Despite the headline, the real big news is that Grandaddy are gettin back together for some shows. Hopefully they'll have a full US tour. Check out the rest of the links below...
Apparently I'm still not back on track but managed to go through my leads and pick out some interesting stories. So if you've been AWOL like me for the last couple of weeks then this should help you get caught up, read on!
Odds and Ends: Listen to MGMT & National, Elliott Smiths Fans Are Upset, Beck Covers INXS, and more...
Here's some of the stuff I've seen over the week that's kinda interesting but not interesting enough for me to clog up your RSS feed, twitter account or Facebook page over.
- MGMT's new album was leaked so they decided to stream the whole thing from their site. Enjoy.
- The National's new album, High Violet, will be released on May 11th. You can grab a track from the record, "Bloodbuzz Ohio" on highviolet.com.
- Larry Crane is a longtime friend of Elliot Smith and he's in the process of remastering Smith's debut album, Roman Candle. Fans are upset over an album that no one has heard, but I can see why. It's something that should be preserved, faults and all.
- Beck, St. Vincent & the Liars have covered INXS's popular "Kick" album in a day. They are releasing one song a week from their project, first up is "Guns in the Sky".
- The BBC reviews Jonsi's new album, Go. I like the intro: "His voice remains one of modern music's most readily identifiable instruments".
- Iggy Pop will no longer stage dive after the audience failed to catch him at New York's Carnegie Hall.
What a complete and total waste. ELLIOTT SMITH, the Portland native who had basically become the poet laureate of the indie community over the last few years, was found with an apparant self-inflicted knife wound at his home yesterday morning. Smith was rushed to local hospital and an hour later declared dead. Smith's rather open struggles with drug and alcohol abuse were well documented in the lyrics of his many solo albums, though his recent lack of production had many wondering if his personal demons had returned (one 7" single was released this year, the first new output from him in almost two years.) Smith was said to be working on a new record at his time of death. He leaves us with some of the most fragile, beautiful albums of our day, and fond memories of a VERY out-of-place Academy Award performance of "Miss Misery," his nominated track from "Good Will Hunting." Shame.
If you have any personal Elliott Smith stories--of meeting the man, chance encounters, please email liz with them. We are compiling recollections for an article with mundane sounds. While we appreciate the "i never did, but I was a fan" stories please keep in mind we are looking for personal stories.