Monday News Roundup

  • Today marks the start of Fall Pledge Week here at KEXP, and we need your support! KEXP is entirely listener-supported, so it’s people like you who give us the ability to do what we do best - bring you exclusive live sessions, photos, videos, concert tickets, and much much more! Join us on the air as we take your donations and count down the Top 500 Songs of All Time, as voted by YOU, the KEXP listener! To make your contribution or renew an old one, head over to our pledge page or call in at 1-866-903-5397! When you make a gift to KEXP, you power the music that you love and keep KEXP listener-supported! Spread the love!
  • It’s still a good month out from the release of the new Florence + The Machine album, Ceremonials, but fortunately for you she’s giving you another taste, thanks to the brand new masquerade/dance party video for “Shake it Out:”

  • Hot on the heels of the news of REM‘s amicable breakup comes this Spinner report in which Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene have announced their plans to go on indefinite hiatus. The revolving door of musicians originally went on hiatus after the release of their 2005 eponymous third album, a split which in turn led to the formation of many splinter groups, a few of which you may have heard of; Stars, Metric, Feist, and Do Make Say Think are among the BSS alumni. After a short reformation and a fourth album entitled Forgiveness Rock Record BSS toured consistently, even stopping by Bumbershoot a couple months ago. Lead singer Kevin Drew claims there’s “no bad blood, no problems, everyone is at peace.” Even so, here’s hoping for another reunion four years down the line.
  • It wouldn’t be a decent news day without more stories of Wayne Coyne’s Flaming Lips getting up to some bizarre shenanigans. Still, the marijuana-flavored gummy fetus flash drive EP is small potatoes compared to their most recent plans: to record a 24-hour song. Here’s where it gets psychotic: the as-yet untitled track will see release on hard drives sealed within real human skulls. Coyne defends the legality of such an action, saying “There’s a place in town that’s called Skulls Unlimited that’s been here for almost as long as the Flaming Lips have been here, and it sells human skulls.” When asked about the song itself, Coyne elaborated in the vaguest way possible: “It’s a song about death and it’s a song about f---ing and it’s a song about life.” Gotcha.
  • This past weekend, Toronto played host to the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche art festival, which featured a collection of musicians (including members of Tokyo Police Club and Fucked Up) who played Nirvana‘s immortally overplayed slacker anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit” a whopping 144 times in a row. If you missed the twelve-hour extravaganza, don’t even worry about it. AUX has partnered with the Toronto Star to produce a live stream of the entire event, which one would imagine would eventually just become white noise to even the most astute listeners. Give it a go over here, and let us know how far you got in the comments! Anyone who makes it through the whole thing gets a hug and an intervention.
  • The Decemberists have announced a follow-up EP to their most recent album, The King Is Dead. The 6-song collection will be appropriately titled Long Live the King, and will feature new acoustic material as well as a cover of Grateful Dead‘s “Row Jimmy.” The EP will see release on November 1st via Capitol Records.
  • Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford is taking a hiatus from the band to care for his 22-month-old daughter Hallie, who’s locked in a battle with a brain tumor. Read Crawford’s public post about the tragic events below (via):

    One month ago today my wife found our 22 month old daughter, Hallie, in her crib having a seizure. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital where an MRI revealed a brain tumor approximately one quarter of the size of her brain.

    Surgeons were able to remove 90% of the tumor and decided to stop there as her vital signs were unsteady. Following surgery she suffered a stroke. Her condition was critical for the next several days as her brain continued to swell. In an attempt to save her remaining good brain she was placed in a coma for five days.

    Since being removed from the coma, Hallie has undergone a second brain surgery, has been waking up, and is doing her best to recover quickly so she get ready for the next phase of her fight against cancer.

    The tumor is a Grade 3 Ependymoma. This is a very rare, but deadly brain tumor that effects roughly 100 children a year in the United States. We do not know what Hallie’s next step is in her treatment. Her situation is very fluid and there are a number of complicating factors, but we do know that she is fighting hard every day.

    My wife Melanie and I would like to thank everyone for their love, care, and support during the most difficult time in our lives. I would like to thank everyone for their understanding of the gravity of this situation and ask for respect to our privacy. When people ask us what they can do to help, we ask them to pray for Hallie’s recovery. We feel that God has already worked
    miracles through Hallie and we pray they keep coming.

    Someday I will return to the stage with my brothers. When that will be I can not say. We are truly living one day at a time.

    Thank you again for your love and support for my family during this time.

    I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

  • Rounding out the news day are a pair of sonic bits from Zola Jesus and Bon Iver. Zola’s new offering comes from her new album Conatus, in the form of a hypnotic and mind-blasted video for “Vessel.” Watch it over at the New York Times, and then head on over to TwentyFourBit to snag a listen to Bon Iver’s cover of “With God On Our Side,” the protest-era Bob Dylan classic.
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