Monday News Roundup

  • While peaceful sit-in protesters continue to be brutalized by police officers during the Occupy Wall Street protests, there’s been no shortage of support from the music industry. Live protest performances have been delivered by Jeff Mangum, Talib Kweli, Tom Morello, and Crosby Stills and Nash, and appearances have been made by everyone from Kanye West to Amanda Palmer. Now, a group of prominent musicians have banded together to form Occupy Musicians, who “will serve as a resource to facilitate performances at Occupy spaces and events. Provide links to media wishing to interview Occupy-supporting musicians. Host testimony and other writings of musicians for why they support the 99 percent. Host embedded media to Occupy-related songs and music videos and network musicians to Occupy locations and Occupy fund raisers.” Scrolling down on the coalition’s site reveals a list of co-signers that includes Lou Reed, Talib Kweli, Tom Morello, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Amanda Palmer, John Zorn, Dan Deacon, Merill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Sharon Van Etten, former Titus Andronicus guitarist Amy Klein, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Kimya Dawson, and Mirah, to name only a few.

  • Two previously unreleased demos from Radiohead have made their way to YouTube, uploaded last month by a user known as klootme. The pair of songs were purportedly released on their 1986 debut demo tape, recorded as On A Friday. Listen to “Girl (In the Purple Dress)” over here and hear “Everybody Knows” right here:

  • Everybody’s favorite Columbia River Gorge-area festival Sasquatch! returns for its 11th iteration this year, May 25-28, for another four days of majestic scenery and amazing music. It’s about time to begin your preparations, because a limited number of special discounted four-day festival passes will be on Friday, November 25th at 10:00 A.M. PST via the festival’s website. Unfortunately, no lineup announcement will be made until February.
  • The tragic death of Elliott Smith hasn’t stopped the occasional posthumous unreleased track from surfacing, like “Misery Let Me Down,” unearthed by The Washington Post today. The recording comes from a 1997 live in-studio at WMUC-FM, the student-run radio station at the University of Maryland. Head on over to The Post’s website to hear the track, and read the fascinating story behind its discovery.
  • Wild Flag recently appeared on Chicago’s WBEZ program “Sound Opinions,” wherein they played a selection of cuts from their debut self-titled, and then indulged in a new track, “Nothing,” a previously unreleased ditty led by Mary Timony. Watch:

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