- Spoon have finally given non-Texas concert goers something to be giddy about. The group has announced that album #7, Transference, will be available January 26th. Not only a great way to kick off a new year but also a new decade.
- KEXP’s own Jon Kertzer, host of such entertaining fare as The Best Ambiance, has teamed up with local independent entity Sub Pop to form the world music label, Next Ambiance. The label’s first release is right around the corner: December 1st. Mark it down because it’s when you can get your digital hands on the digital music of Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba‘s I Speak Fula.
- Last week, KEXP debuted worldwide the new single from Yeasayer on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole. Now, you can listen to “Ambling Alp” as often as you want by heading over to the band’s website and downloading the song for free!
- Hors d’Oevres, the under the radar second album from Annie Sachs AKA Tickley Feather, has spawned a video for “Trashy Boys”:
- Delaware-based microlabel 905 Tapes announced their 100th release this week and it’s a stunner. Ready December 18th, Deaf in the Valley will be a double cassette and art ‘zine box set featuring heavy hitters such as Thurston Moore, Growing, John Olson, and Sick Llama contributing both music and visuals alongside some of 905’s most fearless acts. The set is limited to 200 units, so if you need a reason to get into cassette collectibles or, I don’t know, you like good music and art and want to be blown away, then you better nab it.
- The Barcelona-based Primavera Festival has announced that the reunited-for-a-year-of-touring geek gods, Pavement will be headlining a night of the fest’s May 27-29th runtime. Pavement has also announced that their global tour will be hitting Japan as well. Do they realize that most of us only care about North America? Canadians are so egocentric.
- St. Vincent has recently unveiled an uncut video for “Marrow.” Would you like to watch it? Did you catch her on Austin City Limits? Be thankful for reruns.
- The Fall, the November 17th album from Norah Jones will be getting the remix treatment with a little help from The Beastie Boys, Beck, and Santigold. We know you want to hate her but you just can’t, can you?
- You’re not going anywhere on Friday night: The Pixies on Conan, Regina Spektor on Ferguson, and country legend Ralph Stanley on Letterman. Actually, each night this week has at least two strong contenders for your valuable DVR space. Here are the highlights of the talks hows this week:
Monday, November 2
Conan O’Brien: Tegan & Sara
Carson Daly: Arctic Monkeys (R)
Tuesday, November 3
Jimmy Kimmel: White Rabbits
Tavis Smiley: The Swell Season
Wednesday, November 4
Conan O’Brien: The Bravery
Jimmy Fallon: Monsters of Folk
Jimmy Kimmel: Slayer
Thursday, November 5
Jimmy Fallon: Sean Lennon
Carson Daly: Matisyahu
Jimmy Kimmel: Florence and the Machine
Friday, November 6
David Letterman: Ralph Stanley
Conan O’Brien: The Pixies
Craig Ferguson: Regina Spektor
Carson Daly: Peaches