Thursday, September 17, 2009

Headlines! Rural Alberta Advantage, Pavement and more

Last night, I spoke to Dennis Casey, guitarist for Flogging Molly. Nice guy, but didn't seem too interested in the interview.

Today, I talked to Jonny Wickersham from Social Distortion. He's been with the band for 10 years and we talked about all kinds of stuff (while he was skateboarding no less). So, the most embarrasing thing on his iPod? "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera. Seriously.

Stories on both of those bands will be in next week's GO. Today, you'll find stories about Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Phoenix and Built to Spill.

Anyway, onto headlines!

• Rural Alberta Advantage has a new song, but they don't have a name for it. Listen to it and suggest a name. If they pick yours, you'll win a Threadless prize pack.

• Speaking of those guys, they were on WUVM from Milwaukee and did a version of "Barnesyard." (RAA stuff is all the way at the bottom.)

• Muse, who were pretty good in its appearance on the VMAs, have a new video.

• Some sad news: Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary died.

• Spin asks what Pavement's setlist should be when they reunite (in a year). I keep wondering why they're putting off the reunion for a year from now (and, if you buy tickets this weekend, do you expect them to still follow through with the reunion next September?).

• Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins are going to release some EPs. 11 of them. For free. What will they think of next?

• Last night, the Flaming Lips were on Stephen Colbert. After their performance, the entire "Embryonic" album is streaming on

• Weezer released the tracklist for its new album, "Ratitude."

• Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam is going on tour. For the first time in ... wait for it ... 33 years. Holy crap.

• Hayley Williams, the fire-headed frontwoman of Paramore, talks to Spin. The article is titled "tough questions," and while it's a good interview, I fail to see anything tough about it.

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