Monday News Mash-Up

  • Thom Yorke is no stranger to championing environmental rights, among other causes, and unlike another certain touring UK band, his band, Radiohead, maintains as small of a footprint as possible as they trek the world. In effort to further the cause, Yorke went to Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference this past week, though his attempts at participation were limited by the exclusion of most NGOs. Yorke, who apparently attended on a press pass, here talks to environmental media outlet TreeHugger about how the proposals “aren’t nearly enough”:

  • The once hefty Thee Silver Mt. Zion has trimmed its lineup by three and its name of ‘Tra-La-La’ in preparation for their sixth album, Kollaps Tradixionales. The February 16th release will come in deluxe and standard CD packaging as well as a limited first pressing double 10″ vinyl set.
  • Shout Factory subsidiary Majordomo will be releasing the solo debut from former Beulah masthead, Miles Kurosky, on March 9th. The album, titled The Desert of Shallow Effects promises appearance from Miles’ former bandmates.
  • Last week we divulged information pertaining to The White Stripes‘ upcoming documentary film and soon-to-be box set, Under Great White Northern Lights; this week we can now give you visual evidence of the film through the magic of a trailer!

  • The one-man band formerly known as Final Fantasy is now going by his given name: Owen Pallett. Either Pallett grew tired of dealing with video game geeks or he’s reached a level a maturity where attaching your Anglican name to your work equals pride. We’ll find out when Heartland is unleashed January 12th.
  • Criminally underrated band Califone may be in line to get their due. The group will be touring with Wilco during February (including a stop in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre) and the band’s film, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers -- named for the band’s most recent album and reviewed on this here blog by Brian Cullen -- will be a fixture of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
  • The end of the year is naturally a time for us to take stock, and while many of us are creating lists of best albums, songs and so forth, Reuters has gather the “The five legal cases that defined the year in music,” which as you can imagine center almost exclusively around digital distribution and copyright infringement. The fallout from these five cases, including Sweden vs. the Pirate Bay and Capitol Records vs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset, is already descending and sure to affect the landscape of the next decade.
  • While many of the talk shows this week are either preempted or repeats, for tonight you’ll want to spend a couple of hours in front of the tube for Silversun Pickups on Conan and then Julian Casablancas on Fallon, both of whom turned out great albums in 2009. Here are the rest of the highlights, including second-plays of some good appearances that you shouldn’t have missed:

    Monday, December 21

    Conan O’Brien: Silversun Pickups
    Jimmy Fallon: Julian Casablancas
    Carson Daly: Brett Dennen (R)

    Tuesday, December 22

    Conan O’Brien: Kid Cudi
    Jimmy Kimmel: Weezer (R)
    Jimmy Fallon: Michael McDonald

    Wednesday, December 23

    Jimmy Kimmel: Passion Pit (R)
    Jimmy Fallon: The Muppets
    Colbert Report: Snoop Dogg (R)

    Thursday, December 24

    Jimmy Kimmel: Wolfmother (R)

    Friday, December 25

    Carson Daly: Doves (R)

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