- Morrissey is currently recovering from a collapse on stage Saturday night. The former frontman of The Smiths and long-time solo performer has been touring his new b-side compilation, Swords, and was carried offstage at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon after appearing visibly ill. Shortly afterward, Morrissey was admitted to the Great Western Hospital as a precautionary measure and has since been released after he was determined to be in stable condition. Check for further updates and rescheduled tour dates on his website.
- Kemado, most likely known to the indie set as the label that has wrought Dungen, has unveiled a brick and mortar record (and we mean album as in record) store in NYC named Co-Op 87. Also in on the venture are NYC-based small labels as well as sister label Mexican Summer. The store has its own built-in analog studio, which was utilized this week to record what can only be called in-stores that will become singles sold via Co-Op 87 as early as December.
- 40+ years after those first releases, Michael Yonkers has finally emerged as a unique, if lately discovered, voice of the 60s folks scene. De Stijl, which has reissued a handful of Yonkers’ old material, is up to its plucky tricks again as the self-titled Michael & the Mumbles descends November 3rd.
- Seattle natives The Blood Brothers are being revisited via Epitaph with the re-release of four of the band’s five studio gems. The fun kicks off November 17th, with each disc sporting an enhanced portion, while Burn, Piano Island, Burn will feature a DVD as part of the package as Young Machete and Crimes will feature a bonus disc of living performances and collected singles.
- It’s been quite awhile since we’ve heard from Julian Casablancas, but his solo album Phrazes for the Young is looming and now comes word that The Strokes frontman is going large for the album with a deluxe box set due in December. The set will not include the standard CD version of Phrazes, but also includes the album on LP, a disc of demos and b-sides, a DVD of solo performances, a poster and a pin—all boxed and bowed in very lovely packaging.
- Say goodbye to The Rakes, who have called it a career seven years and three albums in. That third album, Klang, is set for a US digital release Tuesday. With the breakup comes a laundry list of cancelled gigs, including a few West and East Coast American dates.
- Conan O’Brien is the one to watch this week with guests Wolfmother, Julian Casablancas, and The Swell Season, all promoting new albums. Also, be sure to check out Craig Ferguson, who has Rodrigo y Gabriela on Wednesday and Fruit Bats on Friday. Here are this week’s highlights:
Monday, October 26
Conan O’Brien: Wolfmother
Jimmy Fallon: Har Mar Superstar
Tuesday, October 27
David Letterman: Florence and the Machine
Conan O’Brien: Julian Casablancas
Wednesday, October 28
Craig Ferguson: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jimmy Fallon: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Thursday, October 29
David Letterman: Weezer
Conan O’Brien: The Swell Season
Jimmy Fallon: Mastodon
Friday, October 30
David Letterman: Weezer
Conan O’Brien: Alice in Chains
Craig Ferguson: Fruit Bats
Jimmy Fallon: Andrew Bird