Roundup: Hear New Bob Mould, Big News From Tom Waits, Muse Almost Teamed With Elton

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Bob Mould will release Silver Age, his first album of all new studio material since 2009’s Life And Times, September 4 on Merge. Check out the first single “The Descent.”

“Survival” from Muse, the official 2012 Olympic theme, was almost a collaboration with Elton John. Matt Bellamy told KROQ  that at one time Elton was the musical director for the Olympics- before he had a falling out with the organizers, and he had approached them to do a song with him.

On October 23, Matador will release the 2nd solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks. Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater)

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has revealed to the Montreal Gazette about potential recording plans for the band: “We don’t know what will happen next, but I’d like to be in the studio at this time next year … possibly making an album by 2014.”

Uber DJ Deadmau5 has revealed via his Tumbler that he needs to unplug: “im just gunna slam on the breaks for a bit and force myself to endure some quiet time.”

Kristin Hersh, from Throwing Muses, turns 46 today.

After days of cryptic messages via his website of some sort of an announcement, this is the big day fans wi heard from Tom Waits on what he’s been building in there. It turns out it’s the video for “Hell Broke Luce” from his forthcoming album Bad as Me.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.