Björk’s innovative Biophilia program become the first app acquired for the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection and will also be used to teach kids about science, music and more in some northern European schools. Plus, Morrissey yet again cancels several tour dates, then tactlessly blames his opening act for getting him sick, and a professional singer in New York City is being sued for $10 million for not being P!nk enough.
Spotify lets users know it's not their fault new albums by The Black Keys and Coldplay aren't available to stream, Led Zeppelin to suffer rare plagiarism lawsuit not involving an old Blues song and music news outlets went crazy with the announcement that Morrissey was tweeting … except he wasn't.
Morrissey claims Coachella offered to make its 2010 festival "100% vegetarian" if he and guitarist Johnny Marr would reform as The Smiths and play the event; Justin Beiber and One Direction get Punk; and The New York Times reports on the struggles of the Fender guitar-making company amidst a poor economy and changing musical approaches and tastes.
The U.K., when not obsessing over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, is abuzz right now with rumors about Paul McCartney’s possible involvement in the next Olympic games, which come to London next summer. According to NME, Macca is being coy but hinted that the whispers might indeed be true — he and Ringo Starr will perform at the opening ceremonies with a “new” version of The Beatles.
We're slowly inching our way toward the bleakest of release months, and so, if the sheets prove to be as sparsely populated as they seem to be now, I will be perusing the back stock (i.e., the piles of unreviewed material that teeter precariously in the Bunker) to find some things to talk about in the absence of actual new releases in December. In the meantime, let's see what the mailman (or the Internet) brought this week.
The release sheets continue to fatten nicely, so there's plenty to talk about this week. I'm checking out new albums by Robyn Hitchcock's The Venus 3 side project, Morrissey, Tommy Keene and Gurf Morlix, plus some classic Manfred Mann platters.