— What does it say about America when an enigmatic French EDM duo teams up with disco and soul legends to create one of the best musical documents in Western culture’s recent memory? A lot, really…but that’s not important right now. As Chris Lee of the Los Angeles Times, reports, occasionally even Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo step out of character.
— Speaking of the Primavera Sound Festival…they released the 2014 lineup today in a fairly unique fashion: a 24-minute film. The film features stilted acting, a thin storyline, subtitles and a killer soundtrack. Slowdive will be performing alongside (the also reunited) Neutral Milk Hotel and Pixies, as well as Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Cut Copy, Majical Cloudz, Kim Gordon‘s Body/Head, Foals and many others. For the impatient, the entire (killer) lineup is revealed at the 20:30 mark.
— Speaking of Nine Inch Nails… When you finally realize how incompetent most bureaucracies are, the NSA data collection stories are a lot less worrisome. To wit: The FBI was once convinced that Trent Reznor was murdered.
— God to old hippie: GET OFF MY LAWN! #OccupyEarth. RIP, Pete Seeger.
— Afghan Whigs announced their first new release in 16 years. The Greg Dulli-led group will perform at this year’s Coachella Music Festival, with their album (Do To The Beast) being released on SubPop on April 15th, in between the festival’s two weekends.
— The Red Hot Chili Peppers will cover Led Zeppelin during the Super Bowl halftime show. No word on whether they’ll go old school, wearing tube socks and inviting a major wardrobe malfunction.
— Also at the Super Bowl, U2 will premiere a new track — “Invisible” — in a commercial. Proving that he’s just too rich to care about rock star posturing at this point, Bono announced the initiative last week alongside global economic titans at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. To be fair, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will receive up to $2M in donations, $1 for every free download occurring in the 24-hours following the track’s debut.
— And, lastly, CHVRCHES put together an interesting, catchy and somewhat strange cover of the Bauhaus goth classic, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” for the upcoming soundtrack of “Vampire Academy.”