So, that Land of Talk thing I talked about (see below) is available for pre-order and will be shipped as soon as Saddle Creek gets physical copies delivered to them. Will be available digitally (and on the band's tour) sooner than that. Once I hear more, I'll let you know.
And now, headlines!
• Monsters of Folk (ya know, with Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, Jim James and M. Ward?) has put out a series of "teaser" videos for its new album, which is out Sept. 22. Check 'em out. They include video of the guys hanging out (normal), James giving weird looks (surprise) and Oberst sitting on James' lap (funny). The trailers give a better look at the album outside of the three songs already released, though the longest clip is only 30 seconds.
• Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, but Andrew W. K. is a weird guy.
• What's Paula Abdul going to do with "American Idol?" This piece compares her to Brett Favre and the rest of "Idol" to more NFL-ers.
• Robert Zemeckis (the guy who directed Back to the Future) is going to remake Yellow Submarine. Don't know how I feel about this.
• Pitchfork continues with its top 500 songs of the decade. Today: 50-21. Tomorrow, the list will be published in full.
• Have you heard of Them Crooked Vultures? Well, it's Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Josh Homme Queens of the Stoneage and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Yeah, now you're interested. Well, here's some footage of them performing.
Today's Mail: "Red Right Return" by Janus. Once again, never heard of them.