- The warmth, the pop, the crackle, and the S&M — all reasons why vinyl has made a Randy The Ram-like comeback. So if you like your music on the pop side and hasn’t noticed the black circle revolution, perhaps the vinyl-only release from the stable of The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice will pique your curiosity. The tour-only EP was quickly snatched up by fans that caught the recent Vanderslice/Darnielle tour but the pair have a few left that can be grabbed at live shows or through the soon-to-be closing Three Beads of Sweat. If that’s not enough of a fix, John Vanderslice’s Romanian Names is due May 19th.
- By all early and live reports, Coachella this year was a big success. Probably the most drama to happen at the festival, though, occurred when M.I.A. invited fans on stage to dance. But, unlike last year, her set wasn’t shut down as security scrambled to keep too many people from overtaking the stage.
- The 6th No Fun Fest continues the tradition of displaying the best in fringe, experimental, avant, noise, and pysch — but this year will also mark the festival’s first foray into the medium of film. During No Fun’s May 15th-17th run at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, the festival will be hosting Infinite Sound and Image, a collaboration between musicians and filmmakers that is a part of Rhizome‘s New Silent Series at the New Museum. Happening May 16th, the event will feature the works of Jim O’Rourke, C. Spencer Yeh, and Carlos Giffoni among others.
- In a very clear cut and pithy message, Cloud Recordings has announced the August 4th release of Signal Morning, the latest from The Circulatory System.
- Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom, and Peter Sunde — founders of popular bittorrent site The Pirate Bay — have been forced to walk the government plank. The four were found guilty of “assisting the distribution of illegal content online.” Each faces a one-year prison sentence and collectively owes music and film distributors $3.54 million to rectify their media piracy. The group plans to appeal the decision.
- Deerhunter plan to release the five-song EP Rainwater Cassette Exchange in a myriad of formats: May 18th sees the EP’s digital release while June 8th finds the CD and vinyl editions going on sale. Pitchfork is offering the download of the title track.
- Seattle-based institution Sublime Frequencies is taking its brand of Eastern music on the road… in Europe. The tour will feature indie sensation Group Doueh and Omar Souleyman along with DJ sets. The Worldly extravaganza will also feature the talents of the label’s operator and curator, Alan Bishop.
- Musical guest highlights for the late night talk shows this week include Ida Maria, Booker T., The Whip and Ray LaMontagne. Lilly Allen goes from The View to Letterman, and Prince hits the last show available: Ellen. You know you gotta catch Billy Bob Thornton on either Jimmy Kimmel or Bonnie Hunt ’cause the Oscar winning actor… oh, I mean the veteran musician… will either do a lot of apologizing (unlikely), back-pedaling (more likely), or blame throwing (positively) for his jerkitude on Q TV recently. You’ll want to set your DVR for that one so you can skip ahead as necessary!
Monday, April 20
Jay Leno: The Killers
Tuesday, April 21
Jay Leno: Ida Maria
Jimmy Fallon: Booker T. Jones
Jimmy Kimmel: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters
The View: Lily Allen
George Stroumboulopoulos: David Byrne (R)
Wednesday, April 22
Jimmy Kimmel: The Whip
Thursday, April 23
Last Call: Brett Dennen
Jimmy Kimmel: Depeche Mode
Ellen DeGeneres: Prince
Friday, April 24
David Letterman: Lily Allen
Bonnie Hunt: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters
Saturday, April 25
Saturday Night Live: Ray LaMontagne