- The week begins with Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen‘s iconic E Street Band saxophonist, who was reported “seriously ill” after a stroke on Sunday. Clemons was hospitalized, but after a couple brain surgeries is reported to be in responsive and stable condition. Though the E Street Band was on hiatus, Clemons has kept himself busy by offering up his talents for Lady Gaga‘s most recent effort, Born This Way.
- Jack White and model/singer Karen Elson are celebrating their 6th anniversary and divorce with a “positive swing bang hum dinger,” or as most of us probably call them, a party. The couple’s apparently split on amicable terms, releasing a joint statement with the details:
We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow. In honor of that time shared, we are throwing a divorce party, an evening together in Nashville to reaffirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family.
- Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore released his solo album Demolished Thoughts earlier this year, but has kept a fairly light tour schedule. Maybe one reason for this is that the singer-songwriter’s teaching a writing workshop at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. According to Sonic Youth’s twitter, Moore will spend July 4-10 as a visiting instructor during the final week of the program, in a workshop called Economics of the Counter-Culture: Performance, Publishing, Collaboration.
- Dancehall duo Diplo and Switch have released a teaser video for their new Major Lazer album, featuring clips of the producers mucking around Jamaica and some snippets of new album tracks in the studio. Most talked about perhaps is the appearance of Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors) at the 1:30 mark.
- The year feels a little more empty with the absence of James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem, but newfound DFA labelmates YACHT have their new one streaming over at NPR. It’s half disco-punk, half synth-rock, and all sunshine music, spearheaded by Jona Bechtolt’s melodies and Claire Evans’ enthralling stage presence.