- Deerhunter has announced plans for the release of newest album, Halcyon Digest, September 28th via 4AD. If that’s not enough Bradford Cox for you, his ‘solo’ outfit Atlas Sound will be popping up at this year’s Bumbershoot.
- Willie Nelson approved Phosphorescent have just endured the same sinking feeling Nelson felt when the IRS seized his possessions decades ago: the band had their tour van and nearly $40,000 in equipment stolen while on a stop in Brooklyn. A Paypal account has been founded to help the band out.
- While Aidan Moffet plans out his next awe-inspired recording, his old outfitArab Strap finds itself at the center of two reissues: the band’s debut, The Week Never Starts Round Here, and 1998 follow-up Philophobia. Each release will come as two-disc sets featuring bonus material and BBC recordings. Chemikal Underground drops the sets on August 17th.
- Ninjatune is turning 20. September 20 marks two decades since British duo Coldcut founded the label, and to celebrate, fans can get tons of free material from the label’s website, including rare material, mixes, and brand new videos. Also, a deluxe, limited edition box set of new and exclusive material will soon be available.
- Twitter is not only a tool for bands to connect intimately with fans and ask for feedback, it’s a great place to unveil the truly bizarre. Look no further than The Futureheads, who have announced via the social networking vehicle their plans to release an a cappella album of older material. The group is asking fans to chime in on which tracks they would like featured on the impending release.
- Of Montreal just unveiled a slew of live dates and it just so happens Seattle fans will be graced with their larger than life stage performance October 27th. The show will be at The Paramount and feature the equally intriguing Janelle Monáe in the opening slot. New Of Montreal album, False Priest, is due September 14th.
- Looking for a little summer fun? You’ll want to add these two new remixes to your beach-bound playlist. On one, The Raveonettes fuzz up The Drums’ retro pop surfing paean, and on the other Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold more drastically punches up a Local Natives song with new beats and added lyrics by Bay Area MC Aristotle Pop A Bottle. You can get the Local Natives song at the Black Iris website or here:
The Drums - Let’s Go Surfing (The Raveonettes remix) (MP3)
Local Natives - Wide Eyes (remixed by Lewis Pesacov) (MP3)
- M.I.A. and Big Boi are both hitting the late night talk show circuit to promote their excellent new albums. You’ve got two chances to see each. And don’t miss The Swell Season on Leno. If you’re curious to see what the growing hype is all about for Marina & the Diamonds, she’s live with Craig Ferguson on Thursday. Here are this week’s highlights:
Monday, July 12
Jimmy Fallon: Big Boi
Tuesday, July 13
David Letterman: M.I.A.
Carson Daly: The Morning Benders (R)
Wednesday, July 14
David Letterman: Laurie Anderson
Jimmy Fallon: M.I.A.
Lopez Tonight: Big Boi
Thursday, July 15
Jimmy Kimmel: The-Dream (R)
Craig Ferguson: Marina & the Diamonds
Friday, July 16
Jay Leno: The Swell Season