Sigur Rós on The Simpsons

Sigur Rós on The Simpsons... Apparently not a wind-up

News Roundup: Boards of Canada, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sigur Rós, Blur and more!

Published on May 7th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

It’s news…it’s a roundup…welcome to Rocksucker’s perfunctorily titled News Roundup!

Blur to make new album (still)

Are you ready for your weekly “Blur to record new album” fix? Well then, listen to what Damon Albarn had to say at this gig in Hong Kong the other night…

We can’t imagine he’s referring to a whole album if they’d only have a week to record it, but you never know. (Yes, “you never know” is the extent of our expert analysis on this one.)

Even if it was a lie, it did a fine job of whipping the crowd into a frenzy. That’s showmanship!

Boards of Canada set to actually release new album

It’s happening, it’s bloody happening! The brand new Boards of Canada album Tomorrow’s Harvest will be released on 10th June in the UK and 11th June in the US via Warp, tracklist as follows:

01 Gemini
02 Reach for the Dead
03 White Cyclosa
04 Jacquard Causeway
05 Telepath
06 Cold Earth
07 Transmisiones Ferox
08 Sick Times
09 Collapse
10 Palace Posy
11 Split Your Infinites
12 Uritual
13 Nothing Is Real
14 Sundown
15 New Seeds
16 Come to Dust
17 Semena Mertvykh

We’ve also this spectacularly uninformative ‘promo’ video to go off:

This comes soon after the following ‘advert’ aired on Cartoon Network, conceivably frightening children half to death in the process:

Those whacky Scots, eh? Och aye, here’s the album artwork:

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

Danny Brown fellated by fan while onstage

The Detroit rapsmith managed to get himself sucked off while live onstage, according to this eyewitness report from AllHipHop:

Okay so this is how it all went down I was near the front row and all night Danny had been going up to the crowd and having random girls touch his dick through his pants. Then this girl in front of me starts flashing him and he goes up to her and grabs her tits. Then all of a sudden gets up close pulls his shirt up a little and she start blowing him.

Although sadly since deleted, this exchange of tweets between Brown and Kendrick Lamar is at least a certain amount of priceless:

Lamar: “@xdannyxbrownx u really just got the head on stage stanny???”

Brown: “<<<- and didn't miss one bar bruh bruh." What a pro!

Katy Perry is a “devil child”

That’s the opinion of the former Russell Brand accessory’s father Keith Hudson, an evangelical Christian pastor, who apparently said as much in a recent sermon in Santa Fe Springs, California, one in which he also asked people to pray for his daughter. So, you know, before you tuck yourself in tonight, get down on your knees and say a few words for Katy Perry, eh?

Mr Hudson (not that one) allegedly said:

They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl? I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation and they were going at it. It almost looked like church. I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshipping the wrong thing.

“Going at it”?? Anyway, Katy apparently released a gospel album under her birth name (Katy Hudson, in case you were struggling with that one) in 2001. She also told On The Red Carpet:

God is still inside of me and I still talk to him every day. I don’t go to one particular church. I’m open to the idea. It’s just I haven’t been able to in the past few years.

So, if you’re looking for God, you now know where to find Him: inside Katy Perry. Presumably she’s not been able to go to church because she’s afraid someone might throw holy water over her and she’d melt, or whatever it is devil children do when that happens.

Incidentally, “I don’t go to one particular church” makes Rocksucker think of Larry David’s manager Jeff telling him what to say if anyone asks where he buys women’s panties. “Many different places.” One for the Curb fans, there.

Lauryn Hill banged up

The ex-Fugee has been sentenced to three months in prison, with an additional three months in “home confinement”, for failing to pay taxes on earnings of roughly $1 million. She said, somewhat controversially:

I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.

This was met with little sympathy from Al Murray, in case you were wondering about his take on all this:

Al Murray, thank you.

Liam Gallagher almost dies from eating peanut M&M, mistake Made in Chelsea star for wizard

The Oasis Beady Eye front man ate a blue peanut M&M at a hotel, went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to hospital, where they used their powers of deduction to diagnose him with a peanut allergy. Liam was all like:

I’ve done some stuff over the years but never, never did I think a fucking blue M&M would be the thing that could have killed me. I was in a hotel on holiday and got in about the mini bar. I was bored and hungry, so it’s what you do, man. I’ve always liked M&Ms so I got into them. I had a blue one. My mouth started to swell up and I could feel it tightening my throat, man. I had to go to the docs and get it checked out straight away. I’ve got to carry a syringe about with me in case of emergencies. Proper Pete Doherty gear.

“It’s what you do, man”: thanks, Liam. To be fair, he does appear to be losing his marbles a bit, at least if this story from Made in Chelsea *shudder* star Francis Boulle is anything to go by:

I was coming out of the loo and spotted him. So I said, “I’m a really big fan.” Liam goes, “I’m a really big fan of you, man. Where’s your wand?” I said I wasn’t a magician, then he asked if I was going to go on a “wand-er”. I think he thought I was Harry Potter. But if he did recognise me, that’s pretty cool! He was pretty friendly.

Stay tuned for next week’s installment when Liam calls Daniel Radcliffe a “posh twat” and punches his glasses in twain.

Neutral Milk Hotel back!

Jeff Mangum and co. are reuniting for a tour! Unbelievable, Jeffrey! Look…

10-22 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (with Elf Power)
10-23 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (with Half Japanese)
10-25 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (with Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese)
11-28 Taipei, Taiwan – Hostess Club Taipei
12-01 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender

The announcement was accompanied on their website by the following helpful information:

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We’d love to say “it just went on like that”, but it looks like that was it. Now fly, blind readers!

Sigur Rós to appear on The Simpsons

We know what you’re thinking: “really??”

Yep, just see the picture at the top of this article. I mean you couldn’t be sure that really was Sigur Rós unless you were a pretty hardcore fan of the band, but that does appear to be the case. The Icelanders also scored part of the episode, which will feature a new Sigur Rós track as well as – oh yes – their ‘interpretation’ of Danny Elfman’s famous Simpsons theme.

The episode is titled “The Saga of Carl” and airs 19th May. In it, Homer, Moe, Lenny and Carl collaboratively purchase a winning lottery ticket, and…well, we’ll let Sigur Rós take over here:

after carl snags the ticket and flees to his home country of iceland, the guys head there in hot pursuit. the band’s music scores homer’s visit to iceland, marking an unprecedented musical collaboration between the show and a band.

Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who it has to be said does have superb taste in music, said:

I’m a longtime fan of Sigur Rós, and we’re honored to bring their Icelandic, ambient moods to our goofy cartoon show.

Ha!

Slayer guitarist’s funeral faces protest from nutters

The good folk at Westboro Parish Church are planning to protest the funeral of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away last week aged 49 reportedly as a result of necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that it’s believed he contracted from a spider bite.

These fundamentalist Christian chaps have in the past picketed outside funerals of dead US soldiers and concerts of artists including Radiohead and Foo Fighters, not that we’re entirely sure why. Did Thom Yorke and Dave Grohl write songs about kissing a bloke and liking it? Anyway, these cranks plan to perform a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” at Hanneman’s funeral…

See? Furthermore, dig their delightful riposte to what is at the time of writing the sole reply…

Well, isn’t that nice?

Spoon working on new album

…according to these newsletter quotes:

We’ve been hanging out at [drummer/producer Jim Eno’s] a lot in the past couple months and we’re still in the writing stages. But the shit is sounding good.

Clarity, brevity, relevance.

Stay tuned for more stuff that’s happened!

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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.