More details about the forthcoming Cat Power album from singer-songwriter Chan Marshall were released today, along with the first song from the album, “Ruin.” The album, titled Sun, is scheduled for release on September 4th via Matador Records and is Marshall’s first full-length original album since her 2006 album The Greatest. Keeping consistent with the heart-broken and distraught nature of Cat Power’s previous work, the album reportedly coincides with Marshall’s breakup with her long-time boyfriend and was finished shortly after their split. For more information on the album head over to Pitchfork. You can now download the MP3 for the first single, “Ruin,” which features Marshall’s signature breathy vocals over a surprisingly catchy and dance-y beat, and watch the video for it below:
- Radiohead drummer Philip Selway published a statement on the group’s website yesterday addressing the death of Scott Johnson, a drum technician who was killed Saturday when a stage in Toronto collapsed prior to what would have been the band’s final show of their North American tour. In the statement, Selway refers to Johnson as a “lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny.” Read the full statement over at Radiohead’s site.
Icelandic experimental rockers Sigur Rós have released the video for their song “Fjögur Píanó,” starring none other than Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf, of Transformers and Even Stevens fame, spends a significant portion of the video naked and acting like a crazy person, adding a whole other dimension to the sleepy and ethereal song. The eight-minute-long video is complete with gratuitous amounts of interpretive dancing, crying, and of course, nudity, and is part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment. Check out the really weird and NSFW video below:
- Now that he’s done suing people (for now), Morrissey has announced a massive North-American tour this fall, including dates in Seattle, Bellingham, and Portland. Although there’s still no word of a new album, Morrissey has maintained that rumors of his retirement are nothing more than the “wishful thinking” of writers. Thank goodness. For the complete list of tour dates head over to Prefix.
- Ex-Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Corin Tucker has announced her new album with The Corin Tucker Band, featuring members of Unwound, The Golden Bears, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. The album, titled Kill My Blues is set to come out September 27th via Kill Rock Stars. This is Tucker’s second album since Sleater-Kinney went on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2006. For the album’s tracklist and tour dates head over to Brooklyn Vegan.