Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hey, everyone!  Lots of stuff for you, this week.  As you might have noticed, I’m steadily working my way through the mailbag.  There’s lots more great stuff in there, which I hope you’ll see in the next few days.  The really good, slightly-longer-term news is that my dissertation now has a planned submission date.  So, one day – in the not-too-distant future – I’ll be able to spend lots more time developing some of these tidbits into articles.  But until that day comes, I leave you with the best of this week’s bookmarks…

First up, Rolling Stone gives us the great news that R.E.M.’s follow-up to Accelerate is finished: [link]

Also, it seems that Wyclef Jean is running for President of Haiti: [link]

Finally, Twilight fans will have something to move on to… Nick Cave to remake The Crow: [link]

Two great entries in NPR’s First Listen Series (limited time!): The Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs and Lost in the Trees’ All Alone in an Empty House.

The Mountain Goats and The Extra Lens (John Darnielle / Franklin Bruno) sign to Merge, and Pitchfork throws in a nice, free mp3 for us: [link]

Have a listen to Jens Lekman’s excellent “The End of the World is Bigger than Love:” [link]

Here’s a nice Beck/Devendra Banhart track called “Life During Wartime:” [link]

And now, some videos:

Jónsi’s video for “Animal Arithmetic” is out:

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) and Joanna Newsom covered a Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow duet.  (Man, there’s all kinds of weird in that sentence…) More on Stereogum:

From the awesome folks at La Blogotheque comes Wilco and “Bull Black Nova:” [link]

Wilco | Bull Black Nova | A Take Away Show | Unreleased from A Story Told Well on Vimeo.

Interesting article by NPR’s Marc Hirsh on Talking Heads’ Documentary Stop Making Sense.  Which leads us to this great version of “Life During Wartime” – in which, it should be noted, David Byrne makes Michael Stipe look like a perfectly pedestrian dancer by comparison:


That’s about it for this time!  I’ll leave you with this week’s random video – a lovely, live performance of “Unravel” by Björk.  See you next time!

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