Monday News Mash-Up

Jeremy Farmer

Jeremy Farmer

  • Sometimes the best gifts come in large, multi-men packages. Broken Social Scene and their hairy harem are working on a new album with famed producer and Tortoise/ The Sea and Cake member, John McEntire. If you want to catch a glimpse of the guys, you can find ‘em at Soma Electronic Music Studio in Chicago but please, don’t be THOSE fans.
  • Often a hot topic on Collected Animals — the fan-generated message board for Animal Collective — was the eventual release of the mythical LP box set. Fanatics would keep an eye on the site, as well as Catsup Plate hoping to get the drop on the limited set. Well, this week finally brought Animal Cracker Box, 3 LPs of Animal Collective rareness. The bad news? It was gone as quickly as it was made available. Fusetron, the mail order service selling the set closed orders, though the glimmer of hope of fans and collectors is that there may be a few sets of the 1,000 editions left once the smoke clears. The worse news? There are no plans to release the set in digital or CD forms. Hope you have friends who got oneā€¦
  • NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has just launched BriTunes, a new internet-only music-focused series, and for his first episode invited Deer Tick to 30 Rock to discuss their upcoming album, Born on Flag Day, and the “double edged sword” of their impending success. Check out the video here:

  • Speaking of 30 Rock*, the television series of the same name closed out its third season last week with a star-studded musical number when character Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) tries to find his newly discovered father (Alan Alda) a kidney. Here’s “He Needs Kidney,” featuring Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike D, Talib Kweli, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Rhett Miller, Steve Earle, Moby, Robert Randolph, Rachael Yamagata, and often referenced Michael McDonald:

* Editor’s addition: the contents of this item do not reflect the preferences of the post author.

  • Xiu Xiu goes down a woman. Caralee McElroy, cousin and conscious of mastermind Jamie Stewart, has left the band citing personal reasons. Perhaps it has something to do with Stewart’s new band, Former Ghosts, but likely more to do with the rumored next album from Xiu Xiu, eerily titled Dear God, I Hate Myself. Make of it what you will.
  • If you’re planning a move to France and happen to love pirating your music and movies from peer-to-peer clients and bittorrent sites, perhaps the passing of the new ‘Three Strikes’ law will make you think twice. Fear not a stay in The Bastille, but French pirates who ignore the first two warnings informing them of copyright infringement will be without their internet — for up to a year — should they be caught a third time. The worst of it all is that those who are cut off will be forced to continue paying their bill through the blackout.
  • The Performance Rights Act, which would levy royalty fees on radio stations, passed through the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week. The bill would give stations making less than $5 million per year a 3 year respite from the fees, with wealthier broadcasters given a year’s worth of exemption before fees take effect. Proponents believe the bill will deliver more money directly the artists while opponents fear the bill will leave many radio stations on the verge of collapse. There are fears amidst niche radio, dealing with what is labeled as ‘minority’ music, will be killed altogether. Arguments also exist that the Performance Rights Act will allow radio to diversify, with different genres and independent artists getting a fairer shake on conglomerate-run stations, but those of us with brains know that major labels won’t let that happen quite so easily.
  • The ballyhooed Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch CD/book Dark Night of the Soul will not be coming with the musical portion of the package thanks to an ongoing dispute Danger Mouse has with major label, EMI. The package will include a physical, but blank, CD-R with the message: “For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.” The album has been available for streaming via Chrysalis and NPR’s music site.
  • Wondering how that whole Mastodon on Letterman thing worked out last week? In Dave’s own words before the performance: “I won’t lie to you. I’m frightened.” Here’s how it played out:

  • This week’s highlights include White Rabbits on Letterman, Iron & Wine on Fallon, Grizzly Bear also on Letterman (boy, Dave’s really getting hip!), and The Kills on Last Call, among others:

    Monday, May 18

    David Letterman: White Rabbits
    Last Call: Crystal Antlers (R 4/22/09)
    Jimmy Kimmel: Franz Ferdinand (R 4/17/09)

    Tuesday, May 19

    Jimmy Fallon: Iron & Wine
    Last Call: Keane

    Wednesday, May 20

    David Letterman: Grizzly Bear
    Last Call: The Airborne Toxic Event
    Tavis Smiley: Common

    Thursday, May 21

    Last Call: The Kills
    Colbert Report: Green Day

    Friday, May 22

    David Letterman: Green Day
    Jay Leno: Tori Amos
    Late Late Show: The Decemberists
    Last Call: Glasvegas

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