Today in Music: Weekend Headlines

AC Newman’s singing love songs
photo by Jason Bechtel

Congratulations to Carl (A.C.) Newman of The New Pornographers, who wed Matador Records marketing manager Christy Simpson this weekend. The New York Times reports that sometime bandmate, alt-country chanteuse Neko Case serenaded the couple with “a set of songs about love gone wrong.” Mates of State also performed for the attending crowd, which contained band members, Matador employees, and various industry folk, as did comedian Eugene Mirman and even A.C. himself, who announced, “I just got married. I’m doing “Against All Odds.”

A.C. Newman – Drink to Me Babe, Then (MP3)

You can now find an exclusive song from Eddie Vedder‘s forthcoming soundtrack project over at Spinner. From the album, officially Vedder’s first full solo effort and penned for buddy Sean Penn’s movie Into The Wild, here’s “Hard Sun”:

Eddie Vedder – Hard Sun

Here’s the official trailer for the movie:


ny-chrome-label-side1.jpgAccording to Rolling Stone, Neil Young will release a follow-up the the unreleased 1977 album Chrome Dreams, which contained hits (like “Powderfinger” and “Like a Hurricane”) that ended up on other albums, with Chrome Dreams II. The sequel will contain three previously written songs and will hit shelves October 16. You can read more about the history (and loss) of Chrome Dreams at Neil Young’s website. Still on target for an early 2008 release is long-awaited Archives: Volume 1 box set. While you are waiting for both, here’s Ben Gibbard performing a Neil Young cover at the Somerville Theater in May (thanks to Bradley’s Almanac):

Ben Gibbard – Harvest Moon [live] (MP3)

British songstresses/headline fodder Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse have both canceled tour dates. Allen, who was detained at LAX supposedly in relation to a brawl she had in London, was unable to reverse her revoked work visa in time to make her scheduled U.S. tour dates. Amy Winehouse will be delaying her own tour, ccording to her website, “until further notice in order to address her health issues.” You can read more here.

If you haven’t yet seen Lily Allen pretend to be Amy Winehouse on the British sketch comedy The Friday Night Project, enjoy:

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