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News of Note: Animal Collective’s mysterious new album, Ida Maria’s new music video featuring Iggy Pop, the Mountain Goats “Colbert Report” performance and much more! by 20watts
Is Animal Collective releasing another album before the new year? Is Animal Collective releasing another album before the new year?

PREVIEW: Download Animal Collective’s “Brother Sport” MP3.

Both¬†Stereogum and¬†Pitchfork commented today on¬†Animal Collective‘s latest plans, namely a random, coverless album that’s cropped up on¬†Amazon.com. It’s called¬†Fall Be Kind and is available¬†for pre-order for a mere $11.83. Currently that’s all that anyone knows about the release. In other news, the experimental film that the band’s been working is nearly ready for release. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Best Albums of the Year So Far]

Stereogum also premiered a new Ida Maria video today. Ida Maria re-released her song “Oh My God” from the album Fortress Round My Heart, this time with vocals from the legendary Iggy Pop. Stereogum took issue with Iggy Pop’s baritone vocals supporting acts like Jemina Pearl,¬†Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and¬†The BPA, not to mention on his own jazzy releases. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Iggy and The Stooges Get Nommed]

Did you miss the¬†Mountain Goats on “The Colbert Report” last night? ¬†Watch their performance of “Psalms 40:2″¬†here on Colbert’s website. Colbert had a field day with the Mountain Goats’ biblically inspired latest album,¬†The Life of the World to Come. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage:¬†20 Watts Reviews The Mountain Goats‚Äô The Life of the World to¬†Come]

For all the European¬†Pavement fans out there disappointed by their NYC reunion, do not fret. ¬†Pavement are scheduled to headline¬†All Tomorrow’s Parties on May 14-16 in Minehead, England, Pitchfork¬†reports. ¬†[Previous 20 Watts Coverage:¬†Editor‚Äôs Pick #180: Pavement‚Äôs¬†Reunion]

Brooklyn‚Äôs own¬†Viva Radio has announced the release of a compilation including the likes of¬†The Dandy Warhols,¬†Jay Reatard,The Fiery Furnaces,¬†Growing, Amazing Baby, and¬†Sebastien Tellier, reports¬†Filter. Entitled¬†The Best of Me + You Vol. 1, the album was recorded between 2007 and 2009 in their Brooklyn studios and will include interviews and songs from some of the station’s guests. To make the offer even more enticing, the disc is available for purchase along with a limited edition Me + You t-shirt. We‚Äôre sold!

Filter also reports that Berkeley-based indie rockers the Morning Benders will play several shows with Grizzly Bear and Girls during their Fall tour. The Benders hooked up with Grizzly Bear on the production of their latest album, Big Echo, which was  co-producer by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. The album is set to drop in March 2010 on +1 Records. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage:Editor's Pick #172: Grizzly Bear's "While You Wait For The Others" (Feat. Michael McDonald)]

– 20 Watts Staff



News Of Note: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Kiss and more; Black Gold will tour the US With Girl In A Coma; The Boss Turns 60, Coldplay Gives To Charity; Michael Jackson’s New Single, Album, And Movie; And Much More! by laoppedi

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

PREVIEW: WATCH the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ video for Californication.

Rolling Stone reports that the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Kiss, Genesis, the Stooges and ABBA are among the artists nominated for the 2010 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. This is the first year in which LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are eligible for induction. Last year’s inductees included Jeff Beck, Metallica and Run-DMC.  (Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Industry News, Week 3)

Brooklyn’s indie duo Black Gold has decided to embark on a US tour supporting Texas-native punk sweethearts, Girl in a Coma, as reported by Filter. The multi-instrumental duo comprised of Eric Ronik (lead vocals, keyboards) and Than Luu (drums, percussion, vocals) will be performing tracks from their debut full length entitled Rush, which was released this past February. You can check out their dance beat-infused tunes on both iTunes and Myspace.

An unreleased¬†Michael Jackson single and album has been announced for release in October, reports¬†NME.COM. The track ‚ÄúThis Is It‚ÄĚ is the fist posthumous Jackson single to be released and will come out October 12, followed by a compilation album on October 26 and a movie entitled “This Is It” on October 28. In a message on Jackson‚Äôs Web site, it was revealed that the compilation album will be a two-disc set featuring past hits, previously unreleased mixes and a spoken-word piece from Jackson called ‚ÄúPlanet Earth.‚ÄĚ [Previous 20 Watts Coverage:¬†Syracuse Reacts to Michael Jackson‚Äôs Death]

Syracuse.com‚Äôs Listen Up Blog posted an especially sentimental birthday note to¬†The Boss, who is celebrating his 60th Birthday today. Bruce‚Äôs last gigs in ‚ÄėCuse include a two night stand at the Dome in 1992 and a critically acclaimed show at the Landmark Theater in November 1996. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee apparently celebrated his 60th during a concert on September 21 in Des Moines, Iowa. Seriously, Bruce? No rocking the Spectrum (actually, he‚Äôll be there in October) or perhaps MSG (where he’ll be this November) on the big day? I guess you are getting old‚Ķ

Pitchfork and NME.com report that Coldplay have donated one million pounds ($1,616,809 American dollars) to the charity, Kids Company.  Kids Company aims to provide support for inner-city children. According to NME the band also plans to give music lessons to kids at Kids Company centers.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: The 20: An Essential Guide to Britpop]

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists haven’t had much luck with record labels in the past after Lookout! Records folded and Touch and Go stopped releasing new records. ¬†Pitchfork reports that the band has signed to¬†Matador Records.

–20 Watts Staff




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