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Esperanza Spalding, Neil Finn to livestream album recording sessions 

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Can it be that finally, two years after its introduction, Facebook Live may actually have some use-value? We’ll be finding out in the coming weeks, as both Neil Finn and Esperanza Spalding give fans real-time access to the recording of their next albums.

Finn will be first out of the gate on Aug. 25 with a three-hour livestreamed recording session for his 11-track Out of Silence album, to be released just one week later. The former Crowded House frontman is also leading up to the event by streaming rehearsal sessions each Friday this month.

Spalding, meanwhile, will up the ante from three hours to three days, as she writes and records her next album during a marathon 77-hour livestream that kicks off on Sept. 12. The eclectic singer and bassist, who won a Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, is promising “potent, charged, fresh-from-the ethers-compositional, musical and lyrical content.” There will also be sleep breaks, during which cameras will continue to roll.

In the meantime, for those who prefer their behind-the-scenes vantage point to be a bit more circumspect, HBO’s The Defiant Ones is well worth checking out. The new four-part series chronicles the real-life adventures of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two industry icons brought together by their mutual respect for music, money, and each other. Just witnessing Dre in a tropical setting, surrounded by exotic birds while chilling out to tracks by Nirvana and Kraftwerk, is itself worth the price of admission.

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