Thursday News Threads

photo by Jim Bennett

photo by Jim Bennett

  • Peter Bjorn and John are capping off their summer tour with Depeche Mode by remixing a track from the band’s latest record: Fragile Tension. No release date is set, but I can’t wait to hear bright whistles over a Depeche Mode tune.
  • In a follow-up to our previously-reported Guitar Hero news, the new version of the game will allow you to play as Kurt Cobain. This seems reasonable enough until you watch the following YouTube video that features the grunge singer performing Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Ugh. Rolling in his grave much?

  • The Seattle Weekly recently posted a new United States of Electronica track from their forthcoming album, LOVEWORLD. The album is to be digitally released next Tuesday, but you’ll have to wait until October 20th to get your hands on a physical copy. That hasn’t stopped from putting out a review of it already (8 out of 10, by the way.)
  • Australian Web site ‘Undercover’ quoted a “source within the (Rolling) Stones inner-circle” yesterday as saying “Charlie Watts has quit the band. He will never record or tour with the band again.” This set the world wide web afire until the Stones’ spokesman released a somewhat patronizing statement saying, “Contrary to a fabricated story that ran this morning on a small music web site in Australia, drummer Charlie Watts has not left The Rolling Stones.”
  • Music video website Vevo is apparently in talks with CBS and NBC to license shows for the web. The website plans to be the music industry’s version of Hulu, featuring high-quality music videos and music-related programming
  • Bloodshot recording artists, and massive Morrissey fans, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir pretty much say it all with the title to their upcoming release … and the horse you rode in on, which is a two-finger salute (they’re Anglophiles, after all) to those who broke lead singer Elia Einhorn’s heart. Sure, it’s vitriol, but it’s darned fun vitriol! If you need further proof, here’s a new track from the album:

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir – Tear Down The Opera House (MP3)

  • Hip Hop (kinda) artists, Black Eyed Peas, will be fresh off a little controversy when they take the stage for Bumbershoot this weekend. The Malaysian government had banned Muslims from attending one of their concerts because the show was being sponsored by Guinness. But! Malaysian Muslim Black Eyed Pea fans now have nothing to fret about — the ban has been lifted!
  • So, of course, Oasis broke up in the middle of their tour. Well, what happens to the festivals they were scheduled to play? At Rock en Seine, they were the headliners until Noel quit the band. Then Bloc Party took over top bill. Singer Kele Okereke sarcastically said, “So I’d like to take this moment to say, ‘ah that’s a shame, isn’t it, guys?'” adding, “I’d like to dedicate this next song to those who wanted to see, ah, those inbred twins (Noel and Liam).” I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, though, considering his previous comments (from 2007) that Oasis is “the most overrated band of all time” and “luddites.”
  • Seattle indie pop band Death Cab For Cutie have been chosen to write and record the lead single for the next movie in the “Twilight” series: New Moon. The track, “Meet Me On the Equinox,” will be revealed on September 13 via MTV’s Web site during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. The soundtrack is rumored to also feature songs from Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, and Muse. Weird. Cool?
  • We’ll leave you with the late night performance of “Cannibal Resource” by Dirty Projectors on Letterman this week. Love it or hate it?

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