Thursday News Goes Electric

photo by Kyle Johnson

  • The Grand Rapids Press delivered a story this week which documented the Christian university Calvin College canceled a show happening on their campus featuring The New Pornographers because of the band’s name. The school said they were concerned about people who were beginning to associate the college with pornography as has mistakenly happened for the band. Calvin College expressed regret for their decision.

  • The godfathers of ambient, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, have announced the tourdates for their upcoming triumphant return. Naturally the band will get the tour started sharing a bill with Weird Al Yankhovic at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England this December. Is there any better pair of artists? The band will also be stopping by the Showbox at the Market here in Seattle on February 17. For full tour dates head on over to Pitchfork.
  • John Vanderslice has released a free EP on his website titled Green Grow the Rushes. The album features 5 tracks, one of which produced by Jim Eno of Spoon.
  • Frank Healey from legendary indie-rock band Travis has a solo album coming out soon titled Wreckorder. As an iTunes exclusive, Healey recorded a cover of Beach House’s “Zebra” for a bonus track. An mp3 is availabe at this link and at Stereogum.
  • Jack White apparently is a mad scientist. Working alongside Third Man Records, he has created a new type of vinyl record. Essentially it is a 12” record with a 7” unreleased single inside. Check out this video of Mr. White himself explain how this is even possible.

  • Dr. Dog has made middle aged and eldery roller skating cool again! Don’t believe it? Check out their new video for “Shadow People” below.

  • Neon Indian debuted a new song on Sirius Radio XMU this week titled “I Really Didn’t Need You Anyway.” The band says its still rough, but check it out for yourself at this handy dandy link!
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  1. Justin
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Don’t you think it’s shortsighted to call GYBE! godfathers of ambient? I think there are a lot of 50s, 60s, and 70s artists that would have a quibble with that statement.

  2. Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Uncles, maybe.

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