Thursday News Threads

photo by Fabrizio Sciami

  • Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame is now streaming his new album with The Mystic Valley Band.  The album is slated for release on August 5 by Merge.
  • The finalists for Britain’s Mercury Prize have been announced.  Those making the cut include Radiohead, Robert Plant, Elbow, Burial, Laura Marling, Estelle, The Last Shadow Puppets, Adele, Neon Neon, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Portico Quartet, and British Sea Power.
  • Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett of the Gorillaz will release the soundtrack to Monkey: Journey to the West, the opera that premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2007 and opened yesterday at London’s Royal Opera House. The lyrics are based on ancient Chinese texts, the performance is in Mandarin, and the BBC has been using the graphics as part of its Beijing Olympics coverage.

Monkey: Journey to the West trailer

  • TV on the Radio (who will also be at the Showbox, on September 9) is releasing a new album, Dear Science, due for release on September 23.
  • ATO Records, which has released a 15th anniversary edition of Liz Phair‘s 1993 debut album Exile in Guyville, will also be releasing her new studio album this fall.

Animal Collective – Lion in the Coma

  • Chicago quintet Bound Stems will be releasing a second album, The Family Afloat, on September 9.
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One Comment

  1. marthafines
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to all… and to all a good night.

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