Morning Music Notes – Stamp Collections Just Got Cooler

Although Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky are vying for song of the summer, I haven’t heard many covers of Blurred Lines. Vampire Weekend stopped by BBC Radio 1’s always great Live Lounge for an attempt at a cover. It’s a great spin on the song – check it out below.

Morning Music Notes

Besides getting into more fights with paparazzi on the weekend, Kanye West was putting the finishing touches on his previously leaked video for new track, Black Skinhead. It’s an interactive video, which you can speed up or slow down, and also take some pics. Bonus: the mouse cursor is giving you the middle finger. Check it out over at his website.

Fans of Rush, The Tragically Hip, The Guess Who, and Beau Dommage are licking their lips in excitement – the new Canadian stamps featuring each of these acts are now available. The design of the Rush stamp has been revealed, and it’s based on the Starman logo from their 2112 album. Check them out on the Canada Post website.

Paul McCartney was joined in Seattle by former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear during his concert on Friday night. The band played Helter Skelter, and then stayed for the encore, which saw tracks such as Get Back, Long Tall Sally, and The End. The group previously recorded Cut Me Some Slack for Grohl’s Sound City documentary.

Sir Paul McCartney is also awesome because he’s giving free tickets to survivors of the Lac-Mégantic train crash in Quebec. (via Exclaim)

Bad news for those hoping paid digital downloads will save the music industry – sales for digital music are down 2.3% in the United States compared to the first six months of 2012. There were 682.2 million paid downloads January 1 to June 30 in 2013 versus 698 million in 2012. Should the industry be concerned? (via Digital Music News)

Jay Z and Beyoncé were 2 of thousands of people who attended a Saturday rally demanding justice for the slain Trayvon Martin, following the non guilty verdict of George Zimmerman (via Rolling Stone)

This isn’t really music related but it’s awesome-related. Batman (my favourite superhero and clearly the best superhero) will team up with Superman in a new movie in 2015. This had better not suck (via MTV)

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