- The saying “can’t get arrested” used to refer to people who couldn’t get recognized or attention no matter what they do, but not so much in this case… last month, Bob Dylan was detained when he was mistaken for a homeless man wandering in a NJ suburb. Dylan, who was on the property of a house with a “for sale” sign apparently startled the current homeowners, who called the cops, and the 24-year old responding officer, Kristie Buble, apparently didn’t recognize the ID-less Dylan. No charges were pressed, as we’re sure Officer Buble’s superiors were mortified at the mistaken identity. Readers, though, should be on the lookout for iconic songwriters skulking in their neighborhoods.
- Jim Dickinson, the “demented genius” piano player (Flamin’ Groovies, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin) and producer (The Replacements, Big Star, Green on Red, Mudhoney, Mojo Nixon, Rocket from the Crypt), died on Saturday, August 15, in Memphis following triple bypass heart surgery. Aquarium Drunkard has a thoughtful remembrance.
- Radiohead is now offering the new song we gave you a sneak peek of last week, “These Are My Twisted Words,” for free download through the W.A.S.T.E. store. According to their website, Dead Air Space, more material could materialize in the future: “There’s other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we’ve been practicing, and which we’ll probably play at this summer’s concerts.”
- Twenty years later and Nirvana are still gaining new fans. Sub Pop, the band’s first label, will be reissuing the trio’s debut, Bleach, on white vinyl and compact disc come November 3rd. The set will include a complete 1990 live performance from Portland’s Pine Street Theatre and a 48 page booklet (with the CD) with unseen photos.
- HEALTH, taking a cue from Willie Wonka (yes, you’re going to get this joke often) and the Beastie Boys, have slipped 66 tickets into upcoming copies of their new album, Get Color, due September 8th. The first ticket found and redeemed will find the winner whisked to Los Angeles to hang with the band at the zoo, Six Flags, and served breakfast in bed. The other 65 winners will enjoy t-shirts, personal affects, and chances to collaborate with the boys though I-Chat.
- When Brian Chippendale is tearing up samplers, loops, and drumkits as Black Pus, he happens to be involved with bassist Brian Gibson in the Providence, Rhode Island outfit Lightning Bolt — maybe you’ve heard of them? If not, consider November 13th as a chance to take the plunge as Load releases Earthly Delights, the duo’s first album since 2005’s Hypermagic Mountain.
- There’s no rest for the weary… or Robert Pollard. The ex-Guided By Voices poet laureate, never one to sit on ideas, will be releasing the The Devil Went Home and Puked, October 20th. The DVD will feature tour and studio footage of Pollard with and without GBV from nearly every tour from 1994 through present day. Now if only there was a DVD companion to Relaxation of the Asshole…
- Antony & the Johnsons just debuted their cover of Beyonce‘s “Crazy in Love” over at Pitchfork TV. The video carries a 1980s Berlin-based, library-rented VHS quality.
- Rock and Roll can do amazing things, and though some corporate mongrels would rather harness it for profiteering, there is good to be found. Such is the case with N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease), a group of six gynecologic oncologists creating music to raise awareness concerning gynecological-based cancers while aiming to improve the quality of life through their music. The group’s self-titled debut album will be released September 8th to coincide with the first Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.
- Festival season is winding down but no one alert the Champaign-Urbana based Pygmalion Music Festival. Set for September 16th – 19th, the four-day event will feature the talents of Iron & Wine, The Books, The Antlers, Low, RJD2, and Waaves among the 40+ acts performing.
- Mostly repeats on the late night talk shows this week, but if you missed Grizzly Bear and The Dead Weather, now’s your chance to get caught up. Also, a couple music-loving comedians should make staying up late even more fun. Here are the highlights:
Monday, August 17
David Letterman: Robert Cray
Last Call: Ida Maria (R)
Daily Show: David Cross
Tuesday, August 18
Jimmy Fallon: Manchester Orchestra (R)
Last Call: Cold War Kids (R)
Wednesday, August 19
Jimmy Fallon: Martha Wainwright (R)
Last Call: Brett Dennen (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: La Roux (R)
Thursday, August 20
Late Late Show: Chairlift (R)
Jimmy Fallon: Grizzly Bear (R)
Friday, August 21
David Letterman: Patton Oswalt
Conan O’Brien: The Dead Weather (R)
Last Call: Friendly Fires (R)