Just now, Chromatics leader/Italians Do It Better labelhead/all-around synth maestro Johnny Jewel shared with us an Autumn mix to celebrate the end of one of his “favorite times of year… Perfect weather for locking yourself in the studio with a synthesizer & your favorite records.” Included in that mix was an unreleased cover of the New Order classic “Ceremony” by Chromatics. Built around a skittering, skeletal backbeat, the cover features Glass Candy vocalist Ida No on guitar and places a larger emphasis on singer Ruth Radelet’s vocals than the original does on Bernard Sumner’s. Download the MP3 below, and listen to Jewel’s Autumn mix in its entirety here.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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