Music News: Ben Gibbard to release 'Bandwagonesque' cover album


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Ben Gibbard performing for a private audience of The Current listeners at Icehouse in Minneapolis (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Teenage Fanclub, today's your lucky day: Ben Gibbard is preparing to release a complete song-for-song cover of Teenage Fanclub's 1991 album Bandwagonesque. It's part of a special vinyl subscription series that will also include Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart covering Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever, and Ava Luna covering Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. (Pitchfork)

Alan Thicke dies at 69

Alan Thicke, best known for playing a supportive dad on the '80s sitcom Growing Pains, has died of a heart attack at age 69. In addition to his work as an actor, Thicke was also a songwriter who cowrote the themes to shows including The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes — a song the New York Times calls "a masterpiece of the genre." He was also the father of pop star Robin Thicke.

Lorde covers Robyn

On Monday night in New York, Lorde was among the performers at a benefit concert to support homeless LGBTQ youth. She covered Robyn’s "Hang With Me" (with a little help from Jack Antonoff of Bleachers), and Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) did Katy Perry’s "Firework." (Pitchfork)

Today's Trump news

Kanye West met with president-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday. Wait, what? Yes, that happened — and West later tweeted, "I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues. These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change." Kanye also shared the hashtag #2024, possibly indicating his own promised presidential run. (Pitchfork)

Meanwhile, organizations from across the music industry have shared an open letter to Trump, asking him to support copyright reform and to pressure technology companies to stop "perversely abusing U.S. law to underpay music creators." (Billboard

NAACP Image Award nominees announced

This year's NAACP Image Award nominations were announced on Tuesday. Among musicians, Beyoncé leads with seven nominations — while her sister Solange scooped five. Beyoncé is one of five nominees for Entertainer of the Year, along with Viola Davis, Regina King, the Rock, and Chance the Rapper. The awards will be presented in a two-hour special airing Feb. 11 on TV One. (Pitchfork)

Remembering a rock photographer

Photographer Richard E. Aaron has died at age 67. Aaron photographed many of the biggest names in music, including Paul McCartney for the first TIME cover ever devoted to a rocker and Peter Frampton for the cover of the Frampton Comes Alive! album. (Billboard)

Hello, is it this arena concert you're looking for?

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey have announced a joint arena tour on which they promise to play "all the hits." The spring 2017 tour kicks off on March 15 in Baltimore and hits the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on March 24. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. (Consequence of Sound)

FKA Twigs drops new film

FKA Twigs has released a 35-minute film called Soundtrack 7. "Described as an 'abstract autobiographical piece,'" notes Pitchfork, the film "features dance pieces she created for her week-long 2015 residency at Manchester's Old Granada Studios, as part of Manchester International Festival."

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