Monday News Mash-Up

  • Legendary Four Tops vocalist Levi Stubbs passed away at his Detroit home Friday. Stubbs has long battled varies illnesses and ailments — including cancer and a stroke that forced Stubbs off the road in 2000. Stubbs may best be known to younger generations as the vivid voice of Audrey II, the plant with a taste for man-flesh from Little Shop of Horrors. Stubbs was 72.

  • The Brian Eno and David Byrne self-release Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the duo’s first collaboration near 30 years, will see the bright lights of retail shelves come November 25th. While the local album emporiums and appliance warehouses will sell the original edition, www.everythingthathappens.com will offer a brand new deluxe edition complete with 4 bonus tracks, a film about the making of the album, and a screensaver. Eno and Byrne: still looking toward the future.
  • The John Coltrane inspired Jazz Church, located in San Francisco, is on the verge of closing due to financial difficulties. Principal backers, New College of California, went belly-up earlier this year, leaving King and his congregation scurrying to cover the two-thirds of rent lost with New College’s collapse. Founded in 1971 by Archbishop Franzo Wayne King, the church mixes gospel message with the wails and squalls of saxophone.
  • With Weezer promising not to grace a studio in some time, it seems that fans may be left in the lurch. However, nerdy leader Rivers Cuomo is set to release a new disc of demos November 25th — if Pitchfork and Amazon are to be believed. Alone 2: The Home Recordings has little information floating around it, but all guesses are that the set will feature more raw goodies from the former-nerd king.
  • Ween, always ready to give fans what they want, are readying the CD/DVD release of Live at Cat’s Cradle 1992. The CD features the namesake performance from Chapel Hill’s Cat’s Cradle, while the DVD will host footage from the band’s stop in Groningen, The Netherlands as well as taped material from a WTSR radio appearance and Stache’s in Columbus, OH.
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