- An already fruitful week in camp Wilco just got a lot more... fruity. The band is offering up “The Jolly Banker,” yet another Woody Guthrie interpretation from the Nora Guthrie and Billy Bragg tapped musicians. The download is free but the band is kindly asking for donations to benefit the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. You can grab the track and/or make your contribution here. What a fine addition to our Wilco album, Wilco song, Wilco book, and Wilco toys.
- How about more FREE music? Coldplay will be giving away the 9-track live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft on their upcoming tour, which begins May 15th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Not attending the Coldplay tour this go-round; not a problem. The band will be making the album available to download from their website on... say it with me... May 15th! Ain’t life grand?
- How about MORE FREE music? Del the Funky Homosapien is offering up digital delight, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package), for free via his website.
- My Morning Jacket are the subject of a new photographic display from the lens of Sam Erickson. 21 images from 2002-2008 will be on display via the Morrison Hotel Gallery, capturing the band hard at work recording It Still Moves, Z, and Evil Urges. The exhibit opens May 22nd and will run six weeks with limited edition hand prints available for purchase.
- Not to be outdone, former Pulp frontman and current solo artist Jarvis Cocker will be taking over a Paris gallery this week (May 4-10). Cocker and his band will be entertaining yoga and pilates classes, creating improvised songs from crowd suggested titles, performing with any wanderer who brings an instrument, and holding classes for children (whatever that entails). The consolation for Cocker fans unable to participate in the flesh is the promise of a webcast via Cocker’s website.
- Having just returned from a successful tour in Russia, Deerhoof are now unveiling their latest video, “Numina,” from their latest album, Offend Maggie. The video was shot by ex-Mika Miko drummer Kate Hall.
- Omaha don’t got much, but they do have Saddle Creek. The label-that-can announced the signing of two bands this week: The Rural Alberta Advantage (ironically, from Alberta) and UUVVWWZ. Both bands will release their Saddle Creek debuts July 7th.
- Wouldn’t you like to help out Neutral Milk Hotel? I’m sure you would but before you get your hopes up, it’s not about putting them back together for a reunion. However,Julian Koster, along with Jeff Mangum, have penned a letter to fans asking them to vote via Partners in Preservation to save the Paragon Carousel in Hull, Massachusetts.
- It’s a slow week on the late night talk shows, but be sure to stay up or set your DVR for Franz Ferdinand on Letterman, Jenny Lewis on the Late Late Show, The National on Jimmy Fallon, and Animal Collective also on Letterman. Here are the rest of the highlights:
Monday, May 4
Last Call: Lykke Li (R 4/16/09)
Jimmy Kimmel: The Whip (R 4/22/09)
Tuesday, May 5
David Letterman: Franz Ferdinand
Late Late Show: Jenny Lewis
Last Call: Lily Allen
Wednesday, May 6
David Letterman: Ben Harper & Relentless7
Jay Leno: Van Morrison
Jimmy Fallon: The National
Thursday, May 7
David Letterman: Animal Collective
Jimmy Fallon: Ben Harper & Relentless7
Friday, May 8
David Letterman: Chris Cornell