Today in Music: Goings On

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan = The Gutter Twins
photo by Sam Holden

Lots of activity going on these days. Not all music related. Here’s the scoop:

Fans of Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan can rejoice! According to Pitchfork, the long-time friends and frequent collaborators have have signed to Sub Pop. While Dulli and Lanegan have appeared on each other’s solo albums, together as The Gutter Twins they will finally release what Dulli calls “a strange record.” Back in 2005, he told Under the Radar, “It’s kind of rock and roll. It’s actually a little bit more…there are country and folk elements all over it, and there are electronic elements too,” adding, “It doesn’t sound like either one of us.” Will the album see release this year? Dulli has hoped it would arrive in Christmases past, so maybe if you’re a good boy or girl, Santa will leave the The Gutter Twins under your tree.

Here are The Gutter Twins covering Mahalia Jackson’s “On my Way To Canaan’s Land” in Rome at the end of 2005 (yes, we’ve been waiting that long for this release!)



Artists of the British kid’s comics The Beano have cast the five lads of Kaiser Chiefs as Beano characters for their 7″ single “The Angry Mob.” Coming with the single, which will be released in August, is a comic story in which the band, as drummer Nick Hodgson told Culture Deluxe, will be “Beano-fied” and featured as “cheeky characters.”


Colin Melloy will get the cartoon treatment, though not as himself, for Comedy Central’s Lil’ Bush. The Decemberists frontman will join the ranks of Iggy Pop (Lil’ Rummy), Jeff Tweedy (God), Frank Black (the Devil), Dave Grohl (himself) and The Red Hot Chili Peppers (themselves) as voice talent for the show. Thanks to Stereogum for this clip featuring Melloy as a suddenly-smart Jeb:


While we’re on the topic of cartoons, the movie version of the longest-running prime time animated series in history, The Simpsons, is nearly upon us. Here’s a video featuring stills from the movie set to Green Day‘s rendition of the show’s familiar theme (thanks to You Ain’t No Picasso for the heads up):


Interpol’s Carlos D is producing and starring in a movie that we hope will not be very funny, at least not unintentionally. An inside source for the independent horror film, possibly titled My Friends Told Me About You, told Time Out Chicago (via Pitchfork) that the bassist and aspiring auteur will apparently play a “bad drug dealer” (“bad,” as in inept). According to the report, “At one point, Dengler’s character gets duped by the oldest trick in the pot-pusher handbook: subbing oregano for the ganj.” Let’s hope he gets Jeb’s smarts soon.

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