Thursday News Threads

Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard's cause of death has been determined

  • It has been revealed that Jay Reatard died a couple weeks ago of “cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death.” Stay away from the cocaine/alcohol combo, kids.

  • The Strokes are heading back to the studio to record a long-awaited follow-up to their 2006 record, “First Impressions of Earth.” They’re working with producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Shins, My Morning Jacket) and say they plan to post “video vignettes” from the sessions on their website.
  • We missed this news when it was announced late last week, but The Pogues’ frontman Shane MacGowan has gathered some of his pals to cover Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You” in order to benefit Haiti emergency relief. Nick Cave, who’s covered the tune himself with The Birthday Party, joins Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Johnny Depp (yes, that Johnny Depp) for what promises to be a world of experience crammed into one room. And a great way to aid an important cause!
  • #1 Billboard hit scorers, Vampire Weekend, just did La Blogotheque’s “Les Soirees de Poche” series, playing a 6-song acoustic set of new and old songs for a bunch of really excited French people. Check out the video below:

  • All around awesome/nutso singer/actor Tom Waits is apparently collaborating with In Bruges director Martin McDonagh on a new stage musical. I guess this isn’t a new thing for Waits, who also has co-written three other musicals for the stage: The Black Rider, Alice in Wonderland, and “Woyzeck. Whatevs. I’m down.
  • A great new local band called Ravenna Woods just put out a great new video [below] shot in a great local venue, taken from their great new album. Did I mention these guys are pretty great?

  • Frontman Jónsi Birgisson, frontman of popular KEXP band Sigur Rós is releasing his first solo album on April 6th called “Go.” He’ll be embarking on a tour that month, beginning in our beloved Pacific Northwest. He’ll play two shows in Vancouver, BC before hitting the Showbox SoDo here in Seattle on the 9th and 10th of April, followed by one night in Portland at the Roseland Theatre on 4/13.

The album cover for She & Hims forthcoming sophomore release.

new She & Him album cover

  • She & Him, made up of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, are releasing their second record, Volume Two, on March 23rd via Merge. In related news, Zooey is starring in and executive producing a half-hour HBO pilot based on famed rock follower Pamela Des Barres’ 1987 memoir, I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie.
  • THIS WEEK IN WTF: Steven Tyler is threatening to sue his bandmates if they make good on their promise to hire a new singer for their next tour. What’s most weird to me is that he wants to continue to write, record, and perform with the group, but is willing to totally alienate himself from them by handing them a lawsuit. Sounds like those drugs are working, Steven.
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