Monday News Mash-Up

photo by Hernan Castiglioni

photo by Hernan Castiglioni

  • Whenever the melodies of Brian Wilson drift in our direction, the same question always comes to mind: I wonder what would happen if Wilson played George Gershwin? An answer to that question, as odd as it might be, is on the horizon as the endless one has been granted permission by the Gershwin Estate to completely unfinished works from the renowned composer who passed away in 1937.
  • It only seems fair that if Sub Pop can release a sneaker, so should the bands that are a part of the Seattle label’s fabric. Today’s Song of the Day artist, No Age, will have their very own sneaker through Emerica made completely from animal-friendly material. Does that mean it’s made from catnip and doggie treats?
  • When Noel Gallagher ran out on Oasis, everyone just assumed that his loud and arrogant brother would keep the group moving even without the services of the band’s principle songwriter — that isn’t to be the case. In an interview with the London Time, Liam admits Oasis is finished. Some might say don’t look back in anger, d’you known what I mean?
  • Beck recently convened the second session of his Record Club project, and along with his friends Devendra Banhart and MGMT he’s moved on from Velvet Underground to Leonard Cohen covers. Here they are putting a funky faux-rap twist on Cohen’s “Master Song”:

  • After your altruistic efforts to keep KEXP listener powered, perhaps you can find a bit of pence in your linty coffers to help out JOIN, a Portland-based charity that works with homeless families and individuals to find housing. Spectrum Culture will be celebrating their first birthday by helping the cause with a benefit show in Portland on November 21st with the talents of K founder Calvin Johnson, Brent Knopf (of Menomena), and Jason Webley.
  • Time for another obscure rock doc, this time exploring the post-punk act The Raincoats. Member Gina Birch has been hard at work finishing a documentary about her band’s history that promises plenty of early live footage. You can view the trailer here.
  • CASH Music may be a nonprofit you are unfamiliar with but the organization’s goal is to provide open source tools and services to musicians in an effort to minimize the need for technology and maximize music promotion and distribution. The organization has held itself together thanks to tireless volunteer efforts but to reach their lofty goals, they need a bit of money. They aren’t asking for something for nothing, as the CASH is holding a raffle to raise the money they need, with items up for bid by such favorites as Deerhoof, The Secret Machines, and Mission of Burma among others.
  • Fans of the defunct television show Wonder Showzen should keep their demented eyes out for the upcoming film release from PFFR brother-in-arms, Vernon Chatman. Final Flesh promises to push many a buttons and provide a unique look at adult entertainment and odd fetishes in the most non-documentary, unprofessional manner. The DVD will be released through Drag City November 17th.
  • Beastie Boy Adam Yauch recently sent out an e-mail detailing his recovery from cancer and a recent trip to Dharamsala, India, to receive some help from Tibetan doctors and a visit to a nunnery, which led up to an unscheduled three-day teaching from the Dalai Lama. In other words, no news on Hot Sauce Committee‘s new release date but does that really matter? Okay, a little bit but it’s wonderful to hear from Yauch that he’s feeling good. We hope everyone struggling with cancer makes a strong and healthy recovery.
  • A fairly slow week on the evening talkshows, but don’t miss Built to Spill on Letterman this Thursday and The Flaming Lips on Conan this Tuesday. Here are the highlights:

    Monday, October 12

    Conan O’Brien: Grizzly Bear
    Jimmy Kimmel: Kid Cudi (R)
    Ellen DeGeneres: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

    Tuesday, October 13

    Conan O’Brien: The Flaming Lips
    Jimmy Fallon: Baaba Maal & the Brazilian Girls
    Last Call: Lily Allen

    Wednesday, October 14

    Jimmy Fallon: Monty Python
    Last Call: Phoenix
    Colbert Report: The RZA

    Thursday, October 15

    David Letterman: Built to Spill
    Jimmy Fallon: Hockey
    Last Call: Keane

    Friday, October 16

    go out and have a great weekend!

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