With their first new music since 2004’s Rendezvous, the master Lou Reed disciples in Luna return to one of their strengths: covers. A Sentimental Education finds the quartet—Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Sean Eden and Lee Wall—tackling mostly obscurities by the likes of Yes, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Mercury Rev and Fleetwood Mac. Simultaneously released companion piece A Place Of Greater Safety EP is all-original, however, though the six songs are instrumentals. Luna will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Phillips: Did you know that Rick James and Neil Young were in a band together before Buffalo Springfield? Yep, and the details are juicy. This animated series, narrated by T Bone Burnett, “tells the stories that fell through the floorboards of music history.” There are nine episodes, all of them about the same length as pop song. I had no idea that Spotify produced their own videos until today. Don’t bother with Music Happens Here, but Drawn & Recorded is a real eye opener and includes great stories about a wide variety of artists, including Merle Haggard, Kurt Cobain, ODB, Louis Armstrong, Motörhead and the Rolling Stones.