Thursday News Threads

  • Despite the indie cred we’re putting on the line by blogging about that damn Twilight sequel for a third straight week, it’s at least worth mentioning that the complete tracklist has been released. In addition to the lead single from the local boys in Death Cab For Cutie, it will feature completely new or remixed songs from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, The Killers, Band of Skulls, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Lykke Li, Anya Marina, and Sea Wolf (who recently did a breathtaking in-studio here at KEXP.)
  • Relatedly! Ben Gibbard, frontman of Death Cab, reportedly tied the knot with actress/She&Him singer Zooey Deschanel on Saturday night here in Seattle. Now he knows the words were true in his sappiest songs.

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel: Indie Rock Man and Wife.

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel: Indie Rock Man and Wife.

  • Swine flu has taken another celebrity victim: Marilyn Manson! He wrote on Facebook, “I know everyone will suggest that fucking a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said, my past choices in women have, in ‘no way’ contributed to... me acquiring this mysterious sickness.”
  • Indie supergroup darlings, Monsters of Folk, appeared on The Tonight Show the other night in flashy formals performing their song “Say Please.” Following is their new video for the song “The Right Place.”

  • Seattle native and rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix recorded enough material in the four years his life that overlapped with Electric Lady Studios that his sister recently said they’d be able to release a decade’s worth of new material.
  • Apparently Merge Records is planning on re-releasing both Neutral Milk Hotel LPs on vinyl November 3rd. This might very well be the most exciting NMH-related release we see ever again... there is seemingly no chance we’ll get anything more from reclusive songwriter Jeff Mangum.
  • A new movie from Portland writer/director Matt McCormick features The Shins’ James Mercer and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein. It’s very Portland-y. Did we mention it was made in Portland? Check out the trailer below!

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