Touch and Go records starting digital download service

Staunchly independent Chicago label Touch and Go is launching a digital download service some time in June. Pricing will be on par with Apple’s iTunes, at 99 cents per song and $9.99 per album. The site will carry both current and catalog releases. It’s catalog boasts a diverse roster, including Big Black, Don Caballero, The Jesus Lizard, Silkworm, Naked Raygun, and Slint, among the good, and Arcwelder, Therapy?, and Tar, among the not as good.

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Paul McCartney all set to ruin another John Lennon Demo

It’s being tagged as the “last great” Beatles song, but it’s nothing of the sort. Yoko Ono gave McCartney a Lennon demo called “Now and Then” in 1994 as part of the Beatles Anthology project. McCartney is just now completing it with help from archived guitar parts by the late George Harrison and current drumming by Ringo Starr. To call this a Beatles song is beyond patronizing. But the marketing machine behind it will cement that thought in the public’s consciousness, and everyone involved will invariably make a mint. To hell with credibility.

Courtney Love continues to pick at Kurt Cobain’s bones

As the executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate, former Hole frontwoman, Courtney Love, has every legal right to do what she likes with Cobain’s belongings, but her constant pursuit of cash has long since passed the point of tackiness. Love’s latest scheme is to sell Cobain’s personal affects: “My daughter doesn’t need to inherit a giant bag full of flannel shirts. A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to `Teen Spirit’- that’s what my daughter gets. And the rest of it we’ll just … sell.” Of course, you will. Selling is what you’re good at, except when it’s something you created.

Blur to reunite with Graham Coxon

Blur plans to meet up in the studio this summer to decide whether to record an album or call it quits. Estranged guitarist Graham Coxon is on board for the meeting, where the band will decide if it can work together productively, after his acrimonious split with the band in 2002. Bassist Alex James confirmed the news: “We’re all heading into the studio together this summer. Graham’s coming too. We’re gonna see if we’ve still got it.” If not, I think we’ll just call it a day.” Here’s to hoping the sessions go well. (Via XFM)

http://blur.co.uk

Boy George might really want to hurt you

If you get handcufed to a hook in Boy George’s London house, you have obviously made more than a few incorrect decisions in your life. The former Culture Club frontman has been arrested for allegations of false imprisonment and assault, involving a 28 year old man, Auden Carleson. Carleson had been invited to George’s house under the auspices of a photography session, which turned into a kidnapping farce. Having just recently completed trash duty for cocaine possession, Boy George is having a bit of trouble holding it together.

Bjork live at Coachella, “Earth Intruders”

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Bjork came out to the huge crowd at Coachella in a giant mushroom hat that looked like it had been pelted with dyed easter eggs to sing her new single, “Earth Intruders.” Her seventh studio album, Volta, is out on Atlantic May 7.

New Interpol single, “The Heinrich Maneuver” Mp3

A friend just emailed me the new Interpol single; it’s a rip from KROQ, thus, the high treble. But it still sounds pretty damn good. More jerky, staccato rhythms a la “Obstacle 1” but much more upbeat than expected, almost in line with “Slow Hands.” Keyboards definitely play a more prominent role. Paul Banks’ lyrics still befuddle in a bizarre mix of banality and non-sequitur, “you wear the shoes like a dove”, but his terse monochromatic delivery makes every word sound vital. This song is scheduled to hit radio on May 10.

Here’s the mp3:

Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver