Thursday News Threads

33 1/3 cover art

  • In case you missed it, the shortlist for the 33 1/3 series was revealed over the weekend and reactions have been far from positive. As Prefix Mag points out, much of the list — including albums from AC/DC, The Beatles, Bowie, etc. — is comprised of bands that have had titles in the series before or are included more for their commercial potential than anything else. But in the end, it really comes down to what the author has to say about the chosen artist/album.
  • Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, just revealed a partial lineup for this year’s Labor Day weekend event. Among those announced so far: Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, Michael Franti & Spearhead, De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, The Long Winters, World Party, MSTRKRFT, No Age, Matt & Kim, Dead Confederate, The Cave Singers, Gang Gang Dance, Holy Fuck, DJ Spooky, Sera Cahoone, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Extra Golden, and Hey Marseilles. Most interesting so far? A poetry reading curated by Spencer Moody of the Murder City Devils.
  • Consider yourself busy on Friday, April 10 — that is if you want the opportunity to be a part of the dying entity Billy Corgan still calls the Smashing Pumpkins. That’s right, Corgan put an audition invite on the band’s website the other day. The spectacle alone might be worth the trip to LA.
  • Last week, the Stranger’s Line Out spread the rumor that Sonic Youth may be headlining this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. The rumor was seconded and added to the other night when KEXP’s own Marco Collins hinted that Sonic Youth would be joined at CHBP by The Jesus Lizard. Don’t let the fest’s extreme crowding keep you away from this one.

Danger Mouse/ Sparklehorse

  • According to Pitchfork, the long-talked-about collaboration between Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse has come into existence. The record, coming sometime this summer and titled Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present Dark Night of the Soul, is slated to include contributions from members of The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, and The Strokes, as well as James Mercer, Nina Persson and others. Hell, just for kicks, David Lynch is going to help out. For the record, this was not originally reported on April Fool’s Day.
  • Speaking of April Fool’s Day, my personal favorite from this year is Sigur Ros claiming to be working with Coldplay on their upcoming record. They even went so far as to record a short-but-sweet video. Music Slut has the story here.
  • Our friends at the Netherlands label Subroutine Records (home of AC Berkheimer, Vox Von Braun, and others) have just posted a video for “Carla” by The Very Sexuals (which we’ve podcast before). Check it out and head over to the band’s website to download their debut album, Post Apocalyptic Love, for free.

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