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Kill Rock Stars shares early Elliott Smith live track, ‘Some Song’

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Kill Rock Stars has shared a previously unreleased live version of Elliott Smith’s ‘Some Song’. It will appear on Smith’s forthcoming posthumous live album, ‘Live at Umbra Penumbra’. The album is out August 28th via Kill Rock Stars. Listen to ‘Some Song’ below:

‘Live At Umbra Penumbra’ was recorded on September 17, 1994 at the titular Portland café. It is the earliest known live recording of Smith performing as a solo artist.

Smith released the studio version of ‘Some Song’ a year later, as the B-Side to his 1995 single ‘Needle in the Hay’. The recent release of ‘Some Song’ follows on from ‘Big Decision’, another cut from the live album, which Kill Rock Stars shared in May.

In addition to ‘Live at Umbra Penumbra’, Kill Rock Stars plan to reissue Smith’s eponymous 1995 album to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. The double vinyl reissue will be released on August 28. It comes with a 52-page coffee book featuring handwritten lyrics, previously unreleased photographs and “reminiscences from Smith’s friends and colleagues”.

‘Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition’ is available in black or yellow vinyl, as well as as a double CD set. A copy of ‘Live At Umbra Penumbra’ is also included with the reissue.

“At KRS we follow the direction of Elliott’s family,” Kill Rock Stars founder, Slim Moon, said in a statement.

“They have always expressed a desire for us to honour his legacy by keeping the albums available, and by bringing his music to new generations of listeners.”

“As the industry has changed, we’ve worked hard to make sure Elliott’s legacy is available for new fans to discover and old fans to re-discover.”

Last year, Smith’s albums ‘XO’ and ‘Figure 8’ were given deluxe reissues to mark what would have been the singer’s 50th birthday.

Elliott Smith passed away in 2003 at 34. His death was initially ruled a suicide, but the coroner recorded an open verdict. The singer died from two stab wounds to his chest, however, fans and critics have debated whether these were self-inflicted since the singer’s passing.

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Neil Young condemns use of his music by Donald Trump

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Neil Young has condemned the use of his music by US President Donald Trump ahead of his Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore.

Before Trump’s speech, three of Young’s songs were heard blasting from the speakers – ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’, ‘Like a Hurricane’, and ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’. Young took to Twitter to voice his disapproval.

Young continued with a subsequent tweet, voicing his support with the native Lakota Sioux people.

This is not the first time Young has publicly denounced the association of his music with Trump. Five years ago, Trump similarly used ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ to mark the launch of his US Presidential candidacy campaign.

Representatives of Young issued a statement soon after damning Trump’s use of the track. “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” the statement read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

However, Trump’s camp later told TMZ that they “paid for and obtained the legal right” to use the song for their campaign launch.

Young has been particularly vocal in his distaste for Trump. Most recently, he shared a number of protest songs from across his career as part of the sixth episode for his Fireside Sessions series. The episode included his own song ‘Lookin’ For A Leader’, which saw Young editing his lyrics to criticise Donald Trump and his reaction to the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

This was preceded by an open letter penned by Young to his fans in early June that voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement while describing Trump as a “poor leader who is building walls around our house”.

Young released his 40th studio album ‘Homegrown’ on June 19. NME gave it a five-star rating, describing it as “a shimmering diamond well worth unearthing”.

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Jason Isbell shares his demo of ‘Maybe It’s Time’ from ‘A Star is Born’

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Jason Isbell has shared a demo version of ‘Maybe It’s Time’, the song he wrote for the 2018 film version of A Star is Born.

In the film, Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, an alcoholic rockstar partly inspired by Eddie Vedder. Maine plays ‘Maybe It’s Time’ at several points throughout the film as his own song. His version of the song peaked at #93 on the Billboard charts, his first placing as a musical artist.

The new release is the first time Isbell’s version of the song has been made available. It’s out on Bandcamp today as an acoustic demo, alongside an unreleased song entitled ‘Alabama Sky’. It’s out in time for Bandcamp’s revenue waiver – stream/purchase it below:

Vedder performed a cover of ‘Maybe It’s Time’ during a gig in Arizona last year. Isbell later tweeted out his appreciation to Vedder for covering his track.

“Holy shit Eddie Vedder sang my Bradley Cooper song in his set tonight,” he wrote.

“That is by far the strangest sentence I’ve ever composed but it’s certainly a huge honour. I was 12 when ‘Ten’ came out and by god I learned how to play every song on it.”

Isbell and his band the 400 Unit released their last album ‘Reunions’ in March of this year.

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Prince’s sound engineer details how she created his infamous vault and saved his masters from the Universal Music Fires

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Prince sound engineer Susan Rogers has revealed how she created the artist’s infamous vault and saved his masters from the 2008 Universal Music Fires.

Rogers worked with Prince as an audio technician from 1983 to 1988. In an interview for Double J’s Take 5 podcast, Rogers revealed that she began to collate Prince’s vault as a “practical matter” when the artist would demand old reference tapes.

“When I first started working for him, he would sometimes say to me at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning ‘bring me this tape or that tape’. I realised I have to know where all these things are, ’cause how would I know this obscure stuff that had never been released,” she explained.

“I started working with the women who worked in his office, and I asked for their help. Let’s collect all these tapes and start a database…With [a] personal computer we were able to start forming a database of all the tapes – the two inch, the quarter inch, the half inch – and then I got really ambitious. I started calling faraway places that might have some of his tapes.”

Rogers goes on to explain that her tape-amassing project expanded beyond the Minneapolis studio where she worked with Prince, contacting Sunset Studios, and Warner Brothers to retrieve his masters.

“Now, I did not know that you’re not supposed to do that,” Rogers laughed.

“Technically, if you’re under contract the label owns those masters. I would talk to the person in the tape closet and say – ‘Hey, Prince has asked me for this, he wants this for some thing or another, and I’ll send it right back’. We never sent it back.”

Rogers explained that it was this decision to keep copies of the tapes that prevented Prince’s masters from being lost in the 2008 Universal Music Group Fire, which wiped out tens of thousands of tapes from artists including Elton John, Nirvana, Queen Latifah, R.E.M, Beck, Tupac, and many more.

“It would have been a lot safer if people had their own vaults.”

The interview comes ahead of the archival release of Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ Movie 4-Disc Deluxe Edition, set to feature 63 unreleased tracks when it arrives on September 25. Listen to the full chat with Rogers here.

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