Hear new songs from Todd Rundgren, Buckingham & McVie, U2 & Kendrick Lamar, Blink-182, Iggy Pop, and Glen Campbell



There was quite a bit of new music released this week, and here’s a roundup of songs that might be of interest to Rocknutters. Or maybe the won’t — depends on your taste, as a couple of these stray far from rock.

Let’s take a listen:

Todd Rundgren with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – “Deaf Ears”

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This electronic-oriented track is an environmental statement from Rundgren and is on his new album White Knight. Rundgren told NPR that most of this track’s music comes from Reznor and Ross. “I’ve done a little bit of work with Trent Reznor before, so when I decided that I was going to do a collaborative record, he was high on my list of people to get involved,” said Rundgren. “And he was terrific. He sent me essentially an entire album’s worth of ideas. I couldn’t decide at first, so I picked out two tunes, and he sent me all the multitracks to those. So I added vocals and a couple of other little flourishes, but otherwise, it was mostly what Trent and his partner Atticus Ross sent me.”

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie – “In My World”

Here’s the first track off the duet album from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. It’s a Mac-esque track off the album Buckingham McVie, slated for release in June.

Kendrick Lamar feat. U2 – “XXX” (explicit lyrics)

This pairing raised some eyebrows when it was announced recently, and now the song is available for listening as Lamar’s new album DAMN. has hit the streets. This is very much pure rap, so any Rocknutters not into that might not dig this song. If you’re curious though, here it is; Bono comes in after the 2 1/2 minute mark.



Blink-182 – “Can’t Get You More Pregnant”

Blink put out this silly 35-second song earlier in the week with the message “If you liked Pink Floyd’s landmark musical achievement "Dark Side of the Moon", you'll probably be ambivalent at best about this new record.” I like it though and wish it went on longer.

Iggy Pop – “Asshole Blues”

This song sounds like vintage Delta blues, right down to the grainy recording. “I wrote a blues song about an asshole who’s out to get me,” Pop said to Rolling Stone. “It’s full of negative energy. Listen at you own risk. It’s fun to play the blues”

Glen Campbell – “Everybody’s Talkin'”

Hard not to like this Harry Nilsson cover. Campbell, who has been fighting Alzheimer’s since 2011, had a farewell album surprisingly announced this week called Adios. Per Rolling Stone, the songs on this album were recorded after his farewell tour, which came after his diagnosis. The album hits June 9.

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