Media Roundup: Interviews, New Tunes and a Bit of Jail Time…

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Amy Winehouse has announced plans to launch a record label of her own in the near future.  He first singing?  Goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Joaquin Phoenix, the man who wowed audiences with his unforgettable portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line is at the center of this week’s most unexpected story in music.  The actor is leaving Hollywood behind to pursue a career in music–specifically, hip-hop.  Seriously.

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Check out this fun interview with Gregg Gillis, the man behind Girl Talk, from TheTapeIsNotSticky.com.

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

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While you’re eagerly waiting for The Virgins to play Madison on Feb 3rd (get tickets here), check out their interview on The Guardian‘s podcast.  Also featured? Animal Collective.

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In reunion news, of which there seems to be no shortage these days, glam rockers Mott The Hoople are reforming for two London shows in celebration of 40 years since the band’s 1969 formation.

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Have a listen to the latest from Neko Case, “People Got A Lot of Nerve,” off her upcoming album, Middle Cyclone.

Neko Case

Neko Case

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The folks at BrooklynVegan.com have compiled a list of the best metal of 2008–and preview what’s to come this year.

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In a revolutionary move to free themselves from the crippling grip of corporate influence, L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 is saying goodbye to the airwaves and hello to the internet.

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Massively prolific songwriter Ryan Adams announced to much shock that he is done making music. Wanna place bets on how long his musical abstinance actually lasts?  I give it a month.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

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Gary Kurfirst, the incredibly influential manager, promoter, publisher, producer, and label executive, has passed away.

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Emusic.com has asked the mothers of some of indie rock’s favorite wiz kids (such as Bon Iver, Beirut, Adam Green, and Les Savy Fav) to comment on the music that their children make.  Read what the proud moms had to say!

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Boy George, who was found guilty of false imprisonment, has been sentenced to 15 months in prision.

Boy George

Boy George

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Andrew Bird‘s new album, Noble Beast, is streaming in-full on NPR.org.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

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Media Roundup: A Cup of Lists, A Pinch of Controversy, and A Handful of Tasty MP3s

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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MTV may not be as cutting edge as it once was, but its website is currently in the middle of an advertising controversy.

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Pete Doherty lets fans in on some of the details of his forthcoming solo album, featuring guitar work from Blur’s Graham Coxon.

Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty

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Be sure to catch Fleet Foxes on Saturday Night Live this week.

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Your bootleg this week comes courtesey of the Aquarium Drunkard blog.  Check out a great Guided By Voices’ 1995 show.

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Ben Taylor will play the High Noon Saloon on February 8th.  Blog readers looking for a handful of mp3s to sample before he hits town should head over here to have a listen.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

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NPR celebrated 50 years of Motown Records with a discussion with Detroit critic and author, Gary Graff.  Click here to listen.

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Reflections on the great year in music that was 2008 keep pouring in.  Check out this local fan’s impressions here.

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Rolling Stone has rounded up the favorites of your favorites! See what musicians like Ezra Koenig, Noel Gallagher, Gregg Gillis, and Santogold liked in 2008.

Santogold

Santogold

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Hip-hop fans will want to check out NPR’s list of the best “mixtapes” of 2008.

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It’s hardly news anymore:  Kanye West overreacts.  This time it’s over grey hair.  Seriously.

Kanye West

Kanye West

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Billy Zantzinger, the villian inspiration for Bob Dylan’s “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” passed away on January 3rd.  Here is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been performing the moving song in a session for Minnesota Public Radio.

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