Monday’s Music News: Now in bite-size chunks, for covert reading at work!

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  • Seattle folk -- if you don’t have plans for tomorrow, now you do! Jim Walsh is in town to read from his new book, The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting, an Oral History at Borders Books (downtown, on 4th) on Tuesday. If you can sneak out of work at lunchtime, Jim reads at 12:30 pm. If you can’t, catch him talking about the book with Kevin Cole on KEXP at 4:30! Later that night, Jim will be at the Comet Tavern to catch the Replacements cover night organized to coincide with his visit. Best of all, the show is a benefit, with all proceeds going towards local rock icon Kim Warnick’s hospital bills. It starts at 8:00 pm, and performers include Thee Sgt Major III, John Ramberg, The Small Change, Andrew McKeag & Ben London, Jared Clifton, Massy Ferguson, Joe Reineke & Scott Kannberg, Love Battery and more!
  • My Morning Jacket has become so popular, and cultivated such a fan base via relentless touring (and damn good records), that it’s big news when they simply announce the title of their next CD. They spilled the beans to NME -- it’ll be called Evil Urges -- and it hits US record shops in June. This is the album that the band recently recorded in a remote location, with “no cell phones and no girlfriends” to intrude on the proceedings. Now we’ll all get to hear what the effects of celibacy and lack of voicemail has on great rock music. Hmm... perhaps now we know what the CD title refers to?
  • As collaborations go, how about The Black Keys and Danger Mouse (known to most as half of Gnarls Barkley, as well as for his brilliant 2004 Beatles/Jay-Z mashup The Grey Album)? DM is at the recording console for Attack And Release, the fifth CD from the BKs, due out March 31. According to the NME (what, it’s NME day?), the pairing came about when Danger Mouse was working on a new album for the late Ike Turner, and asked the Ohio twosome to consider contributing songs. Black Keys fans in Seattle won’t have much time to bond with the new album before the band hits town -- they’ll be playing the Showbox just five days later!
  • Anxiously awaiting the new Mountain Goats CD, Heretic Pride? Spinner has something to help tide you over -- the video for “Sax Rohmer #1,” a track from the forthcoming album.

  • If you’re enjoying the new Bob Mould album District Line as much as we are, check out a lengthy and candid interview with Bob over at Spin.com. “I’m blessed to have such a nice history,” he says during the conversation, “but I’m careful not to cash in on it.” Sorry, Grant and Greg -- the massive paycheck that a Husker Du reunion tour would be (see: Pixies) isn’t coming in the mail anytime soon.
  • Control, the Joy Division biopic directed by Anton Corbijn, blew a lot of people away this year. According to The Tripwire, the DVD release will include as a bonus a “true” Joy Division documentary -- and they’ve got the official trailer up on their site to prove it. Word is the documentary will focus more on the band and the music itself, while Control was built around the troubled life of frontman Ian Curtis.

  • Willie Nelson will turn 75 this year, but it’s his fans that get the gift: A 100-song, four-CD collection will be released on April 1st, with songs dating from 1954 through 2007. A lot of songs and a lot of candles on that cake, Willie! Warning: if Willie bakes it himself, you might not want to drive after having a slice.
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