Thursday News Threads

  • The Flamings Lips are the kings of nontraditional marketing tactics and are no strangers to unique niche merchandise, but this new thing is pretty unexpected and awesome: a Silver Trembling Fetus Christmas tree ornament. The video below will provide you with all the details.

  • Coming up on February 23rd, Barsuk will be releasing True Devotion, the new album from Seattle-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato. Here’s a live version of “Sparklers,” which will appear on the new album:

Rocky Votolato – Sparklers (Live In East Palo Alto) (MP3)

  • Also in local music news, Seattle band and KEXP faves Fleet Foxes have been added to the official MySpace music playlist of the Vatican. Yeah, the Pope’s Vatican. Their song, “He Doesn’t Know Why,” is accompanied by a number of other fun choices like Muse’s “Uprising”, and 2Pac’s “Changes.” Nice, Bene’. (That’s as good a way to shorten ‘His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’ as anything else, right?)
  • Vevo, the new video streaming website being touted as the next decade’s MTV by the record companies that founded it, finally launched last night with a host of new music videos from mainstream artists like 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Lupe Fiasco. Google’s YouTube and three of the four major labels — Universal, Sony and EMI — collaborated on Vevo, which gives labels a premium on the per-views advertising fees, as opposed to the $3-$8 per 1,000 views the labels get from their preexisting YouTube deals.
Various Artists - Stroke: Songs For Chris Knox

Various Artists - Stroke: Songs For Chris Knox

  • Reclusive/genius Neutral Milk Hotel sonngwriter, Jeff Mangum, has contributed a cover to a new compilation that serves as a tribute album to New Zealand indie folk innovator Chris Knox called “Stroke.” More tracks from people like Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Yo La Tengo, the Mountain Goats, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, A.C. Newman, and Jay Reatard are included, as well.
  • Rolling Stone listed their Top 100 albums of the decade in their newest issue. They gave Radiohead’s Kid A top honors and followed it up with The Strokes and Wilco. Also, somebody there loves them some Kings of Leon… three of their albums made the list. I’m stoked to see more of these lists come out.
  • She & Him, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward respectively, are set to release Volume Two in March of next year on Merge.
  • Justin Vernon, the guy from Bon Iver, teamed up with his old high school jazz band to record a charity album to help raise money for them to travel and take part in the Essentially Ellington competition. But, whatevs. I hear it’s pretty good.
  • Outkast members Andre 3000 and Big Boi are set to release new solo albums in 2010. According to Big Boi, “when the solo albums come out, depending on how the fans support them, then we’re gonna give them the Outkast album.” Hey! Ya!
Jason Lytle, formerly of Grandaddy.

Jason Lytle, formerly of Grandaddy.

  • Ex-Grandaddy frontman, Jason Lytle, has put out a free downloadable Christmas album. I haven’t listened to it yet, but it’s apparently “35 minutes of improvisational piano music.” Hmm.
  • We warned you before that Weird Al Yankovic was set to join the Pixies on stage this week for a benefit at LA’s Echoplex, and it was no joke… no, really. The Grammy-winning satirist didn’t change a lyric to “I Bleed” as he took over vocals the other night, but he did ham it up to make it really entertaining. Here’s a clip:

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