Thursday News Roundup

photo by Jim Bennett

  • Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has scored the upcoming Cameron Crowe film We Bought A Zoo, which will be in theaters December 23. The soundtrack, which will be released via Columbia December 13, will feature two new songs from Jónsi, new “score” material, as well as adaptations of songs from Jónsi 2010 solo album Go. For more info, click here.

  • The Kills have been touring like crazy since the release of their latest album Blood Pressures, and they’ve announced that there will be more to come in 2012. On January 20 they’ll kick off a North American tour that will conclude with a performance at Terminal 5 in New York to celebrate the band’s 10-year anniversary. Unfortunately the duo doesn’t look like they’ll make it to Seattle, but you can enjoy their newly-released video for “Baby Says,” from Blood Pressures right here:

  • Chuck D is filing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music Group, which could lead to well over $100 million in unpaid royalties for digital licensing. The Public Enemy frontman claims that the label has been unduly deducting funds for packaging and like, fees based on the model of selling physical CDs, and that the true amount of royalties is much higher. A lawsuit is pending.
  • Well-traveled singer/songwriter Cass McCombs will release Humor Risk, his second album of 2011, next Tuesday. The album’s first single, “The Same Thing,” was recently our Song of the Day, and now there’s a video to go along with it, which you can watch below. And don’t forget, Cass McCombs will be playing at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle on December 7.

  • Last month Atlas Sound, also known as Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, gave a mesmerizing performance from the lobby of the Ace Hotel in New York to close out KEXP’s coverage of the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon. Earlier the same day on the Morning Show, John Richards debuted the song “Praying Man” from Atlas Sound’s forthcoming release Parallax. Now for the news: As of yesterday, Parallax was made available to stream in its entirety via the New York Times Magazine website, along with commentary by Bradford Cox.
  • And finally, tragically, the apple of every hipster’s eye Zooey Deschanel has split up with Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard after two years of marriage. This marks the first and hopefully last time I will link to US Weekly in this column.
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One Comment

  1. xavier masalihit
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    shucks.

    Zooey was a looker alright.

    I guess she went too far into the light.

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