Monday News Mash-Up

  • Recently, Ted Leo announced that he was wrapping up work on a musical theater project to hit the internet today. The result: one of the funniest music videos of late, of his recent single “Bottled In Cork,” starring Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner and Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), and many others, courtesy of Funny or Die:

  • Maybe Weezer is coming out of its long slumber, realizing that album named after Jorge Garcia’s Lost character isn’t gimmicky enough to win back their jaded fans. Perhaps a tour dedicated to the whole of the band’s seminal albums, the self-titled blue album and neglected follow-up, Pinkerton, will bring back fans en masse — even if it’s just for a few months. The tour, which would find the band in cities for two evenings to play each album per night, is in the preliminary planning stages but fingers are crossed across 1998 that it happens.
  • These days, 10 years is an eternity in the lifespan of a band. This is why it’s such a celebration that Chicagoans, Pelican, has lasted through a decade of recording, touring, bad dinners, and long travels. To celebrate, the boys will be releasing an ultra limited vinyl box set containing all their proper albums and EPs in a collectible wooden box set for an October 19th release date.
  • Details have emerged on Brian Eno‘s next album, to be released on Warp on November 2nd. Produced by Jon Hopkins and featuring guitarist Leo Abrahams, Small Craft On a Milk Sea will made available in a variety of formats including vinyl/cd/lithograph box set and a collector’s edition, which includes a 12″ square silkscreen print by Brian Eno number strictly to 250, each number etched a real copper plate. Check out the beautiful artwork here.
  • New Orleans has yet to catch a break in the 21st Century but a new (another?) benefit album is in the works to help the Cajun haven fight off the ill effects of Hurricane Katrina and the recent BP oil spill. Dear New Orleans, to be released August 24th for downloading at all respected digital hubs, features 31 tracks from a bevy of awesome acts and headscratchers: The Wrens, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, and Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham are just the tip of a who’s who list of talent chipping in for a good cause.
  • If you’ve been adopting the cassette as your new old medium, then word that False Priest, the upcoming album from Of Montreal, will be available on plastic rectangle and magnetic tape alongside vinyl and compact disc will make 500 lucky collectors happy. Joyful Noise will be releasing the cassette the same day (September 14th) False Priest is available in all its formats.
  • Many more repeats on the late night talk shows, but you have your choice of two Big Boi appearances tonight, and The Specials will be on Letterman this Thursday! Here are the rest of the highlights:

    Monday, August 23

    David Letterman: Big Boi
    Craig Ferguson: Willie Nelson (R)
    Jimmy Fallon: Big Boi (R)
    Tavis Smiley: Rufus Wainwright

    Tuesday, August 24

    Jay Leno: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (R)
    Craig Ferguson: Wilco (R)

    Wednesday, August 25

    Carson Daly: Fanfarlo (R)

    Thursday, August 26

    David Letterman: The Specials
    Jimmy Fallon: Titus Andronicus (R)
    Carson Daly: The Raveonettes (R)

    Friday, August 27

    Carson Daly: Snoop Dogg (R)

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