Monday News Mash-Up

  • Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, now a major motion picture, will also boast a major motion picture soundtrack. Due September 23rd, Choke‘s OST will feature contributions from Fiery Furnaces, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket and a little known band named Radiohead.
  • Journalist turned Hall of Fame music producer Jerry Wexler passed away this week at the age of 91. Wexler is credited with coining the phrase ‘Rhythm & Blues’ as well as signing and/or producing Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan. They don’t make ‘em like Wexler these days.
  • Grizzly Bear‘s Daniel Rossen and musical brother-in-arms Fred Nicolaus are set to release their debut album as Department of Eagles. Chris Bear and Chris Taylor, also of Grizzly Bear, make appearances on In Ear Park, due October 7th. The album’s title track is available for your listening pleasure:

Department of Eagles – In Ear Park (MP3)

  • There was a time when hoards of nerds would have flocked to appear in a Weezer music video, but these days Rivers and company need all the help they can get. The band is scouring the Los Angeles area looking for participants to appear in the video for their next single, “Troublemaker.” If you’re interest, you can e-mail the band at weezervideo@gmail.com.
  • Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn drops the pop and returns to his love of world music with the help of visualist/illustrator Jamie Hewlett. The duo, working as Monkey, are releasing Journey to the West, a Mandarian opera that follows the Monkey King and his journey of enlightenment. Journey to the West begins September 23rd.


  • Slint‘s “Good Night Captain,” the closing opus of Spiderland, has been transformed into a children’s book by David Stack. Physical copies are already on sale as well as a free download of the book in PDF format. Both can be found here. Fear not parents, the darker imagery of “Good Night Captain,” has been removed so your children’s nightmares will still involve puppets and their lunches eating them.
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