Houston Live:

As the unfortunate saga of Whitney Houston readies its official closure, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder have been slated to sing at the private funeral on Saturday, the late artist’s publicist, Kristen Foster, told The Associated Press today. Clive Davis, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who discovered Houston will take speaking duties. The eulogy will be given by Marvin Winans, an old family friend and gospel singer. While a handful of other artists will lend a performing homage hand, from Alicia Keys to Dionne Warwick and Kim Burrell. As previously stated, the service will be private, but will be streamed online to the general public.

Won’t Get Sold Again:

Following a deal with Spirit Music Group in late January, in which the Who ringleader Pete Townshend sold off the rights to his formidable group’s entire catalogue, Rolling Stone followed up with a few industry people close to the deal to wax on what it means for the future of Townshend and the Who and how many hypothetical dollars were involved – in the hundreds of millions, mirror-balls RS. While Townshend’s director of special projects, Carrie Cooke, is saying, “To some degree, this deal might allow Pete to be freed from this massive brand called the Who. Other projects, like his acoustic ‘In the Attic’ concert series or his solo albums, were always seen as extracurricular – now he can focus more on them. This deal will let him take his creative muse wherever he sees fit.” Meanwhile, the remaining members of the band are still scheduled to bring back a redux tour of their 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

Pre-Reign of Terror:

Teasing its official February 21st drop date, brooklyn’s Black Keys of crunch-pop, Sleigh Bells are streaming Reign of Terror, their highly anticipated sophomore follow up to 2010′s Treats via the New York Times. We’re still freeze-framing Alexis Krauss’s shadow box solo on the massive “Comeback Kid” single. But do your audio research now, before SongLyrics‘ own Jason Radford weighs in with his review thread next week.

Back In Their Old Neighborhood:

Continuing their fondness of time-lapse photography, or rather photographer Richie Wireman’s fondness of said photography, Wilco dropped some hometown love all over a live cut of the Chicago-imagery stocked “Misunderstood,” during the band’s gig at the Civic Opera House last December. From the “EL” to Wacker, the lake to Kotche banging out the clobbering mid-song percussion, Chicago Wilco fans or Wilco fans looking to understand the Chicago connection to the band, proceed to nerd out (via TwentyFourBit).


Johnny Cash joined Bob Dylan during Dylan’s Nashville Skyline recording sessions at Columbia’s Studio in Nashville on this day back in 1969, that would see the two icons dabble with handfuls of each other’s tunes to put to record. Though only one would officially drop, Dylan’s Freewheelin staple “Girl From The North Country,” notching itself as the album’s opener. The song with Dylan is powerful enough. But with Cash trading off verses, this lovelorn piece of folk-twang was ahead of its time, offering a Summer of Love hangover cure before it all happened in the Spring of the same year, the two lofting:

If you’re traveling’ in the North Country Fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine