Here’s a double dose… I tried to include every bit of music news that has happened all week. It’s a lot of stuff. Enjoy.
• Anvil played at the Olympics in Vancouver.
• Local band Little Brazil announced their second SXSW showcase.
• Aerosmith isn’t breaking up. Or finding a new singer. Or following any of those other rumors. They made a video.
• Dan Deacon and his band faked something about a dead cat on Judge Judy.
• Neko Case had some kind of animated short or cartoon on Adult Swim last week.
• The subject of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” has been speculated upon for a loooooong time. She finally reveals who it was about. Sort of.
• Thom Yorke of Radiohead revealed his new band’s name, is touring and somebody recorded three of the songs and put them on YouTube.
• Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper talks about the band’s new album. I loved their last album and the EP.
• Completely unrelated to music: John Krasinski (Jim from “The Office”) wants to be Captain America. That would be terrible. Just about anyone else in the world would be better.
• Pavement is getting ready for those reunion shows and Spin was lucky enough to hang out in their rehearsal space.
• Miles B. A. Robinson, who made my favorite album of last year, did a video interview.
• Beyonce says she “killed” her alter ego “Sasha Fierce” and doesn’t need her any more. I think she needs to get over herself.
• Stephen Merritt of Magnetic Fields was once in a band called Zinnia. And you can now download those songs.
• Prince has a new track, “Cause and Effect.”
• Beck, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Grizzly Bear and a bunch of others are doing a Haiti benefit album.
• In the ongoing saga of Abbey Road Studios, the place was declared historic, so it can’t be torn down or majorly altered.
• Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij talks about how his homosexuality affects his music.
• There’s a new LCD Soundsystem record coming out. I’ve liked them for awhile, but I just started getting into them again because a friend and I were playing guitar and we covered one of their songs in his basement. Good stuff.
• Yeasayer talks about their new album. They’re coming to Omaha in April.
• There’s a new track streaming from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
• The Hold Steady is putting out a new record. I’ve been having a Hold Steady kind of week and listening to them a lot.
• Spin does a little “where are they now?” thing with folks from Elastica, Against Me!, White Zombie and others.
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