Music News: Bon Iver to mark 'For Emma' anniversary with concert, reissue

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Cover art for Bon Iver's 'For Emma' reissue.
Cover art for Bon Iver's 'For Emma, Forever Ago' vinyl reissue. (Jagjaguwar)

Bon Iver have announced plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album For Emma, Forever Ago with a vinyl reissue and a special concert. The reissue, which comes out on Feb. 16, 2018, won't include any new music but will have "new artwork and a reflective in-depth essay written by longtime Bon Iver friend and collaborator, Trever Hagen." The concert will take place the following day at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee: "a one of a kind set featuring guests of old and new." (Pitchfork)

This February marks the ten year anniversary of the worldwide release of “For Emma, Forever Ago”! To celebrate, we’ll be performing at The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, February 17, 2018. This special evening, dubbed FOR EMMA, TEN YEAR, will feature a one of a kind set featuring guests of old and new, with opening sets by @collectionsbees and @fieldreportmusic - Boniver.org fan club presale tickets will be available for purchase with a unique code. Assigned codes can be found by registering for or logging in to an existing account at link in profile. - Registered members will have access to purchase tickets starting tomorrow Tuesday, October 31 at 10:00AM CDT. - Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, November 3 at 10:00AM CDT. - There is a strict 4 ticket limit for each event. - We’ll also be reissuing “For Emma, Forever Ago” on both LP and CD in celebration of its ten year anniversary.  For more info and to pre-order your copy, see prior post or visit our webstore: smarturl.it/ForEmma10year #ForEmma10

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Radiohead to release songbook

If you've been wanting to sing "Paranoid Android" around the campfire but just couldn't figure out the chords, you're in luck: Radiohead are releasing a 400-page songbook "featuring the lyrics and chords to over 160 songs, including rarities and B-sides," reports Pitchfork. Copies are selling for p40 (about $53), and are expected to ship around Nov. 27. (Pitchfork)

Nick Cave urged to cancel show in Israel

Speaking of Radiohead, they played a show in Israel this summer despite protests from peers including Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio). Those same artists are now calling on Nick Cave to cancel two planned shows in Tel Aviv next month, arguing that Israel's treatment of Palestinians amounts to "apartheid." (Pitchfork)

Chrissie Hynde vs. mobile phones

Chrissie Hynde doesn't like people photographing or taking video of Pretenders concerts, so she asks fans to please leave their phones in their pockets. When some attendees at a show in Dubai last Thursday went against her wishes, Hynde reportedly ended the show early and stormed off stage, cocking her leg and telling them to "take a picture of that" and telling concertgoers in very specific terms where they could put their phones. Hynde previously apologized, via Facebook, for cursing at fans on a recent U.K. tour. (NME)

Jay and Bey dress up as Biggie and Lil' Kim

JAY-Z and Beyoncé always do Halloween right, and this year is no exception. Over this past weekend they went to a party hosted by Beyoncé’s longtime friend and Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, and the celebrity couple dressed as iconic hip-hop couple the Notorious B.I.G. and Lil' Kim. (Billboard)

#JayZ & #Beyonce dressed as #Biggie & #LilKim at #KellyRowland's halloween party last night 👀 #TSRHalloweenWars

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Betcha didn't know

Here's some seasonal music trivia for you. Did you know that none other than the legendary Darlene Love sings backup on Bobby "Boris" Pickett’s 1962 Halloween chart-topper "Monster Mash"? In an interview with Billboard, Love remembers working out the vocal arrangement with Pickett, who died in 2007.

She says that when producer Lou Adler approached Love and her peers in the session singing group the Blossoms, "He told us they were getting ready to do a Halloween song. We were like, 'Oh please. A Halloween song? Who's gonna do a song about Halloween?'"

Love isn't the only famous musician associated with "Monster Mash." As Pickett made regular tours to play the song around the country, at varying points his backing band included the Beach Boys and, later, Eddie Van Halen.


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