Today In Music News: Wed Sept 7

Yesterday, The XX were announced as the winners of the UK’s Mercury Prize.

Robyn has announced the dates for her upcoming tour.

John O’Regan (Diamond Rings) has opened up to Exclaim! about what we can expect from his upcoming full-length Special Affections, due out October 26th:

For fans who were impressed by his singles, O’Regan promises that his new album will offer “more of the same,” in part because both “All Yr Songs” and “Wait & See” are included. He also says that his personal, lyrically driven style will remain consistent throughout. “[The songs] are all kind of like little warm blankets for people who will go unnamed,” he laughs.

By now you’ve probably experienced the interactive-video for Arcade Fire’s We Used To Wait, so why not check out an interview with director Chris Milk over at Pitchfork:

As a filmmaker, you are constantly having the discussion with your team about whether something is “relatable”. Is the story relatable? Is this character relatable? So I was curious. What if instead of seeing a neighborhood that reminds you of the place you grew up in, you see your actual neighborhood? The data exists. The technology exists. It’s just a matter of sourcing it and processing it in a compelling fashion.

If — like me — you’ve been waiting on bated breath for more news about Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack, a new website for the album/music is now up. Make sure to check back often for updates as they roll out.

School of Seven Bells have made a new digital single available for free download.

Liz Phair’s Girlysound demo tapes — released before Exile in Guyville — will soon be available on CD for the first time in their original form. The double-CD will have Phair’s new album Funstyle on the second disc, if you care to listen to that.

Photo by Monelle Chiti, via Creative Commons

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