Thursday News Threads

  • On Halloween, Ted Leo and some of his buddies got on a Philadelphia stage as “TV Casualty.” Then, they proceeded to play two entire sets of music written and performed by the band Misfits! It’s a pretty faithful effort, too, and very enjoyable. And it’s all on YouTube. Check out Part 1 below, then watch parts 2, 4, 5, and 6. Don’t ask about 3.

  • As mentioned Monday on this here KEXP blog, The Pixies will be playing on Conan tomorrow. What wasn’t known is that they’ll be breaking out the classic “Here Comes Your Man,” which is kind of exciting to this guy, at the very least.

  • Rachel Yamagata will be hitting the road in support of The Swell Season, who recently performed an incredible set of music for a select group of KEXP donors. Ms. Yamagata doesn’t have the 11/22 Seattle date listed, though.
  • Chart news: Michael Jackson is back at #1 this week with This Is It. A little more surprising is that, last week, The Flaming Lips cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album charts for the first time with their new record, Embryonic. They were the top new entry at #8 if you don’t count the new Twilight movie soundtrack, which got #2.
  • So, I don’t want to keep writing about Weezer, but they keep doing bizarre newsworthy things. This time, they’ve collaborated with singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (?), rapper Chamillionaire (??), and Kenny G (???). See the results here.
  • And speaking of weird collaborations while taking any opportunity to talk about the Pixies again: apparently Weird Al Yankovic will join the Pixies on stage to sing “I Bleed” for a benefit show on December 8 at LA’s Echoplex. Actually, for two nights, December 8 & 9, Black Francis will host a benefit for Winston’s Village, where he’ll perform solo, with members of the Pixies, Flea, and his wife Violet Clark (with whom he performs as Grand Duchy). A bunch of other artists, including Love and Rockets, will also take the stage.
  • Apparently the entire Beatles catalog will be released on a special apple-shaped 16gb USB drive later this year–12/8 to be exact–which could have nothing to do with the holiday season. Along with the 14 studio albums, the drive will feature 13 “mini-documentaries.”
  • Just when you thought this post couldn’t get any more commercial, check out the following, well, commercial, featuring Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Blink-182’s Travis Barker, and Kanye West’s Taylor Swift. Ugh:

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One Comment

  1. Josh
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    if by “bizarre” you mean AWESOME! (come on, it’s funny and kinda rad/odd at the same time!)

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