Today In Music News: Monday July 26

Some of you may have heard over the weekend — or in today’s Toronto Metro — about the recent tragedy that occurred at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg that left 19 people dead, and as many as 340 injured. Via BBC: “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had been “appalled” by the tragedy, adding that everything must be done to ensure such deaths did not happen again.”

Greg Dulli announced a solo tour for October. Sadly, he will not be hitting Canada. Afghan Whigs reunion tour, Dulli!

Gangstarr’s DJ Premier has issued a statement slamming the mainstream media on their coverage (or lack thereof in his opinion) of Guru’s death earlier in the year. “IT’S SAD THAT ALL OF THE SO-CALLED HIP HOP MAGAZINES DID NOT GIVE HIM A WELL DESERVED COVER”. You can read his entire statement here.

You can get a free download of the new track from Les Savy Fav over at Pitchfork; the new album drops on September 14.

Jonsi is hitting the road in October as well — but he’s not coming to Canada either. Sigh.

Spin magazine is turning 25, and to celebrate they’re running a week’s worth of webcasts from various NYC venues. There are some pretty sweet artists on offer, too; things kick off with The Smashing Pumpkins tonight and go until Friday, with Spiritualized performing the entire album Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.

The Black Lips are selling limited edition, hand-numbered cassette tapes.

Lupe Fiasco’s fans are petitioning Atlantic Records to release his long-delayed album Lasers.

Remember A-Ha? Casiokids sure do — they’ve got an extra $150K in the bank thanks to them.

Photo by Erik Wiffers

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