Thursday News Threads

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  • British artists including M.I.A., The Futureheads, and Super Furry Animals designer Pete Fowler have joined a guerrilla art campaign to create digital billboards expressing their political views during the current UK general election. According to NME, the billboards are now being projected on London locations like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern during the voting for the general election today. Check out all of the billboards at Billbored.org.

  • Influential/local indie label, K Records, has begun a new singles club that is a little bit of a departure from the more traditional vinyl shipments of the past. Instead, for $50, subscribers to K’s new Singles Zip-Pak will get digital files of new K music once a week for a year.

  • SeattleWeekly.com is currently taking nominations for their “Best of the Web” Awards 2010. They need your help in choosing the local bests on the web in 35 categories. Among the distinguished panel of judges is KEXP’s own Rachel Ratner. Vote now!
  • Boston indie-pop band Pants Yell! are breaking up. The band’s upcoming May shows will be their last. Check out their blog for more info or catch them on their MySpace profile.
  • On May 24th in the UK and the 25th in North America, Secretly Canadian will release Saint Bartlett, the new album from local singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. Richard Swift is producing. Damien and his band [um, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground as backing band... needIsaymore?!?] will be hitting up the Triple Door for his record Release Party on May 29th.
  • Rolling Stone surprisingly collected a bunch of cool and interesting photographic shots of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals from 2005 until today. Enjoy!
  • Last night, The New Pornographers guested on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed “Crash Years” from their new album, Together:

  • This Week in WTF: The Temptations are using auto-tune throughout their new record. The vocal harmony group known for an amazing string of hits in the 60s just released their 49th studio album. Seriously, that’s no typo. Appropriately, it’s titled ‘Still Here.’ And! Auto-Tune! Founding member, Otis Williams, explains, “The kids nowadays, they like what we do but it’s good to try and give them a taste of what the sound is like today.”
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