- The brooding quintet The National, who will be taking part in the Co-ops Rock! charitable event at the Moore Theatre on September 19, debuted a new song, “A Thousand Black Cities,” in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Thanks to The Music Slut for the clip:
- Listen to a new Franz Ferdinand song, “Lucid Dreams,” at the band’s official site. And just to be clear, the band’s diary reports that “It’s not a single.”
- Peter Holsapple of the dB’s describes the differences between recording a demo now and 20 years ago–back before GarageBand and light bulbs.
- The Avett Brothers have signed to Columbia Records for their first major label release, slated for 2009.
Jerry Rivers, Cedric Rainwater, Hank, Don Helms & Sammy Pruitt
- The final surviving member of Hank Williams’ original Drifting Cowboys Band, Don Helms, passed away on Monday at 81. The steel guitarist also played with legends Patsy Cline and Lefty Frizzell. Says musician Marty Stuart, “He was the dean of Nashville musicians and truly an essential part of the Hank Williams legacy.” Read more.
- Human Highway, a collaboration from Canadians Jim Guthrie and Nick Thorburn, are streaming their new record, Moody Motorcycles. The album will be arriving in stores on Tuesday.
- Tour dates! Bodies of Water will be at Chop Suey on September 3; Jennifer O’Connor will be at the Triple Door on September 13; The Magic Wands are joining Black Kids at Neumos on October 10; Fleet Foxes, fresh off their gig on Letterman (and the Capitol Hill Block Party), will be back in Seattle at the Moore Theatre on October 19; Swedish psychedelic rockers Dungen will be at Chop Suey on November 7; and Yeasayer will be at Neumos on November 20.
- An event even more bizarre than synchronized diving: Kickin’ it old school (at least compared to that of the reigning Guitar Hero), an individual apparently by the name of Hot Lixx Hulahan became the first two-time winner at the U.S. Air Guitar Championship. He’ll be representing the U.S. at the World Championships in Finland.