This Week In News
A whole slew of new tracks were released during the week, from Bob Mould to Wavves to The xx to even Thurston Moore’s new band. The Skrillex/Kanye collaboration and the Mumford and Sons single gained a lot of attention, but we were especially excited about the brand new tunes Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been performing, called “Twisted Road,” “Born in Ontario” and “Walk Like a Giant.” It was also great to hear some alternate version of Elliot Smith songs, even if their release is in honor of what should have been his 43rd birthday.
Interpol’s Paul Bank announced a solo album —not his first, but his first under his own name. And Beck also announced an upcoming album, although you’ll have to be musically inclined in order to listen to it.
After months of singles trickling out, you can finally listen to the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, in its entirety. The Vaccines also put up some free music, a four-song cover EP called Please, Please Do Not Disturb.
Both M.I.A. and Cat Power announced tours, but neither were as surprising as The Monkees’ tour, considering it will be their first time hitting the stage since 1997, and will take place less than a year after the death of frontman Davy Jones. Adam Yach spoke to us from beyond the grave when his will decreed his music could not be used for any commercial purposes.
In other music news, Cut Copy performed on children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba, and the lineup for Moogfest was announced, featuring Santigold, Explosions in the Sky and many more. And a handful of music videos were released, but our favorites were Tom Waits’ eerie “Hell Broke Luce” and My Morning Jacket’s “Outta My System,” which included an animated Zach Galifianakis.
When it came to TV, we were all crazy excited about the news that Arrested Development had started filming again. More details were announced about American Horror Story’s sophomore season, and Jason Sudeikis announced he was considering leaving SNL.
In Hollywood it was announced that Steve Carell would be starring alongside Will Ferrell in a new movie, and Josh Whedon is going to helm Avengers 2. For Jim Carrey fans, Dumb and Dumber 2 is back on as the comedian has returned to the film, and there’s going to be a movie made about everyone’s favorite fuzzy friend, ALF.
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