Plus: Pumpkins Ready EP, White Stripes Single Sells for $18K

October 20, 2010 1:36 PM ET

Smashing Pumpkins to Release Second 'Teargarden' EP November 23rd
Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins will release Teargarden by Kaleidyscore Vol.II: The Solstice Bare, the second EP in Corgan's planned 44-song, 11-EP project, on November 23rd. The limited edition CD and 12" vinyl will feature "The Fellowship," "Freak," "Tom Tom" and "Spangled," plus the unreleased B-side "Cottonwood Symphony." [Press Release]

Seal and Heidi Klum to Host Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit
Seal and wife Heidi Klum will raise money for the WWO, which benefits orphaned children around the globe, on November 1st at New York's Cipriani Wall Street restaurant. CNN's Anderson Cooper will be honored. Visit WWO here or call 973-763-9961 for tickets or information. [Press Release]

White Stripes 7" Sells for $18,000
A copy of the White Stripes' 1998 7" single for "Lafayette Blues," one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by Jack White and Italy Records head Dave Buick, was recently sold for $18,000. The single originally sold for only $6 when they were sold at the Stripes' concert at Detroit's Gold Dollar in 1998. [Third Man Records]

Gibbard and Deschanel Sing at National League Championships Game Three
Married couple Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and She & Him's Zooey Deschanel both put their vocal talents on display at San Francisco's AT&T Park yesterday for Game 3 of the National League Championship series between the hometown Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Gibbard sang the National Anthem before gametime while Deschanel performed "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch. [Twenty Four Bit]

Rihanna Drops Two "Who's That Chick? Videos
Rihanna revealed both a candy-colored "day version" and an emo-flavored "night version" of her new Loud single/Doritos commercial music "Who's That Chick?" [Doritos Late Night]

Flaming Lips Plot 'Soft Bulletin' New Year's Eve Performance
Flaming Lips will play their entire 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin at a New Year's Eve concert in their native Oklahoma City. Tickets for the show "go on sale very soon," the band says. [Flaming Lips' Twitter]

Robyn Unleashes 'Body Talk, Pt. 3' Details
Swedish pop queen Robyn will release the third and final installment in her yearlong Body Talk series of EPs on November 22nd. The album will feature five new Robyn songs, plus highlights from both Pt. 1 and Pt. 2. [Robyn]

Plus: Michael Jackson album in limbo, Glastonbury canceled and more.

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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