- Finger-picking folk revivalist Jack Rose unexpectedly passed away Saturday of a heart attack. He was 38. Rose was set to release his Thrill Jockey debut after a string of release for smaller labels, most notably Three Lobed. Scene magazine, Arthur, has posted a video retrospective, and friend Windy Weber (of Windy & Carl) remembers Jack fondly here.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, New York, yesterday after a bus accident as the band was en route from Toronto to Boston. According to CNN, but bus skidded on a patch of ice, ending up in a ditch on the side of a highway. As a result, Cuomo, who “complained of rib pain” and one other, were brought to St. Mary’s.
Update: Weezer’s MySpace page recounts the accident, which left Cuomo with three broken ribs and an injured leg, in detail, with several photos of the damage. As a result of the crash, the rest of the December Raditude Tour has been canceled.
- Juliana Hatfield, the once-lead chanteuse for such alternative era acts as The Blake Babiesand her own trio, is returning with her latest solo album Peace and Love. In the true spirit of Hatfield, she’ll be self-releasing the album just as she self-produced and self-played the album.
- Happy 60th birthday, Tom Waits! Swedish trio Twiggy Frostbite recorded this chilling version of his song “Little Drop of Poison” in his honor:
- Speaking to an Australian newspaper, Chan Marshall let it slip that she was in the earliest stages of working on a new Cat Power album featuring all-new material. She also hints that the album could be bandless.
- Material from Machinefabriek, Jazz Finger, and Benjamin Freeth headline the live performance, workshop, and publication spectacle, Echolalia. Helmed by the Preslav Literary School’s Adam Thomas, the event looks to explore the resurrection and sustainability of the cassette culture with a future release capturing the event’s live performances set for a future release.
- Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that Apple was nearing the purchase of Lala. Lala allows users to stream music they own from the web, which Apple hopes to harness to save users of their products the trouble of syncing multiple devices and computers. And of course, to reassert their world dominance.
- When one thinks of Delaware, they likely don’t think of it as an emerging capital for underground sounds. Of course, one would be neglecting much of the teeny Northeastern states that have produced a wealth of experimental favorites. Perhaps this is why Mike Haley, proprietor of 905 Tapes has been documenting the avant talent that has been flowing in and out of Wilmington recently. The label now has its very own YouTube channel, so you can scope out performances from Spiritbird, Joe Breitenbach, and Emeralds.
- UK act These New Puritans are readying their 2010 release, Hidden (March 2nd), with another stark, striking (but somewhat less creepy) video, this time directed by Daniel Askill, for “We Want War”:
Of the talkshow appearances this week, why would we recommend Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (besides the fact that he has a great voice)? Because the Muppets are appearing with him, and thanks to their brilliant rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” they’re the hottest thing going. Other highlights include the Black Keys-meets-hip hop project BlakRoc on Letterman and Fallon, Passion Pit on Kimmel, The XX on Carson Daly, and Morrissey on Lopez Tonight. Here are the rest:
Monday, December 7
Jay Leno: Andrea Bocelli with the Muppets
Tuesday, December 8
David Letterman: BlakRoc
Jimmy Kimmel: Passion Pit
Jimmy Fallon: Jawbox
Wednesday, December 9
Lopez Tonight: Morrissey
The View: Aretha Franklin
Thursday, December 10
David Letterman: Tori Amos
Jimmy Fallon: BlakRoc
Carson Daly: The XX
Friday, December 11
Craig Ferguson: They Might Be Giants