- Were you a kid of the 90s who wondered what a collaboration between Beck and Stephen Malkmus would sound like? You may get your answer next year as it’s been reported that Malkmus and his band, The Jicks, were recording with Beck before Malkmus began touring with the recently reunited Pavement. Hopefully this doesn’t lead to Malkmus dabbling in Scientology.
- Interpol has just announced on their website that A) the new album is finished and is “a heavy record”, and B) Carlos Dengler, aka Carlos D, has left the band. “This separation is amicable,” the website says, and the band claims to have “some very exciting new recruits joining [them] on the road.” For a preview of the new album, you can download “Light” for free right here.
- Seattle-based non-profit Noise For The Needy has announced the lineup for this year’s festival, running June 10-13. Headliners among the over 70 bands include The Album Leaf, Delta Spirit, Visqueen, John Vanderslice, Thunderheist, Tiny Vipers, The Maldives, and many others. The lineup and tickets are available from the NFTN calendar page, and proceeds benefit Teen Feed, which serves over 11,000 meals each year to over 600 homeless youth in the Seattle area.
- Nothing screams Shakespeare quite like Tom Waits. The frog-throated one’s songs will be used by a Dutch theater group during performances of Richard III.
- The 2010 edition of Seattle-based Decibel Festival has not only announced their scheduled dates — September 23rd through 26th — they have begun releasing the names of artists scheduled to appear. So far, the biggest coups are Fennesz, Carl Craig, and Noveller with many more act to be announced.
- Not to be outdone, Chicago is hosting their very own experimental music extravaganza, Neon Marshmallow. The fest, set to run August 19th through 22nd, has already confirmed appearances by Emeralds, Carlos Giffoni, Astral Social Club, and the aforementioned Noveller.
- Never one to hide his love of The Beatles, former Oasis brother Liam Gallagher has been tapped to produce a movie about everyone’s favorite moptops based on the 1972 book, The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider’s Diary of the Beatles, Their Million Dollar Apple Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall. No word on when to expect the film as it hasn’t even been cast.
- Jack White attributes his inspiration for the upcoming new The Dead Weather album and particularly the song “The Difference Between Us” to, of all people, Lady Gaga. He told British newspaper The Sun that he “started thinking of how she would write the music to this song,” adding that he “got quite into being Lady Gaga in an odd way.” Look for Jack White in a bubble dress next after The Dead Weather’s Sea of Cowards comes out tomorrow.
- Bob Mercer, CEO of the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise, passed away earlier this week at the age of 65. Despite bringing the world mindless compilation after compilation, Mercer is also charged with delivering the likes of Queen, Marc Bolan, and Kate Bush to the EMI ranks during the 70s.
- Highlights from this week’s late night talk show appearances include The National on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Hold Steady on the Colbert Report, and Jónsi on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Set your DVR’s!
Monday, May 10
Craig Ferguson: Wilco
Jimmy Fallon: Taj Mahal
Carson Daly: Wild Light (R)
Tuesday, May 11
David Letterman: MGMT
Craig Ferguson: Jónsi
Jimmy Fallon: Mike McCready
Lopez Tonight: Ozomatli (R)
Wednesday, May 12
Jay Leno: Macy Gray
Thursday, May 13
David Letterman: The National
Jimmy Fallon: Dr. John
Colbert Report: The Hold Steady
Friday, May 14
Jimmy Kimmel: Dr. Dog (R)