- Jeff Mangum, the elusive leader of Neutral Milk Hotel, is helping out the charity, Children of the Blue Sky, with original art pieces ready for auction. Among his contributions is a t-shirt with an original drawing done by Mangum and an autographed copy of On Avery Island featuring Jeff’s thumbprint and stamp work. More items from Mangum, as well as The Apples in Stereo, Of Montreal, and Hollywood hotshot Rainn Wilson are available to the highest bidders.
- Bang Bang Eche are due to release their second EP, “Sonic Death Cuntttt,” on November 3rd (you heard it here first!). If the songs are even good as last year’s “4 to the Floor,” look out! Here’s the tracklist for the EP:
1. Fist Full Of Dollars
2. You’re A Jerk
3. Beat Up The Children
4. Dirt In The Water
- Third Man Records, the brainchild of Jack White, continues its full pursuit of guerrilla music releases and sales. After setting up a temporary brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of New York City, White is taking his tent pegs and hitting up Los Angeles this week during August 26th-28th.
- Those in the noise know are very familiar with the artful output of Ron Lessard’s RRRecords. Handmade releases covering statewide scenes, however, were just the tip as RRRecords has just released RRR-1000 Lock Groove LP, featuring 50 ‘grooves’ each from the warped minds of C. Spencer Yeh, Aaron Dilloway, Prurient, and The New Blockaders among others. For a sampling, check out contributor Keith Fullerton Whitman‘s video sampling his grooves to a montage of RRR album covers:
- Miles Davis called Columbia Records home for much of his career. During his decades-long stay with the label, he produced 52 albums, which will now be bunched together in the mammoth and not very expensive box set (less than $400), The Complete Columbia Album Collection. The set features 70 discs covering every album Davis released for Columbia, a myriad of extra tracks from the recent reissues, and a DVD chronicling the jazz legend’s 1970 Isle of Wight performance and the never-released Live in Europe ’67.
- The always entertaining, never deflating, Dan Deacon just released the video for “Paddling Ghost,” from this year’s Bromst.
- The Books have kept fans waiting for a proper follow-up to Lost and Safe for four years, but the duo of Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto have gone on record stating that they are currently hard at work sorting through a mountain of audio and video tapes with the goal of finishing an album and releasing it in early 2010.
- Many would point at Norah Jones as an example of all that is wrong with music. Of course, they would be dead wrong. Who else can segway from duets with Willie Nelson into working with Mike Patton and Andre 3000? Now you can add Ryan Adams and Will Sheff to the list, as both lent their songwriting skills to Ms. Jones for her upcoming November release.
- One final video: this fan-made animation for Grizzly Bear‘s “Two Weeks” has been causing a stir on the interwebs and caught the attention of the band, who already had a video for the song... but as good?
- Repeats continue on the daily talkshows, but you can catch new performances from Kings of Leon, Matt and Kim, Franz Ferdinand, and Friendly Fires, along with re-watchable repeats of Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, and Camera Obscura. Here are the highlights:
Monday, August 24
Conan O’Brien: Kings of Leon
Jimmy Fallon: Aimee Mann (R)
Last Call: Keane (R)
Tuesday, August 25
David Letterman: Jet
Last Call: The Airborne Toxic Event (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: Friendly Fires
Wednesday, August 26
Conan O’Brien: Franz Ferdinand
Late Late Show: Camera Obscura (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: Matt & Kim
Ellen DeGeneres: Q-Tip (R)
Bonnie Hunt: Common (R)
Thursday, August 27
Last Call: Glasvegas (R)
Ellen DeGeneres: Raphael Saadiq (R)
Friday, August 28
Last Call: Common, Doves (R)