Thursday News Threads

  • Wha?!?!? Apparently Amazon has a page up for a forthcoming new Animal Collective album! It’s set for release December 8th on Domino Records. Just in time for them to take numbers one and two on year-end top 10 lists.
  • And speaking of “forthcoming,” both Thom Yorke and his band Radiohead should have new albums out within the next year. Yorke has been playing recently in LA with a new band, hitting a couple of small venues with his new band to perform songs from his first solo album, The Eraser, and to preview seven new songs. Meanwhile, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has told NME that the earlier rumors of a hiatus were just that… rumors, and the band would return to the studio this winter. And if that wasn’t clear enough, he adds, “We were misquoted. WE WILL BE MAKING AN ALBUM!” Check AtEase for the full story
  • A tuft of hair from the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, will be going to auction later this month, along with a set of pictures from Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding day in 1967, a suede shirt worn by the star in 1963, original artworks and a string of signed record sleeves. Maybe I should be saving my hair after haircuts. You know, for the sake of my descendants financial well-being.

Elvis Presleys hair

Elvis Presley's hair? Soon it can be yours!

  • So I guess Jay Reatard‘s band quit mid-tour. This kind of adds new meaning to the title of his newest album, Watch Me Fall. Yikes.
  • Hardcore band Small Brown Bike is writing new material after breaking up in 2004 and reuniting last month. They’re quoted as saying, “Over the last few months we’ve been writing a ton of new stuff and currently have about ten new songs finished plus a bunch more in various stages.”
  • A couple new Seattle indie rock music videos. Check out Modest Mouse‘s new video for ‘The Whale Song’ at Pitchfork. Below is Death Cab for Cutie‘s video for “Meet Me On the Equinox” featuring basically the entirety of the new Twilight sequel, New Moon. Now I REALLY don’t have to see that movie.

  • Ever wonder what David Bowie would look like as a LEGO character? No? Well, anyway, now you can see He’s signed up to be on the new LEGO Rock Band game. Check it out:

Bowie? The band?

Bowie? The band?

  • Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show is among the worst in my opinion, but somebody on his team has been making some pretty good/interesting musical guest choices. December 8th that trend will continue when Fallon will host a reunited Jawbox on his show.

Below, check out Vampire Weekend‘s new song, Horchata, from their forthcoming record, Contra. You can also download it from their website.

  • Updating a previous news item, it appears that Pavement are doing a lot more than those four NYC shows. Looks like they’re now going to be headlining and curating a weekend of All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2010. BAM!
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