Thursday News Roundup

  • Speculators can stop speculating, rumorers can stop… rumorer-ing, Coachella has finally announced the lineup for the 2011 festival…and it’s gonna be a good one! Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Kanye West will be headlining, and the rest of the lineup is stocked full of the past year’s musical movers and shakers, including The Black Keys, Crystal Castles, Cee Lo Green, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti, Titus Andronicus, The National, Chromeo, Fistful of Mercy, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, and, by god, many, many more. Tickets + a camping pass will set you back over $300, though, so start saving now!

RIP

  • In a tragic act of airwave injustice, KUSF, the beloved University of San Francisco college radio station, was sold by the university to classical musical station KDFC. The worst part is the quietude and abruptness with which the sale took place; the DJs and volunteers weren’t even notified that they would be taken off the air until security guards escorted them out of the building practically mid-broadcast. The station will, however, continue to be broadcast over the web, but 90.3 (sound familiar) on Bay Area radio dials will no longer house the popular college radio station. The sale serves as a reminder of how fragile such institutions can be, and how lucky KEXP is to have such an overwhelmingly supportive community (YOU!!!) keeping the station strong. Speaking of which, you do not need to wait for a drive to contribute — you can make a pledge year-round by clicking here. Read more about the KUSF sale here and here.

  • In other depressing news, Cake‘s new album Showroom of Comparison is atop the Billboard 200 charts. But that’s not the depressing part — Showroom of Comparison is the lowest selling #1 album in the history of SoundScan, only selling 44,000 copies in it’s first week of release. To put this in perspective, here are a few charts comparing Showroom of Comparison to N’Sync’s No Strings Attached in 2000.
  • OK, enough bad news. Here’s a new video from She & Him to cheer you up:

  • One of the most anticipated albums of 2011 is Angels, which will be The Strokes‘ first release since 2006. They recently spoke with Rolling Stone regarding some of the details. The album is slated to be released March 22 on RCA.
  • In other breaking festival lineup news, the New Orleans Jazz Fest has released its 2011 lineup. The New Orleans roots festival will run over two weekends from April 29-May 8 and feature Arcade Fire (surprising!), Wilco, The Strokes, Robert Randolph, The Decemberists, and many more, including tons of New Orleans staples such as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Trombone Shorty. Click here for more info. And oh yeah, the festival is also home to the best selection of food you will ever eat. Get your crawfish bibs ready!

  • Bob Dylan‘s Chronicles is one of the most inventive, unconventional, and critically-acclaimed music “biographies” ever written, and now the artist formerly known as Zimmerman has signed a SIX-book deal with Simon & Shuster. The deal will include two follow-ups to Chronicles, as well as three additional books. Fans (myself included) should be especially excited to read more of what Dylan has to write, as it’s become increasingly difficult to hear what he has to sing.

  • Not only are The Kills back and playing Coachella this year (as you might have noticed on the recently-released lineup), they’ll be releasing a new album, Blood Pressures, in April. If you’re like me and this news immediately led you to ask if this means Alison Mosshart will be coming to a Seattle venue near you, then you’re (we’re) in luck! They’ll be touring with Cold Cave (who also have announced a new album), stopping by the Showbox at the Market on May 9.
  • We Northwesterners have always known that there really is a place where, like in the 90’s, people talk about getting piercings and tribal tattoos and sing about saving the planet and form bands, and yes, that place really is Portland. Now, through IFC’s Portlandia, starring SNL‘s Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, the rest of the world can discover the uber-progressive city. The series premieres tomorrow night, but the first episode is available here now:

  • Last but not least, here’s Mogai’s new video for their song “Rano Pano,” the first single from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, their forthcoming album that will hit shelves on February 15.
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One Comment

  1. matthew
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    per KUSF, same thing happened to KTRU in houston. Info here, http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2010/08/ktru_news_roils_saddens_local.php

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