Tuesday Music News

photo by James Bailey

  • Unsatisfied with releasing music solely via traditional outlets, Wilco have issued an iBook titled The Incredible Shrinking Tour of Chicago that captures the band’s tour of the same name from last December, where they played five nights in their hometown, each night in a smaller venue. Alongside the five shows, the digital package includes a video of the band rehearsing The Band’s “The Weight” with Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe (watch it below), live photos, art, and setlists. Also unsatisfied with just singing in English, the band have released a Spanish-language version of The Whole Love standout “Dawned on Me” entitled “Me Avivé”. Both projects would be best enjoyed while having a meal at the Wilco sandwich shop.

  • Until this morning, it had been three years since Grizzly Bear had released any music or played a show, but all of that is a distant memory now. Their currently-untitled follow-up to 2009’s excellent Veckatimest will be released on September 18th via Warp and they’ll support it with a pretty extensive world tour, including a stop at the Paramount in Seattle on October 4th. Check out a new song, Sleeping Ute, below.

  • While Jack White and The Flaming Lips are making their own attempts to get a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, The Melvins will attempt to become the first band to tour the entire US in 51 days. If everything goes according to plan, the Melvins Lite lineup (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Trevor Dunn) will play every U.S. state (including Hawaii and Washington D.C.) without a day off. to warm up, they’ll play a Canadian tour before they start the marathon in Anchorage, AK on September 5th. Be part of the record breaking feat when they play the Showbox at the Market on September 6th and check out their entire itinerary at their website.
  • Jody Savin’s CBGB-based film has just finished up its casting, and appropriately enough, they’ve cast some unexpected actors to play the musicians who comprised the legendary club’s regular members. Alan Rickman was cast as club founder Hilly Kristal some months ago, but joining him are The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki as Terry Ork, The Borgias’s Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, Watchmen’s Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry and perhaps oddest of all, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop. While all of the aforementioned actors have at least some kind of film experience, Hawkins’ acting is limited to dressing up in drag for the band’s video for “Everlong.”
  • If you missed out on Jack White‘s scorching set at Sasquatch last weekend (or just want to experience it again), you’re in luck. Everyone’s favorite Third Man just scheduled shows at the WaMu Theatre in Seattle on August 14th and a show at the Rose Quarter Theatre in Portland the very next day.
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