Monday News Mash-Up

The Dead Weather

  • Jack White continues to give his ghastly white middle finger to leisure time. In a recent interview with Music Radar, White states on the record that The White Stripes will not be breaking up and that a new album should be on the way next year. In case you can’t wait that long, Jack has just wrapped a new 7-inch with the Dex Romweber Duo to be released on Jack’s own Third Man Records, which happens to be home for Jack’s new project, The Dead Weather.
  • While fans twiddle their thumbs, eagerly awaiting a new album from French duo Daft Punk, they’ll just have to settle for new music in the form of a soundtrack from Thomas Bangalter. Bangalter has scoreded French director Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void — marking the second time he has worked with Noé. It’s also heavily rumored that Daft Punk will be scoring the soundtrack to Tron 2.0 (if IMDb is to be believed).
  • After weather forced its cancellation last August, Lincoln Center is once again moving forward with bringing Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail to fans this August. Chatham is actively seeking 200 guitarists to perform the piece — which originally featured the talents of 400 guitars.
  • At a time when print magazines are scaling back — or worse, closing their doors — fashion/pop culture magazine Nylon is expanding its base operations to include a newly minted label, creatively titled Nylon Records. The label’s first two signings: The Plasticines and Patrick Wolf. Both will be releasing albums this year through the new entity as well as heading up a tour sponsored by… you guessed it… Nylon.
  • As Isobel Campbell travels far and wide with Mark Lanegan, leaving Belle and Sebastian to collect dust, fellow B&S talent Stewart Murdoch isn’t going to set around and wait to be Pledged. In conjunction with Matador and Rough Trade to launch the subscription series behind Murdoch’s upcoming album, God Help the Girl. Before the June 23rd release, subscribers will receive the 7-inch singles for “Come Monday Night” and “Funny Little Frog,” exclusive videos for the singles, an exclusive 5 song 10-inch EP, a free stream of the album, and limited edition packaging for the proper album.
  • Cancel your Friday night plans: it’s a great night to stay in and surf the late night talkshows with Kings of Leon on Leno, Friendly Fires on Last Call, and, get this, Mastodon on Letterman! Thursday, stay up to you’ve got The Airborne Toxic Event and The Decemberists, and definitely don’t forget to catch Steve Earle on Tavis Smiley Wednesday as he promotes is new album, Townes. Steve was incredible on KEXP yesterday, so don’t miss it.

    Monday, May 11

    David Letterman: The Killers

    Tuesday, May 12

    Last Call: Cold War Kids

    Wednesday, May 13

    David Letterman: Wynton Marsalis
    Jay Leno: Yusuf Islam
    Tavis Smiley: Steve Earle

    Thursday, May 14

    Jay Leno: The Decemberists
    Colbert Report: Yusuf Islam
    Jimmy Kimmel: The Airborne Toxic Event

    Friday, May 15

    David Letterman: Mastodon
    Jay Leno: Kings of Leon
    Jimmy Fallon: Yusuf Islam
    Last Call: Friendly Fires
    Jimmy Kimmel: Eminem

    Saturday, May 16

    Saturday Night Live: Green Day

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