Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Headlines! SXSW, MGMT and indie rock sandwiches

I missed the blog early this week, so I apologize for that. Today, I've got some headlines for you.

On the blog tomorrow, I'll have a Q&A with the Flobots. They canceled an Omaha show from December because of one of our epic snowstorms. The show was rescheduled for tomorrow night at the Waiting Room. Marc Leibowitz of One Percent Productions told me that tickets to canceled December show were refunded, so you have to buy new tickets tomorrow.

• The lineup of local bands performing at SXSW has increased to eight with the addition of Brimstone Howl. The rest: Digital Leather, Eagle Seagull, It's True, Little Brazil, UUVVWWZ, Thunder Power and The Mynabirds. For those of you headed to Austin, I'll be doing a SXSW preview piece in the paper next week that will include all of their performance times. I'll also be in Austin, so hit me up if you're going to be there.

• An industry report says that new artists have $1 million spent on them (everything from creating the album to promoting it). The report also says bands still need labels.

MGMT has a new song out, "Flash Delirium," which you can download over at their site. It's good, not great.

Omaha news: Brooks & Dunn are booked at the Qwest in July for part of their farewell tour.

Unrelated to music: They want to cast John Krasinski (Jim from "The Office") as Captain America. While he may seem like an All-America boy, Krasinski doesn't exactly scream "action hero" to me. I think this could be terrible.

Nik Freitas and Nate Walcott (both of Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band and Walcott of Bright Eyes) are playing with Broken Bells. That band is James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse, half of Gnarls Barkley, producer extraordinaire and creator of Jay-Z/Beatles mashup "The Grey Album." Check out Broken Bells on Letterman.

• Music from the Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova collab is leaking out. Check out "Happy Accident," the first new Bright Eyes stuff since "Cassadaga."

• Wayne Coyne says The Flaming Lips are thinking of coming up with a new movie. Did anyone else see "Christmas on Mars?" It was weird. Like, way weird.

• Once again, Smashing Pumpkins are holding open auditions for new members. This time, it's bass and keyboards. Billy Corgan hired a 20-year-old drummer the same way last year.

• Someone opened a Wilco-themed restaurant called "Sky Blue Sky Sandwiches" (or something like that) and now another place has Ryan Adams-themed meals. Another site gives its suggested names for indie rock-themed food, from Codfish Kwassa Kwassa to Clap Your Hands and Say Yams. The original post is only a few things, but the best stuff is in the comments. Great stuff.

• Supposedly, Muse is going to show up at SXSW.

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