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

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  • Remember that sweet acoustic guitar autographed by the Old 97s? You know, the one Cheryl Waters displayed on this very blog as a pledge drive prize? Here’s some good news for the winner, as well as all Old 97s fans who don’t have the sharpie-covered “KEXP model” — the band has announced a new album is on the horizon. Blame it On Gravity will be on the New West label and is slated for a May release. Paste has the full tracklist, and the band have already slid the first single, “Dance With Me” into their MySpace jukebox for your listening pleasure.
  • Colin Meloy Sings Live! Okay, you probably already knew that. But it’s the name of his new album as well, and it’ll be out in April via Kill Rock Stars. KRS sent word over that you can grab an MP3 from the record already:

Colin Meloy – We Both Go Down Together (MP3)

  • Moving away from the land of heartland acoustic strums and into the cosmic terrain of Germanic blips and bleeps, the mighty Notwist have a new CD coming out as well. The Devil, You + Me isn’t out until June in the U.S., but Stereogum has kindly posted an MP3 of new track “Good Lies”, and has the full rundown — a tracklist, and more news on the forthcoming album and tour. If you’d prefer to skip right to the audio portion of the program, right this way:

The Notwist – Good Lies (MP3)

  • “I had dinner with Alan Parsons the other night.” As opening lines to a blog post go, that one is pretty hard to beat (for a number of reasons.) Just in case anyone isn’t following John Roderick’s guest column at the Seattle Weekly, it makes for a great read. Not only is J-Rod the driving force behind the beloved Long Winters, but he’s a hilarious and wildly talented writer as well, even when musing about… well… just musing, really. For a Long Winters soundtrack to stream while you read, check out our Live Performances Archive, where you’ll find five LW visits to choose from, or download this Live Performances podcast from last year:

The Long Winters – Live on KEXP 7/21/2006 (MP3)

  • Pavement have begun making noises about a reunion, with the target date being the Matador Records 20th Anniversary bash slated for next year. You can get more info on this from, oh, just about every online music source you can think of, but one thing does jump out from the comments; ex-frontman Stephen Malkmus seems to feel much less urgency to recovene than the rest of his former bandmates. To be expected, really; with Real Emotional Trash, Malkmus (and his trusty Jicks) have just released what might be the strongest album of his post-Pavement solo career. In case you missed this from a few days back:

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Baltimore (MP3)


Heck, let’s just make today Pavement Day!


Zero shopping days ’til Pavement Day – go for the gift card!

  • Tom Waits 2008 Tour. Four words that go great together. Now that it’s been confirmed, time to troll the webogeograsphere daily for dates and ticket info! Seattle loves you, Tom. Just a reminder. No pressure. (Coming in April: we resort to begging!)
  • That’s it for now. Time to pack for SxSW next week in Austin! KEXP will be broadcasting live from the festival, and we’ve got a gaggle of exclusive live performances lined up, including the Breeders, Holy Fuck and DeVotchka. If you can’t make it to the festival (that pesky day job, etc?) we’ll bring the music to you. Daily updates — photos, interviews, and suchlike — will be on this very page.
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