Last Lap: Monday’s Odds And Ends In Music News


Rest In Peace, Jerry Leiber
Jerry Leiber, one half of the songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, passed away today of heart failure. He was 78. With Mike Stoller, he wrote six top ten hits for the Coasters, three top tens for the Drifters, three #1 and four other top 20 Elvis Presley singles, and “Stand By Me”; we could go on for some time about the duo’s indispensable contributions to pre-Beatles rock and R&B, their other Billboard chart appearances (the total is over 100, for the record), their production credits (e.g. Stealers Wheel‘s “Stuck In The Middle With You”), their jukebox musical (Smokey Joe’s Cafe), their American Idol theme episode this season, and more, but sadly we can’t offer the tribute Leiber deserves. For more, check out Michaelangelo Matos‘s brisk, informative, and YouTube-embed-packed eulogy at Sound of the City, or seek out the second episode of the 1995 PBS documentary Rock & Roll.

My Morning Jacket Help Neko Case Cover Stevie Nicks
At a tornado relief benefit show in Tuscaloosa on Friday night, Neko Case, backed by My Morning Jacket, took on Stevie Nicks‘s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with MMJ frontman Jim James providing the Tom Petty vocals). Hear it at [via Spin]

New R&B: The-Dream, “Murderer”
After announcing plans to release free album 1977 under his given name Terius Nash (prior to Love IV later this year from Def Jam), The-Dream shared a new song “inspired by” the film Colombiana (or maybe just its star Zoe Saldana, who by the way was moved to tears on Univision this morning) and using the movie’s trailer as the song’s video. 1977 doesn’t drop until August 31, but some of us have already deleted the Weeknd‘s new mixtape to make room for it on our hard drives. [YouTube via Twitter]

“Loutallica” Details Emerge
The album-length collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica is titled Lulu, after the character in Frank Wededkind‘s plays, one of which was adapted into a G.W. Pabst film (Pandora’s Box). It’s due out November 1, but hopefully the news will continue to get more bizarre and intriguing until then. [Lou Reed & Metallica]

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