- Noel Gallagher announced his departure from the band he founded, Oasis, late Friday afternoon, claiming on the band’s website that “verbal and violent intimidation” are the cause. Though he doesn’t accuse his brother, Liam, directly, the ever-escalating sibling rivalry between the brothers has been ongoing since the band’s heyday, when they were always reportedly at each other’s throat. Whether Noel’s departure sticks or this is the end of Oasis permanently or temporarily is anyone’s guess.
- iheartradio, who has given rise to web radio programming backed by big name pop acts like Christina Aguilera, has birthed a new station with Weezer as the programmers. While Rivers Cuomo and company haven’t delivered a solid album since Pinkerton, their web-based radio station is honing in on that bygone musical era with a smattering of 90s alterna-pop and modern indie.
- Drag City, which has loaded up the release calendar this year with a host of fantastic albums, is tacking another gem on the board for October 20th. Mark it down, because it’s when you’ll be able to pick up a copy of Espers‘ appropriately titled album III.
- Tomorrow’s release of Guitar Hero 5 rights a wrong (or maybe makes a wrong... it’s unclear) by finally adding Kurt Cobain to the list of playable characters. Spin has the preview pic of the Nirvana frontman is garbed in green cardigan and Daniel Johnston t-shirt. Fans can shred to the band’s ubiquitous single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and an exclusive live version of “Lithium.” Check it out:
- Do you wear your indie loyalty like a badge? How about as a sweater vest? A hoodie? If you are in need of completing your wardrobe with some indie-tinged kicks, look no further than Nike. The Oregon-based company has teamed with Seattle’s indie stalwart Sub Pop. The sneaker is a yellow, black, and gray mess, with “Sub Pop” proudly displayed on the face of the tongue. Now, how are you going to rustle up the reported $150 asking price?
- It would be easy to rant about the drunken buffoon known as Jim Morrison, but despite his rather overhyped career, one can’t deny the power and soul of Ray, Robbie, and John. Rhino, known for their deep box sets, is set to release Live in New York; six discs documenting the final four shows in New York from The Doors.
- The worlds of DIY music and cinema are colliding with the formation of Univers/Elementum. The films are distributed on 3-inch mini DVDs in very limited editions and boasts the music of Sparkling Wide Pressure and Horsehair Everywhere. Check out a clip from TV Divinare:
- Massive Attack are set to release Splitting the Atom, October 6th. The four song EP will house the first new material from Massive Attack in over 3 years and serves as an appetizer for the group’s new full-length, tentatively due in February 2010.
- There’s an interesting pairing of old and new on the talkshow circuit this week as John Fogerty, Smokey Robinson, and Cheap Trick compete with Datarock, St. Vincent, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Whatever your taste, though, don’t miss out on Dirty Projectors tonight on Letterman! Here are the highlights:
Monday, August 31
David Letterman: Dirty Projectors
Jimmy Fallon: Jet
Last Call: The Virgins (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: Friendly Fires (R)
Tuesday, September 1
Conan O’Brien: Cheap Trick
Jimmy Fallon: Michael Franti
Jimmy Kimmel: Datarock
Wednesday, September 2
Jimmy Fallon: Smokey Robinson
Jimmy Kimmel: St. Vincent
Thursday, September 3
David Letterman: John Fogerty
Ellen DeGeneres: The Black Eyed Peas (R)
Friday, September 4
David Letterman: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Conan O’Brien: Jennifer Connelly
Jimmy Fallon: Pet Shop Boys
Last Call: Ben Harper & Relentless7 (R)