The land down under has welcomed French indie-pop-rockers Phoenix, who are currently doing some recording for their next album in Australias Byron Bay, working in some orchestral elements to their new songs. Early listens indicate that Phoenixs next set is a pretty even mix between the classic Phoenix sound and some more retro-futuristic elements, as the band is including both organic sounds and a blenders worth of rhythms that spin up drum machine sounds, loops, and actual (live!) drumming. No date has been set yet for the albums release
Capitol Records have finally confirmed that theyll be releasing the legendary lost Beach Boys album, Smile, some time this year, as produced by archivist Alan Boyd and engineer Mark Linett. Re-dubbed The Smile Sessions, the album will be released as a 2-CD set, a limited edition box set, and on iTunes as a digital album, although real Beach Boys fans will probably want to spring for the box set, with its additional vinyl records and a 60-page hardbound book on the band. Brian Wilson even endorsed the albums release, saying that hes thrilled that the original sessions will finally be heard after all of this time
Lollapaloozas lineup is solidifying even more, and the rumors are flying fast; so far, word on the street has it that two of the headliners will be Muse and the Foo Fighters; additional talk says that Crystal Castles will also be making an appearance on one of the side stages, although no more credible headliner ideas have been seriously posed. Lolla tix will go on sale this spring, will the usual 70 or so bands performing on five stages; this years event will be Lollapaloozas 20th anniversary and is set for August 5-7
80s shoegaze-synth-pop singer Kate Bush is re-recording some of her classic songs, reworking various elements of each tracks with an eye on making the album a directors cut of old material (hence the albums title - Directors Cut.) No word yet on if her landmark single Running Up That Hill will be included, but the set, which will hit stores on May 16, will be prefaced by a re-recorded single version of her song Deeper Understanding this month
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Arctic Monkeys havent performed in the U.S. in a year or so, but will be hopping on the tour bus for nearly a months worth of stateside dates this May. Theyll start in Washington DC on May 17, and will make stops in Boston (5/19), Toronto (5/21), Detroit (5/26), and Minneapolis (5/28) before closing this round on June 3 in Los Angeles. Catch up with the Monkeys via their newly revamped (snazzy) website at http://arcticmonkeys.com
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
David Bowie: Objects is the name of an in-progress book being worked on by Bowie himself, in which hell showcase photos of 100 items that have inspired him in his songwriting and other creative projects
Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, and Primal Scream have been tapped for the headliner spots at the 2011 V Festival on August 20/21...
Beatle drummer Ringo Starr has reportedly filed for a trademark for the name Ringo for use in videogaming software and computer games
Seattle band The Head and the Heart has just been signed to Sub Pop Records, following their slate of appearances at the Conor Byrne open mic nights
The Airborne Toxic Event will be promoting their new album, All at Once (due out April 25), with a trio of TV appearances - Jay Leno (4/26), Jimmy Kimmel (4/28), and David Letterman (5/20)
Singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche will release his new album, Sondre Lerche, on June 7, prefacing the albums release with a headlining tour that will kick off May 31 in Toronto
And touring their own albums in stores this week (and hopefully in your music collection) are this weeks new releases... Wolframs Wolfram... Im From Barcelonas Forever Today... and Bootsy Collins The Funk Capitol of the World... and thats the buzz for this weeks Modern Rock.
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