So Iâ€™d love to have all sorts of fun weekend news bits for all yaâ€™ll, but as it turns out this weekend was kinda lame unless you were in New York for Spiritualized and Kevin Drew or youâ€™re a big fan of Beyonce or Sugarland. I wasn’t and am not; therefore, weâ€™ll have a refresher course of a few of last weekâ€™s highlights you might have missed.
The good olâ€™ Plug Awards have announced nominations and now itâ€™s time to get yer’ little fannies on over there and start voting all your favorite indieâ€™s to the stage. A few fun fingers-crossed nominations: Bettye LaVette for Album of the Year, The Cave Singers‘ Invitation Songs for Americana Album of the Year, and Pissed Jeans‘ Hope For Men for Punk Album of the Year. Go to BrooklynVegan for the nominees for best video. Don’t forget: your favorite radio station, KEXP , is up for both College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year and Online Radio Station Of The Year. Vote Now!
Apparently Texas troubadour, Lyle Lovett wants commercial radio to start paying for what they play. Last Tuesday, he appeared before a Senate panel to testify, pleading for legislation that would require commercial radio to start paying royalties to performers when they play one of their songs. It appeared the Senate tended to agree when Sen. Pat Leahy (committee chair) said, “When we turn on the radio, I want to know that the voices I hear belong to artists who are being treated fairly.” Read more.
Tapes N’ Tapes turned in their second album to XL Recordings. The Minneapolis rock quartet has plans to release the new hopeful gem to the public sometime in the spring. While you hunker down and prepare to bundle for then inevitable winter, read a little more about the new album here.
Band of Horses have changed their mind about being sell-outs, while Of Montreal decide giving in is all you can do. Ben Bridwell recently posted comments regarding their re-adjusted opinions on songs set to be used for Wal-Mart ads. Meanwhile, Kevin Barnes wrote an essay for Stereogum on why selling out isn’t an option, it’s a reality.
New York Troubadour, Lou Reed has recorded some new material for an upcoming World War II documentary called Nanking. For more info on that and a sampling of one of the tunes, Pitchfork has posted “Safety Zone,” here.
Our friends over at Three Imaginary Girls have brought it to our attention that the next of the DVD series, Burn To Shine has finished production for the Seattle gig and are getting ready for a release. We can look forward to The Cave Singers, Tiny Vipers, The Long Winters, and Kinkski. More here.
Arrested Development has decided it’s time to get back in the game after 13 years. It’s not that they haven’t making music -- the Atlanta Grammy winners have just been abroad, stating differences with the American music industry. Now it’s time to give the good ol’ U.S. of A. another chance. Read the story on Billboard.com.
A two headed monster is preparing to emerge from the ashes of a country legend. It turns out that Bob Dylan has gotten a hold of some of Hank Williams “lost” lyrics and has decided to put music to them for a new project and according to an old buddy, Jack White (the second head) is going to be involved. Pitchfork called it here.
The writers strike continues. In the meantime, the Saturday Night Live crew decided it would be a good idea do the show live, in support of the strike. YIKES!!! Actually it turned out to be pretty great, better than the usual shlub they pitch on NBC, anyhow. Might of had to do with the addition of Yo La Tengo as musical guests. Stereogum gives some more incite into SNL at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater this weekend here.
First heard on Wolphin, Paul Thomas Anderson has snapped up an unreleased short film featuring Elliot Smith as a Rastafarian basketball player. This can only be good, and if it’s bad, it still has to be good. Anyway, Spinner has more info on the potential of a 2008 release here.
NPR was (and still is after a quick page refresh) streaming Neko Case‘s final show of the Fox Confessor Brings the Flood tour at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall from Friday night. Upon further inspection you will see there is also an interview with Neko available. Check it here.
Finally, this: fake Coachella line-ups have begun to circulate. Stereogum mentions the first of many to come here.