- Portland pop-punkers The Thermals, who are performing during KEXP’s 7th Annual Yule Benefit on December 12th, are already revealing the news that their as-yet-finished fifth album will be released September 7th, 2010. That should give the band a bountiful cushion while keeping fans on pins and needles.
- Following in the grand tradition of R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, and Mark Tucker, the weirdness that is Ariel Pink only got weirder as it was announced that Pink and his band, Haunted Graffiti, have signed to 4AD with an album aimed for Spring 2010.
- It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Will Oldham, who has recorded under the names Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music, is performing under a new alternate moniker Bonny Billy. He’s backed by the young Louisville Bluegrass bandThe Picket Line on his latest release, Funtime Comedown, a live album of mostly familiar favorites on Drag City affiliate Sea Note this December. Right now, they’re offering a free pre-release track not on the LP but from the same session:
- Boston-based label Killer Pimp (A Place to Bury Strangers, All the Saints) has recently unveiled its first three releases for the upcoming year: a full-length compact disc from Scratoa and two 7-inch released from Ceremony and Soundpool. All three will be available January 26th.
- Not to be outdone, Indiana’s Family Vineyard has also announced its musical offerings to the beast of January 26th, 2010. The twofer features a reissue of the ten year old The Lost Mariner on vinyl; a collaboration between prolific guitarist Loren Connors and everyman bassist Darin Gray. The reissue will include a bonus 7-inch feature a live performance from the duo. Also due is the label debut of Chris Corsano and Heather Leigh‘s project, Jailbreak.
- With the holidays in full gear, you’re likely dreaming of your first getaway of 2010. Thanks to South By Southwest‘s first announcement of confirmed bands, Austin may be looking pretty good to you right now. Highlights include Robyn Hitchcock, Acid Mothers Temple, Jesse Sykes, and The Waco Brothers. You can read the list of the first batch here.
- Apparently the old adage of musicians wanting to be comedians or athletes is true. First Sub Pop got some sneakers, then No Age, and now? How about grabbing your own pair of skate shoes plastered with paraphernalia of The Pixies, which shoemaker Vans has already introduced to the market.
- Mostly repeats on the talk shows this week. Of the few new ones, we’d definitely recommend The Swell Season on Craig Ferguson Tuesday night. But here are the highlights:
Monday, November 30
David Letterman: Weezer
Jimmy Kimmel: Death Cab for Cutie (R)
Carson Daly: Bat For Lashes (R)
Regis and Kelly: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
Tuesday, December 1
Craig Ferguson: The Swell Season
Jimmy Fallon: The Avett Brothers (R)
Carson Daly: Cold War Kids (R)
Bonnie Hunt: Sea Wolf
Wednesday, December 2
David Letterman: The Cribs (R)
Jimmy Fallon: Obits (R)
Carson Daly: Lily Allen (R)
Thursday, December 3
Carson Daly: Phoenix (R)
Lopez Tonight: Los Lobos
Friday, December 4
Carson Daly: Keane (R)