- Hip Hop pioneer Guru suffered a heart attack yesterday and remains comatose and in critical condition. According to DJ Premier, Guru’s former partner in the legendary Gang Starr, the 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keith Elam, will undergo surgery today. Our thoughts are with him and his family
- “We Are The World,” it ain’t. As we revealed last month, The Pogues’ frontman Shane MacGowan is ready to release his cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You” in order to benefit Haiti emergency relief. The version of the song, featuring friends Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Johnny Depp, Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Cait O’Riordon, Paloma Faith and Eliza Doolittle will be available as a download-only single on March 8th, though you can pre-order it now from Independent Records Ltd., with proceeds going to Concern Worldwide’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal. And you can watch the video right now:
- The experimental and doom metal cranked out by Southern Lord is often so limited in its vinyl scope that it is often snatched up before the world gets to covet the prize. Fear this scenario no more metalheads, as the venerable label is stepping into the subscription biz with The First Level of Hell. The steep subscription guarantees seven official Southern Lord releases are sent to participants, with the seventh release promising to be a major surprise. The subscription is limited to 550 slots but considering it features the likes of Pelican, Ascend, and Black Cobra, the price and limited amount makes it worthy if you’re a fan.
- Everyone’s high on Neon Indian at the moment (including KEXP listener, Jimmy Fallon), including the cool executives at Mountain Dew! The green-tinted soft drink’s in-house digital label, Green Label Sound will be offering up an exclusive track from Neon Indian later this month.
- Have you not received your fill of Radiohead‘s enigmatic singer, Thom Yorke: we aim to please. Yorke recently announced his new band featuring Flea, Joey Waronker, and producer Nigel Godrich will be christened Atoms For Peace. Now, video has popped up on the internets of three new Yorke solo tracks. Would you like to see them? Of course you would:
- 80s underground legend Eddy Detroit, who was a part of the Phoenix scene that birthed Meat Puppets and now-Seattle legends Sun City Girls, is getting the vinyl reissue treatment. Assophone Records is releasing the 1982 cult (and extremely limited) classic that features the talents of Charles Goucher, Alan Bishop, J. Akkari, and too many names to rattle off.
- Not only a big day for a select swatch of the population, April 20th will also prove to be a big day for fans of early Dan Bejar when Merge reissues three fully remastered gems from the early Destroyer. City of Daugheres, Thief, and Streethawk get the plastic disc treatment, with a vinyl reissue of Streethawk also in the works.
- Local legend Scott Kannberg, who just happens to be a member of Pavement, is delivering some inside knowledge on the band’s reunion through his blog. The band’s lengthy tour — with many dates and cities sure to be announced (please don’t make Sasquatch your only stop in Washington, guys!) — begins today!
Now that Olympic coverage has ceased, the late night talk shows are starting to pick up steam, but it’s slow going at first. On Thursday, though, you’ll need to max out your DVR ’cause Spoon, Fanfarlo, Galactic, and Silversun Pickups are all on the same night! Here are the week’s highlights:
Monday, March 1
watch a movie
Tuesday, March 2
Carson Daly: Phoenix
Tavis Smiley: Angelique Kidjo
Wednesday, March 3
Jimmy Fallon: Erykah Badu
Thursday, March 4
David Letterman: Spoon
Jimmy Kimmel: Galactic
Jimmy Fallon: Silversun Pickups
Carson Daly: Fanfarlo
Friday, March 5
David Letterman: Corinne Bailey Rae
Craig Ferguson: Regina Spektor