- In very sad news, Jay Bennet has passed away. The former member of Wilco reportedly died in his sleep yesterday of unknown causes. Bennet, 45, was a founding member of Wilco, whose not-so-amicable split from the band was documented in Sam Jones’ I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. (He later sued Wilco for failure to pay royalties for his appearance in the film.) Bennett was a sought-after session musician, solo artist, and mentor to artists like rising artists David Vandervelde. His contributions to music will sorely be missed.
- Did you backlash against or embrace the pop career of Scarlett Johansson? No matter your reaction, Johansson’s tribute to Tom Waits, Anywhere I Lay My Head, has turned out to be just the beginning of her interesting musical ventures. Break Up, due September 8th, will find the Scarlett one being joined by Pete Yorn, as the duo run through 8 originals and 1 cover, all inspired by the duets of Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgette Bardot. The album’s first single, “Relator,” can be heard via the Break Up website.
- In case you aren’t hip to the No Fun Fest happenings of last weekend, let us summarize: a lot of awesome avant, experimental, and noise bands barnstormed Brooklyn for the weekend — and unfortunately a greedy thief barnstormed the touring van of [Joe] Raglani and Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt. The theft put Raglani under a rock buried beneath a hard place, causing him to head home to St. Louis and cut short what was to be the beginning of his new career of being a constant touring act. If you want to help and or buy some great music from an up and coming artist, visit Raglani’s MySpace page and message the man.
- Boston plays host to the new Split/Signal festival this Saturday (May 30th). Featuring The Books, Cul De Sac, and Roger Miller among the 8 performers, the fest will blend the music of these artists with original silent films and videos.
- Print media continues to go the way of the dinosaur, with music-related publications reaching extinction quickly. The next to suffer a painful demise: Plan B. The magazine confirmed rumors of their ending via message board. The last issue will hit newsstands June 1st.
- Despite being bumped by Letterman earlier in the week, Grizzly Bear remain undeterred, as evident by the recent premiere of the video for “Two Weeks.”
- An Anacortes tradition will return once more, as What The Heck Fest invades the sleepy port town. Known for promoting camping and diversity, the festival will once again feature a cornucopia of musical acts — many no strangers to life in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the acts confirmed for the July 17th-19th weekend: Earth, Kimya Dawson, D+, Grouper, and No Kids. Yep — eclectic.
- It’s a bit of a slow week on the late night talkshows, but you should definitely tune for Doves on Last Call this Wednesday and Beastie Boys on Fallon tonight.
Monday, May 25
Tonight Show: Lyle Lovett
Jimmy Fallon: Beastie Boys
Last Call: Keane (R 5/19/09)
Jimmy Kimmel: Scott Weiland (R 5/8/09)
Tuesday, May 26
Jimmy Fallon: Keane
Last Call: The Virgins
Colbert Report: Green Day (R 5/21/09)
Wednesday, May 27
Last Call: Doves
Thursday, May 28
David Letterman: The Killers (R 5/11/09)
Tonight Show: Prince
Jimmy Kimmel: Depeche Mode (R 4/23/09)