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News of Note: Michael Jackson’s latest single, Basement Jaxx’s new video, Tom Waits’ new live album, and more! by jluposello

Michael Jackson from the cover of his 1984 classic Thriller

Michael Jackson from the cover of his 1982 classic Thriller

The King of Pop’s “This Is It”, the title track from a soon-to-be released documentary of the same name, was available for streaming last night beginning at midnight on the King’s official website, says Rolling Stone. Michael Jackson, who often spent time in the public spotlight for his infamous highs and spiraling lows, is featured in this posthumous release alongside piano and strings. Recorded in 1991 during his sessions for Dangerous, the ballad features backup vocals from Michael’s four brothers. The film and soundtrack are scheduled to drop October 27, you can see the film trailer here. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: New MJ Single To Be Released]

UK-based house duo Basement Jaxx have released a music video for the title track of their fifth studio based album, Scars. Stereogum gives us a look at the video, which is directed by Dutch digital animator and artist Jan van Nuenen. The video thrives off of the effect-laden vocals supplied by Kelis, Meika, and Chipmunk, and features a rather threatening plant that grows and develops as the song progresses. Trust me, you’ll never look at a rosebush the same way again. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Basement Jaxx’s Scars]

Much to our delight. experimental pioneer Tom Waits has announced the release of a new live album.  According to Pitchfork, the two disc set will consist of all live recordings from Tom and has been titled Glitter and Doom. While Disc 1 will consist of a collection of songs sampled from ten separate shows, the second disc will be entirely made up of one track. That one track, entitled “Tom Tales,” will consist of onstage ramble and banter from our favorite songwriter. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until November 24 for Anti- Records to release it. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Tom Waits Appears in Kerouac’s Big Sur]

Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and Jawbox’s J. Robbins recently appeared on NPR’s Project Song, a feature in which artists are challenged to collaborate and write a song in just two days. The pair had never worked together before, which made the entire process even more spontaneous. As Pitchfork shows us, the product, entitled “Mercury” possesses all of the qualities that we’d expect to come from this talented duo, which were joined by drummer Daren Zentek, who played alongside Robbins in Channels. You can check out video of the entire process, or video of the finished song. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editors Pick #130: New Death Cab EP- The Open Door (2009), Editor’s Pick #83: New Death Cab Music Vid]

-John Luposello

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