Nineties feminist punk pioneers Bikini Kill’s catalog is finally available on streaming services. According to singer Kathleen Hanna, the decision was motivated by a desire to let more people have access to their music, despite streaming’s garbage royalty rates. In addition to their discography coming to streaming platforms, Bikini Kill is also reissuing their 1998 collection The Singles on CD, and for the first time, vinyl on September 25.
Pixies are preparing to release a new compendium featuring their influential first two releases, 1987’s Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s Surfer Rosa, as a three-disc/LP deluxe edition. Questionably entitled Come On Pilgrim…It’s Surfer Rosa, the set does not feature bonus tracks from those albums, but does come with a third disc consisting of an early radio broadcast recording of the band that predates Come On Pilgrim’s release: 1986’s Live From The Fallout Shelter. The band, whose lineup currently includes Paz Lenchantin instead of Kim Deal, has now announced three New York City shows supporting the release, set to take place at Brooklyn Steel on November 18, 19, and 20. It’s unclear whether the band is planning on performing the albums in order at both shows, or what exactly what special programming the shows will include if any. Pixies toured North America with Weezer this summer. The only other shows the band has on the books are a series of dates in London and Mexico City in late October and early November; see details about those here.
Former blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge joined mystery novelist A.J. Hartley to write a new book entitled Sekret Machines: A Fire Within. The adventure series combines elements of history, conspiracy, and technology. The first three chapters can be read here. The book can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
In January, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Music Modernization Act, designed to modernize copyright laws to adjust to modern streaming and downloading culture. The act is intended to serve songwriters, artists, and publishers, making royalty payments fairer and easier to secure. With the bill expected to pass through the Senate unopposed today , a group of musicians including rockers Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon, Karen O, Sia, Carly Simon, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley, and members of The Pixies, have signed a open letter vowing to boycott an entity that has voiced resistance to the Music Modernization Act: SiriusXM. Today, Sirius responded to the petition, calling the criticism directed at them by MMA’s supporters “stinging attacks,” and explaining that they were only advocating for “three simple amendments” to the act. You can read these agreements in our music news and blog page.
Disparate rock artists Fall Out Boy, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, and more will fuel the soundtrack for the upcoming WWE 2K19 video game, the new professional wrestling title coming to PS4, Xbox One and Windows next month. The tunes were hand-picked by the WWE stars themselves, with The Miz choosing BFMV’s “Skin,” Alexa Bliss favoring Fall Out Boy’s “Champion” and Seth Rollins opting for Slipknot. (All the same, Triple H went for a recent Metallica number.)
Only a few months after releasing God’s Favorite Customer, Father John Misty has announced a new live album, Father John Misty: Live At Third Man Records. The album was recorded last year during an impromptu acoustic session by Misty at the Third Man Records studio in Nashville. Father John Misty: Live At Third Man Records is due out September 28 and available for pre-order at the Third Man Records website now. Misty is currently on the U.S. leg of his world tour.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will make an appearance on Sesame Street this season for the program’s 50th anniversary. While we don’t know many details concerning Grohl’s episode just yet, we do know that he will be sharing some screen time with Big Bird and Elmo, as well as playing a song for them!
Paul McCartney achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bows atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales.
Sufjan Stevens is releasing his 2006 Songs for Christmas collection on vinyl for the first time. The 42-song, five-EP release—which includes both traditional Christmas songs and original compositions from the songwriter—will be released November 9. The five-record box set comes with song charts on the back of each sleeve, and the new updated CD version includes 5 CDs, stickers, poster, and songbook.
Lily Allen has come forward with allegations of sexual assault by an unnamed music industry executive. In a new interview with the Guardian Weekend, the vocalist says that the incident happened on the night of a party in Los Angeles. Allen’s Guardian Weekend interview comes just days before the release of her new memoir, My Thoughts Exactly, which arrives on September 20 in the UK and December 20 in the United States. In her Guardian Weekend interview, she maintains that she wanted to name the industry executive in the book but ultimately did not due to legal advice from her publisher.
In the midst of their eventful Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new album similarly titled Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The release arrives this November 16. The band debuted a new song called “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” which you can hear here on alt360 radio. The band’s new album includes founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.