- According to several reports, Pearl Jam performed a secret show at Showbox in Seattle this past Thursday. The 300 or so attendees were told only that they would attend a filmed “rock concert” and be compensated for their time, but after signing non-disclosure agreements and so forth, they were treated to a repeated performance of a new song that, according to Stereogum, is called the “The Fixer” and will supposedly be featured in an upcoming Target ad, which friend to grunge Cameron Crowe was directing.
- Ever wonder what Spector’s Wall of Sound would become within the heavily fortified concrete walls of a maximum security prison? Phil Spector, convicted of second degree murder in April in the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson, was sentenced with 19 year-to-Life Friday.
- Microsoft refuses to let the Zune die. The MP3 device allowed subscriptions for iPod users recently, sure to help out the brand’s digital marketplace but now the software and gaming giant is going for the music gold once more with the announcement of the Zune HD. The updated device expands with a built-in HD Radio receiver, a 16:9 touchscreen, and a full-screen internet browser. Microsoft will also incorporate the Zune Marketplace into its Xbox Live service, furthering their goal of making all branded devices into Skynet.
- This week brought promises of new albums. Breathe in, breathe out: Magnolia Electric Co. will release Josephine July 21st, WHY? readies Eskimo Snow for a fall release, Lightning Dust delivers Infinite Light August 4th, and not to be left out, Sigur Ros — despite numerous solo efforts and side projects by the Icelandic band — have announced they are putting the finishing touches to a new album due at the beginning of 2010.
- The Brooklyn based No Fun Fest played itself out two weekends ago, so why are we still talking about it? Because Carlos Giffoni is taking his beautiful beast to Europe — Sweden to be exact. No Fun Fest bombards Stockholm September 18th-20th with Wolf Eyes, Emeralds, Burning Star Core, and Giffoni himself headlining the eclectic line-up.
- Tim DeLaughter, former frontman of Tripping Daisy and founder of the choral mass The Polyphonic Spree, recently finished the score for the art DVD, Wee See. The project, a collaboration with visual artist Rolyn Barthelman, mutated from kid-oriented beginnings into a full-blown release full of black-and-white imagery to stimulate young and old alike. The DVD can be found at Wee See‘s website.
- Big Star is getting the box set treatment with Keep An Eye on the Sky, due September 15h via Rhino. The four disc set chronicles 1968-1975, collecting nearly everything the band did as a unit or solo with rarities, alternative recordings, and an entire disc of a 1973 Memphis show that caught the band in a mood to cover The Kinks, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and T. Rex.
- Not much going on during the late night talk shows this week. Green Day and Tori Amos continue their barrage of the sleep deprived, and we’re guessing you can hear that new Pearl Jam song when they make a rare appearance on Conan tonight. The must-see events, though, are Steve Earle and Elvis Costello on consecutive nights on Letterman, Doves on Fallon, and TV on the Radio on Saturday Night Live.
Monday, June 1
Conan O’Brien: Pearl Jam
Late Late Show: Tori Amos
Tuesday, June 2
Conan O’Brien: Green Day
Wednesday, June 3
David Letterman: Steve Earle
George Stroumboulopoulos: Perry Farrell
Thursday, June 4
David Letterman: Elvis Costello
Jimmy Fallon: Doves
Friday, June 5
take the night off! go outside!
Saturday, June 6
Saturday Night Live: TV on the Radio