- Super Bowl half-time performer (wasn’t it awesome?) and blue collar hero, Bruce Springsteen has apologized for the Wal-Mart Greatest Hits exclusive, telling the New York Times: “It was a mistake.” It would be old hat to rehash the evil Wal-Mart has wrought with its child labor violations, anti-union stance, and lack of employee benefits -- and how all that is intrinsically against Springsteen’s own views -- but the Boss is clearly feeling guilty enough.
- Coachella has announced its 2009 line-up and indie kids everywhere now have an excuse to flock to California come April 17-19. Friday night’s line-up will be anchored by the old guard, with Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, and Morrisey mixing it up with M. Ward, The Hold Steady, and Girl Talk. Saturday’s headliners are The Killers and Sunday has the one-two depressing punch of The Cure and the reunited My Bloody Valentine.
- Detroit scenester Jim Shaw is in a losing battle with cancer, but the scene he was once so dedicated to is stepping up to help him out with a fundraiser. Included in the auctioned goods are original photos of the Misfits and The Stooges, and just added to the collection is a drumkit from Meg White used in the video for “The Hardest Button to Button.
- Robin Pecknold, frontman of Seattle’s hottest commodity Fleet Foxes, shot down rumors of the band leaving local hub Sub Pop for the major label pastures of Virgin: “Fleet Foxes will never, ever, under no circumstances, from now until the world chokes on gas fumes, sign to a major label.” Point taken.
- Bang Bang Eche have a brand new video for their single, “4 to the Floor.” You can still download their EP for free on their website.
- Have you ever wondered what the soundtrack would be to the latest issue of National Geographic? Wonder no more as The National Geographic Society has formed Nat Geo Music, a label designed to bring us music from around the globe. We’re guessing they’ve never heard of Seattle-based Sublime Frequencies?
- Rapster Records have rounded up the samples... er... songs used by Massive Attack for the compilation, Protected: Massive Samples, to be released February 21. This is not the first time the label has undertook such a calling, doing the same for Daft Punk in 2007.
- Brooklyn band Bishop Allen are ready to release Grrr..., their third full-length, on March 10. Right now, they’re offering two songs from the album on their website. Look for them as they hit the road in March.
Bishop Allen - The Ancient Commonsense of Things (MP3)