Monday News Mash-Up

Gregory A. Perez

Gregory A. Perez

  • Arcade Fire, indie darlings for these past few years, are about to make fans swoon and enemies angry as they begin work on their next album. This news comes almost offhandedly from David Byrne‘s online journal. (Byrne, you may recall, took the stage with the band in 2006, when they were covering the Talking Head’s “Naive Melody” on tour.) Arcade Fire’s manager, however, is quick to clarify Byrne’s report by stating the band is just demoing songs at home. If you were already patrolling the interwebs looking for leaked cuts, you’re going to have to put it on hold for the time being.


  • Miriam Makeba, the first African woman to win a Grammy, died Sunday night after a performance in Naples. The 76-year-old South African singer was leaving the stage after her set during a benefit for Italian writer Roberto Saviano when she collapsed and was brought to a nearby hospital. Undoubtedly, “Mama Africa” has left an indelible mark on not only African music but all music worldwide.
  • Pitchfork, taking a break from shoving their upcoming book at us, have taken the time out to keep track of Damon Albarn’s doublespeak as it pertains to Gorillaz and Blur. Albarn has predicted the demise of both bands many times in the past but now it seems he is changing his mind on a weekly basis. The will-they-or-won’t-they is harder to take than the on-again-off-again of Meredith and McDreamy!
  • To celebrate the outcome of the presidential election, hip-hop artist Common leaked a new song from his upcoming album Universal Mind Control, to be released next month. “Changes” features his daughter, Omoye, and directly relates to the issues at hand. Says Common, “I wrote this song to inspire the young world to believe that change can happen. To be honest, I also envisioned it as a great inaugural song for Barack Obama.”

  • The 2009 edition of Holland’s Roadburn Festival in Tilburg will play host to Beyond the Pale, the yearly mini-festival headlined by Neurosis. Joining Neurosis for the event: OM, Six Organs of Admittance, A Storm of Light, and Skullflower.
  • Meet Gramercy Arms. This latest form of indie Voltron comprises ex-members of Guided by Voices, Luna, Joan As Policewoman, Dead Air, and The Damnbuilders. The loose collective’s self-titled debut is due November 18th via Cheap Lullaby. If another supergroup is your bag but you want a sample of the goods, it just so happens you can listen to the band’s first single:

Gramercy Arms – Looking at the Sun (MP3)

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