Today In Music News: Wednesday July 21

Wednesday: Sigh. What more can we say? My iGoogle weather app is calling for rain but my sources tell me it’s still sunny outside, so let’s fend off the supposed rain with some news.

You Say Party will be playing their first show since the sudden death of their drummer earlier this year, on July 29 in Abbottsford BC.

Spike Jonze directed a promo vid for Arcade Fire’s show at Madison Square Gardens (!) on August 5. Their set that night will be streamed live on YouTube.

Over at Stereogum they’ve got an interesting new Beck song streaming, courtesy of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Beck contributed other music for the film too, creating the music that will be heard as Scott Pilgrim’s in-movie band “Sex-Bob-Omb”. This song in particular (“Summertime”) won’t make an appearance in the film, so check it out!

Hugely successful and Toronto born rapper Drake threw everyone a curve-ball when he announced the first of what he hopes to become an annual music festival. It’s called OVO Music Festival, and will feature Young Jeezy among other artists.

I’m excited for this David Bowie tribute album We Were So Turned On to be released in September, considering that it features artists like Vivian Girls. And the songs of David Bowie. Even better is the fact that sales of the album will help out War Child, a worthy charity.

Speaking of tribute albums, Amanda Palmer has released one of her own: ukulele covers of Radiohead songs. Curious about this one.

Leonard Cohen’s infamous 1972 tour documentary “Bird on a Wire” is finally coming to DVD after literally disappearing in 1972 — but not before it had it’s official premier. It has undergone a complete digital re-construction and will come with a limited edition poster packed inside.

NPR surveyed hundreds of female musicians a few months ago, asking them 18 questions about life in the business today. Now you can check out the results.

Photo by Shayne Kaye, courtesy of Creative Commons

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