Thursday News Threads

Spinal Tap @ LiveEarth

  • The LA Times Pop & Hiss is reporting that Spinal Tap will set out on a Unwigged & Unplugged tour this summer. The acoustic tour is likely to involve material from the now 25-year old movie, as well as from A Mighty Wind and a future album of new originals. That’s it, for the rest of the year nothing can shock me.
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is offering a free download of their new song, “Statues,” which they debuted on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.

  • New details have emerged surrounding an upcoming Eels‘ record. Hombre Lobo is set for June 2nd release on Vagrant. With 12 new tracks on the way from this LA band, the year keeps getting better and better.
  • A couple of new album surprises have just been revealed. Amid the heavy promotion of No Line on the Horizon this week, U2 told Rolling Stone that they’ll quickly follow up with another album possibly by the end of the year to be titled Songs of Ascent, which Bono says is “a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflective piece of work,” adding “but not indulgent.” Bob Dylan also breaks news in Rolling Stone with the announcement that he will release an album of new material next month! The album of accordion-heavy love-broken songs is yet untitled and, rumor has it, will feature David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on the squeezebox.
  • Over 21,000 Oklahomans can’t be wrong. That’s how many voted on Monday to make the Flaming LipsDo You Realize?? the official state rock song, ahead of contenders Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, The Call, and others. That’s one more accolade for the state’s strangest export.
  • It’s hard to call it a feud, and hopefully it won’t revoke their state song status, but The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne stirred something up when he publicly called out Arcade Fire, for their “pompousness” and for treating their crew and audience “like shit.” Final Fantasy‘s Owen Pallett stepped in to defend Win Butler via Twitter, claiming “Win might not be all hugs and rainbows and kittens, but neither is he drug culture, confetti, pot paraphernalia and bullshit,” but Butler himself had the last words (we hope) on the Arcade Fire website, on which he says:

    I can’t imagine a reason why we would have been pompous towards The Flaming Lips, a band we have always loved, on that particular night, all those years ago. Unless I was way more jet-lagged then I remember, I hope I was less of a “prick” then telling Rollingstone that a bunch of people I don’t know at all are really assholes.

    Read the Cliff Notes to this high school drama on Pitchfork.

  • Where once there were six, soon shall be none. The six remaining Virgin Megastores are to be shuttered by June. The music retailer has been around since ’92.

Veckatimest album art

  • Grizzly Bear‘s highly anticipated new record, Veckatimest, leaked Monday. I, one of many I’m sure, learned of this from none other than GB frontman Ed Droste. Droste summed his feelings up thusly via Twitter:

    I’m trying to be zen about the album leaking because I’m “ok” with it, but I’m bummed. And apparently it’s [a] low quality rip. :( So now everyone will be judging it off of a crappy rip. Sigh…. Was hoping to make it to at least April! I’m cool with it just… so early!

  • According to Michael Jackson‘s spokeswoman, the elusive singer has a special announcement coming this week. Rumors have it Jackson will announce a string of dates at London’s O2 Arena, to occur sometime this summer.
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  1. Posted March 5, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I spent all my summers in OK as a kid.
    The Flaming Lips make a lot more sense if you have spent time around the red dirt.

  2. acc
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    In the blurb about the Arcade Fire/Flaming Lips feud the link that is supposed to go to Pitchfork’s article actually takes you to Arcade Fire’s site.

    Here’s the link for anyone who cares about the drama…

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