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
  • Larry Crane is a longtime friend of Elliot Smith and he's in the process of remastering Smith's debut album, Roman CandleFans 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.

Radiohead Announce More North American Dates, Additional Tour Opener

Note to you concert lovers out there: If you want to see your favorite act over multiple nights, just become the biggest band in the world. Then you can invite them to tour with you and watch them whenever you want! This appears to be Radiohead's M.O., anyway. First the Brits gave props to Grizzly Bear, via BBC DJ set, and then came the opener announcement. Today's story is much the same: Thom has gushed over Liars (repeatedly), unsurprisingly they are tapped to open as well. Unfortunately it's not a three-band tour: Grizzly Bear's got the set of gigs from August 3-15, while Liars are tapped for August 19-28. Earlier dates appear to be with Liars, too (thx all). Full details on the August dates' venues and ticket info below. - Source