Live Nation and Wal-mart Join Evil Forces

Just last month, Live Nation and Ticketmaster got the green light to merge from the Department of Justice.  Now Live Nation and Wal-Mart team up to start selling tickets in their retail stores.  They're starting with 500 stores in major cities, then a roll-out across the nation.  Make sure you look for these smiling faces at your next Grizzly Bear show.

New UNKLE track with Black Angels

UNKLE will have a new album out on May 10th called, "Where Did the Night Fall".  You can hear the first track from the album, their collaboration with The Black Angeles over at  This next album features many guests like Mark Lanegan, Sleepy Sun, Autolux, and others. 

Blonde Redhead Score A Documentary about Dungeons and Dragons

Blonde Redhead have written the score to a documentary called, "Dungeon Masters" which is obviously about the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.  The trailer is online and is rather humorous.  Stereogum has a preview of the theme song and it sounds very Blonde Redhead-ish.

The documentary was completed back in 2008 and was screened at several festivals last year but it never got a wide theatrical release.  It will be available via Amazon's Video on Demand service starting February 12th and you can pre-order it as well.

Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear in the 2010 Super Bowl

Arcade Fire return to the Super Bowl!  Back in 2008 the NFL (National Football League) took it upon themselves to play portions of "No Cars Go" during the broadcast.  Arcade Fire had no prior knowledge of the fact and also hadn't given the NFL permission to use their song.  There were talks of lawsuits but nothing really materialized.  This year was different and the NFL actually licensed, "Wake Up", to be used.  Arcade Fire had donated all proceeds to the Haiti relief charity, Stand with Haiti.

Grizzly Bear make their debut in the Super Bowl by having their track, "Two Weeks", play during a VW commercial (click Read More to see it).  I remember being outraged when I was younger to see bands that I love have their music in commercials, but I've since come to the reality that they need to eat as well.  So it's now a pleasent surprise to hear some good music get the massive exposure it deserves.


New St. Vincent Video, "Laughing with A Mouth of Blood"

St. Vincent has released their new video, "Laughing with A Mouth of Blood" which features an appearance by Thunderant.  Thunderant is a comedy-duo featuring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney).  Check out the video by clicking "Read More".


Jonsi, Sigur Ros Frontman, Shares A Track from Upcoming Album

As previously reported, Jonsi is the frontman for Sigur Ros and is heading out for a North American tour.  His album will be released in April and he has recently released the second track from the album on youtube (click Read More for the video).  The track is called, "Go Do", is vastly more upbeat then the Sigur Ros tracks.  His first track from the album, "Boy Lilikoi" is also available on youtube.

Morrissey Ouija Board

You know you've always wanted one and now someone has created it:  The Morrissey Ouija Board.  The artist that made these is maasproduction and unfortunately they are already sold out.  Hopefully he decides to make some more because I would totally buy one!

Shaun Ryder Greatest Hits? Oh And Black Grape Reform

The headline of NME's story is Shaun Ryder Reforms Black Grape.  Which is fine, but what I found interesting is, "[the reunion] will coincide with the release of a Shaun Ryder greatest hits album".  What the?  I'm not a walking music encyclopedia but this is the first time that I heard of a singer of two bands releasing a greatest hits collection.  I tried using my google-fu to get more information about this release but didn't find anything substantial.  In any case, it should be interesting to see the tracklisting when it comes out.

Sigur Ros Frontman Tours America

Jonsi from Sigur Ros will be touring North America to support his solo album, "Go", which is set to be released on March 22nd.

Sigur Ros had been working on their next studio album when they decided to scrap it and start over.There's a question to how far along the album was when they decided to ditch it.  In a blog post on, they say that the album is "nearing completion" which was posted on May 27, 2010.  Then seven months later, Jonsi tells Spinner Music that, "We haven't got another [Sigur Ros] album ready. It was just a rumour."

Not sure why the "official blog" is spreading rumors, but until they return, we can enjoy Jonsi's solo album and his upcoming tour.

Killing Joke Return with Original Lineup

Killing Joke have reunited with their original lineup which includes Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Youth, and Paul Ferguson.  They have recorded a new album, "Feast of Fools", which will be released in April.  They will also have a very brief visit to the US, New York on May 21st, and LA on June 5th.  There are more summer dates in Europe.