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The Music Meltdown – June 25, 2012

Canadian Girls Rule! The Black Keys talk about getting flashed, also subtly mention work on a new record. Read it here. Another busy week for the Akron, Ohio based duo, as they are taking Pizza Hut & Home Depot to court for using their songs without permission. The boys were also recently covered by Iggy Pop. The legend teamed with Ginger Baker to cover “Lonely Boy” for a tribute to the sharp note-named band and you can stream that below:



In the aftermath of last week’s horrific stage collapse, which killed drum tech Scott Johnson, Radiohead has had to reschedule some shows. Spin has the details.

Pearl Jam may have been the victim of fraud. The Seattle Group’s financial manager has been charged with multiple occurrences of pinching funds. Details here. Also, while playing the Isle of Wight festival this past weekend, Pearl Jam covered The Beatles and paid tribute to Joe Strummer. NME Has the details.

Swedish House Mafia have announced that after their upcoming tour, they will break up. Dates for their final European shows and more here.

Pitchfork has Recently Re-posted the documentary produced during the making of Modest Mouse’s “The Lonesome Crowded West” – it’s a great way to waste 45 minutes, plus it’s super cool if your into Modest Mouse.

Fiona Apple was on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. The singer chats with the funnyman and plays some tunes with The Roots, including a McCartney Cover. Get it all here, thanks to Chart.

This got me all fired up. Here’s a post on NPR from a University student who claims to have never “owned” any music. The counterpoint is here. – Buy CD’s people. Thank You.

Did you know, Jimi Hendrix spent some time in the army? You never guess what was the needle in the haystack that led to his discharge. Check it out here.

New Music

An All-Star tribute to Fleetwood Mac is in the works. Contributors include Best Coast, the Kills, MGMT, the New Pornographers and a special collaboration between Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascias on the instrumental track “Albatross.” More on the record, including the tracklisting is at Rolling Stone. Also, founding member Mick Fleetwood celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday.

‘We wanted something punchier, more power pop – somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles’

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. More from this interview here

Green Day, in addition to preparing 3 new albums, is also re-releasing an old bootleg on vinyl. The ‘Radio Daze’ bootleg has been kicking around forever, but now you can get a mastered copy on CD or Vinyl, more info here.

Also, here are the trailer’s for the first 2 of the 3 new records they have planned:



In Sonic Youth news, Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon have announced a collaboration with Yoko Ono. The project, YOKOKIMTHURSTON has a 10″ Single Available for “Early In The Morning” and a full length LP due in the fall.

If that wasn’t enough, Thurston also has a new band called Chelsea Light Moving. The group is working on a full length release for Matador, but have released this song, “Burroughs” to tide us over. Enjoy:

Also, Steve Shelley has a new label, Vampire Blues. They have 2 releases this summer and you can read about in on their website.

Stars have announced a new album. The North will be out September 4th, and you can get the first single, At their website. It’ll only cost you an email address.

Jimmy Cliff has announced a new record. “Rebirth” is produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid, and will be out in July. Exclaim! has more.

Footage has emerged of Bloc Party trying out some new songs. Chart has the videos or the group playing “3×3” and “Team-A”.

Matt & Kim have a new record on the way. Here’s a preview:


“Kinky Boots” is a new musical, written by Harvey Fierstein and scored by Cindy Lauper. The show doesn’t open until the fall, but Lauper has released a remix of a tune from the show as a free download to raise awareness. Get it here.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has a new video. It’s for their tune “Everybody’s On The Run”.

John Frusciante discusses the reason behind the weird names of his upcoming EP and LP. Read it all here plus hear a new tune.

Ottawa’s Sound Of Lions have produced their first music video. The clip is for the tunes “The Hunter / Enders” and is streaming below:

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