Monday News Mash-Up

  • Lately on KEXP, you’ve been hearing Lily Allen‘s latest single, “The Fear,” in which the singer pokes fun at brainless pop stars. It’s hard to imagine that Allen, no stranger to publicly scrutinized foibles herself, isn’t throwing a bit of self-critique into the song as well. But is her recent and mostly straightforward cover of Brittney Spears’ “Womanizer,” which Mark Ronson debuted on his radio show, also part of her commentary? Considering Allen’s own album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, comes out in less than two months (2/9), it’s hard to tell marketing from criticism anymore.

Lily Allen – Womanizer (MP3) (courtesy of The Music Slut)

  • The economic downturn is now creeping into the land of music. Rolling Stone announced the layoffs of staff members, including a handful of editors, as Jann Werner tries to move his empire into the internet age. Epic has followed suit letting two regional promoters from Denver and Texas/Arkansas/Oklahoma go. CBS has also cut the job force of social music site Happy Holidays!
  • Speaking of Rolling Stone, they happened to break a sad story for fans of The Postal Service when they quoted Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard rather bluntly on the successful side project’s long-awaited followup: “It’s also just never been a priority… There never really was a plan to do a second album.”
  • It’s not all gloom and doom in the industry. While some are bidding adieu, others — such as Canadian darling Arts & Crafts — are adding to their ranks. It was recently announced that Bell Orchestre has signed to the label and will be releasing their sophomore album early in the 2009.
  • Brooklyn noise staple No Fun Fest has begun leaking dates and bands for its 2009 edition. The gathering, running from May 15-17, will see the likes of Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Bardo Pond, and C. Spencer Yeh entertain the disdained.
  • Arcade Fire — remember them? — have fans buzzing with the impending digital release of their film Miroir Noir. Beginning today (December 15th), the film will be available for download at the Miroir Noir website. For those who’d like a tangible DVD to sleep with at night, you must wait until early next year for the film’s physical form.
  • Could Manchester legends The Stone Roses be up for a reunion? Former bass player Mani hopes so and is telling The Sun that “[he], John and Reni are up for doing it and Ian just needs some working on,” adding “Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album. It’s the ideal time to do it.” Fans might want to hold their breath, though, ’cause there’s a hitch: Ian Brown, who remains estranged from guitarist John Squire, has denied all reunion rumors in the past and even once claimed “there’s more chance of me reforming the Happy Mondays than the Roses.” Looks like Ian is going to need quite a bit of “working on.”
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