Roundup: Gorillaz Team Up with Andre 3000 and James Murphy

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Gorillaz have teamed up with Andre 3000 and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame. “Do Ya Thing” is available for download today.

Ian McCulloch, of Echo and the Bunnymen is writing new material for a solo album. Of the new tracks Ian says, “I’m in the studio and I feel it’s the same magic in the air as I felt when recording ‘The Killing Moon’ and ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, amongst others.” That’s a pretty tall order, but we’re looking forward to hearing it when it’s done.

Christopher Reimer, guitarist for Calgary art-rock band Women, passed away in his sleep this week. He was 26.  The group had toured the world and performed with acts ranging from Mogwai to Wire. According to National Post the cause of his death has not been made public.

Power pop guru Brendan Benson, from the Raconteurs, has announced a handful of solo dates in Europe. Anybody up for a trip to Spain?

Word is surfacing that legendary DC  punk outfit Fugazi turned down 10 million dollars to sign with Atlantic in the early 90’s. Not surprising given the band’s fierce DIY stance.


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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.