CoS End of Week Recap: July 19-23


    For many, one of the highlights of the summer passed. Yes, Pitchfork  ’10 came and went. The hipsters are peeling, the artists have moved on to other festivals in other cities, and the clean-up crew is still picking up discarded biodegradable plastic cups. Well, as I’ve said many times before, when a major musical event ends, be it Coachella, Bonnaroo, or Pitchfork, that doesn’t mean everything else in music ends with it. There’s still plenty more on the horizon to cover. Arcade Fire’s new LP is coming out, Lollapalooza still hasn’t happened…

    Need I say more?

    And don’t forget everything else in between. That’s why we’re here after all: to help you sort through everything major and not so much.

    Before we begin, here’s a brief look at what happened while everyone else was out at Pitchfork:


    Rumors of a Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams surfaced. This should pair nicely with the Jerry Garcia biopic that’s also reportedly in the works.

    Roxy Music will tour for the first time in a decade.

    — Let’s just say that Van Halen fans might want to get their hopes up after all.

    Clinic are back.

    See? You didn’t miss that much. And now for this week’s news…

    — The list of nominees for the prestigious Mercury Prize went public.

    Virgin Mobile FreeFest revealed its 2010 lineup.

    — Love Arcade Fire but don’t want to pay an arm and a limb to see them play Madison Square Garden in August? Check out the YouTube webcast that night.

    — As always, there are plenty of Arcade Fire-related items to report. The Suburbs drops early next month, but this week 30-second samples of the tracks became available. Oh, and apparently it’s better than OK Computer.


    Guns N’ Roses (or what’s left of them) will play their first stateside gig in four years.

    — Metalheads have another reason to rejoyce: Big Four might make a few stops in the US in 2011.

    Gorillaz announced plans to tour North America.

    Daft Punk‘s contributions to the forthcoming Tron remark have sparked a lot of speculation. Now you can actually hear some of it.


    — Fans couldn’t wait for the new Lupe Fiasco album, so they took action.

    — The Nigel Godrich-helmed soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World got detailed.

    — This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, David Byrne has been up to a lot lately.

    Crystal Castles can never stay out of trouble. This week was no exception.

    Solange Knowles collaborated with Of Montreal. Whether or not this tops her cover of “Stillness Is the Move” is up for debate.

    — While we’re on the subject, don’t download Of Montreal‘s new album yet. You’ll be sorry if you do. Trust me.


    — Big Star bassist Andy Hummel passed away.

    — It’s as though everyone’s working with Dirty Projectors nowadays, including Bjork. Here’s what Carson O’Shoney had to say about Mount Wittenberg Orca, their first collaborative effort.

    The Books are back with their first LP since 2005’s Lost and Safe. Philip Cosores shared his thoughts on the duo’s highly anticipated release.

    — Jeremy Larson went to Pitchfork so you didn’t have to. Read his report here.

    — Karina Halle covered Ilosaarirock , a Finnish festival whose 2010 lineup included the likes of Faith No More and Imogen Heap.


    — Remember our Ultimate Giveaway? The results are in. See for yourself how creative and devoted your fellow readers really are.

    — We’re supporting the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival.  Get your tickets for our showcase now.


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