Thursday News Roundup

  • The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and around the country (including Seattle) have gotten bigger and bigger. The rallies against corporate greed have attracted tent-toting demonstrators from across the nation and don’t show signs of subsiding any time soon; the schedule on the Occupy Wall Street website literally never ends. In New York in particular, some notable musicians have been getting in on the action, most recently Neutral Milk Hotel’s normally-reclusive front man Jeff Mangum (although he has been making select appearances in recent months). The indie-folk balladeer made a surprise appearance in the midst of the activism Tuesday night, inspiring protesters with an acoustic set featuring some Neutral Milk Hotel favorites including “Holland, 1945,” “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” and “King of Carrot Flowers Part 1,” among others. For more information, click here, and to watch a video of the performance, simply scroll down a scosch:

  • …and I kind of feel like an idiot moving on to the usual inconsequential album releases and tour announcements after dwelling on something of such a magnitude as Jeff Mangum playing during the Occupy Wall Street protests, but, nevertheless, the music business and the world continue to spin…that being said, Gorillaz will be releasing a Greatest Hits album on November 29 (November 28 in the UK). For the deets, click here, and for a cool interactive tour of the past decade of Gorillaz, click here.
  • On Tuesday The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams was released, which features previously unheard songs by the country legend recorded by contemporary artists such as Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams. Former White Stripes front man Jack White lent his talents as well, and you can hear his interpretation of Williams’s “You Know That I Know” via Rolling Stone here.
  • Uncut released their list of the 50 Greatest Bootlegs, with the Beach Boys’ Smile coming in at #1. View the full list here.
  • And as I’m sure you all know by now, Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. Jobs was a once-in-a-generation visionary and his contributions not only to how we listen to music but to how we live our lives are unquantifiable. He was 56. Take a look at his incredibly affecting and inspiring commencement address to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class:

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