Monday News Mash-Up

  • The deep throated and iconic soul singer Isaac Hayes regrettably passed away yesterday. Best known for the oft-quoted “Theme from Shaft” (and as the voice of Chef on South Park), Hayes was reportedly about to begin on a new album for Stax, the label where he created his legacy, and he just finished movie Soul Men with Bernie Mac, who also died this weekend, just a day before Hayes. Read more about Hayes’ legacy here and here, and about Bernie Mac here.
  • Hoboken’s finest, Yo La Tengo, are set to release They Shoot, We Score September 5th. The compilation corrals the band’s soundtrack work from Old Joy, Shortbus, Junebug, and Game 6, proving to all indie film makers that a Yo La Tengo’d soundtrack equals critical success.
  • Dean Ween does more than make music, he fishes! The great angler took a camera along with his rod and reel during Ween’s last world tour. Brownie Troop Fishing Show chronicles the adventures of Dean and his many friends. The Mollusk takes on a whole new meaning.
  • Because there’s never enough Radiohead tidbits to go around, perhaps you’d like to view the new video for “House of Cards” (from In Rainbows), which utilizes 3D plotting technologies to map out shapes and distances without the use of a camera. And it just wouldn’t be Radiohead if they didn’t allow you to make your own video and upload it.

  • Alt-country patron saint Howe Gelb is bringing us a new Giant Sand album, the first in four years. proVISIONS drops via Yep Roc September 2nd and will feature appearances from M. Ward, Neko Case and Isobell Campbell.
  • Crooner Morrissey has found 2008 unsuitable for Years of Refusal, pushing the album’s release back from September of this year into the first quarter of 2009. When reached for comment, Morrissey was busy with the whole celibacy bit — that line nabs all the girls.
  • Sony and BMG ended their partnership with a $900 million handshake. Bertelsmann Media Group took the buyout, perhaps scared over $50 million in losses last year, while the newly coined Sony Music Entertainment Inc. swallowed Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive and RCA into their ever-growing behemoth. BMG will keep a scant few bands amounting to about 1% of Sony’s total revenue last year, and the rest will be working for Sony 100%.
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