LCD photo by Neil365 & Arcade Fire photo by Gregory A. Perez
In today’s headlines: Arcade Fire + LCD = yes, M.I.A.=no
Let’s hope it’s not a rumor ’cause your dream bill may be coming your way — it’s being reported all over the blogosphere that Arcade Fire will be teaming up with LCD Soundsystem for a North American tour. Only two dates have been confirmed so far — September 17 at Red Rocks and September 20 at the Hollywood Bowl — but a full tour is expected to follow.
M.I.A. has canceled yet another appearance. The Sri Lankan rapper dropped from Sasquatch last month due to visa problems, which is understandable, as many other musicians have also had difficulty entering the U.S. (The View, Handsome Furs), but according to Pitchfork, this time she’s nixing Glastonbury with no reason given yet.
These two stories together break my heart: 1) from Contactmusic: former New Order keyboardist Stephen Morris has been jobless since New Order took a break last year “because he isn’t qualified to do anything else” and 2) from NME: “After months of speculation, New Order have finally confirmed that they have split.” Here’s wishing Stephen and the rest the best of luck.
This headline at Stereogum caught my eye: “Amanda Palmer, Beth Ditto, And A Puppet Cover Radiohead,” and I’m certainly glad I took the time to watch this alluring video of the frontwomen of Dresden Dolls and The Gossip singing “Creep.” During their post-party following their NYC stop, Beth makes out with Madame in front of drag queens! Great stuff. (Like with the other Amanda Palmer clip that I linked to earlier, you have to bear with the rough beginning.)
Starbucks-approved Thurston Moore announced the details of his first solo album in a dozen years. An Aquarium Drunkard reveals that the new album, entitled Trees Outside The Academy, will hit shelves in September. Moore enlisted Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley to lay down some beats during the recording sessions held at J. Mascis’ Amherst, MA, studio.
I was lucky enough to catch The Saturday Knights at Club Havana in Seattle last Saturday. The bar room was packed to capacity for the short live set and then the screening of their new video for “45”.
If you’re in the Seattle area this weekend, loosen your waistband for their next live performance, on Saturday, June 23, 6pm at Silver Platters Queen Anne, where you can enjoy a live set by The Saturday Knights and participate in a donut eating contest!
Here’s The Saturday Knigths’ new video for “45” which you can find on MySpace: