Monday News Roundup

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  • Veteran Seattle rockers Pearl Jam are showing their greener side: to mitigate the carbon footprint for their 2011 tour, the band bought $8,000 worth of native trees to plant on 4.6 acres of land along the Stillaguamish River. This isn’t the first time, either; In 2010, the band, celebrating its 20th year, donated $210,000 to the Cascade Land Conservancy, providing funds to plant 33 acres of native trees throughout the Puget Sound area.The plants, set to be planted this spring and fall, will improve living conditions for local wildlife and protect against dangers of flooding. Way to go, guys!

  • The legend of Jeff Buckley has always seemed ripe for the motion picture treatment, but with longstanding (understandable) resistance by Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert (who controls his estate), Hollywood’s never been able to get one off the ground. That all changed today, as Guibert has given the OK for director Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys) to adapt her son’s life to the screen. Production is planned to begin in fall. Casting has not yet begun, so somebody better tell James Franco.
  • The White Stripes may be dead, but that doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of them. Jack White’s own Third Man Records is prepping three new releases via their Vault Subscription series: Live in Mississippi, a 180-gram vinyl double album that’s a recording of their final show, taking place on July 31, 2007 in Southaven, Mississippi; a DVD entitled Under Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night, which is a recording of a show in Moorhead, Minnesota at Ralph’s Corner Bar in June 2000; and a new 7″ single that features two covers that the band recorded in 1997 (Love’s “Signed D.C.” and Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”).
  • Ever-popular yelp-jammers Animal Collective aren’t known for their riveting live performances, partially because the band usually uses them to try out new material. That seems to be holding true for the band’s current California tour, as the guys debuted as many as nine songs during their Phoenix Theater show in Petaluma last night. Check out video below (the camera’s shaky, but the audio’s decent).

  • We haven’t heard much from Nada Surf since their covers album dropped last year, but it seems like the guys are back in the swing of things, announcing a 7″ of unreleased demos for Record Store Day and entering the studio sometime this month to begin work on their next album, expected in fall.
  • Ben Gibbard is certainly no stranger to cover songs - he’s been known to pepper his live sets with tributes to everyone from The Cure to Avril Lavigne - so the kindly folks over at Stereogum have compiled an exhaustive archive of covers in all Gibbard’s incarnations: Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, even a couple of duets with his beard Zooey Deschanel. Check out the full list here, complete with streaming audio.
  • You probably know about the Beastie Boys‘ forthcoming eight release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, but you may not have seen the trailer for the 30-minute accompanying short Fight for Your Right-Revisited. Which is a shame, really, because it looks like 30 minutes of pure awesome, featuring stars like Susan Sarandon, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Stanley Tucci, Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Ted Danson, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Danny McBride, Jason Schwartzman, and probably even more. Watch below.

    Additionally, catch a stream of Passion Pit‘s remix of the Boys’ lead single “Make Some Noise.”

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