Music News: Thursday’s Things You Should Know About. Really.

Crowd gathering at Radiohead’s free performance 1/16/08
photo by Alexandre Nakonechnyj

  • Who doesn’t love Radiohead? The band kicked off 2008 in typical kamikaze fashion by playing a free London show — with less than a day’s notice — performing In Rainbows in its entirety (and in sequence). The NME has a recap, and is one of many sources to mention that older songs “The Bends” and “My Iron Lung”, played as encores, got the loudest cheers of the evening. Ouch! Check out the videos, also on NME.
  • Dave Havlicek, electric banjo player for garage-punk legends The Monks, has passed away. For those not in the Seattle area that might have missed KEXP DJ Hannah Levin’s write-up on Havlicek and the Monks in her Seattle Weekly “Rocket Queen” column, it’s well worth reading. Keep an eye out for the tribute show…
  • Bjork took time out of her busy schedule yesterday to beat the crap out of a journalist at Auckland International Airport. Shades of 1996, when she did much the same thing to a photographer snapping photos of her arrival. Twenty years ago, something like that would have ended with harsh words and maybe a few nails in the tires courtesy an irate brother-in-law. Now? It’s on YouTube forever.
  • Joe Jackson‘s new CD Rain will be out on January 29th, and Brooklyn Vegan has the tourdates. Rumors of Ted Leo signing on as the support act remain unconfirmed. Malkovich malkovich malkovich…
  • Pete Doherty, perhaps feeling constrained in Babyshambles with so many other gifted writers in the band, will spread his prison-stamped and cigarette-charred wings later this year by releasing a solo CD, according to the NME.
  • Who doesn’t love Cat Power? Probably the same sourpusses who don’t love Radiohead (see leadoff news item). But for the rest of us, the details of Chan Marshall’s new covers album, Jukebox, are finally out. It’ll be in stores next Tuesday, and Chan is backed by the Dirty Delta Blues band as she takes a turn at songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell and James Brown. Pick up the “bonus disc” version and you’ll get some Nick Cave and Moby Grape action as well.
  • Colin Meloy Sings Live!, a document of his 2006 solo acoustic tour, will be out in April via the Kill Rock Stars label. Meloy’s previous solo releases – such as his Shirley Collins and Morrissey covers EPs – have been available as tour-only items. This one will get the full treatment.
  • Did someone mention the Mozzer? Morrissey‘s latest Greatest Hits set will reach the UK shops February 11; for those who choose not to spring for the import (and it’s “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” bonus disc), a US release is in the cards as well, says Pitchfork. And in the time honored tradition of fleecing one’s biggest fans, “Greatest Hits” will including the obligatory “previously unreleased” bonus track or two.
  • In Seattle news, the “revolving door with a desk in it” also known as the Music Editor’s Office at The Stranger will now be occupied by Eric Grandy. Revolving out — in a curious cone of silence — is Jonathan Zwickel.
  • Finally, for those who like to plan ahead, Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson are cooking up a “holiday-themed” record, says Music Slut, by way of Rolling Stone. Plans include a full compliment of both Christmas and Hanukkah songs — “Kosher Kisses” is the title of one Winehouse contribution. Amy, of course, will be bringing the fruitcake.
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