The year is barely half old, but that didn’t stop SPIN Magazine from coming up with their “Best 20 Albums of 2009 … So Far”. It may be a little premature, but already includes new artists, Ida Maria and recently discovered Glasvegas, as well as artists we’ve been waiting to hear from again, Regina Spektor, Wilco, and more. Check out the fancy slideshow accompanied with reviews over at SPIN.
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Danger Mouse along with Sparklehorse is releasing a new album, and it possibly could contain a blank CD. Due to a dispute with EMI, the album will come as a blank, recordable CD-R and will be clearly labeled, “For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.” But fret not, that’s not all you will get. Famed director David Lynch has compiled a book of his photographs that will be packaged with the album. Dark Night features a collaboration of artists including James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils.
The album is currently available over at NPR for streaming. Here’s to hoping the album actually gets released so we can put the blank CD-R to use.
Watch art, music, and fashion combine at the 3rd annual Billabong Design for Humanity event. On June 17th, at the Avalon/Bardot in Hollywood, this one night event will feature an art and auction show followed by a Billabong bikini show and finishing off with a performance by two live bands. The headlining band yet to be announced will be opened by up and comers Iglu and Hartly.
The cause, Charity: Water, a non profit organization providing safe and clean drinking water to developing nations around the world. Make a difference by participating in this one time event featuring live bands, art, and a fashion runway.
Can’t make the SXSW festival this year? No worries, songs from all the artists participating in this years festival is available for download off BitTorrent. 6GB of DRM free, RIAA safe mp3’s showcase this year’s lineup. The SXSW festival will take place from March 18 to 22nd in Austin, Texas. It’s not too late to check out the free music from all the past festivals either. Thousands of free mp3’s for you iPod without RIAA keeping their eye on you.
In stranger than fiction news, The Roots has been slated to become the house band when Jimmy Fallon hits the air on March 2nd. First, stated in an online video which was quickly taken off the air, ?uestlove remarked on his old age and their band’s desire to find a steady gig. The announcement was further confirmed by Jimmy Fallon on his blog. The band – most in their late 30s – are looking forward to living like “normal men,” as ?uestlove says. Although not a complete announcement of retirement, The Roots, known for their extensive touring, will definitely be putting their road show on hiatus.