- Apparently albums can be recalled for being too loud — at least that’s the story surrounding Farm, the album from always louder-than-everyone Dinosaur Jr.. This isn’t a case of Mascis, Barlow, and Murph busting eardrums on purpose, but rather when the duplication software used on European versions of Farm doubled the sound layers creating a 3 db increase to the album’s overall volume. The band will replace the defective albums free of charge, though a better solution would be sending kids scores of earplugs.
- Dani Long, half of the husband/wife duo Celer, passed away suddenly Wednesday afternoon at the tender age of 26. In a post on the band’s blog, husband and bandmaster Will Long discussed Dani’s sudden passing, which at the time of this posting, is believed to be caused by cardiac arrest.
- Bradford Cox can’t keep his music to himself. The Deerhunter frontman returns to his Atlas Sound alias for the October 20th album, Logos. The new album promises a slight departure from Cox’s bedroom laptop musings of Microcastle as Logos was recorded all over the world and features collaborations with Animal Collective‘s Panda Bear and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab.
- The 2009 edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties New York has added the talents of Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Boris, and Circulatory System to its jam-packed September 11-13th event.
- Purveyors of 77 and 88 people drum circles, Boredoms made a lot of non-Japanese fans happy with the announcement that Super Roots 10 will be available outside the land of the rising sun through Thrill Jockey. While snooty fans have assured me Super Roots 10 isn’t near as stellar as Super Roots 9, what is stellar is that it’ll be offered as a limited double LP. You can race to get your hands on your own copy September 8th.
- In on-again, off-again music news, Blur, who just reuned has called their performance at T in the Park festival in Scotland this weekend their “last gig” — but that also may have something to do with Graham Coxon being rushed to the hospital before the set for food poisoning. At the same festival, Nine Inch Nails announced their performance would be their last in Scotland as well. Trent Reznor has said months ago that the band would never tour again “on this scale,” but his words at T in the Park seemed more dire. Ten final tour dates remain for their “Wave Goodbye” tour. And another New Order reunion seems even more less likely given a recent interview in which Bernard Sumner tells Mojo: “When I make music these days I want it to be fun, nice, enjoyable,” adding “I don’t want to make music as part of New Order.”
- Genesis may be the butt of many jokes — especially former frontman Phil Collins — but for diehard music aficionados, the Peter Gabriel years yielded some of the finest artrock of its time. We’ll coddle Phil too considering the band’s early 80s output was some catchy pop that you still sing along with every time it pops up on the radio. Before we begin launching into “Abacab,” or “Misunderstanding,” maybe you should take a breath and read this: Genesis will be issuing a 10-disc live box set September 29th that expands the band’s four live albums between 1973 and 2007. The release will also contain a host of unreleased tracks for the completist in you.
- Grizzly Bear get their second chance on Letterman this Thursday after being dropped at the last minute due to a time deficit back in May. For the rest of the talkshows, the week starts out slowly but picks up steam with Wilco, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Metric, and The Dead Weather. Should really see Twisted Sister this week, though? Dee Snider on Regis & Kelly? Hard not to watch that trainwreck a-comin’! Here are the highlights:
Monday, July 13
Tuesday, July 14
David Letterman: Wilco with Feist
Late Late Show: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Wednesday, July 15
David Letterman: Paul McCartney
Last Call: The Duke Spirit (R 3/20/09)
Thursday, July 16
David Letterman: Grizzly Bear
Regis and Kelly: Twisted Sister
Friday, July 17
David Letterman: Metric
Late Late Show: Ray LaMontagne
Jimmy Fallon: The Dead Weather