- A new Foo Fighters album is in the works, and according to front man Dave Grohl, it will feature a lineup that is just about as close to Nirvana as is humanly possible. Nevermind producer Butch Vig is on board, as is Krist Novoselic, who will man the bass for a few tracks. The entire album is being recorded in Grohl’s garage and apparently will be one of the Foo’s rawest and heaviest releases to date.
- To say it’s been a successful year for The Arcade Fire would be an understatement. Their third album, The Suburbs, has been universally praised and they’ve been selling out arena shows all over the country. On November 13, they’ll be able to add “Saturday Night Live musical guest” to their list of 2010 accomplishments. Scarlett Johansson will be hosting the show as well, so if you’re going to watch one episode of SNL, this one wouldn’t be a bad one to choose.
- Speaking of successful bands, The Black Keys haven’t had too shabby of a 2010 either. To celebrate the success of Brothers (actually to honor Record Store Day), on November 26th they’ll be releasing a box set that includes the album on CD and vinyl, a poster, and a special 10″ record containing six unreleased live recordings.
- Mogwai have announced that they’ll be releasing a new album on February 14. Click here for more info, a tracklisting, and 2011 tour dates (they’ll be in Seattle May 7th).
- Unfortunately, Calgary art rockers Women weren’t pretending to be Oasis for Halloween the other night when brothers Pat and Matthew Flegel threw punches during an alleged on-stage breakup of the band. Witnesses tell Exclaim! about the band’s explosive theatrics in Victoria, BC. If you were planning to see them tonight in Vancouver, you’ll need to make new plans.
- Lil Wayne is just about done serving a one-year prison sentence for weapons possession, and I think it’s safe to say that he’s not exactly having a brutal “federal, pound-me-in-the-ass” experience. Earlier in the year, a guard was fired for visiting the incarcerated rapper, and another guard was recently suspended for spending 45 minutes with him in his solitary confinement cell. And unlike Andy Dufrense from The Shawshank Redemption, I doubt that Weezy is doing their taxes.
- It’s all over the news, but in case you haven’t heard, Keith Richards‘ autobiography Life was released last on October 26th. This will certainly go down as one of, if not the, greatest rock biography ever written. Richards is one of the extremely rare rock stars who was simply born to live the lifestyle and did so without going in and out of rehab, stalling creatively, or dying young. He also claims to remember everything. So, yeah, buy this book.
- Deerhunter and their recently-released album, Halcyon Digest, have been the talk of the indie community as of late, and Pitchfork recently posted an excellent video someone took of Bradford Cox and company covering Scott Walker’s “30 Century Man,” an amazing song that was brought to the attention of this generation by way of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. Chalk up a few more cool points for Deerhunter. Here’s the video:
- For your late-night network TV enjoyment (I hope you like Elvis Costello):
Monday, November 1st
David Letterman - Elvis Costello
Carson Daly - School of Seven Bells
Tuesday, November 2nd
Craig Ferguson - Bettye LaVette
Wednesday, November 3rd
Carson Daly - Built To Spill
Craig Ferguson - Dr. Dog
Thursday, November 4th
The Colbert Report - Elvis Costello
Jimmy Kimmel - Paul Weller
Friday, November 5th
Jimmy Fallon - Elvis Costello
Carson Daly - Two Door Cinema Club