Music News: Watch J. Mascis sing Tom Petty karaoke


J. Mascis
J. Mascis (Courtesy of the artist)

If viral videos of rock stars singing karaoke are becoming a thing now, we're not complaining. This spring David Byrne sang Prince’s "When Doves Cry," and now we have J. Mascis taking a turn at Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes classic "Don't Do Me Like That."

Customers at a Provincetown, Mass. karaoke bar seem pleased but not overwhelmed to find the man behind Dinosaur Jr. doing a very creditable — if, as Consequence of Sound notes, not particularly animated — version of the song.

The video was posted by a fan who characterized the appearance as "random." Mascis was apparently taking a break before heading out on the road with his band, who have gigs coming up with Foo Fighters and Mastodon.

Pussy Riot storm the World Cup

During the World Cup final between Franca and Croatia, played on Sunday in Moscow, four members of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot ran out onto the field in what they characterized as a disruption intended to draw attention to the need for "releasing political prisoners, putting an end to fabricated criminal accusations to keep people imprisoned and allowing political competition in the country," reports the New York Times.

The four protesters were dressed like police. They ran towards the players, at one point getting shoved and at another point giving a high-five, and finally being detained by authorities. In a statement posted to Twitter, Pussy Riot noted that Sunday was the 11th anniversary of the death of dissident poet Dmitri Prigov, who famously wrote about a policeman.

"The FIFA World Cup has reminded us of the possibilities of the heavenly policeman in the Great Russia of the future, but the earthly policeman, entering the ruleless game breaks our world apart," wrote the group.

Remembering Nancy Barbato Sinatra

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, the first wife of Frank Sinatra and the mother of the singer Nancy Sinatra, has died "peacefully" at the age of 101, her daughter has announced.

Nancy Barbato married Frank Sinatra in 1939, and the marriage lasted until 1951; it was her only marriage, and would be the first of four for Frank. She supported her husband — even sewing new bowties for him when lustful fans would rip them off — as his fame grew. The couple had three children, also including singer Frank Sinatra Jr. (who was famously kidnapped in 1963) and actor Tina Sinatra.

After their divorce, Nancy and Frank remained friends and even confidantes. "The simple truth," wrote a fan magazine a decade after their split, "is that today, Frank sees Nancy more regularly than he did through much of their marriage." (New York Times)

Travis Barker survives crash

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has emerged "unscathed" from an accident in which his SUV was "totaled" by a school bus that ran a red light last Friday. Fortunately, his son Landon and a friend who were in the SUV also escaped injury. It's been an eventful year for Barker, who's recovering from blood clots that forced his band to postpone a planned Las Vegas residency. (Billboard)

Animal Collective announce new project

If you're Beyoncé, you call it a "visual album." If you're Animal Collective, you call it a "visual tone poem." Specifically, a "visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral." That's how the company Coral Morphologic describes their films, one of which was previously soundtracked by Animal Collective's Geologist.

A feature-length Coral Morphologic film called Tangerine Reef will be released on Aug. 17, the same day Animal Collective release a new album by that name. This iteration of the collective includes Geologist, Avey Tare, and Deakin, but not Panda Bear. Earlier this year, the band premiered much of the new material in a live event called "Coral Orgy." (Rolling Stone)

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