Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Indie News Round Up

It Tuesday April 10

and this a short indie news round up with story from spin.com

Radiohead Offer Video Montage

Decisive Brit five-piece leak Vapour Brothers-produced studio footage.

Thom Yorke and co., hard at work recording the follow up to 2003's Hail to the Thief in the oft-windy English countryside, seem to get a kick out of perplexing web posts. The latest example from the brainy Oxford-bred outfit is a video medley of the band in the studio recording tunes potentially set for inclusion on new album -- hopefully dropping sometime this year -- alongside other film blips, bleeps, and random mish-mash.

Radiohead.com/deadairspace, the band's bulletin board for politico-rambles and album updates, provides a link in the form of a statement: "This is what happens when you spend too long listening to the same thing over and over again until you just can't tell anymore and you have to do something else instead." After the jump, the video -- produced by the Vapour Brothers, the same team behind Kid A video items -- pops up, providing footage of Yorke plucking a guitar, behind the organ, mixing the turntables, and beside a bonfire, while the other merry chaps operate alien-like instruments (Jonny Greenwood), toweringly sway with guitar in hand (Ed O'Brien), and kick out what many speculate to be new tunes from the forthcoming album. And if so, it appears we may be in for a treat.

They Might Be Giants Teach 'the 123s'

Geek rock duo prep release of Here Come the 123s, the band's second educational children's DVD.

John Linnell and John Flansburgh may subscribe to the moniker They Might Be Giants, but they're definitely not above a stringent work regiment. In addition to wrapping up recording for The Else, the band's latest rock effort slated for release this summer, and mapping a preceding tour, the duo have now revealed their return to the realm of youngster rock with Here Come the 123s, a DVD sequel to Disney's 2005 release Here Come the ABCs, out this August, Billboard.com reports. With over an hour of original music and videos dictating, you guessed it, numeric fundamentals, Here Come the 123s will have aging rockers brushing up on their numerals alongside youngsters.

"It is inspired by Sesame Street," John Flansburgh told Billboard.com. "The attitude we took to the 'ABCs' project is the same we took with this one, which is about numbers -- kids are going to learn this stuff anyway."

In what little additional spare time afforded, TMBG have been penning material for Coraline, an animated film based on an eerie science fiction novel by Neil Gaiman. "We're having trouble being as creepy as we need to be," Flansburgh told Billboard.com. Information regarding the release of the film or soundtrack has yet to be announced.

Pumpkins, Police, Kanye Set for Gore's Gala

AFI, Fall Out Boy, and Akon also slated for stateside installment of Live Earth, July 7 at New Jersey's Giants Stadium.

Officials for Live Earth, the seven continent, 24-hour live concert organized by former Vice President Al Gore to draw world attention to global warming, have confirmed headlining acts for the U.S. installment, citing the Smashing Pumpkins, the Police, and Fall Boy, among others, as performing acts taking the stage July 7 at New Jersey's Giants Stadium. Additional performers include: AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Kayne West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Rihanna, and Roger Waters. Tickets for the U.S. performance -- the concluding, seventh Live Earth gig -- will go on sale Monday, April 16 at 10 A.M. EST via livenation.com and Ticketmaster.

"Capping Live Earth with a blockbuster show like this will ensure we meet our challenge of building a mass audience to combat global warming," Live Earth Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Wall said in a statement. "Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming."

In addition, earlier today Live Earth also announced the lineup for the London concert leg, naming artists like the Beastie Boys, Madonna, Bloc Party, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chill Peppers, Razorlight, and Snow Patrol as performing acts hitting the stage at Wembley Stadium.

All the Story from spin.com
i hope i can find some time to type a report

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