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- Sir Mix-A-Lot collaborated with the Seattle Symphony. Baby got Baroque. Sorry not sorry.
- The Durham Bulls celebrated Merge Records’ 25th anniversary. Merge co-founder Mac McCaughan threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Durham Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee walked up to Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland 1945” –– he went one-for-four.
- Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy released the first single off his forthcoming solo album “Sukierae” (dBpm). The track, titled “I’ll Sing It,” features 18-year-old Spencer Tweedy on the drums.
- Dave and Ray Davies talked on the phone.
- Don Henley says Frank Ocean and Will Sheff are dirty music thieves.
- Metallica is headlining the Glastonbury Festival which is problematic because the NRA and Alaskan brown bears.
ALBUM RELEASES, JUNE 10:
First Aid Kit, “Stay Gold” (Columbia). Listen.
Jack White, “Lazaretto” (Third Man). Listen.
The Fresh & Onlys, “House Of Spirits” (Mexican Summer). Listen.
STUFF & THINGS:
- NPR published another awesome drum fill quiz.
- PBS released a lost interview with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- Jody Rosen wrote about the “naughtiest” summer jam of 1909.
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