Monday News Roundup

  • Last week, New Order announced two charity benefit shows for band friend Michael Schamberg, who produced a number of the band’s early videos. The band also noted the absence of their long-suffering bassist Peter Hook, an exclusion that Hook has responded to with liberal use of caps lock and a self-comparison to Freddie Mercury. Check out the statement on Hook’s site.
  • Beirut‘s Zach Condon chose comedy video producers Sunset Television to create the video for the latest single, “Santa Fe,” from the recently released album, The Rip Tide. Check out the results here:

  • Blogosphere darlings Odd Future are going to take their shit-stirring to even greater heights, with the news that Cartoon Network program Adult Swim has picked up the gang for a live action television show, entitled Loiter Squad. The AV Club reports that Squad will air in 2012 and is a mixture of Jackass and Chapelle’s Show. Episodes will run 15 minutes and include music, sketch comedy, and pranks. You can probably expect a liberal amount of gay jokes, too.
  • Acclaimed experimental rockers Deerhoof have followed up 2011’s Deerhoof Vs. Evil with a live record from the album’s supporting tour. 99% Upset Feeling collects eleven tracks from the tour, and is available for free download via the band’s site.
  • 10 years ago, Ariel Pink began work on a monolithic lo-fi garage pop song entitled “Witchhunt Suite for WWIII.” The track ran 16 minutes and only saw release on a tour-only CD-R. Now, in the wake of 9/11’s anniversary, Pink has released a single version of the song, and along with Animal Charm, he’s directed a video for the track heavy on found footage and the bedroom psychedelia that’s colored Pink’s sound. Watch it below.

  • Couple-of-the-decade forerunners Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and Neil Gaiman (of literature) have announced a brief West Coast tour that’s been called “An Evening With Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer.” The two-hour event will be a combination of both the stars’ fortes. In the words of Gaiman himself, “I’m hoping that Amanda’s fans will put up with the messy-haired Englishman reading them stories, and that mine will enjoy the beautiful lady signing them songs of angst, post-modernism and woe.” Well, yeah. “An Evening” hits Seattle November 9th at The Moore Theater, and tickets go on sale 9/16 at 10AM. Find out more at the duo’s Kickstarter.
  • Seattle is well-acquainted with Phil Elverum, frontman for The Microphones and Mount Eerie, but it may be time to explore that friendship further. Below is a clip from a karaoke bar in Olympia, wherein Elverum belts out the lyrics to Lil Wayne’s “Got Money (ft. T-Pain).” Perhaps a little too well. Watch:

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