Thursday News Roundup

  • Remember the Sony distribution warehouse that caught on fire during the London riots earlier this month? The one that contained over 3.2 million items that were burnt to a crisp? Though originally thought to be an unfortunate but circumstantial result of the riots, new evidence suggests that the blaze might not have been a result of oblivious hooligans, but of motivated professionals who were using the riots as a convenient cover. Apparently whoever burned the warehouse down would have had to possess special cutting equipment and spend two hours to infiltrate the facility. Not much more seems to be known, but it’s an interesting prospect to consider. For more info, click here.

  • In what might be the oddest collaborative effort of the year, Jack White has teamed up with shock-rappers Insane Clown Posse to put their own spin on a melody by classical Austrian composer Mozart. The song is called “Lech Mech In Arse” (“Lick me in the arse.”) and will be released as a 7″ on White’s Third Man Records. Not only did White produce the track, he convicned JEFF The Brotherhood to come on to provide instrumental backing. Read more and listen to the track here. I’m not sure what anyone was thinking when this idea was conceived.

  • Next year would have been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, and to commemorate, Nonesuch Records will be releasing a box set of Billy Bragg and Wilco‘s Mermaid Avenue collaborations, on which Wilco and Bragg team up to make Guthrie’s lyrics come to life. For more info, click here.
  • Destroyer has released a new video for their song “Savage Night at the Opera.” Watch here:

  • Dum Dum Girls are set to release second full-length album September 27 on Sub Pop. The album will be called Only in Dreams and will feature the recently released song “Bedroom Eyes,” which can be heard via Pitchfork here. Dum Dum Girls will be coming through Seattle on October 9, when they’ll be at Neumos with The Crocodiles.
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