Thursday News Thread

Jarvis Cocker

  • Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is getting the film treatment from Wes Anderson. Along with George Clooney, Meryl Streep and others, the film will include a stop-motion Jarvis Cocker in the role of Petey. In addition to his role within the film, Cocker provided a few original songs to the movie.
  • Much ballyhoo was made of the recently self-released album Hospice from Brooklyn band The Antlers. While being self released limited the reach of the album, the masses will soon get their fill thanks to the band signing with Frenchkiss. The band’s new home will reissue Hospice August 14.
  • Radiohead has reentered the studio with producer Nigel Godrich. Bassist Colin Greenwood recently sat down with the BBC, saying:

    It’s really scrapbooks. We’re at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out, we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we’re thinking, what next? But it’s cool, it’s just trying to get everyone excited and inspired and into it.

    Read the complete interview here.

  • “Cars>>>>Bears?” Apparently cars are much greater than Grizzly Bear at least. As we mentioned in the Monday news, the band was slated to guest on Letterman last night, but as they awaited in makeup and with string quartet in tow, Dave indicated to them that they “ran out of time.” Ed Droste indicated on his Twitter feed that he and the band were “crushed” and that it was not a “colbert fued” that caused the delay but rather “the extra time was given to talking about a new GM electric car.” According to the Grizzly Bear blog, the band was able to re-schedule in July. At least you can free up some space on your DVR now.
  • Billboard just ran an interesting ideas piece on how the music industry can make up for falling CD revenues. The article analyzes everything from pricing models to package bundling to radio’s royalty system. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you make of it all.

Paste

  • In the same vein, Paste Magazine has been on the ropes lately and reaching out to donors and readers quite heavily. Now, it appears the magazine will survive but not without some restructuring. Dozens of artists have donated songs to encourage reader donations while Paste staff has taken a pay cut. Visit their website to see how you can help.
  • Amy Winehouse, in addition to being hospitalized once again while on the island of St. Lucia, is to be the subject of a documentary by Daphne Barak. The film intended purpose is to be a warts-and-all portrayal of the young singers life and singing career. It’s to be released later this year though no exact date is yet known.
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