Thursday News 6/11

  • Wanna feel old? The Smashing Pumpkins recently have been jamming with a 19 year old drummer named Mike Bryne, hanging out in the studio with the kid, and even working on demos with the Oregon youngster. An update on the Pumpkins website states” Billy has been working with young (19) Mike Byrne on demos. Word from the studio is that Mike is an exceptionally talented and gifted drummer and things are going very well. And that is that.” If you want to see some clips of who Corgan calls “the drummer of the future,” go here.
  • What other festival could host Jimmy Buffett and Passion Pit on the same night? Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN, kicks off tonight and rolls through the weekend, mixing the hippie jam bands like Galactic, Gov’t Mule, and Phish with hipster jam bands like Animal Collective, The Decemberists, and Of Montreal. Check out the full lineup at Brooklyn Vegan, which also includes a list of bands whose performances AT&T will be streaming live. David Byrne (no relation to Mike above) curates his own stage tomorrow, with Santigold, St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors and Katzenjammer. Here’s The Knux pitching the festival for all of you holdouts:

  • In a pun taken farther than most, Pavement multi-man Bob Nastanovich took a fan out for a “Date with Ikea“. The young lady, Jenny, is pretty hell bent on getting a new bed that isn’t an air mattress.
  • Peanut butter and Jelly. Ying and Yang. Simon and Garfunkel. Le Tigre and... Christina Aguilera? According to Pitchfork, the brash punk dance trio are working with the former Mouseketeer in the studio. Although it may seem out of nowhere, Aguilera has recently worked in the studio with Goldfrapp, Ladytron, and Sia. Those are some seriously strong women. Who’s next, Beyonce?
  • Ready for the most egotistical tour of 2009? Kanye West has announced a tour later this year along with diva queen Lady Gaga. Says Kanye, “We’re doing it together, with no opening act.” With two heads that big, we’ll see how that works out. Glitz. Glamour. Gaga. Gag me.
  • Okay, maybe not as weird, but Britpop icons Oasis enlisted freak folk hippie Devendra Banhart to remix a track from their latest, Dig Out Your Soul. Banhart’s choice? “(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady,” which you can listen to for free, but you gotta register at Oasisinet first.

Chona Kasinger

  • Fresh off their tour with The Kills, The Horrors have announced dates for their own US tour later this year. The tour kicks off in Boston on September 15 with a Seattle date scheduled for October 6 at Neumo’s.
  • Jack White never stops making music, but it’s usually with other people. However, the Detroit rocker has recently said that he hopes to begin working on a solo album by the end of the year. The dude has a lot going on. Let’s hope he finds that time.
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One Comment

  1. Lee
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    the bat for lashes show at neumos is in aug, not june

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