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

Bill Cosby Gangsta Rap
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  • Bill Cosby‘s rap album, State of Emergency, is soon to drop. The names of his collaborators on the project have been a closely guarded secret, and the rumor that his crew will be called Bone Thugs-N-Huxtable has yet to be confirmed. Actually, it never will be, because I made it up. For more on Wild Bill’s “issues-oriented” CD, and his thunderous throwdowns on Proper Parenting (which he’s probably for) and Teen Pregnancy (I’m guessing… against?) check out
  • U23D, a U2 concert film that’s also the first live action movie shot and exhibited in fully digital 3D, hits the big (as in BIG) screens next week. Via stunning technological developments (hey, good enough for me), the theater audience will now feel like they are truly “at” a U2 concert. If a 40 ft. Bono onscreen at Pacific Science Center is your idea of a great time, the countdown starts now! You can watch the trailer at Alert fans will notice that the very first image on the trailer is a Best Buy logo — you know, that ubiquitous yellow price tag. Will that be 3D as well? Calls to a local Seattle Best Buy (shoutout to the Northgate Mall!) resulted in neither a confirmation nor a denial — only 16 minutes on hold and some invaluable recorded information on choosing the LCD Big Screen that’s right for you. Some sort of yearly Paper Shredder Event going on as well.
  • Scarlett Johansson’s CD of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, is on the schedule for a May 20th release via Atko/Rhino Records. Featured on the album is guest vocalist David Bowie. Billboard magazine reports Johansson met Bowie at a party, and approached him to contribute. Billboard did not mention where this party was, or what was being served that could possibly have impaired Mr. Bowie’s judgment to such an extent that he agreed. Produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, the CD includes an original song as well as ten Waits tunes.
  • Los Campesinos! have branched out into publishing; “Romance is Boring (A Los Campezine-os),” the band’s own zine, will be available at upcoming shows. Contributors include Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals (did you catch their KEXP in-studio a coupla days ago?) members of Deerhoof, You Say Party! We Say Die! and others. The price tag: a donation towards a Rheumatoid Arthritis charity. Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip. The new Los Campesinos! CD, Hold On Now, Youngster, will be out at the end of February in the UK and early April here in the Americas.
  • Sparklehorse head honcho Mark Linkous continues working away at his collaboration with Danger Mouse, under the name Dangerhorse. According to Spin Online, guest vocalists will include the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals (dang, he’s everywhere!), Vic Chesnutt, Jason Lytle from the sorely missed (sniff) Grandaddy, and a special guest rap by Bill Cosby. Aww, just kidding on that last one. He, thankfully, is not everywhere.
  • EMI Records will release a Radiohead greatest hits album to coincide with the band’s upcoming In Rainbows North American tour. It’s being done without the band’s consent and/or endorsement. When it comes right down to it, will that matter to Radiohead fans? Your tireless blogger will be assessing relative degree of fan guilt by doing some informal polling in the checkout line at Best Buy, provided said blogger is not first crushed by a three story floating logo gone AWOL from a store-sponsored U2 movie.
  • Waiting impatiently for the debut CD by Grand Archives to hit the shelves next week? Take a peek at the writing process, as ex-Band of Horses songwriter Mat Brooke shares demos of three tracks (“Torn Blue Foam Coach,” “George Kaminsky” and “Sleepdriving”), courtesy of I Guess I’m Floating, from the upcoming album The Grand Archives on Sub Pop. These have been posted before, but here’s your second chance if you missed out.
  • Thom Yorke, of the band — aww c’mon, you know, we just talked about ‘em — will guest DJ on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” today. If you can’t tear yourself away from KEXP to listen (and who could blame you?), fear not: Yorke’s guest stint will be available as an NPR podcast before the spittle on his mic even dries.
  • In a charity auction, Shakira has sold her bra for $3,000. The singer who gifted us with the line “lucky that my breasts are small and humble” (thanks, NME, for the reminder) will donate proceeds to the Bare Feet Foundation, according to BBC News. In related news from a strangely fixated NME, Dolly Parton has postponed her upcoming tour due to back problems. Maybe if she was a little more… you know… humble, this wouldn’t have happened.
  • Tune in to KEXP tomorrow at 12 noon PST to catch Dean & Britta and Keren Ann live on the air with Cheryl Waters. While you’re waiting, Dean & Britta have kindly made their recent remix EP, Variations, available for streaming online. Thanks, Stereogum. Seven tracks of gauzy Dream Pop, shapeshifted by the likes of Sonic Boom and Tony Visconti? Happy Valentines Day to you as well!
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