Weekly news roundup: It’s about that time...

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Welcome to Tuesday, ya’ll. It’s roundup time again. Peel your eyes away from the New Hampshire Primary and sit back for some catch up on all the best music news brought to you by your most favorite radio station, KEXP.

The biggest news item circling the web in the last few days has collectively been the story of The Shins keyboardist, Marty Crandall arrest due to some sort of domestic dispute with his girlfriend, probably ex now, Elyse Sewell, former America’s Next Top Model contestant. I first found it at Idolater, here.

Another widely circulated story has been a group called the The Overdub Tampering Committee and their attempt to trump illegal downloader’s by fooling them into stealing overdubbed copies of leaked albums. Tripwire has the details.

Tripwire provided a couple other important news bits for the week. Here, they give a healthy list of bands headed for Austin during this year’s SXSW. And here, a disheartening bit on electronic pioneer BT and his missing daughter.

As previously mentioned, it is Tuesday and Tuesday is new release day in the music world. Largehearted Boy has put a list of some of this week’s best, here. Topping the list is soundtrack for the film Juno. Spinner has some insight from Kimya Dawson on the songs she wrote for the film. Also, find more about this week’s new releases in today’s KEXP Blog post here.

On the tour announcement front there were two standouts. Justice pronounced, via myspace, there world tour with cherry on top at Madison Square Garden. Pitchfork brought attention to hip-hop throwback act, Cool Kids‘ declaration of some winter dates. See you on the 18th, Kids.

Pitchfork also hosted an interview with Silver Jews‘ David Berman, who chatted about their upcoming album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea on Dragcity. Meanwhile, Aversion had the particulars on Eels frontman, E, and his autobiography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know.

On the hip-hop front, XXL magazine editor-in-chief was canned, Trent Reznor and Saul Williams haven’t had the same luck as Radiohead, and Atmosphere has opted for a give away with new free-to-download album, Strictly Leakage.

Billboard gave word to saddening news from Jamaica, as thousands of records and cd’s went missing from the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corp., including Bob Marley and Peter Tosh originals. While you mourn the loss, check out some great vinyl heads.

Aquarium Drunkard posted two great reviews on some roots music. Click here for Jason Isbell‘s Sirens Of The Ditch and here for Jim White‘s Transnormal Skiperoo.

Finally, Brooklyn Vegan posted some comments on a celebration for legendary music promoter extraordinaire, Bill Graham here, and Largehearted Boy pointed to Seth Godin’s blog posting on some music biz lessons Graham probably new quite well.

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