Getting very close to performing the show on that poster there, but still somehow I've managed time to keep my musical senses sharp. In fact, I recently got a full preview (through legit means) of the latest albums from Wild Beasts, TV On The Radio and Architecture In Helsinki (previously featured here and here); and can safely say that they are wonderful additions all to this year's record collection. But onto the headlines...
- Rejoice! Bon Iver - the man more commonly known as Justin Vernon - will be releasing his HUGELY anticipated follow-up to For Emma, Forever Ago sometime in June. There's talk of children's choirs and new collaborations, and even some track titles (via FasterLouder)
- Speaking of long-awaited sophomore records, Friendly Fires are scheduled to deliver album no. 2 Pala in May. In the meantime, you can get a first taste with this radio rip of Live Those Days Tonight on YouTube. (via triple j)
- In the wake of Japan's devastation, large parts of the music community have done what they can to conribute. Including The Morning Benders who have released a remix EP entitled Japan Echo with all proceeds going towards the Earthquake Relief Fund. More details here (via Pretty Much Amazing)
- Radiohead's The King of Limbs gets a physical release tomorrow, and to celebrate they're giving away a free newspaper at selected retail stores. More details can be found at their website, but to save you searching - it'll be available gratis from Polyester Records in the city. (via TheUniversalSigh)
- Tyler, The Creator (whose killer video for Yonkers was spotlighted previously here) has confirmed the tracklist and artwork for his debut Goblin. It's not your average hip-hop sleeve that's for sure, but then Tyler isn't your average hip-hop star. (via One Thirty BPM)
- Finally, the live comedy version of this very blog will be opening this Wed 30th March at Eurotrash, as part of the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Still plenty of tickets available, but do make sure you book your tickets here: Try Booking Event | Al's Music Rant .
Also you can check out an interview I did for for 'Living In The Land of Oz' for the digital radio station, 979fm, available to stream or download from their website.
And another reminder that I also directed Patrick Miller's Archibald Wheeler Whets The Whistle (yeah, I'm a renaissance man - deal with it). He opens on Thursday and ticketsa are available from the Comedy Festival website.
And stay tuned, because there's still an epic interview that'll be appearing very very soon. Need a hint? Let's just say it's someone I've had a lot of fun interviewing before. Watch this space.