Music news (1/30 – 2/5)


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The White Stripes call it quits

Jack and Meg White announced Feb. 2 that they “will make no further new recordings or perform live.”

Dispelling rumors of in-fighting and health problems, the White Stripes issued a press release on their website saying they wish “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.” R.I.P.

Wilco form their own label

After eight albums on two labels, Wilco have formed dBpm Records, with distribution and marketing taken care of by L.A.’s indie Anti- Records.

Meanwhile, Wilco is currently in its Chicago studio, “The Loft,” recording their next full-length studio album.

The Strokes new album on its way…

The Strokes announced that their new album, “Angles,” will be released on March 22.  The first single off the album, “Under Cover of Darkness,” is up for pre-order on Amazon now and will hit the airwaves this month.

Britney Spears’ new album struggling to be “cohesive.”

“Femme Fatale,” Britney Spears’ new album, is getting the “finishing touches” with only five weeks left until its release.

Executive producer Dr. Luke told Rolling Stone, “We’re working with a lot of producers… trying to make something cohesive.”

Five weeks until its release and they’re switching up producers and still have nothing cohesive?  Can’t wait…

Albums due out this year (at some point):

Jane’s Addiction: guitarist Dave Navarro says the new album is a “completely different direction” than previous works.  No release date or title.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: John Frusciante is gone (again) and drummer Chad Smith reportedly mentioned “Afro-pop styles” to be included. Hmmm…  No release date or title.

Beastie Boys: “Hot Sauce Committee” was originally supposed to be released in fall of 2009, but was put on hold after Adam Yauch’s battle with parotid gland cancer.

“Hot Sauce Committee 2,” the same album in a different running order and minus one track, is scheduled for a spring release.

Death Cab For Cutie: “Codes and Keys,” the follow-up to 2008’s “Narrow Stairs,” is said to not be “guitar-based,” though bassist Nick Harmer says the new album still has guitars and will simply stand as a departure from “Narrow Stairs.”  The album is slated for a spring release.




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