New Music Friday Ft. The Raconteurs, Ben Gibbard, The Flaming Lips, and More

Ben Gibbard performing on stage

The Raconteurs | Live at Electric Lady

The Raconteurs released a new EP and a one-hour documentary on Spotify and YouTube. Titled Live at Electric Lady, the band recorded the piece at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The studio was built back in 1970 by Jimi Hendrix and John Storyk. The new project is part of Spotify’s sponsored series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic studio.

The Raconteurs recorded the EP back in September. It features nine tracks, including songs from their latest album Help Us Stranger. Watch the documentary and listen to their EP below.

Ben Gibbard | Proxima B and Filler [Minor Threat Cover]

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard released a new track called “Proxima B.” Prior to the new track release, Gibbard performed it live at the Smithsonian’s National Air  & Space Museum’s virtual concert and during his quarantine live stream. The singer-songwriter said in a statement he was planning on releasing the single during his spring solo tour. However, those intentions changed due to coronavirus.

The band posted about the frontman’s new single and said it will be available on “limited-edition 7” vinyl and cassette versions available for pre-order now along with t-shirt bundle options.⁣” Accompanying the new track is Gibbard’s Minor Threat cover of “Filler.”

Stream both songs below.


The Flaming Lips 6 | Flowers of Neptune 

The Flaming Lips have released a new single and music video called “Flowers of Neptune 6,” which features melodic vocals from Kacey Musgraves. This is the first track the band drops in 2020.

Frontman Wayne Coyne and George Salisbury directed the music video. Check it out.


Switchfoot | Covers

Switchfoot’s back with a new EP of covers called Covers. The EP features six covers ranging from Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, Harry Styles, The Chainsmokers, The Verve, and John Bellion. The group will be releasing a cover each week until the EP is out on June 19. The first track they dropped is Fankt Ocean’s “Swim Good.”

The band released a lengthy message on Instagram about Covers, saying, “During this strange, unsettling time of isolation, playing these cover songs have brought me a lot of joy. They have reminded us that the world’s a lot bigger than the four walls of our own personal quarantine.” This is Switchfoot’s first ever EP that includes covers only. The group wrote to fans saying they hope these covers are shocking and surprising.

“We’ve recorded a collection of songs written by a diverse group of songwriters. Different nationalities. Different ethnicities. Different backgrounds. Different understandings of the world. Even if we can’t be in the same room, it’s still our job to bring people together.”

Stream their Frank Ocean cover below.


Photo: Shutterstock/Christian Bertrand

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