Thursday News Roundup

  • As they prepare for August’s release of The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have been performing secret gigs around Montreal. Last night (Wednesday), they posted directions to Montreal’s South Shore shopping mall parking lot, where they place a free show. They were even so kind as to post an MP3 of a few new songs and a video for fans to listen to/watch on their smartphone during their commute. Check out more videos at Brooklyn Vegan.

  • Immediately after a sold out show at The Fillmore in San Francisco, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros pushed a piano outside of the venue to perform a few songs for this new edition of La Blogotheque Take-Away shows:

  • Will a rose by any other name rock out as hard? Seattle band The Whore Moans have decided to throw away their punny moniker as they feel it “does not accurately reflect its members’ mentality, motivations, or the music that they are currently creating.” After their July 3 show at the grand opening of the Columbia City Theater, the band will continue on as Hounds of the Wild Hunt... oh, wait, maybe that wasn’t their new web address!
  • Seattle Show Gal scooped us with their post on members of the former KEXP listener favorite band Pela returning as The Augustines. Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson are returning in this new band, though Nate Martinez seems to be heading off with his Thieving Irons project, and and we’re not entirely sure of Tom Zovich’s involvement as of yet. Yesterday on KEXP, John and Cheryl made the announcement on air and played songs from their new album. The band even offered to include KEXP supporters who donated $250 or more during our current Summer Membership Drive to be included in the CD’s liner notes. More news surely to follow.

  • Seattle sludge rockers The Melvins cracked the U.S. pop album chart for the first time in their 26-year career. But don’t blame them: their 19th album, The Bride Screamed Murder, took the last spot in the Billboard’s Top 200 chart published Wednesday (fitting, no?) by selling only 2,809 copies. By comparison, The Melvins’ most successful release, 1993′s Houdini, sold about 110,000 copies in total.
  • And speaking of Seattle music history, though by way of Scotland... the Kurt Cobain-endorsed band The Vaselines have completed their third album... their first in 20 years... to be released in September. Released on Seattle’s Sub Pop, Sex With An X was recorded with Dum Dum (1990) producer Jamie Watson in just under two weeks. You can download a song here:

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