Win Butler of Arcade Fire

News Roundup: Play Basketball with Arcade Fire, Sing Along With David Lynch, Waiting for Tom Waits

Also: New Music from Wavves, Electrelane on Black Cab and Zola Jesus on Daytrotter

Aug 17, 2011 Bookmark and Share


So much news, so little time! Here is a roundup of all the entertainment stories that are just too good to miss.

Win Butler’s got game. Or so we’re lead to believe. On September 10, the Arcade Fire frontman is lacing up his kicks and playing a few rounds alongside City and Colour’s Dallas Green, the Spurs' Matt Bonner, and the 76ers' Spencer Hawes to raise money for Athletes for Africa and St. Alban's Boys & Girls Club. Wanna get in on the action? Gather together a team, plunk down $500 bucks, and you’re in. Check out full details here.

Hoops not your thing? Perhaps you’re the living embodiment of the cliché “white men can’t jump?” (Perhaps I should speak for myself.) Check out Butler’s cover of The Band, alongside the lovely Mavis Staples.

The iconic Patti Smith will soon be celebrated in biopic form as the singer’s book Just Kids is set to hit the big screen. Of course, that slacker Smith has nothing on Jeff Buckley, who currently has not one, not two, but three films based on his life and death in the works.

Wavves thinks LIFE SUX! At last, that’s the name of their new EP. The new tunes include collaborations with Wavves’ best girl, Best Coast, and Fucked Up. It also includes a tune called “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl.” (Well, who doesn’t?!)

Speaking of new music, master of creep and jack-of-all-trades David Lynch is releasing an album. (Why not?) We’re down with that—and stoked about his collaboration with Karen O—but the name is questionable. Crazy Clown Time? Anyone else having childhood phobia flashbacks?

Oneohtrix Point Never’s got an album on the horizon as well. Replica drops November 5. In the meanwhile check out the tour dates below:

Aug 13 - New York City - The Stone (John Zorn's venue) w/ Nautical Almanac
Sep 8 - Raleigh, NC -  Hopscotch Fest
Oct 6 - Pittsburgh - FRKWYS Borden Ensemble @ Carnegie Melon
Oct 28 - Asheville, NC  - Moogfest

File this one under “questionable album names” as well. Stephen Malkmus’ new album Mirror Traffic was almost called LA Guns—and probably would have been if it weren’t for the glam band of the same name. Check out the awesome e-mail exchange that sparked the name change here.

Got the remix fever? (Or just in need of more cowbell?) Chromeo just added an extra layer of funk to Mayer Hawthorne’s blue-eyed soul (listen here) and Adrock just made Tune-yards into a legitimate gangster. Listen to it below.  

Or perhaps live music is more your cup of tea. The Moogfest (October 28-30 in Asheville, NC) recently added Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, YACHT, The Drums, John Maus, and SBTRKT. Check out the full lineup here.

Hankering for some new Tom Waits? You won’t have to wait long. (Ha! See what we did there?) The gravel-voiced troubadour will be release new single “Bad as Me” August 23. At least, that’s the news from Amazon (via P4k). They wouldn’t lie to us, right?!

Hey, remember when Vampire Weekend got into a spot of trouble involving album art and model release forms? You’ll be glad to know that it’s been settled out of court, and the model in question, Ann Kirsten Kennis, got her payday.  (Whew.)

We’re not bashful about our love for Doctor Who here at the Under the Radar towers, so it warms our hearts to hear that our favorite musicians feel the same way. Recently, Amanda Palmer and Reggie Watts combined their wonder twin powers to perform a special Doctor Who tune. Check it out here.

Finally: There’s a whole lotta live-to-the-internet music going on. Electrelane jumped in a Black Cab to perform a few tunes. Meanwhile, goth-pop songstress Zola Jesus is showing off new tunes from forthcoming album Conatus via Daytrotter



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