Monday News Mash-Up

  • Known as the Voice of the Civil Rights Movement, the 77-year-old singer Odetta is currently at a New York City hospital, due to kidney failure. Although she’s in critical condition, she still plans to perform Barack Obama’s Inauguration in January. Find out where to send your best wishes here.
  • Local mainstay Sub Pop has lost the services of two bands. Earlier this week, word got around that Swede posters Loney Dear had jumped ship to Polyvinyl. Now comes news that Portland’s The Thermals will be signing on the Kill Rock Stars’ dotted line.
  • As one label suffers depatures, a few others are gaining talent. Touch and Go sister-label Quarterstick have raided San Francisco, coming back with avant-rockers Sholi and post-punker Mi Ami. Not to be outdone, Asthmatic Kitty has signed Los Angeles-based Fol Chen while Thrill Jockey heralds the signing of Double Dagger. The bad economy can’t keep adventurous labels down!
  • Turns out, alleged Guns n Roses pirate Kevin Cogill will not walk the plank. According to his lawyer, Cogill, who uploaded song from the GnR’s forthcoming album to a public website, will get probation rather than jail time for as part of his plea bargain.
  • Indie retailer Insound continues to make more vinyl available after the recent 12-18 month span has yielded a near 100% increase in the format’s sales domestically and abroad, according to an article published by Billboard. The popular pairing of LPs and instant MP3 downloads have given the once dead medium new life, leading Insound to explore new packages based around the inclusion of T-shirts, poster, tote bags, and various paraphernalia. Look, I got one of Axl Rose’s dreadlocks with my vinyl copy of Chinese Democracy!
  • Hello New York Dolls, it’s me, Todd Rundgren. Rundgren is set to produce the New York Dolls’ latest album. It will mark the first time Todd and the Dolls have worked together since the band’s self-titled 1973 debut. The band hits the studio in January with Atco Records set to release the finished product.
  • Eluvium has entered the world of limited vinyl-only box sets. The 7xLP Life Through Bombardment boasts every Eluvium song known to man, including rare and unreleased material. The packaging will feature the seven jackets bound into a beautiful dark green hardbound, linen-cover book, with metallic gold foil stamping and embossed text on the spine complete with a removable library card featuring the signatures of the band and artists who worked tirelessly on the 1,000 sets available.
  • The Mash-Up should always leave you wanting more, so how about the latest video from The Secret Machines. Direct your eyes to the screen and enjoy the audio and visual assault of “Atomic Heels.”

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