Monday News Mash-Up

Vic Chesnutt

  • Vic Chesnutt passed away over the Christmas holiday after falling into a coma from an apparent suicide attempt. He was 45. Chesnutt had a prolific career, releasing 17 albums to his credit. Many artists who have worked with the songwriter have come out to pay tribute: Michael Stipe, who produced Chesnutt’s first two albums, talks to NPR about the man he considers “one of our greatest voices”; Patti Smith, Jeff Mangum and others comment on the R.E.M. website; and close friend Kristin Hersh remembers her tourmate and collaborator at EW Music Mix. Also, be sure to read Aquarium Drunkard’s moving remembrance here.

    Vic Chesnutt – Flirted with You All My Life (MP3)

    Vic Chesnutt – You Are Never Alone (MP3)

    If you’d like to help the Vic’s widow, Tina, pay his outstanding, and staggering, medical bills, Hersh has set up a donation page at CASH Music, where 100% of all donations will go to help.

  • Swedish band jj, who lit blogs afire with their album, nº 2, this year has just signed to Secretly Canadian with the promise that the now-highly anticipated nº 3 will drop in the United States come March 3rd. Here’s “Ecstacy” from their current album (on Sincerely Yours):

jj – Ecstacy (MP3)

  • Alec Baldwin gave us warning that Hulu was out to turn our brains to mush and with the recent announcement that Warner Music Group has signed on to add content to the video web service, it seems all too true.
  • With the 80s nostalgia slowly fading into 90s revenge, it’s no wonder a wealth of alterna-acts are beginning to rediscover their moment in the sun. Take for instance, Rage Against the Machine, who are getting the DVD documentary treatment. Revolution in the Head: Rage Against the Machine and the Art of Protest delves into the group’s protest ideals, splicing them with interviews, photos, and archival footage. The set is due February 23rd.
  • Did Christmas not net you the music and film you were so desperately seeking? How about ponying over $150 for Oscillation Laboratories’ Circle of Trust subscription. You are guaranteed the next 10 DVD releases from the film house and distribution company founded by Beastie Boy and cancer survivor, Adam Yauch. Not to be outdone, local resurrection outfit Light in the Attic is offering up their own subscription service. Comprised of three tiers: digital, CD, and vinyl, fans will receive 8 upcoming releases (5 from the digital package) from the label including works from Kris Kristofferson and Serge Gainsbourg.
  • As you can imagine, it’s all repeats on the talk shows this week. But just in case you missed any of these the last go ’round, here are the highlights:

    Monday, December 28

    David Letterman: Tori Amos (R)
    Craig Ferguson: Rodrigo y Gabriela (R)

    Tuesday, December 29

    Conan O’Brien: Grizzly Bear (R)
    Carson Daly: Black Lips (R)

    Wednesday, December 30

    Jimmy Fallon: Mos Def & Talib Kweli (R)

    Thursday, December 31

    David Letterman: Ray Davies (R)

    Friday, January 1

    Carson Daly: Peaches (R)

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