Music News: Marianne Faithfull released from hospital, recovering from coronavirus

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The Current Music News for April 23, 2020 (MPR Video)

Marianne Faithfull has been discharged from a London hospital and will "continue to recuperate" at home, three weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. A representative said the 73-year-old Faithfull is very grateful to the National Health Service staff who "without a doubt, saved her life"; but friends say she remains very ill, barely able to speak and receiving no visitors. One of the most prominent female artists of the British Invasion, Faithfull is best known for her 1964 rendition of "As Tears Go By," a top ten U.S. hit. The Rolling Stones, who wrote the song, subsequently released their own version. (Variety)

Car Seat Headrest preps new album project, showcasing gas mask look

Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, singer-songwriter Will Toledo, who records as Car Seat Headrest, was planning a new album project that would feature bigger, more accessible songs but would also feature...a gas mask. He tells the New York Times that he was inspired by David Bowie, who would take on different personae at different phases of his career but would somehow always remain irreducibly himself. The new album comes out on May 1, and it's called Making a Door Less Open. It has a bigger, more pop-friendly sound that marks a career turn the Times compares to R.E.M.’s Green or the White Stripes' Elephant.

He says the mask, which was custom-made with LED eyes, "was supposed to be sort of an exotic alternative to reality — like a challenge, I guess, to normal life. And now it just feels a lot more pointed in a way that I wasn't planning on and don't really take any pleasure in." The visual features in the video for the single "Hollywood."

The Beatles announce Yellow Submarine singalong

The Beatles are taking a different approach to livestreamed entertainment during the pandemic, with a singalong stream of a movie that you can definitely call, well...different. This Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. CDT, their 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine will stream for free on the Beatles' YouTube channel, with lyrics appearing during the songs so fans can sing along. The title track you might know, but admit it...you're going to need some help for "Only a Northern Song." Ringo Starr appeared in a video to announce the stream of the movie. (Rolling Stone)

Authorized Whitney Houston biopic announced

The Whitney Houston estate is collaborating with music producer Clive Davis and Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten on an authorized biopic to be called — what else? — I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Any further details on production and release are obviously very uncertain with the world on lockdown, but the eventual movie will have full use of Houston's music catalog. Fans will immediately start to wonder, though, how the movie will deal with topics like Houston's bisexuality and her stormy marriage to Bobby Brown — who remains very defensive about accusations that he helped speed Houston's decline into substance abuse. The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was a massive hit, but many fans were disappointed with the way it glossed over the darkness of Freddie Mercury's personal struggles. (Billboard)

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa sing "Jersey Girl" for Jersey

Wednesday night's Jersey 4 Jersey livestream featured a wide range of Garden State artists, but when you think of music and Jersey...yeah, you're thinking the Boss. He was all over the event, opening the show with his song "Land of Hope and Dreams" alongside his wife and bandmate Patti Scialfa. Charlie Puth later covered Springsteen's early classic "Growin' Up," and Springsteen and Scialfa — a Jersey girl, of course — also sang "Jersey Girl." As Rolling Stone notes, the Boss covered the 1980 Tom Waits song cleanly, without adding the snappy extra verse he wrote for his own concert performances. This is a time to keep it pure...or at least, as pure as it gets in Jersey.


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