Thursday News Threads


  • The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup has been announced and features a million bands you probably want to see, including KEXP artists Pavement, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, The National, Passion Pit, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers, The Hold Steady, The xx, Dirty Projectors, The Long Winters, The Mountain Goats, Brother Ali, Mayer Hawthorne, Why?, and Japandroids, alongside many others. But will the dancing guy be back?

  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists‘ new album, The Brutalist Bricks, is out March 9th on Matador. The first track is “The Mighty Sparrow,” which you can download below, courtesy of Pitchfork via Matador. Also, be sure to catch Mr. Leo on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, March 8th and/or at Neumos March 19th. Here’s another song on the new album:

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Even Heroes Have To Die (MP3)

  • Bonnie Raitt will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and Leonard Cohen and Earth, Wind and Fire will join the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. The Blues ceremony is happening May 5th in Memphis and the Songwriters event is June 17th in New York.
  • A new band is in the works, it appears. They’re calling themselves Admiral Radley and feature former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch along with Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. Check out their official website or Twitter account for more.
  • Dr. Dre is suing Death Row Records because they apparently haven’t been paying him royalties since 1996, in addition to releasing unauthorized greatest hits albums. In a punny moment, his attorney was quoted as saying, “When it came to paying artist royalties and honoring limits on Dr. Dre recordings that could be released, the ‘new’ Death Row Records, to quote our client, ‘forgot about Dre.’ This lawsuit will make sure they remember.”
  • That new version of “We Are The World” came out a few days ago. Meh. Check it out below, if you aren’t one of nine million or so that have already viewed it on YouTube.

  • This Week in WTF: Though she’s been divorced twice (first to Sean Penn and more recently to director Guy Ritchie), Madonna is set to appear on NBC’s “The Marriage Ref”. Her spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg confirmed yesterday that Madonna would make an appearance on the upcoming reality show, which has celebrities and a referee attempt to help couples in marital conflict.
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