Monday News Roundup

  • Don’t fret if you missed Okkervil River‘s performance of their new album I Am Very Far last weekend: the album is now streaming in its entirety over at NPR. Below, catch the band performing “We Need a Myth.”

  • As previously reported, dreamy synthpop maestro Washed Out recently signed to Sub Pop, with his debut release Within and Without set for a July 12 release. Now, for the paltry price of an email address, you can snag a download of album opener “Eyes Be Closed”:

  • Hollerado has a new video for their track “Got to Lose,” an upbeat one-camera, one-take clip from Greg Jardin. If the video reaches 50,000 views by this Friday, the band will donate $500 to the Red Cross for earthquake relief in Japan. Watch them put Death Cab to shame below.

  • Experimental punkers Fugazi have begun an undertaking that has revitalized fan speculation of a reunion: they’re creating a comprehensive video catalog of every single live show they’ve ever performed. Says co-leader Ian MacKaye, “We’re hoping it will be up in the near future. The idea at the moment is to start it with 100 shows. Then put 20 more on every month or something. We’re still building the site, it’s an interesting and complicated process.” Groovy.
  • Paul McCartney — maybe you’ve heard of him — is set to reissue his first two solo albums, McCartney and McCartney II, on June 14. These “deluxe special reissue editions” will feature remastered audio, unreleased tracks, rare video footage, and other goodies. Check it out at the man’s site.
  • The Flaming Lips are continuing their infamous shenanigans, but this one is even more of a surprise than usual: Coyne & Co. are planning to release another version of their Gummy Skull production, instead encasing a thumb drive filled with a live version of the band’s acclaimed album The Soft Bulletin. And oh yeah, the skull’s going to have a marijuana-flavored brain. Watch them debut the prototype below (NSFW, substance abuse).

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