- The recently reunited Death are beginning to get their due 35 years after their debut. On top of a mini-tour, the Detroit band’s first, the group is rumored to be the subjects of a documentary by the minds of Mos Def and Damon Dash.
- A conflict that had been brewing between Black Lips‘ Jared Swilley and Wavves‘ Nathan Williams erupted when both musicians ended up at Daddy’s in Brooklyn after their respective shows in NYC on Friday evening. The details remain a bit murky, but both parties have released “official statements” to various blogs. Brooklyn Vegan tries to track down the “he said, he said” here.
- Throbbing Gristle are prying their way into the Buddha Machine market with the Gristleism. Like the Buddha Machine from which it is modeled, the Gristleism will feature 13 unique, continuous loops of “experimental noise, industrial drone, and classic melodies and rhythms.” Only 900 were made, so act quickly.
- The 35 year staple PBS staple, Austin City Limits, has announced the line-up for its 2009-2010 season. Buoyed by big name acts Dave Matthew Band, Pearl Jam, and Elvis Costello, this season also brings the first hip-hop centric episode featuring Mos Def and K’Naan along with stellar indie acts such as St. Vincent, M. Ward, and Okkervil River. Topping of the ACL sundae is a show dedicated to the new supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, which features Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones.
- Prefix Magazine unveiled a story this week that accuses instrument giant Guitar Center of price-fixing by joining with the National Association of Music Merchants in forcing guitar manufacturers to not sell their wares for cheaper online, with the threat of boycott to those who continued to do so.
- Local label extraordinaire, Light in the Attic, have become the connoisseurs of reissuing artists and album either forgotten or ignored during their heyday. Such is the case with the announcement that the label will be releasing the works of funk heiress, Betty Davis. 1975’s Nasty Gal, regarded as one of Davis’ strongest artistic statements will be reissued along with the never-before-released 1976 album, Is It Love or Desire.
- You can frontload your recording of this week’s talkshow appearances — The Avett Brothers and Dirty Projectors on Monday, Sunny Day Real Estate on Tuesday — but don’t forget to catch Arctic Monkeys on Last Call on Thursday. Here’s their performance of “Cornerstone” on the Late Show with Craig Ferguson:
and the rest of this week’s highlights:
Monday, September 28
David Letterman: The Avett Brothers
Jimmy Fallon: Dirty Projectors
Last Call: Metric (R)
Tuesday, September 29
Jimmy Fallon: Sunny Day Real Estate
Last Call: Wild Light
Wednesday, September 30
Jay Leno: Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris
Jimmy Kimmel: Alice in Chains
Thursday, October 1
Last Call: Arctic Monkeys
Friday, October 2
Late Late Show: Lynyrd Skynyrd