Monday News Mash-Up

  • All Tomorrow’s Parties has unveiled their next event. ATP vs. The Fans: The Fans Strike Back, set for the weekend of May 8-10, is based around event organizers and ticket buyers having equal say in the performers. The first round of fan voting commences November 17th, with ATP asking fans to choose bands that have never graced a UK-based ATP event. Fans have a hard task ahead as the ATP has announced Devo, Spiritualized, Grails, and the newly reunited Sleep. If that’s not enough ATP, it just so happens that the very next weekend The Breeders will curate their own ATP get-together. The UK is so lucky.
  • Thanks to Presidential nominee John McCain, we have the latest American Idol: Samuel Wurzelbacher AKA Joe the Plummer. According to Wired, Samuel is in talks with major labels about recording and releasing his first album. Though a McCain lose seems likely, it must be soothing to his fans that his legacy will live on in the country music of Joe the Picker.

  • Thursday night in San Diego, Death Cab for Cutie were scorpion powered. Or so said frontman Ben Gibbard, who was reportedly stung twice by a scorpion while changing his pants before the show. Claiming it to feel no worse than a wasp sting, and after checking out okay by EMTs, Gibbard took the stage with the band that night. Bassist Nick Harmer, though, worries on his own blog that “nobody eliminated the possibility that it was a radioactive scorpion and that Ben will now develop super powers.” Look for Death Cab with more tail in the near future.
  • First there was the board game Clue, followed decades later by the riotous film version. Then we were treated to Blue’s Clues which gave birth to a blue puppy and the eventual musical career of Steve Burns. Now we’re given the Canadian supergroup Clues, formed from the minds of Alden Penner (ex-Unicorns) and Brendan Reed (ex-Arcade Fire). While the group’s debut album isn’t due until April, the band has already released the track “Perfect Fit” for your listening pleasure.

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

  • Tunde Adebimpe, better known as the voice in front of TV on the Radio, is going solo with the release of the 7″ Fake Male Voice The two-song release will also come with a DVD featuring videos for the two tracks as well as a third for a song titled “Lone Sum Humm.” The LP is due December 23rd via HEARTFAST.
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