Free Music Monday: Sufjan Stevens, Jenny and Johnny and Phil Selway
This week Sufjan drops a new EP, Radiohead’s drummer goes solo and Cee-Lo releases what could be the best song of the year.
Sufjan Stevens is finally back. The lit-pop composer extraordinaire has retuned with his first bit of new music since his sweeping ode, “The BQE,” in 2007. Maintaining his penchant for the epic, the “All Delighted People” EP deals with such themes as the apocalypse and Paul Simon. Other tracks on the EP include a 17-minute “guitar jam-for-single-mothers,” and piano-ballad “The Owl and the Tanager.” Sounds like pretty normal stuff for a guy who once planned on mapping the USA with albums. The 60-minute “All Delighted People” EP is available at Bandcamp for digital download or full streaming below.
-Let’s start by saying that we’re pretty happy that Rilo Kiley has been on hiatus since 2007. “Under The Blacklights” was less than what we expected from Jenny Lewis and company. Now Jenny and her boyfriend and collaborator Jonathan Rice are delivering some new material that puts Lewis’s former band to shame. NPR is streaming Jenny and Johnny’s “I’m Having Fun Now” until August 31, and it’s pure pop fun for all. Check out the stream from NPR music below.
-Radiohead have a habit of teasing us. They’re recording. They’re not recording. It’s time they just made their damn minds. But for those of you aching for a little english melancholia, Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway has recorded a solo albumand, as usual, NPR jumped at the chance to stream it. But don’t expect any Radiohead on Selway’s “Familial,” he said that “if stuff came up that sounded very ‘Radiohead,’ I’d edit it out.” NPR will stream the record until its release date on August 31.
-Oh, and over the weekend Cee-Lo released one of the best songs of the year, “Fuck You”