Oh god. Hump day. We don’t like it either, you guys. Here’s some music news to get you through it — I promise there are some happy stories in here!
Earlier in the week Arcade Fire performed in Quebec city during their summer festival. The band took the opportunity to reveal they are willing to match every dollar — up to a million — donated by the public in an effort to raise funds for Haiti. All you have to do is text STAND to 30333. “Please,” Win Butler said. “Take our money.”
Liz Phair said her universally panned new album, Funstyle, cost her her record deal and management. The previous two releases can’t have helped either.
K’naan’s career is at an all-time high right now thanks to the exposure of his World Cup/CocaCola anthem “Wavin’ Flag”. He’s in the news for other reasons too, demanding an apology from a South African newspaper who ran an article that called him “difficult”. The Toronto Star has the story, in which he states: “if the Times in Joburg has any journalistic integrity, they need to retract and publish an apology.”
Pitchfork is running a high-quality stream of the new Panda Bear single, which you can now purchase via Paw Tracks.
Jack White’s basically got my dream job in running Third Man Records out of Nashville, and now Laura Marling has made me jealous of her too by planning to release a single through the label on August 9.
The Hidden Cameras, Diamond Rings, and The Wilderness of Manitoba are among the artists playing the Summerworks festival’s musical series.
Neon Indian will be touring North America in the fall, opening for The Flaming Lips on some of their own dates.