Monday News Mash-Up

  • We’re sure this is the beginning of a great joke, but what do you get when you combine Jarvis Cocker, Leslie Feist, Laurie Anderson, and Robyn Hitchcock? A team of musicians on a boat headed to the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland to observe the faster moving and melting glacier (losing approximately 20 million tons of ice per day). The Arctic trek also includes Ryuichi Sakamoto, KT Tunstall, Vanessa Carlton, and Martha Wainwright. Other than one awesome jamming circle and raising global warming awareness, we have the slightest idea what these musicians and burgeoning scientists will do on this journey, but the Cape Farewell website shall fill in the gaps between now and the expedition’s October 6th conclusion.
  • Two weeks ago, we spoke sadly about the impending P2P bill that would allow federal prosecutors to file civil lawsuits against file-sharers infringing on copyright law. It just so happens that our hapless President isn’t so lame as it pertains to file sharing. FMBQ is reporting that Bush’s administration is opposed to the bill as it would create “unnecessary bureaucracy” by burdening the justice system with civil lawsuits. As it happens, the Department of Justice agrees. See that, RIAA — even our government steals music.
  • More collected goodness is headed our way thanks to local yokels Light in the Attic. The Seattle-based label is planning a two disc Fela Kuti collection, piecing together the early recordings of Kuti and The Koola Lobitos. The set, Lagos Baby will span 1963-1969, capturing the early dancehall favorites of Fela Kuti and band that defined his later Afrobeat sound.

  • It wouldn’t be right to neglect a Chinese Democracy news bit when it comes our way. Gun N’ Roses are partnering with electronic conglomerate Best Buy to bring the long-anticipated GNR release to the retailer on an exclusive basis. Billboard reports the deal means Chinese Democracy will hit shelves before the year is out. Frankly, haven’t we heard all this before? Unless it comes with a free refrigerator or washer/dryer, we ain’t falling for it.
  • Did you get a chance to see The Ting Tings on the new season premier of Yo Gabba Gabba? If not, check out out here.
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