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Happy Mondays mascot Bez misses Coachella

We understand that no matter how lamentable the outcome, things must change. But sometimes change is within our control, and whoever has told you that promises were made to be broken (parents? politicians? boyfriends?) is ultimately full of it. Perhaps we don’t hold musicians and entertainers to the same standards as our loved ones, but it can still sting when our idols don’t follow through with their promises. Here are a few of the latest deal breakers:

  • Last night, the vivacious Scarlett Johansson, who was rumored to appear with Jesus & Mary Chain (presumably to anticipate her forthcoming Scarlett Sings Tom Waits) on their California tour dates did not perform at the Glass House in Pamona. Laist reviews the concert and hosts a video “Reverence.” Will she appear at Coachella today? Anxious fanboys await. But you can judge for yourself if concert-goers are missing anything:

  • Who is definitely not appearing at Coachella as previously hoped is Bez, the famed dancer, percussionist, and Happy Mondays mascot. Apparently, the Word Record holder for maraca shaking and Celebrity Big Brother Uk winner had issues obtaining a work visa. Who knew hip shaking was work?
  • We at KEXP would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of San Fadyl, the drummer for The Ladybug Transistor, who passed away yesterday after a life-long battle with asthma. The band has set up a tribute page, and Pitchfork shares two videos and this fitting memorial from the band’s webiste:
  • The Ladybug Transistor – Song For The Ending Day (MP3)

  • Patrick Wolf, who begins a series of U.S. tour dates with Amy Winehouse next week, had earlier this week announced that he we calling it quits on future performances, is now claiming, “I never said I was quitting music.”
  • When Carl Barat walked onstage to join Pete Doherty for a full set of Libertines songs earlier this month, the interblogs were all atwitter about a full-on Libertines reunion. However, mutual presence and a renewed relationship do not a reunion make. Both Barat and Doherty explain to NME that their individual projects, Dirty Pretty Things and Babyshambles, will soldier on separately. Perhaps they just need to wait twenty years.
  • Speaking of which, in grampa-band reunion news that doesn’t involve Lou Barlow, mercurial hardcore/reggae legends Bad Brains return to the airwaves with the June release of Build a Nation, produced by Beastie Adam Yauch. They’ll be appearing in the Northwest for the Sasquatch Music Festival, as will the rest of the Beastie Boys.
  • In what promises to be an excellent release is the forthcoming release The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree. The robe-clad quasi-cultists have made an 8-minute preview of the album available through their label TVT:
  • The Polyphonic Spree – The Fragile Army preview (MP3)

  • If there’s one thing you can definitely be assured of, it’s a new release (or several) by Ryan Adams. Easy Tiger will be hit the shelves in June, which leave six months for another release. Last weekend, Ryan appeared on The Henry Rollins Show and delivered this Jeff Buckley-esque stunner:
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