Regular laser pulses detected by Australian astronomer. (The Australian)
Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Team Up With David Lynch: “…Dark Night Of The Soul is an album and the songs were written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, though the myriad singers featured on each track also had a big hand in composing and producing the work. The album was initially going to be packaged with a book of photos taken by David Lynch. But now there’s word that the music may never be officially released at all.
An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that “due to an ongoing dispute with EMI” the book of photographs will “now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: ‘For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'”
You can order the book, sans music, from the official Dark Night Of The Soul Web site. In the meantime, you can hear the entire album here on NPR Music as an Exclusive First Listen.
I’ve listened to the record all the way through at least a dozen times, and can confirm that Dark Night of the Soul delivers in every way you’d hope for. It’s beautiful but haunting, surreal and dark, but sometimes comical and affecting, with ear-popping, multilayered production work. It just gets more mesmerizing with every listen.
In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soul include James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils. (NPR)
- Danger Mouse To Release Blank CD After Contract Dispute (mtv.com)
- Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch album pulled (idiomag.com)
- Stream Dark Night Of The Soul (stereogum.com)
Blind Traveler Asks Too Many Questions On Delayed U.S. Airways Flight, Is Dragged Off, Jailed, Told He’s Faking His Blindness (The Consumerist). What part of the difference between ‘frustrated passenger’ and ‘security threat’ does the US airline industry not understand?
Brian Eno: “…everything other than the recorded music is becoming the valuable part of what artists sell”. (Prospect)
“Listening aloud is valuable but isn’t the same as reading aloud, which reveals comprehension and captures the physicality of language.” (New York Times op-ed). Reading aloud is a hallowed tradition and a lovely pleasure in my family. Quaint, isn’t it?
Rising sea levels due to global warming threaten to submerge the entirety of the low-lying Maldives. The island nation’s president considers relocating the entire nation’s population. (New York Times Magazine).