Thursday News Threads


  • Sasquatch! has announced its lineup for Memorial Day Weekend. This year’s festival will again stretch from Saturday to Monday and feature a lineup unlikely to be surpassed by any other festival: Jane’s Addiction (feat. all four original members), Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Peter Bjorn & John, M. Ward, Doves, Grizzly Bear, M83, Girl Talk, The Gaslight Anthem, The Walkmen, Shearwater, BLK JKS, The Wrens, and so many others! Tickets go on sale 2/28 @ 10AM.
  • Anything is possible at Austin’s SXSW Festival. The latest news coming from down south is testament to that — AOLs PopEater reports that Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) and Hanson’s Taylor Hanson will perform at this year’s festival under the name Tinted Windows. Of all the supergroups to come along recently, this is the weirdest.
  • According to Spinner, Meat Loaf is heading back into the studio April 15th. Not too many details to report, but American Idiot producer Rob Cavallo will engineer it and Loaf says it’ll be the rock record I always wanted. Yummy!
  • File-sharing megasite, Pirate Bay, is currently on trial in one of the biggest copyright infringement cases to date. As of yesterday, half the charges against them had been dismissed. Apparently, it all comes down to a link.
  • The date on which the Digital Media Association and SoundExchange were to reach an agreement on royalty rates for webcasters has come and gone. The endgame of this debacle has serious consequences for even the biggest webcasters, including Pandora, RealNetworks and others. Billboard has the full story.
  • Touch and Go is feeling the crunch of a bad economy and the shifting music market. Yesterday, the iconic Chicago label announced it would discontinue its distribution services and reduce staffing. Label founder Corey Rusk states in a press release, “Touch and Go will be returning to its roots and focusing solely on being an independent record label.” From here on out, partners like Merge, Suicide Squeeze, and Kill Rock Stars will have to find their own means of distribution. The company will continue to maintain its two labels, Touch and Go Records and Quarterstick Records. For more can be found on the Los Angeles Times.
  • The Veils have a new album called Sun Gangs due out April 7th on Rough Trade. Here’s a sneak peek:

The Veils – Killed By The Boom (MP3)

  • Brooklyn Vegan had some sad news to report the other day — Daptones Records, the studio that most notably houses Sharon Jones, has been robbed. And I’m not talking about a handful of things; the place was stripped pretty well. The BV link has the list of items to be on the lookout for, especially through online resellers.
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