Wow, so Shakira is looking more like Beyoncé with each passing day...
- Voting for triple J's Hottest 100 Albums of All Time closes tonight at midnight. That's right, TONIGHT. There's plenty of great nominations there (may I recommend Big Scary for the wild card vote?), so make sure you take the time to contribute your say and let's save ourselves another Angus & Julia Stone debacle shall we?
- A little band called Radiohead made a surprise appearance at this year's Glastonbury festival, short of upstaging headliners U2 by appearing on the modest Park stage. Organiser Emily Eavis had been dropping hints leading up to the final date, but of course many jaws were dropped in the mud and minds blown nonetheless. The band focussed on an In Rainbows/King of Limbs-centric set while showcasing new tracks Staircase and The Daily Mail, a re-working of a Yorke solo favourite.(via Stereogum)
- Justin Vernon, or more specifically Bon Iver, has been smashing the late night chat appearances as part of his promotional duties for his self-titled sophomore (as promised, a review is forthcoming). Having already murdered Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with his rousing rendition of Bonnie Rait, he returned with an equally spine-chilling Holocene (via Stereogum)
- ...then proved he can make a joke, as well as take one, with the impossibly charming Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. In which we were blessed with not one, but two intimate performances. Of particular note is the choral-abetted version of Skinny Love. (via Consequence of Sound)
- Icelandic goddess Björk - last seen driving down a road singing along to some of her new music - has allowed some new details to emerge regarding latest album-come-science-project Biophilia. Turns out that driving soundtrack was Crystalline, the lead single from said recording; and it's lovely. Then grouse as the drum and bass splashes in. (via Pitchfork)
- In this day and age even releasing a rare 7'' vinyl, as Wilco have just done, doesn't prevent its contents from appearing all over the blogosphere. I Will is a brand new track from America's finest, coupled with a cover version of Nick Lowe's I Love My Label - pertinent considering the band have recently formed their own independent label: dBpm Records. (via Pretty Much Amazing & Cover Me Songs)
- Here's the part where I probably turn a few people off. Coldplay have given a taste of their new sound, and if Major Minus is anything to go by, it's in a distincively Achtung Baby-era U2 direction. But wait, there's also the safe, piano-led swoop of Moving To Mars. Both are taken from a forthcoming EP entitled Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. Now, despite that awful name (which sounds like the winner of 'let's make a Coldplay cliché' comp), and the fact that the title track may well be an utter rip-off (see FasterLouder for that particular kettle of fish) - this trio of tunes forms a rather interesting new set for the band - I for one, am looking foward to the finished follow-up to Viva La Vida. (via Pretty Much Amazing)