Thursday News Roundup

  • A week after Cake made history with the worst selling album to make it to #1 on the Billboard 200 charts ever, the Decemberists have supplanted them with their new release The King Is Dead, which sold close to 50,000 more copies in its first week than Cake’s Showroom of Comparison. The indie folk rockers are still a ways away from going platinum, but it’s certainly encouraging to see them at the top of the charts.

  • Jeff Tweedy and Wilco have announced they will be starting their own record label. That sounds about right. The label will be called dBpm Records, will be distributed by ANTI-, and will feature all future Wilco albums. Speaking of which, they’re currently in the process of recording a new one. Read more about the new label here.
  • R.I.P. Charlie Louvin. The country music pioneer died on Tuesday at the age of 83. Louvin made up half of the country duo The Louvin Brothers. The other half, his brother Ira, died in a car accident in 1965. Read more here.

RIP Charlie Louvin

  • John Vanderslice’s new album White Wilderness will feature an Atlas Sound cover. Stream “Walkabout” here.
  • Of the announced 2011 releases, the album I might be most excited for is Toro y Moi‘s Underneath the Pine, which is set to come out February 22 on Carpark. Here’s the recently released video for “Still Sound,” via PitchforkTV:

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