- Author, poet, musician Jim Carroll died on Friday at age 60. As chronicled in his autobiography The Basketball Diaries, Carroll’s outlaw lifestyle of poetry and drugs (and of course basketball) brought him into circles that included Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and other counter-culture icons of the 70’s. In fact, it was Smith who encouraged Carroll to form the Jim Carroll Band, but it was Carroll who remained true to his poetic voice and created a hybrid sound that was and remains unique. Their debut release, Catholic Boy, soon became a cult classic, especially the gritty memorial “People Who Died.” Carroll died in his New York home of an apparent heart attack. [more here]
- With the hubbub of Kurt Cobain becoming a Guitar Hero avatar singing hair metal, it’s refreshing that Daft Punk don’t have to worry about a drug coma Courtney Love selling their likeness away. As it turns out, the French duo are happy to be included as characters in the upcoming DJ Hero — going so far as to include eight new mixes exclusively for the game.
- Flashback to 2002 and remember when The Strokes were the hottest thing in rock and roll since The Hives? It’s been all quiet on the NYC front for the boys in leather, glossing over Albert Hammond’s solo albums. Now the booming vocals of Julian Casablanacas are set to give the throwback rockers a bit more publicity as he readies his solo LP, Phrazes for the Young, for an October 20th release in the states. The ‘z’ in Phrazes is prove his street cred.
- Four of the largest radio markets are about to find themselves with Last.fm broadcast stations. New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles will be the first homes to high-definition Last.fm broadcasts thanks to the CBS Interactive Group, who will transmit the stations beginning October 5th. The Last.fm station playlists will be dictated by the weekly charts generated by Last.fm users, so if you live in any of the four cities and want more Prurient or more Dean Martin, you better get cracking.
- Rhapsody, the on-demand subscription music service may be headed to the iPhone. The Real Network company recently submitted an iPhone app and is now awaiting approval, according to The Daily Swarm. If Apple allows the app, users would have full access to their accounts, including any created playlists and preferences, not to mention the over 8 million tracks available through the service.
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have partnered with Vagrant Records with the impending release of a 2xDVD + 1xCD live set from the demure rockers. Due November 10th, the as-yet-titled set will feature over 2 hours of performance footage from sold-out dates in Berlin, Dublin, and Glasgow, along with 90 minutes worth behind-the-scenes film and extra performances. This should whet the insatiable appetites of fans eagerly awaiting the group’s fifth studio album, which is due sometime in 2010.
- James Allan, the Glasvegas frontman who had been reportedly missing for a week, was back with the band in Boston on Friday. James’ cousin and bandmate, Rab Allan, talked to Spinner about their reunion and confirms that James now has a cell phone (which he’d been lacking for six months).
- Do you need a vacation? How about a jaunt to Joshua Tree during October 3rd and 4th for the KCRW-supported Manimal Festival? The two-day event will play host to the talents of Fool’s Gold, Chairlift, and Juliette Commagere, along with a indie blogger’s wet dream of acts on the cusp of modicum success.
- Another slow week on the talk show circuit, but there are a few highlights, including Franz Ferdinand and Metric on Last Call, Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Conan — and Megadeath on Jimmy Fallon? Sure, why not?
Monday, September 14
Jimmy Fallon: Rufus Wainwright
Last Call: Franz Ferdinand
Tuesday, September 15
Conan O’Brien: Phoenix
Last Call: Metric
Wednesday, September 16
David Letterman: John Fogerty (R 9/3/09)
Conan O’Brien: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Last Call: Pete Yorn
Colbert Report: The Flaming Lips
Thursday, September 17
Jimmy Fallon: Megadeth
Friday, September 18
go see a movie!