Thursday News Threads

  • It’s clear that no rock from the foundation of indie music will remain unturned, as lo-fi pioneers Guided By Voices reunite with what Robert Pollard calls their “classic lineup” of Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennel and Greg Demos. The band won’t be touring though — the occasion is Matador Records’ twenty-first birthday bash in Las Vegas this October — but who knows what this reunion might inspire.

  • If you want more lo-fi goodness and are curious to see what the fuss has been about on the internet lately, you can listen to the entire new Wavves album, King of the Beach, for free right now. Just slap on a pair of bermuda shorts and shades and head over to Fat Possum’s website for a summery blast.
  • In more positive news for The Kinks, following the death of original bassist Pete Quaife, frontman Ray Davies will executive produce a new movie based on their 1975 hit LP, Schoolboys in Disgrace, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait (at least we think that part is positive news). Goldthwait also scripted the story, based on the Davies’ lyrics, for the movie that he claims will be “a realistic high school musical for all the kids who hate sugary, sweet, unrealistic high school musicals.”
  • It’s Canada Day, eh? As if in anticipation, Vancouver group The New Pornographers appeared last night on the Late Show with David Letterman. Here they are performing “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk” live:

  • Um, remember what we said about leaving no stone unturned when it comes to indie rock reunions? Apparently, the same can be said for 80’s synth rock. Fourteen years after their last album of new material, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, aka OMD, perhaps best know for their hit single “Enola Gay,” will return with History of Modern this October.
  • A collaboration between Bj√∂rk and Dirty Projectors has just been released. A year in the making, Mount Wittenberg Orca grew from their shared performance in April of 2009 to benefit Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo. Just a few months ago, they all went into the studio to record the songs they performed — the Projectors’ Dave Longstreth tells the story to Steroegum here — and now you can get it for yourself. All proceeds from the album go toward the National Geographic Society Oceans Project and its effort to create areas of protected and sustainable marine life.
  • Local photographer Hayley Young, who was blogging on the road with Seattle band Hey Marseilles, has just released a ridiculously fun new video for their song “Rio” — shot in one take!

  • Continuing the interesting series of contemporary artists covering the bands that inspired them, The Kills perform Velvet Underground’s classic “Pale Blue Eyes” as part of the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions. Check it out, with or without your 501’s, here.

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