Roundup: Mark Eitzel Solo Album, McCartney Plea For Arctic, Chem. Bros. Do Olympics

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Letters of Note has published the first letter sent by 21-year-old Morrissey to his Scottish pen-pal, Robert Mackie in 1980, in response to a personal ad.

American Music Club vocalist and songwriter Mark Eitzel has suffered a run of bad luck, including a heart attack and the break up of his band. He’s back with a new solo album, Don’t Be A Stranger, to be released on October 2nd. The album was produced by Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper).

In an op-ed for The Huffington Post Paul McCartney is urging fans to get involved to save the melting arctic. Sir Paul lays out his case for taking global warming seriously and asks for help in not only saving the arctic but the animals who live there by joining The Arctic Rising online movement. He is the walrus.

M. Ward’s free iTunes App is now available in the iTunes store.

Yesterday Bad Religion emailed this photo of the band (minus Greg Hetson) in the studio to fans on their mail list. The speculation is they quietly went into the studio to record without demos.

White Stripes fans will be pleased to know the duo is releasing a vinyl document of their first ever concert. Live at the Gold Dollar is available through Jack White’s Third Man Records label.

Pennywise have announced tour dates for this fall starting in Anaheim, Ca. on October 11th and wrapping up October 28th in Atlanta at The Masquerade.

Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore is supporting same-sex marriage and criticizes the homophobic music industry with the release of his latest song “Same Love”.

Details have been revealed of the The Chemical Brothers‘ official song for the sports presentation program of the London 2012 Olympic Games. “Velodrome” by The Chemical Brothers will be released July 30th, available for pre-order on iTunes now. “Velodrome”  by Chemical Brothers was composed specially for the Olympic Track Cycling events in the Velodrome.

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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.