- I’m sure the greasy haired indie masses are squealing with delight at the prospect of the new Broken Social Scene album, Forgiveness Rock Record, due May 4th via the collective’s old Arts & Crafts stomping grounds. It reckons those squeals are about to become deafening when you make your way over to Pitchfork to listen to the album’s premiere track, “World Sick,” as you enter your e-mail address into a cute internet gadget to obtain a free download of the near 7-minute monster.
- Although they were short-lived, Chicago’s Cap’n Jazz either directly spawned or indirectly influenced a bevvy of “emo” and experimental bands. After releasing only one full-length album, the group split up and members Tim and Mike Kinsella, Davey vonBohlen, Victor Villareal, and Sam Zurick went on to form other bands like The Promise Ring, Owls and Joan of Arc. Now, fifteen years after their demise, Cap’n Jazz are holding an official reunion show at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge on July 17. More shows and a vinyl release of Analphabetapolothology via Jade Tree will follow.
- A new sign the Rapture is upon us: mega music conglomerate Live Nation to sell tickets is joining forces with mega retail outlet Wal-Mart to sell tickets in more than 500 locations. Gulp!
- Minimalist pioneer Terry Riley is venturing into spoken word territory with the release of Autodreamographical Tales. Out via Tzadik, the album captures Riley reciting dream diary stories as he accompanies himself with his unique brand of piano and instrumental minimalism.
- Polyvinyl Records has quietly amassed a formidable roster on the cusp on stardom, so it comes as no surprise that the enterprising label would be fully behind the latest exploits of one of their stalwarts, Japandroids. The British Columbian duo will be five 7-inch singles, each containing unreleased material from the sessions that yielded Post-Nothing and limited to a run of 2000.
- Portland, Oregon-based grinders Grails are tacking on a Volume 4 to their cult favorite Black Tar Prophecies series. The next installment is due in May via Important on a vinyl picture disc.
- The second video from Vampire Weekend‘s new album, Contra, is a bizarre tennis match featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, RZA, and Lil’ Jon. Directed by The Malloys, Here’s the “Giving Up the Gun”:
- Just when you had grown accustomed to the idea of cassettes making a permanent comeback, could VHS be hot on its heels? Kane Pour hopes to make you a believer with the combo VHS + CS release of Wasp in a Silver Orbit Stream via Vanishing Hour Revival. What you hear is the sound of Blu-Ray players being pawned to purchase VCRs -- or is it the collective sigh of those who wish VHS would stay dead and buried?
- Tough economic times for EMI... yada yada yada... legendary Abbey Road studio up for sale to highest bidder... yada yada yada... oh, I mentioned the bisque.
- Many of the late night talk shows are preempted again this week. Just in case you’re not among the thousands rooting for Olympic gold, there are just a few performances you might want to check out:
Monday, February 22
Jimmy Kimmel: Mayer Hawthorne (R)
Thursday, February 25
Jimmy Kimmel: VV Brown
Friday, February 26
David Letterman: Lou Reed & the Blind Boys of Alabama (R)