Garage Punk Jay Reatard’s Entire Band Quits; Jay Responds With “Band quit ! Fuck them ! They are boring rich kids who can’t play for ahit anyways .. Say hello to your ugly and boring wifes opps I mean …” – Jay Joins Billy Corgan As Musicians Most Unwilling To Admit Their Own Douchey-ness, In Light of Most Obviously Being Douche [Brooklyn Vegan]
Watch San Francisco’s Girls’ Frontman Christopher Owens Cover Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End” – Match Made In Neurotically Depressed Heaven (Which I’d Imagine Looks a Lot Like An American Apparel) [Gorilla vs. Bear]
Fox News’s Glenn Beck Did Not Get Contacted By Muse to Retract His Praise; Elsewhere, This Story Irritates Me [NME]
German Electro Artist Ulrich Schnauss Sues Axl Rose For Ripping Off Two of His Compositions – I Somehow Feel Bad For Rose, Like a Lost Puppy, How Could He Know Any Better? [Idolator]
Brooklyn Self Proclaimed “Poet Laureat of Generation Y” Tao Lin, And Hipster Runoff Blogger Carles Release First Single As “Jesus Christ The Indie Band” – Stream It, Feel Ironic, Feel Self Aware, Feel Nothing, Realize That’s About As Deep As Mr. Lin Goes, Chuckle At Their Website [Gorilla vs. Bear]
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August 7, 2009
What is the current relevance of baroque-supergroup (that’s an oxymoron) Broken Social Scene? Yesterday, Kevin Drew and Co. tore through the blogs, having released a cover of Joy Division’s beloved 1980 single, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” that is set to appear in the upcoming Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana tearjerker, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
I know what you’re all thinking – this is awesome; Broken Social Scene covering Joy Division should have happened a long time ago. Kevin Drew already writes about dreamy, lurid, sexual self-deprecation, and who did that better than Ian Curtis? That may be the case, and I want to stress how much I love 2002’s You Forgot It In People, and 2005’s Broken Social Scene.
Consider though, that BSS hasn’t released anything as BSS since. Leslie Feist has gone on to become as associated with the iPod as its forward thinking design model, white color, and fundamental ability to play music (specifically, Feist’s music). Emily Haines has recorded three times as many albums solo or with Metric as BSS has released in total. Every player outside founders Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew have refocused their attention onto other projects (Apostle of Hustle, Stars, Do Make Say Think, the list goes on).
So in 2009, two mediocre Broken Social Scene Presents… albums later, we start hearing from Broken Social Scene as a whole, again. First, a new album was announced back in April, and is currently being recorded. Then, BSS played a free show at Toronto’s Harbourfront Center and everyone was there; the entire band played a massive setlist, and anyone who likes BSS wishes they would’ve seen this. The group announced they would be working on a new film called This Movie Is Broken, about two fans trying to get backstage at a BSS show. All of a sudden, BSS got loud, and again seemed like the collective behind those first albums (I challenge anyone not to get chills from those videos at Harbourfront; the band seems genuinely in love with each other).
More on Broken Social Scene: The Time Traveler’s Wife
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Legendary “Nasty Gal” Betty Davis to Rerelease Two Albums. Funk Yeah! [The Tripwire]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Replace Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza, No No No Word on Replacement for All Points West [Stereogum]
Yo La Tengo, Bill Callahan, Jay Reatard and More Contribute to Chris Knox Covers Compilation [Pitchfork]
Watch Our New Favorite Joy Division Cover: Steel Drum Band Plays “Transmission” [The Tripwire]
And For A Couple of Not-So-Good Covers: Ian Brown Covers Michael Jackson, Releases Jackson-Inspired Album [Prefix]
Jimi Hendrix’s Doctor Says It’s Plausible That He Was Murdered [NME]
Mmmm…Casper & The Cookies On Tour and in Town Tonight! [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Governor’s Island Free Festival “Punk Island” Announces Line Up…Happening This Sunday! [Brooklyn Vegan]
Man Curses Keith Richards’s Impossibly Long Life on Death Bed [Idolator]
Athens, Georgia’s Georgia Theater Burns Down [Brooklyn Vegan]
Radiohead and Johnny Marr Contribute to The Sun Came Out Benefit [NME]
Islands Announce Follow-Up to Arm’s Way [Pitchfork]
Woman Charged $80,000 Per Downloaded Song By RIAA [Idolator]
Joy Division’s Classic Unknown Pleasures Celebrates 30th Birthday [Prefix]
Kelis Wants $20,000 a Month From Nas For Baby Expenses [Prefix]
Blur, Freshly Reunited, Writes New Material [Rolling Stone]
compiled by Max Sebela