- Easily a highlight from the 2007 Live at KEXP Volume Three compilation, if not from the entire series thus far, is Cloud Cult‘s unique electronic/acoustic hybrid version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The Minnesota band and longtime supporters of independent radio have recently recorded a studio version of the song for their new 4-song EP, Running with the Wolves (you’re seeing the album art here first!), to be released on April 20th and coincide with Earth Day. Cloud Cult, as fans know, are not only environmentally conscious but operate their own Earthology Records on songwriter Craig Minowa’s geothermal-powered organic farm. The EP anticipates the band’s upcoming full-length release, Light Chasers, due out in August. Find out more from the band’s website and check back here on Earth Day for a preview from the EP.
- If you have yet to stumble upon Don’t Move Here by WKEntertainment, then you’re missing out on in-depth coverage of Portland’s various music scenes. The seventh installment has recently hit the web and focuses on the scene of Mississippi Avenue along with a performance from Jackie-O-Motherf@#$er:
- You may not believe in anything, but this week Sub Pop and Wolf Parade gave fans something to believe in: a new album! Expo 86, named for the Vancouver-hosted World’s Fair of 1986, is set for a June or July release and is threatening to be a double album.
- It may catch you off-guard but there exists a level of record labels that are more interested in your listening enjoyment rather than milking you for some extra cash. Case in point: Vulpiano, which features full-length, EP, and singles available for FREE download. The label just unveiled their biggest and most popular release to date, The Centauri Agent by Natural Snow Buildings.
- Drag City is no stranger to Harmony Korine and his films, having released the soundtrack to his 2007 film Mister Lonely. Now comes word that the revered indie will be dipping their toes into film distribution with Korine’s latest flick, Trash Humpers. The film will be selectively screened across the US this summer. Should you need a trailer to whet your appetite, you can find it here.
- Speaking of Drag City, the label made a splash in the music pool this week with the announcement of False Flag by Rangda. You may be unfamiliar with the band name but it’s likely you’re all too familiar with the band’s star-studded lineup: Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, August Born), and Chris Corsano. The trio’s debut is set for release on May 18th.
- For those happy to watch the world’s biggest music labels crumble, then the recent admission that EMI needs $183 million by the end of June to survive is likely to bring a devilish smile to your face. Buyouts from Universal Music Group and Sony have fallen apart, Pink Floyd recently won a hefty sum in a lawsuit with EMI, and breadwinners Radiohead and The Rolling Stones have flown the coop. Needless to say, EMI is officially on death watch.
This week’s notable talk show appearances might as well end with Public Image Limited‘s first U.S. television appearance in nearly 20 years on Kimmel this Wednesday. Highlights from Monday and Tuesday’s guests include She & Him, Dr. Dog, our recent in-studio guest Citizen Cope, and former G’n'R guitarist Slash with Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale.
Monday, April 5
David Letterman: The Swell Season (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: She & Him
Carson Daly: Arctic Monkeys (R)
Tuesday, April 6
Jay Leno: Slash & Andrew Stockdale
Jimmy Fallon: Dr. Dog
Ellen DeGeneres: Citizen Cope
Wednesday, April 7
Jimmy Kimmel: PiL