Fleet Foxes at 2008 Capitol Hill Block Partyphoto by Christopher Nelson
- With the majority of music world crowning Seattle’s own Fleet Foxes the new champions, it seems they boys are getting propositioned from all angles. This time it’s from none other than weekend comedy stalwart, Saturday Night Live. The boys will be performing on SNL this coming Saturday (Jan. 17th), once and for all letting the world know they are who we thought they were.
- Speaking of SNL, video comedian extraordinaire Andy Samburg and his knee-slapping cohorts The Lonely Island are about to drop comedy gold with Incredibad. Featuring such classics as “Dick in a Box” and “Lazy Sunday,” the CD/DVD package hopes to put the band on the funny band map. Perhaps cameos from Norah Jones, Julian Casablancas, and Jack Black will tickle your funny bone. If that’s not enough, how about latest chuckle fest, “We Like Sportz.”
- North Carolina’s Merge Records, deep into their 20th Anniversary celebration, have announced the latest piece of their celebration: XX Merge, a festival (as if a 17-disc box set wasn’t enough). So far, only the dates have been announced (July 22nd-26th). Now’s the time to plan your vacation time!
- Foot Village wants you! The L.A. outfit is wrapping up new album Anti-Magic but need a little help with the album’s final track, “Chicken and Cheese. The band is asking fans and the outraged alike to take the album’s sample and record their own version to submit for inclusion on the album. Foot Village, being mad, will then mash those interpretations together to create a loop chain featuring the best and brightest perversions.
- British Columbia — our friendly Northern neighbors — have had to cancel their annual Pemberton Festival. The gigantic festival, which last year garnered 40,000 fans to rural B.C., has run into scheduling and timing problems that have forced the 2009 edition to be nixed. Promoters and organizers are optimistic the 2010 edition will happen, as they are already in the planning and booking stages to provide better traffic management, better bands, and better accommodations for concert-goers and participating bands alike.
- Under The Influence: The Official Tribute to Beastie Boys opened last Thursday at Gallery1988 in L.A. and features “100 artists remixing the music, style and visuals of the musical pioneers.” Quite a bit of the artwork, ranging from $100 to $8500, has been already sold, but much still remains, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Gramercy Housing Group, a charity chosen by the Beasties themselves.
- Another college station has folded. After 47 years of broadcasting, West Texas college radio station 88.1 KTXT-FM was shut down without warning to listeners or staff on the last day of fall semester 2008. Financial reasons were the stated cause, but only after the station was shut down. Fans and staff are not giving up! You can help support KTXT by heading over to the SAVE KTXT Facebook page and making a donation.