Thursday, June 18, 2009

Music Notes: Air announce new album, new Blur material is possible

- Air will release their next album Love 2, the follow-up to 2007's Pocket Symphony, on Oct. 6. The band plans to go on the road in 2010. [NME]

- Things are slowly moving ahead for Blur — in addition to prepping for their upcoming headlining shows, the band members are already jamming together and toying with new sounds. However, as guitarist Graham Coxon pointed out, the band won't be playing complete new songs just yet. "We wouldn't want to just sling stuff together to play this summer [at gigs including shows in Manchester and London's Hyde Park]. It wouldn’t be right. We really don't want to put ourselves under any pressure. I think we want to have fun with these gigs and then we'll think about that really," he said. [NME]

- Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management have collaborated on a project called "artist personal experience" (a.p.e.), allowing artists to produce their own 24-hour online radio stations. Weezer, the Eagles and Christina Aguilera are supposed to kick off their own stations next month. All songs will be chosen by the artists, and there will be moments where their own music will be played alongside exclusive interviews and commentary. Stations will be available through Clear Channel websites, artists' widgets, and the iPhone and Blackberry's iheartradio app. [Paste Magazine]

- Courtney Love is reviving Hole. Sort of. [SPIN]

- In sad news, a dead body was found on Bonnaroo festival grounds Tuesday. Workers found the body of an unidentified white man in his 20s. The body was found in a tent. Police believe he may have been from Alabama. An autopsy is underway. [Pitchfork]

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