Today In Music News: Wed Nov 3

After what could generously be called a tumultuous couple of years, Amy Winehouse has released a new song — a cover of “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore that will appear on a Quincy Jones tribute album.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently working on their second full-length album, set for release in early 2011 — Stereogum chatted with them about it.

“With the first record we didn’t really have any expectations,” explains vocalist/guitarist Kip Berman. “We have just been so overwhelmed and grateful and … surprised, to be honest.” Keyboardist Peggy Wang concurs: “Half of us didn’t even have passports when we made that record. We never expected that we’d get to travel anywhere. Seeing crowds react to the songs was, like, absolutely shocking. It was all totally life-affirming and weird.”

The 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death will be marked with the release of a box set of Joy Division 7″ records.

A press release explains that the ten seven-inch singles that make up the set will be housed in a large clamshell box, with each record featuring redone artwork from longtime visual collaborator Peter Saville.

“As a co-founder of the legendary independent label Factory Records, Peter Saville leant his eyes to the project, providing stunning outer packaging and suggesting the concept for the sleeves,” the press release reads. “Each cover is based upon its original and – as a snapshot of a band and a time – serves to remind the owner of the unique position Joy Division hold in British musical history.”

Manchester band Mazes have signed with Fat Cat, and the label will release their debut album in spring 2011.

Fans of Wolf Parade’s latest record should be pleased to see two outtakes have been made available online by the band.

Seminal stoner-rock band Kyuss are reuniting as Kyuss Lives for a series of European tour dates. Why the name change? Josh Homme will not be taking part in the reunited band, as he’s gone on record multiple times about his feelings towards getting back with Kyuss:

“Someone asked me about a Kyuss reunion and being offered a lot of money, but that has nothing to do with it,” Homme said. “I don’t see a need to do a reunion because it’s not what it was, it’s what it is. Kyuss is something I’m real proud of, and I think Kyuss fans are fucking awesome, and I think they’d be bummed if their impression of it got ruined.”

Classic albums from Tom Waits’ catalog — his first four recordings — will get the vinyl reissue treatment. Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner and Small Change will come out on 180-gram vinyl — with 1000 red colour copies per release — via Rhino on December 21.

Technics is apparently not discontinuing its 1200 line of turntables after all.

Photo by NRK P3, via Creative Commons

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