Thursday News Threads

Lollapalooza

  • The Lollapalooza lineup has been released and it looks like the headliner rumors were spot on. In addition to Depeche Mode, Tool and the original Jane’s Addiction, the fest is stacked with a decent mix of heavy hitters and up-and-coming acts. Though a few festival cancellations have caused panic in the music community, Coachella just capped off a huge weekend and I’m betting Lollapalooza will follow suit.
  • Billy Corgan is offering rare and unreleased Smashing Pumpkins material to subscribers. Currently, the going rate is $40, which puts subscribers on a 12-week delivery cycle and includes videos fresh from the studio. I have to agree with Prefix on this one — this is the smartest, most creative thing Corgan has done is recent memory.
  • Not sure how they got away with it (if they even did), but here’s Matt & Kim streaking in Time Square for “Lessons Learned”:

  • The entire Pixies catalog is being reissued in June as either a CD or vinyl box set, both titled Minotaur. According to Billboard, the vinyl set will come packaged in a custom clamshell. However, as the article states, neither set will feature remastered sound or, as it stands now, bonus tracks.
  • Pulitzer prize winners were announced earlier this week and the music award went to composer Steve Reich for his Double Sextet. In the piece, either two sextets play opposite each other or one sextet plays opposite an identical looped recording. Reich, a longtime representative of the minimalists, has toyed with similar song structures and techniques since the late ’60s and is considered one of America’s greatest composers. NPR has the full story. The following video shows an early rehearsal of the piece:

  • Once a music pioneer, always a music pioneer. David Byrne has become to first artist to curate a stage at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. In addition to performing Brian Eno-related tracks from his own canon, Byrne has tapped Santigold, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Ani DiFranco and Katzenjammer to play the festival Friday, June 12.
  • And last but not least, courtesy of Pitchfork:

    [Liam is] rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.

    -Noel Gallagher

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