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Lennon‘s musical birthday commemoration

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Lennon’s Musical Birthday Commemoration
EMI Records is slated to release all eight of John Lennon’s digitally-remastered solo albums beginning on October 5 in commemoration of what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday. Lennon’s Double Fantasy album will also include a new version of the album, dubbed Double Fantasy: Stripped Down, which will showcase new mixes of the album’s songs with less instrumentation. In addition to the albums themselves, EMI will also be repackaging much of Lennon’s solo material, including a greatest hits collection and several box sets...
Gorillaz - Blur’s Damon Albarn’s animated band - have announced that they’ll be embarking on a fall world tour, complete with almost two dozen North American dates in October. The cartoon modern rockers will also be playing shows in Europe and the U.K., with more shows in Australia and Asia in December. The Escape to Plastic Beach Tour will kick off on October 3 at Montreal, Canada’s Bell Center, and will include the band’s first-ever performance at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on October 8...
Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has stepped out from behind the drums for a bit to drop his solo album, trading his drumsticks for vocals and a guitar. The set, titled Familial, was just released on Nonesuch Records, and features musical contributions from Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg and Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, among others. Selway will be embarking on some solo tour dates to promote the album, but don’t worry, Radiohead fans; the band is working on new material, and have no plans to break up, so don’t even get started...
Austin City Limits has announced the lineup for its 2010 festival this October (8th through the 10th), and it will encompass over a hundred bands on eight different stages this time around. This year’s event includes sets from Broken Bells, Sonic Youth, The Strokes, Deadmau5, and LCD Soundsystem, among others, and the genres performing will range from the aforementioned indie rockers to folk, bluegrass, zydeco, and even country; a one-day pass starts at $85...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Golden-voiced Travis frontman Fran Healy is dropping his first solo album, Wreckorder, on October 5 on Ryko Records; the Brit-pop set, which Healy wrapped work on before hitting the road for a tour with Keane this past summer, will include a Healy duet with Neko Case, and a bass-playing cameo from Paul McCartney. Healy will likely be playing more live shows this fall; get all the details on the album and the shows at www.franhealy.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Gaslight Anthem have added more dates to their 2010 tour, and will now be on the road at least until their NYC Radio City Music Hall headlining gig on September 30...
Trevor Horn and Geoff Downs of the Buggles - whose music vid “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the very first music video ever broadcast on MTV back in 1981 - are set to reunite this month for a live performance...
Glastonbury festival organizer Michael Eavis has announced that he’s already prepped in part for the 2011 festival, with two of the three headlining spots locked in and the third being offered to U2, who had to drop out of their headlining spot this year due to Bono’s back surgery...
Scottish quintet Mogwai are making plans to release their next album, their seventh studio set, in February 2011; guitarist Stuart Braithwaite called the new album “interesting” in a recent interview...
In other Mogwai news, they’ve just released their first live album to keep fans happy while the studio album is completed; you can snag Special Moves in-stores now...
And a re-issue of Iggy Pop’s solo set Kill City is due out on October 19...
Due out right about now are this week’s new CD releases... N.E.R.D.’s Nothing... Paula Cole’s Ithaca... and Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses’ Junky Star... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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