Monday, July 6, 2009

Music Notes: Panic at the Disco split, Katherine Jackson will not oversee MJ's estate

- Panic at the Disco will be losing two members — guitarist Ryan Rothman and bassist Jon Walker are leaving to pursue their own project together. Remaining members Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith plan to continue under the band name, and will play their 12 tour dates as openers for Blink 182 later this summer. [SPIN]

- A judge has ruled that Katherine Jackson will not oversee her son Michael Jackson's estate. Attorney John Branca and music executive and friend John McClain will take over. The two of them will be in charge of the estate until Aug. 3, when another hearing is supposed to take place. [NME]

- Download a free track from Riceboy Sleeps, the collaboration between Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers. Sign up here. []

- Bad Lieutenant, the band that formed now that New Order are no more, will release their debut album Oct. 5. The album is called Never Cry Another Tear. Its first single "Sink or Swim" will be out Sept. 21 (you can watch an acoustic performance of the song here). To clarify some information about the new band: while Blur's Alex James and New Order drummer Stephen Morris do play on the album, they're not "official" members. Morris will play live with the band — James will not. [Pitchfork]

- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is suffering from an unspecified injury, which has caused the band to postpone their last three shows. [Rolling Stone]

- The Foo Fighers debuted a brand new track, "Wheels," while performing for President Barack Obama and military heroes at the White House on July 4. [NME]

- Fiona Apple will release her first "new" tracks in three years by contributing two new recordings to The Best Is Yet To Come, a compilation that is meant to honor Cy Coleman. Coleman was a composer whose music was largely popularized by Frank Sinatra. Apple's tracks include "Why Try To Change Me Now" and "I Walk A Little Faster." [SPIN]

- More nice things being said about Blur in Hyde Park last week. [Rolling Stone]


  1. Hm. No Morris has me a little worried. Because then it's just Sumner and that new guy, and based on that last album I haven't seen the new guy make great contributions yet. That said, that one acoustic song sounds alright. Sounds kinda Raise the Pressure era Electronic actually.

  2. Well, Morris is technically involved, moreso than Alex James is. I mean, he's supposedly playing live with the band. So he might as well be an "official" member.

    Ahh, technicalities!