- Two influential music personalities passed away this week. Saxophonist Fred Anderson, a fervent figure in the Chicago jazz scene, was lost at the age of 81. Pete Quaife, bassist for The Kinks from 1961 to 1969, has died at 66.
- Much like the breakdowns of Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise that have capsized their once-epic careers, Nathan Williams has been living in the shadow of his onstage collapses that nearly ended Wavves just as he was garnering massive press. Williams looks to regain some of that lost glory with King of the Beach. It won’t hurt that Williams, and label Fat Possum, have moved up the digital release date for the album -- July 1st (this Thursday!) on iTunes and July 13th from other digital media outlets. The physical release is still set for August 3rd.
- E (Mark Oliver Everett of The Eels) is not the only musician being mistaken for a terrorist. Matt Berninger caused Honolulu’s airport to shut down for 45 minutes after The National frontman was taken into custody for carrying a novelty clock from Tokyo that was mistaken for a bomb. No word on if Berninger told officials he “just wants to rock.”
- Blonde Redhead are set to release new album, Penny Sparkle, September 14th via 4AD. The album was produced by Alan Moulder, leading many to hope for a 90s shoegaze slant. You can sample the album now with this free download of the first single:
- Eight different album covers -- that’s how many Arcade Fire have in the offering when their third studio album, The Suburbs, is released August 3rd.
- Known for their innovative, intricate and surprisingly lo-tech videos, OK Go‘s latest internet gag features drummer Dan Konopka in a staring contest the The Muppets’ resident rocker Animal just after the band has won the Webby Awards prize for “Film and Video Artist of the Year”:
- Post Present Medium, the label ran by Dean Sprunt of No Age (and responsible for one of the year’s best releases in Infinite Body’s Carve Out the Face of My God) has a new, limited vinyl offering from Black Dice‘s Eric Copeland titled Strange Days. This comes on the heels of Copeland’s previous release for PPM, a 7-inch single that sold out just as quickly as it was birthed.
- It’s a great week for reruns on the late night talk shows. Besides the new performances by Tokyo Police Club, Dr. Dog, The New Pornographers, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, you can catch some terrific repeats from Fanfarlo, The Raveonettes, Phoenix and more! Set your DVR’s now!
Monday, June 28
David Letterman: Tokyo Police Club
Jay Leno: OK Go (R)
Jimmy Fallon: Mike McCready with The Roots (R)
Carson Daly: Fanfarlo (R)
Tuesday, June 29
Craig Ferguson: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Carson Daly: The Raveonettes (R)
Wednesday, June 30
David Letterman: The New Pornographers
Jimmy Fallon: Mumford & Sons (R)
Carson Daly: Snoop Dogg (R)
Thursday, July 1
Jimmy Fallon: Kings Of Convenience (R)
Carson Daly: Los Campesinos! (R)
Friday, July 2
Jimmy Kimmel: Ozzy Osbourne (R)
Craig Ferguson: Dr. Dog
Carson Daly: Phoenix (R)