- The Jay Bennett Foundation launches on today along with the digital release of Kicking at the Perfumed Air, the album he completed at the time of his death. The download is free, but donations are accepted with proceeds benefiting the Jay Bennett Foundation and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, both of which support music and education. The CD will be available on July 10.
- Riding high on the momentum of their reportedly last album, Broken Social Scene are now preparing to hit the big screen. The band’s reunion show in Toronto provides the backdrop for the upcoming Canadian film This Movie is Broken, which details a couple’s efforts to get into the concert. You can view the trailer below:
- For those who have been waiting for news of The Beatles‘ iTunes emergence, Paul McCartney has given you a scapegoat: EMI. The down on its luck label is to blame for the delays in The Beatles’ digital debut according to a Macca interview with BBC
- Against Love is the upcoming eighth album from Philly/Austin outfit Windsor for the Derby, which will be released via Secretly Canadian June 22nd.
- Also due June 22nd is the debut solo album from former Black Dice member, Sebastian Blanck. Titled Alibi Coast, the album features contributions from members of Chairlift and Lavender Diamond.
- Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses joined tourmates Pearl Jam onstage at Madison Square Garden on Friday for a rendition of Temple of the Dog‘s “Hunger Strike”:
- Do you get your indie fixes exclusively from vampire-based entertainment? The people behind HBO phenomenon, True Blood, hope so as they prepare to release the second volume of music featuring new music from Beck and M. Ward intermingling with legends such as Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams. You can shamelessly stream the album before discreetly purchasing it via Entertainment Weekly.
- Now that you no longer have Lost clogging up your DVR, you’ve got plenty of room for all of the excellent guests on the late night talk shows this week. Highlights include Bettye Lavette on Leno, Frightened Rabbit on Fallon, Band of Horses on Ferguson, John Prine with Yim Yames on Letterman. Don’t miss any of these:
Monday, May 24
Jay Leno: Bettye Lavette
Carson Daly: Holly Golightly (R)
Colbert Report: The Hold Steady (R)
Tuesday, May 25
David Letterman: The Black Keys
Jimmy Fallon: Frightened Rabbit
Wednesday, May 26
David Letterman: John Prine with Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Fallon: The Black Keys
Carson Daly: City and Colour
Thursday, May 27
Jay Leno: Allison Moorer
Craig Ferguson: Band of Horses
Jimmy Fallon: Reflection Eternal
Friday, May 28
Craig Ferguson: The National
Jimmy Fallon: Stars
Carson Daly: Janelle Monae