Morning Music Notes – The Anti-Charity

We featured a few Lucius tracks last year (Turn It Around and Genevieve) from their EP. Their debut album Wildewoman is out, and you can now see the video for Tempest.

Lucius - Tempest (Official Video) - YouTube screen cap
Like their earlier work, Tempest features singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s duelling vocals, adding lovely layers and harmonies to the song. Check out the changing tempests tempos in the video below.

Lucius – Tempest

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Beck hasn’t released an album for 6 years and live shows have been sparse. Perhaps the reason is because he has major spinal surgery. Not sure if there’s such a thing as minor spinal surgery (via Guardian). Beck also thinks that Spotify’s sound quality sucks and that it doesn’t pay enough for him to pay his musicians. Too bad you can’t stream muscians, eh Beck? (via Digital Music News)

Damon Albarn has given details on his Africa Express project’s release. Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes will be released digitally on December 9, with a physical version in 2014. Albarn roped in guest musicians from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metronomy, Django Django, and Brian Eno, and worked with musicians in Mali. Sounds like your every day, simple music project. (via NME)

Glastonbury festival organizer Michael Eavis has posed naked for charity. Apparently featuring a 78 year old naked man is a hot charity fundraising item? (via The Guardian)

Paul McCartney has written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s not a love letter – it’s to free the Greenpeace activists and journalists who were arrested for protesting Arctic drilling earlier this year. If we’ve learned anything from the imprisonment of Pussy Riot, it’s that protests and open letters do nothing in Russia. (via NME)

In case you missed my tweet, Arcade Fire have launched a large North American arena tour. They hit up Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on March 13. (via Arcade Fire)

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