Thursday News Roundup

Bradford Cox // photo by Suzi Pratt

  • Much ado has been made over a particularly bizarre performance given by Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox in Minneapolis last Friday. Supposedly, the performance featured audience members waving their chairs over their head, at least one stripping to his underwear, Cox waxing philosophical on the current state of music, and, famously, an hour-long rendition of “My Sharona.” Cox was not happy about how the night’s events were portrayed (namely, as “awkward”) and wrote a lengthy explanation of his actions to Pitchfork. You can read some highlights from Cox’s reaction here, but I don’t think anything can top this line:


I am a terrorist. As a homosexual, my job is simply to sodomize mediocrity. I am terrified and horrified and shocked that anyone would mention Phish in any article related to me.

  • Fiona Apple has apparently confused the concepts of lyrics vs. an album title. Her forthcoming release will be titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Visit Rolling Stone for more info.
  • Sharon Van Etten‘s recently-released third album, Tramp, has already secured its place near the top of several “Best of 2012″ lists, and now the singer-songwriter has released a music video for one of the album’s standout tracks, “Leonard,” which you can watch below. Don’t forget, Van Etten will be performing at The Neptune in Seattle on March 25 along with The War on Drugs.

  • Time Out New York recently released its list of the top 100 New York City songs of all time, with Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” edging out Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” for the top spot. Check out the full list here
  • And finally, a unique piece of grunge memorabilia has gone up for sale. A reliable eBay seller has posted an auction for a tour van used by the Melvins and featuring artwork by Kurt Cobain. As I am writing this, the top bid is just north of $97k.

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