Monday News Mash-Up


Pela at JITMAN 5/29/09
photo by Alex Crick

  • Many KEXP listeners will be disheartened to learn that Pela, a particular favorite of the Morning Show’s John Richards, has called it quits. The Brooklyn band announced the end of their journey on their website this past Friday, citing “tremendous obstacles” including legal battles, band member injuries, and management and label troubles, including the loss of a potentially lucrative deal. No word yet on the fate of the band’s twice-recorded album, Arise Ye Sunken Ships, but you can listen to the songs in acoustic form as one of our recent Live Performances podcasts:

Pela live on KEXP 5/29/09:

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space, the be all, end all album by Spiritualized, is being reissued in a collector’s and special edition — yes, those are two different editions of the album. The collector’s edition will include the original album on mini CD along with two discs of demos and alternate mixes. The special edition will house the original album and just one bonus disc, in other words special is inferior to collector (and don’t you forget it!). The new and improved discs are due November 16th.
  • Athens, Georgia, has had an up and down history with music. R.E.M. and the wacky minds of the Elephant 6 collective will always light the way for bands in the college town to follow, but perhaps the birth of Supercluster will find its own mark in the town’s musical mythos. Comprised of members of Pylon, The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, and Deerhunter, the super band will release their debut, Waves, October 6th on Cloud Recordings.
  • When you think of John Lennon, is the first thing that comes to mind, Goldfrapp? Perhaps it will be when you see Nowhere Boy, the upcoming film documenting Lennon’s childhood. The dance-pop group provides the score to the film, which is based on the book by Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird.
  • J. Mascis is joining bandmaster Lou Barlow in the ‘hands in everything’ department. Mascis produces and performs on the upcoming Hush Arbors album, Yankee Reality, due October 6th via Ecstatic Peace. If you haven’t listened to the brainchild of Keith Wood by now, hopefully the involvement of Mascis will force you to.
  • Grunge is coming back! Of course, by the emphasis you realize by now that I’m not talking about J. Crew and Banana Republic stocking easy fit flannel button-ups but about a book. Grunge is the new book from former Sub Pop photographer Michael Levine and features words from Thurston Moore and pictures of Seattle’s affected youth along with black and whites of Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, and that little known spec of popular culture, Nirvana.
  • The Pavement reunion tour rumors were confirmed this week, and now the one New York City show has already quadrupled into a four night stint at Central Park’s Summerstage. The group has now confirmed performances for September 21st-24th with word making the rounds that the boys will tour the world throughout 2010 before boxing back up the Pavement name and songs and stuffing them in the attic.
  • Skynyrd! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be on Conan tonight. There are some other great bands hitting the talkshows this week, including Arctic Monkeys, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Phoenix, Black Joe Lewis, Monsters of Folk, the collective featuring M. Ward, Jim James, and Conor Oberst. Here are the rest of the highlights:

    Monday, September 21

    Conan O’Brien: Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Late Late Show: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
    Last Call: Franz Ferdinand (R)
    Colbert Report: The Flaming Lips (R)
    Jimmy Kimmel: Matt & Kim (R)

    Tuesday, September 22

    Conan O’Brien: Monsters of Folk
    Jimmy Kimmel: Kid Cudi

    Wednesday, September 23

    Late Late Show: Arctic Monkeys

    Thursday, September 24

    David Letterman: Snow Patrol
    Jay Leno: Smokey Robinson with Joss Stone
    Jimmy Fallon: Phoenix

    Friday, September 25

    Conan O’Brien: Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Last Call: Ladyhawke

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