Music News January 30th

Rather a lot’s been going on in the world of music since our last update; the Gorrilaz made an album on the iPad, the Notorious B.I.G murder case has been reopened and Ghostface Killah sneaked out an album before anyone had time to notice. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails tweeted “Holy shit!” as it turned out that he was the surprise winner of the best soundtrack award at this years Golden Globes and has gone on to be nominated for an academy award for his work on the movie ‘The Social Network’. In other soundtrack related news it was announced that helium vocalled electronic producer Dan Deacon is set to be contributing the score to the new Francis Ford Coppola (the Godfather guy) film ‘Twixt Now and Sunrise’.
Prolific ambient producer and David Bowie collaborator Brian Eno announced that he will be behind the mixing desk for the follow up to Coldplays well received album ‘Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends’ which he also handled the production for.
Remember the Horrors? The band with the bassist called Spider Webb and the massive hair? Well lead singer Faris Badwan has unveiled his newest project Cat’s Eyes, a symphonic girl group-esque band which made their live debut at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and will be releasing their first EP Broken Glass at the end of the month.
As previously reported in these pages ATL rapper Gucci Mane was charged with a myriad of traffic offenses and has now been sent by a judge to a mental asylum, whilst fellow Brick-Squad crew member Waka Flocka Flame is facing sentencing after charges were brought against him for illegal possession of drugs and weapons. Oh rappers…
King of folk/left field electronica, Sufjan Stevens found time during the holidays to record more Christmas songs on top of his existing 42 (that’s how to remain a hipster at Christmas) with members of The National and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire that are available to download for free, for those of you pining to return to the deadline free days of December. He also stars alongside his brother in a documentary about their search for their estranged father; and if the trailer is anything to go by Sufjan plays one hell of a lot of Pac Man.
In supremely exciting news The Beastie Boys are directing a remake of their classic video for ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’. The video is set to include (wait for it…) Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, John C Reilly, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Susan Sarandon, Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.
Drake is recording the follow up to last years minimal rap spectacular ‘Thank Me Later’ entitled ‘Take Care’ and is set to feature collaborations from Florence (of Florence and the Machine) and Jamie Reynolds of the xx  who has a remix album of last years Gil Scott Heron record ‘I’m New Here’ coming out in the spring.
Other artists set to release albums at various points in the coming year include: PJ Harvey, Hercules and Love Affair, R.E.M, Dr. Dre, The Foo Fighters, The Strokes and Raekwon.
And of course it wouldn’t be a week on Earth without Kanye West keeping us entertained which he has predictably done by not only by releasing the video for the star studded ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ cut ‘All of the Lights’ but also by releasing a single with Jay-Z ‘H.A.M’ which is to be included on their collaborative album ‘Watch the Throne’ expected for release in March, but also by heroically announcing that the follow up to ‘MBDTF’ should be ready for release by the summer. The announcement was accompanied by the tweet “I just threw some bassoon on this muthafucka”. Hurray!

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