Today in Music: What’s Cookin’ on Wednesday

Rufus Wainwright performs at KEXP
photo by Laura Musselman

What’s cookin’ in today’s news? Why, that would be Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand and My Morning Jacket, that’s who. The indie darlings, among others, have contributed to I Like Food, Food Tastes Good, published by Hyperion. The recipes are meant to reflect the bands’ own discographies or experiences, and, man, you probably know what influenced Devendra Banhart‘s contribution:

RIGHT ON!!!!!!
here is my favorite recipe for:
you shall require!
many bananas!
a box of graham crackers!!!
two eggs!!!

  • Speaking of influences, the AP reports that country outlaw and Ryan Adams collaborator Willie Nelson won’t be cooling his heels in the slammer for his misdemeanor of marijuana possession, to which he’d pleaded guilty in Louisiana last year.
  • Unfortunately, The Cooper Temple Clause is now on ice. We learned form Rock Sellout that the Reading-based rockers have decided to call it quits even before their third album, Make This Your Own, has hit the shelves in the U.S. The band’s demise occurred in the wake of guitarist Dan Fisher’s decision to leave the band, claiming only vaguely, “It was something I felt I had to do.”
  • It wouldn’t be summer without a Bob Dylan tour. Billboard tracks his itinerary, which doesn’t (yet) include stops in the Pacific Northwest. And in case you hadn’t heard, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth I to some, Galadriel to others) will be among the seven different actors to portray Dylan in Todd Haynes’ biopic “I’m Not There.” If you think the casting seems unlikely, check her oddly convincing androgynous young Bob.
  • Things are heating up in post-Katrina New Orleans, as marching clubs, aided by the ACLU, petition against the rising security fees charged to second-line parades, which stem from early jazz funerals and occur every Sunday in the spring and summer months. While the rising rates are attributed to the rising violence in the city, the petitioners argue that the fees are unfairly assessed and hinder First Amendment rights. Read more about it on The Village Voice.
  • Following their reissue of III, Domino plans to also re-release Sebadoh‘s first album The Freed Man. According to The Tripwire, the new package of the original 1989 debut will contain 52 tracks! The band is still on the road, still together despite their turbulent past, and they’ve been covering on old favorite of theirs, Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'”, which you can hear courtesy of Cable & Tweed:
  • Sebadoh – Free Fallin’ [live 3-24-2007] (MP3)

  • What else can you look forward to in the coming months? A lot of new bands on new labels. Brooklyn Vegan run-downs the latest label signage, and hints that Tokyo Police Club may find a home at Saddle Creek.
  • While Lily Allen may be writing off some of her current tour dates, that hasn’t stopped her from releasing a recording from her recent LA show through a new music service called Urge. Shelves of Vinyl has a bit more on that story plus a pair of Lily Allen tracks including this Mark Ronson remix:
  • Lily Allen – Smile (Mark Ronson revisit) (MP3)

  • Talk about revisits: on Monday we revealed many examples of older bands returning to the spotlight, but news that Spinal Tap is reuniting for the Live Earth concerts on July 7 trumps them all. And to complete the story, Rob Reiner has directed a 15-minute “rockumentary” covering the reunion.
  • Jax at Rock Insider continues her love letters to bands, this time to Sea Wolf, and raves about this video:
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