Monday News Mash-Up

  • The music world may have seemingly stood still in Austin all week, but the news never stops. Neither do the losses caused by a down market. Good ol’ Ticketmaster is down $1 billion -- just in the fourth quarter. Billboard reports the reason for the lofty loss is due to taking an impairment charge, a penalty for their continually falling share price. Or maybe it’s due to Tickermaster’s soon-to-be daddy, Live Nation, including $6 parking fees in ticket prices in another attempt to gouge customers.
  • The world is a vampire and so is Billy Corgan. The Deacon of Doom-and-Gloom has run off Iha and D’Arcy and now he’s rid himself of drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. Corgan announced the split with a post on the Smashing Pumpkinswebsite. Now if only the world could split from Corgan...
  • Brian Eno will be curating an upcoming Sydney festival as part of the Australian city’s Vivd Sydney event. UK outfit Ladytron is the first confirmed act. The fest will take place at the storied Sydney Opera House but dates and times have yet to be announced.
  • Late night house band The Roots will be backing Public Enemy at June 6th The Roots Picnic. PE will be performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety with The Roots serving as the beat and melody. Curious as to how the two groups will merge? Check out their joint performance of “Bring the Noise” from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

  • Little do you know about something that I talk about, so I’m going to fill you in: The Beastie Boys will be reissuing Check Your Head April 7th. You can preorder, beginning March 30th, at the band’s website and catch the band performing “So Whatcha Want” on The Arsenio Hall Show -- awesome. The reissue will come in a variety of formats, from as simple as the album and b-sides as digital file, to a limited 4xLP collector’s set.
  • The beautiful and amazing PJ Harvey with her collaborator John Parish, who wowed our audience during KEXP’s broadcast from Austin during SXSW, are a must-see on Leno Tuesday night. Other highlights include Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, White Lies, and Prince, who holds a three-day residence on Leno starting Wednesday.

    Monday, March 23

    David Letterman: Bloc Party

    Tuesday, March 24

    David Letterman: White Lies
    Jay Leno: PJ Harvey & John Parish
    Daily Show: Bruce Springsteen (R 3/19/09)

    Wednesday, March 25

    David Letterman: Jesse Harris with Norah Jones
    Jay Leno: Prince
    Late Late Show: Ra Ra Riot
    The View: The Blind Boys of Alabama

    Thursday, March 26

    Jay Leno: Prince

    Friday, March 27

    David Letterman: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (R 2/4/09)
    Jay Leno: Prince
    Late Late Show: The Damned (R 10/31/08)
    Jimmy Fallon: N.E.R.D.
    Last Call: Ben Harper & Relentless 7

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