Monday News Mash-Up

photo by Gail Butensky

  • The year before the Year of Pavement just keeps getting bigger. This time the news of an added performance directly affects Washington, as the group has been announced as a participant of the 2010 edition of the state’s Memorial Day pastime, Sasquatch!, which falls on the weekend of May 29-31st. Those too lazy or too cranky to camp for a weekend hold out hope the reunited group hits the city limits as well sometime next year. But those eager to attend Sasquatch again next year can pick up a special discounted 3-day festival pass right now!
  • In sad news from last night, drummer Jerry Fuchs, who’s played with LCD Soundsystem, !!!, The Juan MacLean, and most recently Maserati, died after a five-story fall in an elevator shaft. While attending a fund-raiser in Williamsburg, he and a friend tried to jump after they got stuck between floors. The friend landed safely, but Fuchs’ clothing apparently caught inside the elevator. More here.

  • Morrissey walked off stage again on Saturday night, but this time it wasn’t due to illness or chest pains but rather because some “fan” in the audience struck him on his head. While only on his second song, the statesman crooner bent down to greet some fans in front of the stage and was struck above the eye by a hurled water bottle. At that, he said “good night” and left the stage. 7,999 disappointed fans at Liverpool’s Echo Arena have one moron to thank for the abbreviated show.
  • Lost among the littered battlefield of mediocre hip-hop is the mind, soul, and power of KRS-One, whose MC capabilities and genius have gone largely unnoticed for over two decades. Perhaps the 800-page book, The Gospel of Hip-Hop: The First Instrument will change that. The rap legend’s tome discusses the origin of hip-hop, from the culture to the language to the history.
  • Jaga Jazzist, on the heels of figurehead Lars Horntveth‘s solo album from earlier this year, are readying the release of One-Armed Bandit on January 25th. To curb some of the anticipation, the Norwegian nine-piece will be releasing the album’s eponymous single, “One-Armed Bandit” November 23rd.
  • While some would wish Grizzly Bear into hibernation for the winter, others are likely gleeful with word of a new video for “Ready, Able”:

  • In a nod to the 1990s business model, indie stalwart Matador swallowed up indie upstart True Panther Sounds in a recently finalized deal. True Panther may be familiar to those who picked up a copy of the debut album from Girls. I’m having flashbacks of Interscope/Death Row proportions!
  • It’s a pretty dismal week for talk show appearances this week. Besides a rerun of Yo La Tengo on Carson Daly tonight, the only one we’re looking forward to is The Cribs with Johnny Marr on Letterman on Thursday.
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