- It’s been a few weeks since anyone’s heard a sound from Jack White, so when we sent someone to rouse him, we weren’t shocked to find that The White Stripes are about to unleash the much-ballyhooed Under Great White Northern Lights tour documentary in March. You could be a normal fan and just nab the DVD or you could be those obsessive fans that nab the limited edition box set that will not only house the film but a live album -- on both CD and viny -- collecting 16 tracks from the same tour, a live 7-inch, and a 200 page book. The book and live album will be sold separately as well, but where’s the fun in that?
- The once elusive Jandek will be returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 and he won’t be the biggest name on the marquee. The Portland performance will find Jandek joined by Sonic Youth principle, Thurston Moore. The show is scheduled for April 29th. Maybe we can convince them to trek the three hours north to bless the Emerald City?
- Speaking of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo recently told BBC that the band is already working on the follow-up to this year’s The Eternal. Also in the works is a soundtrack for a French film as well as a DVD release detailing the band’s Daydream Nation tour.
- And speaking of film soundtracks, Grizzly Bear are creating the soundtrack for Blue Valentine, a film slated for preview during January’s Sundance Festival. Movie/music blog The Playlist has more info about the film, said to be “intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage.” Fun!
- Say what you want to concerning Dave Matthews, but his ATO Records has a solid roster of mainstream artists and formerly great indie acts (Gomez chief among them). Now word has spread that Drive-By Truckers, one of the best live acts in North America today, has signed with Matthews’ label.
- Thee Silver Mt. Zion have just announced their next album, Kollaps Tradixionales, is slated for a February 16th release via Constellation.
- Onstage in Austin last week, Jay Reatard was attacked by two “fans,” one of which actually struck him, and both of whom were arrested. Brooklyn Vegan has the details. Meanwhile, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were greeted by a booing crowd on the first night of the 10 Years of ATP celebrations at Somerset. Karen O and the group were apparently 45 minutes late, but made up for it by playing one of their most ferocious sets, according to Spinner.
- Massive Attack has just released a new video for their highly anticipated new album, Heligoland (due February 8th), and it is totally NSFW! The Toby Dye-directed “Paradise Circus” is more documentary than video, featuring featuring clips from the ’73 porn classic The Devil in Miss Jones and its star, the now 73-year old Georgina Spelvin, who talks candidly about her experience. Sorry, but we’re not to show the X-rated clip, but you can view it at Stereogum, Some Velvet Blog, and whole bunch of other music sites.
- ... instead, we’ll show this G-rated clip for the frequently requested new single by Hot Chip, “One Life Stand”:
- Ok, there are a few questionable recommendations on our list of talk shows appearances this week, but do you want to not watch Michael McDonald on the chance that his Grizzly Bear collaboration won’t come up during Kimmel’s interview? And how great will Colbert’s report with Snoop Dogg be? More obviously, you’re not going to want to miss Gossip or Franz Ferdinand on Carson Daly, or Raekwon on Fallon. Here are the rest:
Monday, December 14
Jimmy Kimmel: Wolfmother (R)
Colbert Report: Snoop Dogg
Tuesday, December 15
Conan O’Brien: Norah Jones
Jimmy Kimmel: Michael McDonald
Craig Ferguson: The Broken West
Wednesday, December 16
Jimmy Fallon: Raekwon
Carson Daly: Gossip
Thursday, December 17
Carson Daly: Franz Ferdinand
Friday, December 18
Carson Daly: Snoop Dogg
Saturday, December 19
Saturday Night Live: Muse