Monday News Mash-Up

  • The Decemberists are tackling the single series market with Always a Bridesmaid. The three part series will launch October 14th with the release of “Valerie Plume b/w O New England.” Sold exclusively through the Decemberists’ shop, The singles will be available digitally as well as on 7” vinyl, making collectors everywhere tingle with glee.
  • Indie goes Independent the next two weeks as Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, and Nellie McKay plan to participate in Super Rallies during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Spearheaded by Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez, the August 27th and September 4th rallies in Denver and Minneapolis hope to open the Presidential debates to all candidates for the post. So the truth has been uncovered: Rage Against the Machine are just been puppets to Nader!
  • Los Angeles duo No Age is being sponsored by Fujifilm for its September 25th performance in its hometown. Sure, the gig’s a plug for Fuji’s latest electronic photography device, but a free shot to shoot No Age is priceless.


  • Such fun, indeed. The young Raleigh, NC, band Annuals, who performed our Yule Benefit back in 2006, are set to release their next full length, Such Fun on October 7th. Enjoy this first single from them new album:

    Annuals – Confessor (MP3)

  • YACHT (in all CAPS because we are excited) are saying adios to the indie lifestyle and hello to DFA Records. The label has already delivered the single “Summer Song,” with the duo’s next album set for a 2009 release.
  • Ticketmaster has gone solo! The ticket giant has split with internet conglomerate Interactive Corp. (IAC). Major client Live Nation is expected to ditch Ticketmaster and take its business elsewhere.
  • Hunter S. Thompson continues to be immortalized in film and recording, this time being treated to a 5-disc collection from Shout Factory. Appropriately titled The Gonzo Tapes, the collection spans the random musings and ramblings of Dr. Gonzo between 1965 and 1975 as he followed the Hell’s Angels, wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and traveled to Saigon.
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