moon River (Blue Mix)" (Breakfast At Tiffany's) (on bonus seven-inch vinyl only)
The Rest — "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)
Trespassers William — "Rainbow Connection" (The Muppet Movie)
Julie Peel with Field Mouse and Hailey Wojcik — "Strings That Tie To You" (Jon Brion)
Snowbird — "The North Wind Doth Blow"
The Abbasi Brothers — "The Sounds Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel)
O+S — "You And Your Sister" (This Mortal Coil)
Peter Broderick — "You Are My Sunshine"


Michael Jackson To Get 3D Tribute At Grammy Awards

TV viewers will be able to watch a special 3D tribute to Michael Jackson at the Grammy Awards later this month.

The mini-movie, featuring the late singer's hit 'Earth Song', was originally recorded for his ill-fated comeback gigs in London last summer.

"It was one of the most important portions of the concert tour to Michael and when Michael saw the film for the first time at his last rehearsal, there were tears in his eyes," Ken Ehrlich, co-executive producer of the Grammys, said.

Viewers will have to wear special 3D glasses to watch the footage, which also appeared in the recent Jackson documentary, This Is It.

The 52nd Grammy awards take place on January 31.


Rihanna Covers Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” for Haiti Relief

Rihanna sang a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” on The Oprah Winfrey Show today and dedicated the performance to all those suffering as a result of the earthquake that struck Haiti last week. Audio of the cover was made available for download immediately on RihannaNow and All artist, publishing and label proceeds from the track will benefit Haiti relief efforts like Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam America and Partners In Health. The track is also available through iTunes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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