Congrats to Phoenix, this year’s Grammy winners for Alternative Music Album with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The French quartet, who were live on KEXP just over a week ago, beat out stiff competition of David Byrne and Brian Eno‘s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ It’s Blitz!, among others. Most of the other Grammy winners were the usual fare — Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce — and unfortunately KEXP favorites MGMT, Silversun Pickups, and The Ting Tings were all beaten out by the Zac Brown Band (?), but crossovers Kings of Leon took home the award for Record of the Year (not to be confused with Album of the Year).
Among other winners you might hear on KEXP: Slumdog Millionaire won Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, Steve Earle won Best Contemporary Folk Album for Townes, Booker T. Jones won Best Pop Instrumental Album with Potato Hole, Bruce Springsteen won Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Working On A Dream, Levon Helm won Best Americana Album with Electric Dirt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott won Best Traditional Blues Album with A Stranger Here, and Béla Fleck won Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Contemporary World Music Album with Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 – Africa Sessions.
- And can you believe that Neil Young has never won a Grammy until now? The 64 year old rocker won the non-musical award of Best Art Direction for the massive box set Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972). He was, however, honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year due to his lifelong philanthropic service including Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts. Jack Black hosted the tribute event, which featured performances by Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Neko Case, Ben Harper, and others including Crosby, Stills and Nash.
- Despite Seattle’s recently rich music history, it’s hard to compare it to the embarrassment of riches that is Chicago. If you don’t believe it, perhaps WFMU ‘s recent take on the recorded history of the Second City will convince you. The free compilation captures 60 songs spanning the recorded history of Chicago from 1908 – 1980.
- Parenthetical Girls, ever the creative showmen, will be releasing their new album Priviledge as five 12-inch albums. The first of which, “Evelyn McHale,” has already been made into a video!
- If ever an album needed a reissue, it is the pinnacle of Lou Reed’s creativity, Metal Machine Music. The controversial 1975 LP — a favorite of Lester Bangs, for those keeping score — is being reissued as 180-gram LP, an audio DVD, and on Blu-Ray. The release will coincide with an April tour in which Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio will descend upon Europe.
- Speaking of April, it will bring record collectors and music nerds the third annual Record Store Day. While few of the sure-to-be exciting releases have been leaked, The Thermals have announced plans to release a split 7-inch single with The Cribs. Time to save up your monies.
- Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, is already under the scrutiny of anticipation as he has confirmed his third album, Tomboy, will be released in September through his band’s label, Paw Tracks.
- The 1980 film Blank Generation, starring the incomparable Richard Hell and featuring the talents of Andy Warhol playing himself (as if he could be any other), will be seeing the light of day on DVD February 23rd. Scope out the trailer and reminisce about the good ol’ days of NYC punk that you likely didn’t experience.
- Lots of repeats again on the late night talk shows — it’s like a “best of” week on Carson Daly, that’s for sure — but among the highlights is one you don’t want to miss: Hot Chip on Jimmy Fallon. Here are the rest:
Monday, February 1
Craig Ferguson: They Might Be Giants (R)
Carson Daly: Doves (R)
Tuesday, February 2
Conan O’Brien: Neko Case (R)
Jimmy Fallon: Motion City Soundtrack
Carson Daly: Crocodiles (R)
Wednesday, February 3
Carson Daly: Metric (R)
Thursday, February 4
Jimmy Fallon: Hot Chip
Carson Daly: The Raveonettes (R)
Friday, February 5
David Letterman: The Swell Season
Jimmy Kimmel: Barry Manilow
Carson Daly: Lisa Hannigan (R)
Tavis Smiley: Patti Smith