The News: Shatner, Steak and Eggs and Hot Tubs!

6 10 2008

As you prepare yourself for the working week, take a deep breath. After your moment of zen, read this and watch that. Fear is a man’s best friend…

Listen/Download: john cale-fear is a man’s best friend

-Senator Joe Biden’s Mother-in-law dies at age 78.

Bonny Jean Jacobs, 78, the mother-in-law of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice presidential nominee, died this afternoon after a long illness, according to a spokesman for the Biden campaign.

Mr. Biden has canceled all campaign appearances Monday and Tuesday to be with his wife, Jill Jacobs Biden, and their families.

-Spermicidal Coke, stale chips research wins Ig Nobels. Read more at Reuters

-Kanye West’s Curb Your Enthusiasm style show has been shelved by HBO. Read more at RS

-From the NY Daily News, another article about Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. 

Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan will make premiere on BET on November 13th before being released on DVD on the 18th. Here’s a recent picture of the group:

-Greg Kot writes about the resurgence of vinyl sales in a digital world in his Chicago Tribune blog Turn It Up.

-Andrew Bird!!!

On the right side of our page is our own blog-roll. This is a place where we list a few websites that we like that we think you should see. One of them is the Measure for Measure NY Times music blog, here artists like Andrew Bird discuss what goes into making an album. He’s been talking up his latest creation, a song called “Oh No” that was just released. Here’s what he had to say about it on his blog.

“I’m especially happy with how “Oh No” — the song I introduced in my first post — turned out, now that I’ve sat on it for a few weeks. When the drums switch from the rumbly toms to the tight “Fleetwood Mac-style” beat and we sing “Oh no, you’re deep in a mine,” I can’t help but jog in place and pump my fists — a response preferable to scrutinizing how my voice goes a little flat on the third bar of the verse. And isn’t it great that a song about crippling self-repression and the envy of childhood expressions of fear and sorrow can be so joyous?”

So now onto more Andrew Bird news. The previously mentioned, “Oh No”, will appear on his new album Noble Beast. The record will come out via Fat Possum on January 27th. Bird will be playing some solo shows, along with tomorrow’s  All-Star Obama Benefit. Below, you’ll find the track-listing for Noble Beast and some newly announced tour dates. Enjoy! 

 

Noble Beast:

01 Oh No
02 Masterswarm
03 Fitz and the Dizzyspells
04 Effigy
05 Tenuousness
06 Nomenclature
07 Not a Robot, But a Ghost
08 Anonanimal
09 Natural Disaster
10 Confess
11 Souverian
12 On Ho!

Andrew Bird:
10-6 New York, NY – Hiro Ballroom
10-7 New York, NY – Hiro Ballroom
10-7 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (“Barack Rock”)
10-8 Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall (solo show)
10-9 Albany, NY – The Egg (solo show)
10-10 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre (solo show)
10-19 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at The Coronet (solo show)
10-20 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at The Coronet (solo show)

Stream: “Oh No” by Andrew Bird here.

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