Thursday News Threads

The Crocodile

Dan Muller

  • Live recordings of shows performed at Seattle’s landmark venue, The Crocodile, from 2002 to present, are now available at the University of Washington’s library thanks to soundman Jim Anderson. The archives contain hundreds of shows including some from Apples in Stereo, Andrew Bird, Ben Lee, Bishop Allen, Brandi Carlile, Crooked Fingers, Damien Jurado, Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Harvey Danger, Iron and Wine, Josh Ritter, The Long Winters, Matisyahu, Mountain Goats, Mudhoney, Nada Surf, Okkervil River, Pedro the Lion, Presidents of the United States of America, Regina Spektor, Rilo Kiley, Tegan and Sara, and Unicorns.
  • This Tuesday, Pearl Jam performed an unusual mix of rarities and brand new songs in London. Eddie Vedder and company were joined on stage by The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood. Their mini European tour will hit Rotterdam, Berlin, Manchester and London’s O2 Arena. The band recently announced more U.S. dates this fall and will also play a half-dozen outdoor gigs in Australia and New Zealand. Their new record, Backspacer, is due out on September 20th.
  • Before their show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan on Tuesday, The Decemberists decided to perform in impromptu set on the street outside and were cited for busking, but not before apparently making $2. Lead singer Colin Meloy tweeted the ticketing.
  • A trailer for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus hit the web Tuesday. Among other (equally notable) details, the film features Tom Waits playing Satan and Heath Ledger’s final filmed performance.

  • It is with great sadness that we must report that The Verve are breaking up. Again. After reuniting for the third time in 2007, it seems the BritPop megastars are going their separate ways. Guitarist Nick McCabe and bassist Simon Jones are focusing on a new band called Black Ships.
  • Vibe Magazine, after folding a month and a half ago, will be returning as a web-focused publication, printing 300,000 copies quarterly. This influential urban music and culture magazine and its website are being acquired by Uptown Media.
  • Ghostface Killah plans to record his next album with Wu Tang’s Raekwon and Method Man. The trio’s LP is expected sometime this year.
  • Who else but Elton John has a guest appearance on the new Alice in Chains record. The track, Black Gives Way to Blue, off the forthcoming record of the same name, pays due tribute to fallen singer Layne Staley.
  • Before Bon Iver was The Volcano Choir, a collaboration between Justin Vernon and Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees. The debut release of The Volcano Choir, called Unmap, some three years after its inception, arrives on September 22nd on Jagjaguwar. You can listen to the first single here:

Volcano Choir – Island, IS (MP3)

  • A large-scale and star-powered tribute to Michael Jackson is planned for September 26th in Vienna. Jermaine Jackson will be announcing the concert lineup soon, but is expected to feature at least 10 top artists performing 15 to 20 Jackson hits. Austrian media have reported that Madonna, U2, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston might be among the performers. (Tribute site)
  • According to The Sun, UK rock band Kasabian‘s frontman, Tom Meighan, has come down with Swine Flu while on tour! Yikes, is that still happening?!?
  • Although Thom Yorke has told The Believer that Radiohead won’t be working on a new album any time soon, the band’s output remains unchecked. Last week, they released the one-off “Harry Patch (In Memory Of).” Another new song leaked this week, supposedly called “These Are My Twisted Words.” The Stranger’s Line Out adds a bit of Yorkeian text, which may or may not be legit. Either way, this is a truly productive hiatus.

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