- After originally stating that This Is Happening would be LCD Soundsystem’s last album, James Murphy has lately been making it seem like the band’s status going into the future is more up in the air than he originally led people to believe. I guess we can only hope. In the meantime, the band recently recorded a live in-studio album in London that is set for digital release on Tuesday. For more info, including a tracklisting, visit the band’s website. If you want a little taste of how it will sound, you can stream “All I Want” via Pitchfork. Also newsworthy on the LCD Soundsystem front is their newly released video for “Pow Pow,” featuring Up in the Air actress Anna Kendrick. Watch it right here:
- Since their debut in 2004, The Arcade Fire have released albums in three-year intervals, with Neon Bible coming out in 2007 followed by The Suburbs release this year. Early indications say that their fourth album might come a little sooner than fans are used to. Frontman Win Butler told the Wall Street Journal that the band “will be experimenting” this winter, as they have no plans for January and March. Who knows if “experimenting” actually means they’re going to start recording new material, but at least it’s a sign they’re thinking about it.
- A few weeks ago Jónsi canceled a number of scheduled in-store performances due to a show at LA’s Oragami Vinyl being, according to his management, “the most uncomfortable experience of his ten years in the public eye.” Team Jónsi continued to blame themselves for the mishap, saying that it was their idea and that “Jónsi himself was always skeptical” about doing in-store performances (read the full statement here). The record store has released some videos of the performance, however, which can be seen here.
- Yo La Tengo has announced that in late November they’ll be starting an odd tour in which each show will begin with the band spinning a wheel to see what the theme or concept of that night’s show will be. Concepts include a question and answer style show, a show in which they only play songs that being with the letter “S,” and even a option where the band acts out a scene from a classic sit-com. If this isn’t the sign a band is bored of touring, I don’t know what is. For more info, including a list of possible concepts, click here.
- Everyone’s favorite Swede folksinger The Tallest Man on Earth has released a video for “Love is All” from The Wild Hunt. Here it is for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of PitchforkTV:
- Girl Talk has just announced a gigantic winter tour. They’ll be at the Showbox on March 15th. For more info and a complete list of dates, visit here.
- Led Zeppelin biographer Stephen Davis will be releasing a new book on the band, LZ’-75, which is dedicated solely to their infamously raucous 1975 tour. This should be worth reading for the John Bonham stories alone.
- Finally, Thom Yorke has released a new single!…not really. The Radiohead frontman has teamed up with various other Brits to release a John Cage-esque “Two Minute Silence” single, the proceeds of which will support troops and their families.
- And partly due to the premiere of Conan on Monday, it’s an unusually stacked week of late-night musical performances. Here’s a rundown:
Monday, November 8th
Conan O’Brien – Jack White
David Letterman – Cee-Lo Green
Jimmy Fallon – Toots & The Maytals
Lopez Tonight – Rooney
Jay Leno – N.E.R.D.
Carson Daly – Matt & Kim
Tuesday, November 9th
Conan O’Brien – Soundgarden
Carson Daly – The Walkmen
The Colbert Report – Cee-Lo Green
Wednesday, November 10th
David Letterman – Snoop Dogg
Conan O’Brien – Fistful of Mercy
Jay Leno – Old 97’s
Jimmy Fallon – Jonsi
Thursday, November 11th
Jimmy Kimmel – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Jimmy Fallon – Robyn
Carson Daly – Jimmy Eat World
Friday, November 12th
Jimmy Fallon – Kings of Leon