Monday News Mash-Up

Jeff Hanson

Victoria Vanbruinisse

  • Singer/songwriter Jeff Hanson was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment; the cause of an apparent accidental fall. The 31-year old artist, known for his high pitched vocals, has been releasing his solo albums with the Northwest label Kill Rock Stars with last year’s Madam Owl being his latest.
  • New Zealand band The Clean will be releasing their first album in 8 years. Merge will play host to Mister Pop, set for a September 8th street date. The Clean are credited to be the influence of such revered bands Pavement and Yo La Tengo.
  • Which reminds us… Yo La Tengo will be delivering Popular Songs come September 8th via longtime home, Matador. The label plans to give Popular Songs the Buy Early Get Now treatment, with details forthcoming.
  • Apparently it’s cool for the hard rockin’ set to get their own brand of sneakers. Vans, the 90s alternative sneaker, will be releasing a four special versions of the brand inspired by Mastodon. Not to be outdone, Converse has announced plans to release brands of their ever popular shoe with the help of rock gods AC/DC and Metallica. What about those of us waiting for Captain and Tennille Keds?
  • Ted Leo just released a new song on his website as a stop-gap to appease anxious fans, claiming, “it’s been a while since there was anything new recorded and we’re still writing and figuring out what we’re going to do with all that, so it’s gonna be a little bit more time yet before a new album arrives.” Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are currently on tour with Titus Andronicus but look to be breaking at the end of the month. Hopefully, they’ll figure it out then. For now, here’s “Where Was my Brain?“:

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  • Rather than subject the world at large to a violently out-of-touch festival, the minds behind Woodstock will deliver a 6-disc retrospective of the 1969 edition of the famed event. Due August 18th, the Rhino release Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm promises 77 tracks (38 previous unreleased) chronicling the three day Flower Power Love-In. The original Woodstock documentary soundtracks are also being remastered and reissued June 2nd.
  • Stephen O’Malley enjoys spreading his drone and doom as far as his imagination will allow. This time it happens to have found a home in a reworking of Dennis Cooper’s short story-turned-play, Jerk. The play’s debut is set for July 1-3 in London’s South London Gallery. Buy your plane tickets!
  • If there were an award for it, Green Day would certainly win for “Band Most Willing to Shill Their New Album,” as they continue their late night talk show onslaught with a mini residency on Last Call and an appearance on SNL. Black Eyed Peas and Mos Def tie for second place with two appearances each this week, but the must-see events have to be Amadou & Mariam on Fallon, Sonic Youth on Letterman, Neko Case on Conan, and P.J. Harvey & John Parish also on Letterman (man, is he getting hip!). Get your DVR’s ready:

    Monday, June 8

    David Letterman: Mos Def
    Jimmy Fallon: Amadou & Mariam
    Last Call: The Ting Tings (R 4/27/09)
    Jimmy Kimmel: The Airborne Toxic Event (R 5/14/09)

    Tuesday, June 9

    David Letterman: Black Eyed Peas
    Conan O’Brien: Taj Mahal
    Jimmy Fallon: Mos Def
    Last Call: Green Day

    Wednesday, June 10

    David Letterman: Sonic Youth
    Conan O’Brien: Rancid
    Jimmy Fallon: Manchester Orchestra
    Last Call: Green Day

    Thursday, June 11

    Conan O’Brien: Neko Case
    Last Call: Green Day

    Friday, June 12

    David Letterman: P.J. Harvey & John Parish
    The View: Black Eyed Peas

    Saturday, June 13

    Saturday Night Live: Green Day

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