Monday Music News: Pela singer hurts hand + rock and roll hook-ups

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  • Bad news for Pela: During last Saturday night’s show in Chicago, singer Billy McCarthy fell off stage during the “triumphant finale” at Shuba’s. Landing on a stray pint glass, he lacerated his hand and severed some some tendons in his left pinkie–the most underestimated finger necessary for rocking those sweet Pela jams. It looks like they have canceled all their upcoming shows up until their May 26th appearance at Sasquatch. This also means they will not be doing an in-studio here at KEXP on March 4 as planned. Get better soon, Billy! Send your condolences here.

  • While we’re at it we may as well mention the hit-and-run accident, reported by Pitchfork, that Vampire Weekend‘s drummer Chris Tomson was involved in on a street in London. He is “100% ok” now after being checked out by a doctor.

  • On his website, Trent Reznor writes:

    “We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing.”

    The result is a new release from Nine Inch Nails called Ghosts I-IV, now available on his website and Amazon as well as through file trading sites like The Pirate Bay and What’s significant about this completely self-released collection of 36 instrumental songs composed in collaboration with Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder, Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione is that listeners can download 9 tracks for free, the whole thing for $5, or spend $10, $75 or $300 for variations of the physical product. According to Reznor, Ghosts will be an onging project.

  • Back in December MC Marina Vello left Bonde Do Role because of some inter-band issues. Well, meet the two new permanent replacements. Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor plan on showing what BDR can do as a quartet when they head out on a tour starting April 24th in Miami, FL.
  • It seems Johnny Marr is going to continue his foray into the indie band scene. His next move? The Cribs. Bassist Barry Jarman ran into Marr at a Portland party and conspired to record some new songs. No word on when these will be done or what the project is exactly.
  • And speaking of legendary rock hook-ups, serial musician-dater Winona Ryder has decided to settle down. Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley (and The Elected) made himself the last man in a long line of rock suitors when they decided to get engaged. Let’s hope this puts an end to the “which celebrity or greasy musician is Winona dating now?” joke once and for all.
  • It’s a slow week for the talk show circuit this week. Mostly re-runs except:
    • Thursday – Grizzly Bear on the Late Late Show
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