17 November 2009

Staying Up To Watch The News With Everyone

NME reports that on December 14 Damon Gough a/k/a Badly Drawn Boy will release Is There Nothing We Can Do, his first long-player since 2006. In the meantime, revisit the video for his song "You Were Right."

The lineup of acts for the
MusicCares event in Los Angeles honoring Neil Young is pretty impressive. Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, Wilco, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ozomatli are among many set to perform on January 29 in a salute to Neil's art and philanthropy.

Carbon/Silicon is offering a free mp3 download of its latest album, Carbon Bubble.

According to blues blogger Reverend Keith A. Gordon, Copiah County, Mississippi is intent on raising $250,000 in order to restore the birthplace of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. While much of his life - and death - have been shrouded in mystery, apparently no one argues that Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi on May 8, 1911 in his stepfather's home. But we can be assured that generations to come will still be arguing about the location of "the crossroads."

Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, had a wide range of opinion directed at him at his O2 Arena concert in Dublin the other night. TNOP recommends a viewing of Harold and Maude to make everyone feel better.

Don Letts, John Savage and the founder of Rough Trade records takes The Guardian on an interactive and podcast tour of punk landmarks in London's Notting Hill neighborhood.

Pop & Hiss reviews last night's Ray Davies concert in L.A. Not surprisingly, he impressed the critic as well as the crowd.

Florence & The Machine's debut effort Lungs has been appearing on many early "Best of 2009" album lists. Spinner reports that on November 30 it will be reissued as a four-disc set, including not only the studio CD, but live performances, covers and remixes.

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