Media Roundup: Hacienda, Voxtrot, Stevie and more!

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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Just announced! The ever prolific Bob Dylan has completed work on his latest album, Together Through Life.  His first studio effort since 2007’s Modern Times is set to be released on April 28th.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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Capitol Records President Alan Livingston passed away at 91 years old.  In addition to overseeing the signing of a slew of iconic artists, the influential industry bigwig whelped to ignite the Beatlemania craze of the 1960s.

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If The Libertines or Babyshambles didn’t convince you of Pete Doherty‘s talent, then his first solo release will.  Have a listen for yourself—the forthcoming album, Grace/Wastelands, is streaming on MySpace now!

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New developments in the Phil Spector murder trial may lead to a verdict as early as next week.

Phil Spector and his wall of hairspray

Phil Spector and his groudbreaking Wall of Hairspray

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The feel-good rock and roll of Hacienda is currently being featured in a Daytrotter session.

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Hey shoegazers!  My Bloody Valentine recently announced a handful of rare, upcoming US performances this spring. Also getting ready for the road?  Dinosaur Jr.

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine

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Another nail has been hammered into the coffin of major music retailers.  By June, all Virgin Megastores in the US will have closed their doors.

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The Tallest Man on Earth is sure to return to Madison with some fantastic stories since he last opened for Bon Iver in December.  The Swedish singer-songwriter is keeping busy with several solo SXSW performances, including a slot in Roky Erickson‘s Ice Cream Social.  Get tickets for his upcoming Madison gig here!

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth

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Voxtrot’s presence on the indie scene has been greatly missed over the last few years, making the band’s unveiling of a new mp3 download all the more exciting!  The evolution of their sound may surprise you.  What are your thoughts on the new tune?

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Check out these great tips on “green gigging.”

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Hear Stevie Wonder at his funkiest!  A hit-packed live setlist from 1974 is now available for your listening pleasure at Aquarium Drunkard.

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Big thanks to blog reader Natalie, who sent us this new video by The Ropes!  She likes its “retro Peter Bjorn and John
vibe”—what do you think?

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Media Roundup: You Say Hello, I Say Goodbye…

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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Carl Barat‘s post-Libertines outfit, Dirty Pretty Things, have played their final show. Check out the video for “Bang, Bang You’re Dead,” from the band’s brief, but successful career.  They will be missed.

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Though fans will have to shell out big bucks to get their hands on some of the limited edition packages, it’s being reported that U2‘s new album will be made available in five different (and arguably unnecessary) versions.

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In an unexpected move, Morrissey has signed on with alt-country label Lost Highway Records for the release of his next album, Years of Refusal, due out in February of next year.

Morrissey

Morrissey

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As the year draws to a close, music fans are busy compiling their Best of 2008 lists.  Check out Spin’s collection of 10 great albums you may have missed.

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A dispute between Warner Music Group and Google has led to the removal of several artist’s music videos from YouTube.

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On the eve of the 20th anniversary (!) of their debut, The Stone Roses‘ bassist reveals that the band is 3/4ths of the way decided in favor of a reunion.

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses

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Hear the story of  Robert Wyatt, “the godfather of righteous jazz-pop lullaby,” in his own words.

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The video for “The Fear,” the first single from pop Brit wit Lily Allen‘s upcoming record hit YouTube.  Do you think Lily will avoid the sophomore album curse?

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Hear a different side of Strokes drummer Fab Moretti with his side project, Little Joy.

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