A Music Nerd’s Dream Week
By Matt Grosinger on February 18, 2011
If that VH1 show Best Week Ever came out of cancellation for just one spectacular week, it would be totally warranted for this 7-day stretch in the world of music. Like in all honesty, every single day was just too much for me to handle. My advice: as you read up on the week’s events, have some sort of excitement-bucket nearby.
1. Radiohead Releases Their New Album King Of Limbs TODAY
Surprise! New Radiohead! OUT RIGHT NOW! AHHHH (excitement bucket in ready position). Although Thom Yorke and Co. only gave us a week’s notice about their follow up to In Rainbows, they decided to shorten the wait by an extra 24 hours, legally making it a four-day weekend. Check out Thom Yorke giving it up and turning it loose in the new video for “Lotus Flower”
2. Arcade Fire Win Album of the Year at the Grammys
What is an Arcade Fire? Should we be worried? I was expecting Teenage Dream or the Fame Monster to claim this award…But NOOO, Arcade Fire just had to pull an Esperanza Spalding and receive due credit for excellent musicianship and seven years of hard work. But worry not; they will never be Bieberlicious enough for a Teen Choice Award.
3. Bonnaroo Lineup Announced
You just need $300 and a big bag of weed; the rest will just kind of happen to you. But seriously, I am only enrolling in classes that have finals at the beginning of the first week of June so I can make sure to catch Arcade Fire (who?), The Strokes, Weezy, Smith Westerns, Robyn, The Black Keys, Deerhunter, Ratatat, Pretty Lights, and Sharon Van Etten….
4. LCD Bashes Scalpers, Adds 4 More Farewell Shows in NYC
LCD Soundsystem’s final performance as a group sold out Madison Square Garden crazy fast. But as soon as James Murphy caught wind of the fact that many scalpers got their grimy little hands on tickets before fans and were selling them for up to $1250, he had a twitter shit-fit and graciously added 4 more farewell shows so that all could see the band off properly.
5. Jeff Mangum Returns To The Public Eye
The Neutral Milk Hotel frontman, who has been more or less MIA for the last ten years, has finally returned in full touring force. In addition to curating All Tomorrow’s Parties in The UK, he has string of East Coast dates set up for this summer.