Thursday News

  • Regrettably, Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience died yesterday. The 61-year-old drummer, who had been touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour and had even just performed in Seattle last week, was found dead in a Portland hotel room. According to news sources, Mitchell died of natural causes.
  • Stereogum is currently featuring a new demo from The Wrens, recorded by bassist/vocalist Kevin Whalen in the band’s New Jersey home. Says Whalen, ” Eventually another Wrens version will see the light of day... hopefully, the light of that day will be before 2015...” Download the song here.
  • La Blogotheque continues their stunning “Take-Away Show” series of video performances with local heroes Fleet Foxes:

  • From reading McSweeney’s article “Fifty Years of Popular Songs Condensed Into Single Sentences,” I’m thinking there might be a theme to this songwriting business.
  • The Raconteurs premiered a new video for “Old Enough” (check it out below), and if the woodsy setting isn’t rustic enough for you, they’ve also recorded a bluegrass version of the song with country music stars Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs. Auteur Autumn de Wilde, who directed the video, also shot stills of the recording session. Head over to The Tripwire for more info and to the band’s website to check out photos.

  • In new release news, Franz Ferdinand reveal details about their upcoming album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand; Cat Power is set to release a final batch of covers, left over from the Jukebox session, on an EP by the end of the year; and Stone Temple Pilots, who reunited this year for an extensive tour, could possibly, according to Scott Weiland, record a new album if certain roadblocks are removed.
  • In digital music news, Muxtape founder Justin Ouellette speaks about his popular service being shut down; Idolator presents a debate on whether or not Girl Talk is fair use; and Kevin Cogill, the LA man who posted nine songs from the upcoming Guns N’ Roses album (ironically named Chinese Democracy) has agreed to plead guilty to one count of copyright infringement at a federal hearing in December. Well, at least Axl and the boys will make some money!
  • In more positive digital music news, We7, co-founded by Peter Gabriel, launched this week and offers free on-demand songs and albums. Using “MediaGraft” technology, the service will “dynamically attach adverts to the beginning of each track you stream or download.” Sure, nothing is totally free, but at least you won’t be doing time for the Fed.
  • Bummed about the the TRL finale this Saturday? Why not use your time and music knowledge more constructively? The 33 1/3 book series (that we’ve written about extensively on this blog) is looking for new topic submissions. (Thanks for the tip, TIG!)
  • Or, you could take the time to watch 02.08 to 06.08, a 30-minute film about the making of Cold War KidsLoyalty to Loyalty, which is available just through tomorrow before it becomes packaged in a deluxe version of the album:

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