Today in Music: End of the Week News

Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood at Matrix
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As 2007 ticked by, Radiohead fans waited eagerly for news of the band’s next release, possibly due out by the end of the year. Their hope was fed by blips and blurts and cryptic phrases on their blog Dead Air Space like “Yes I know its been a while ….. but we’ve been working on this album for a while …… BUT WE ARE NEARLY THERE.” However, news came Wednesday via uber-fansite Atease that the album, currently referred to as LP7, will not come out until 2008, five years after the release of Hail to the Thief. A possible reason for the most recent delay comes from the Matrix Music School and Arts Center, which on their website states, “Bass guitarist Colin Greenwood and producer Nigel Godrich invited thirty Junior Extension children to help realise an idea for one of the tracks on Radiohead’s forthcoming album.” If you’re a fan, you’ll wait as long as it takes. Meanwhile, you can listen to this song, expected to be on the new album, here recorded live in Amsterdam and hosted by Fine Fine Music:

Radiohead – 15 Step [live] (MP3)

lisamarie.jpgYesterday was the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, a moment that has marked the lives of so many — as in, where were you when …? There are a lot of news stories and tributes of Elvis circulating the internet right now, but one that stirs up a lot of mixed feelings is that of Lisa Marie Presley recording another posthumous duet with her late father. The first, a decade ago in Memphis as part of the Elvis Presley in Concert tour, which paired former band members live with projected video clips. Lisa Marie’s performance of “Don’t Cry Daddy” was never made commercially available (though it is on the ‘Tube), but her recent recording of “In the Ghetto” will be available on iTunes. Is it worth hearing her husky voice juxtaposed with his? Yes! All proceeds from the song’s sales will go to the New Orleans branch of Presley Place, a transitional housing facility being set up for homeless families. For now, watch the video (thanks to Spinner), but after, be sure to help support a good cause:

While record crowds held vigil for him at Graceland, others celebrated Presley’s contributions, like Dodge over at My Old Kentucky Blog, who regularly hosts insanely thorough post of cover songs, and who presented a respectfully subdued handful of songs that do the King justice, like this:

The Cramps – Heartbreak Hotel (MP3)

[insert pithy Violent Femmes quote here] The early-80’s college radio favorites are going to court — with each other. Bassist and band founder Brian Ritchie has filed suit against singer and apparent non-founder Gordon Gano (who Ritchie says came on board a year after the band started). According to the lawsuit filed, “This action is the unfortunate culmination of an ongoing intra-band dispute between Ritchie and Gano over Gano’s misappropriation and misadministration of Ritchie’s interests in the jointly owned songs and assets of the band,” particulary stemming from the cringe-inducing use of the band’s trademark song “Blister in the Sun” in a Wendy’s ad. Ritchie blames Gano for allowing the licensing, in addition to withholding funds due to him, while Gano for his part remained oblivious to any tension, as he told the AP, “We just played a really, really good tour. Since the early ’80s, everything’s really good. We’re playing better than ever.” Expect the courts to hash this one out. [Wait, I got it: Femmes bass player Brian Ritchie wants Gordan Gano to add it up!] After this, will they be gone daddy gone? Gnarls Barkely thinks so:

Amid all the reports of self-destruction in music news lately (Winehouse, Lohan, Spears, etc.), it’s reassuring to hear that one of the more legendary self-destroyers, Ryan Adams, has cleaned up his act. The former Whiskeytown guitarist and prolific solo artist tells Rolling Stone about his long-term addiction and his reasons for drying up. Will he fall back as others have done before? He tells the mag, “To think about falling off a bicycle and smashing your nuts on that bar or whatever the most horrible sports-accident thing you can think of: That doesn’t cover what it would be like for me to imagine drinking or doing drugs again.” Here’s Adams pre-sobriety, with a cover of Alice in Chain’s “Down in a Hole”:


Picture of the week:

From Rolling Stone: director Rupert Jones (The Streets, Gomez) filming the video for Mark Ronson’s remix of Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Art and Historical Center. “The elaborate shoot involved a few Bob Dylan look-alikes, a crashed motorcycle, a hoard of camped out hippies, the Dap-Kings, a Seventies-disco club (and according to some reports, breakdancers and a gospel choir).”

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