Thursday News Roundup

  • Above is a trailer for the upcoming LCD Soundsystem documentary “Shut Up And Play The Hits.” Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film focuses on the band’s breakup in 2011, in particular the days leading up to their last shows at Madison Square Garden. If you couldn’t fly to New York and pay $957 to bid them farewell, this could be the next best thing. It will debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Heartfelt indie folkster Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver, will be playing SNL on February 4. Vernon is also up for four major awards at the Grammy’s, which will come a week after his late-night performance. While he has certainly garnered enough buzz to warrant an appearance on the show, Bon Iver’s music might be more suited for...I don’t know...something that’s really intense and not funny rather than an improvised, high energy sketch comedy show. We’ll see what he decides to play and if SNL can make light of Bon Iver’s weightiness. Channing Tatum will host.

  • The Velvet Underground - Lou Reed and John Cale, in particular - have sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts over the use of Warhol’s “Peel Slowly and See” banana that appears on the cover of the 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico. The VU claim that the foundation’s use of the banana on various products gives a false impression that the products are endorsed by or associated with the band. Seeing as it’s Warhol’s art, I think Lou Reed should go find something better to do with his time, maybe record an album with Metallica or something...oh, he already did that? Really? How did that turn out?
  • Arcade Fire recently recorded an appearance on Austin City Limits. The episode will air this Saturday, January 14 on PBS. You can watch a preview featuring “We Used To Wait” below, and other songs are said to include “Keep The Car Running,” “Haiti,” “Rebellion (Lies),” and “Wake Up.” You might want to keep tabs on the long-running live music series in the near future, as well. Fleet Foxes, Florence + The Machine, Joanna Newsome, and Wilco are all slated to perform in the next month. For more info, click here.

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