Thursday News Bonanza

  • In an interview with D.C.’s Express Night Out, guitarist Nels Cline announced that Wilco was leaving Nonesuch Records to start up a label of their own. A representative for the band did not confirm the speculations of this new label but did make note that the band’s contract with Nonesuch is completed. Cline mentioned possibilities of a new 7” release or some sort of souvenirs at the Solid Sound Festival in August in Massachusetts.

  • Not to be too heavy on the Wilco coverage, but lead vocalist Jeff Tweedy has been producing the new album by gospel singer Mavis Staples and has leaked a new song by the two performers. The song “You’re Not Alone” is written by Tweedy and can be streamed here.
  • M.I.A.‘s new album, /\/\/\Y/\, is streaming in its entirety on her MySpace page now!
  • Ted Leo denied rumors of his imminent retirement which started from an interview with the publication Velocity (via Buzzgrinder). The following quote in particular lead to the speculation: “I’m going to be totally honest with you. By next year, there’s no way I’m going to be able to be on tour like I have been these last few years. There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep writing and recording and playing music.” Leo is now saying on his own website that he felt his quotes were out of context and that is intent is not to retire but to slow down as he gets older.
  • The Killer‘s were invited by the Obama family to perform at this year’s 4th of July lawn party and performed “God Bless America” and “Read My Mind.” It’s strange, I never realized the two songs were one in the same. Check out the video to see this patriotic secret revealed!

  • Sun Kil Moon has posted several tracks from their forthcoming album, Admiral Fell Promises. The latest song leaked is “You Are My Son.” Check out that song and two others right here.
  • Bottomless Pit, featuring two members formerly of Seattle post-punk band Silkworm, are set to release the followup to their excellent 2007 debut, Hammer of the Gods. On August 10, Blood Under The Bridge will be available on Comedy Minus One… and you can listen to a new song now!

Bottomless Pit – 38 Souls (MP3)

  • Ratatat has announced their North American tour for their latest release, LP4. Dates include a September 14 stop in Seattle at the Showbox SoDo and a September 16 visit at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. For the full list, check it out at Pitchfork.
  • The artist formerly know as Prince (or is he still known as Prince? I’m not sure anymore) recently informed the world in an interview with the Daily Mirror that the Internet is outdated. Prince’s latest album, 20Ten, will not be available on iTunes because of his qualms with digital media. Prince compared the Internet to MTV, saying both were once hip but now dated. Alongside all of this, he will be packaging 2.5 million free copies of his newest album in the Daily Mirror on July 10. My hope is that next year he gives away assless chaps in copies of Good House Keeping.
  • Finally, the wait is over. Many of us here at KEXP have been crossing our fingers and holding out breath for it to happen and now the day is finally upon us. Liz Phair has fulfilled her destiny and released a Bollywood-esque/hip hop-esque song appropriately titled “Bollywood.” Her new album is titled Funstyle but might I suggest a better title: “Slumdog MillionPhair.”

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