Tuesday News Catchup

  • Conrad Murray, the doctor found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson, has been served the maximum sentence of four years in prison and a denial of probation. Prosecutors are also seeking restitution fees from Murray, paid to Jackson’s three children. As the Associated Press reports, Judge Michael Pastor said, “Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine. The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame prestige and whatever else may have occurred.”

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Beard-folk maestro Bon Iver‘s recent eponymous album just got the deluxe treatment, packaged with a track by track collection of videos by various directors that are less music videos and more atmospheric visual accompaniments. Now, you can watch all ten of the album’s films via the official Bon Iver YouTube channel.

  • December 6th will see The Black Keys drop a new album entitled El Camino. A quick trip over to their website can score you a sneak peek at five - count ‘em, five! - album cuts for the paltry price of an email address.
  • Yesterday, Okkervil River dropped a new covers EP entitled Golden Opportunities 2, follow-up to their latest full-length I Am Very Far and direct sequel to 2007 mixtape Golden Opportunities. The EP can be found as a free download via the band’s website, and includes covers of Ted Lucas, Jim Sullivan, and The Triffids.
  • Fugazi‘s extended hiatus shows no sign of abating, but instead of holding their breath in anxious anticipation, fans can now relive the glory days with the December 1 launch of the Fugazi Live Series. The project is a mammoth, decades-spanning collection of Fugazi concert recordings, from 1987 to 2003. Each performance is available for free preview online, and also available for download for a small fee. Superfans can pony up $500 for the unlimited package, which guarantees downloads of every single one of the 800+ shows. That’s a lot of Fugazi.
  • Back in April, we reported that Sub Pop had acquired Ontario dream-pop duo Memoryhouse after their excellent 2010 EP The Years gained an internet cult following. Besides a reissue, Memoryhouse has been pretty quiet this year, but that’ll all change in February when their debut full-length hits shelves. The Slideshow Effect will feature ten new tracks, including fan favorite “Bonfire,” the video for which you can catch below. No news yet on a tour, but would it be too much to ask for a Sasquatch! slot?

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