Arcade Fire set for limited edition Suburbs release, Radiohead announce UK dates, PS Vita reviewed, buy Kurt Cobain's doodles, Mastodon cover Flaming Lips, Skrillex hearts Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus upsets Jesus... Daily Hot List
Tuesday 6 March
Arcade Fire have remixed two songs from their 2010 album The Suburbs for a limited edition Record Store Day release. New versions of Sprawl II and Ready To Start will be available on a special 12" in independent record stores on 21 April - but be quick, there will only be 1000 copies available nationwide.
Just like we announced in yesterday's Hot List Radiohead will be touring the UK this year, and now handily they've announced the dates. Thom Yorke and co will perform at Manchester's Evening News Arena on 6 October before playing two nights at London's O2 Arena on 8-9 October. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Paul Weller, Elbow and Bon Iver have been announced as this year's Latitude Festival headliners. Other acts on the bill include Janelle Monae, Metronomy and Bat For Lashes. Check out our chat with the event's chief Melvin Benn on the Q Festival Blog.
Mastodon are set to cover The Flaming Lips' A Spoonful Weighs A Ton as the B-side to a Record Store Day (21 April) release, in addition to releasing their previously-announced split seven-inch with Feist. Limited edition versions of both will be available only via independent record stores on the day.
Hot List review, the new PS Vita:
If our eyes are as red as the Q logo (and they are), the PS Vita is to blame. Deciding, not for the first time, that sleep is something that can be done in ten-minute snatches inside Trap Three of the office toilets, we've been up late, getting intimate with Sony's new handheld device. The Vita is primarily a gaming system and, for the record, it's an excellent one. With touch screen, rear touch pad, motion sensing, two sticks, D-Pad and six control buttons it's as close as portable play has got to replicating the versatility of console gaming. We're a music site though, and what really drew us in was the screen. At 5 inches, it's 1.5 inches bigger than an iPhone 4S and that's a noteworthy difference. Videos were crisper and significantly more watchable than on our smartphones: the smaller details naturally benefit from the larger screen. Nevertheless the unit's compact dimensions mean it can be ferreted away in rucksack pouches and larger coat pockets.
Getting music onto the Vita is a little bit convoluted but the player is easy to use from there, particularly for anyone familiar with the PS3. The audio quality's good but, as with a smartphone, you'll get the best out of it with high-end headphones. If you're a committed gamer who likes to have music and video on hand and you need a degree of portability, the Vita's a very satisfying bit of kit.
Listen to a song by Spencer Tweedy, son of Wilco frontman Jeff (via Pitchfork.com).
Kylie Minogue is to mark her 25th year in music with an "anti tour" which will see her perform B-sides and rarities live. "That's something that's really just for super fans," she said explained of the dates which kick off in Melbourne on 18 March. "There's not going to be hit songs in that show."
Stream the new Bruce Springsteen album, Wrecking Ball, which came out this week.
Two men have been arrested after hacking into Sony Music's computer network and "stealing" over 500,000 files including Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue and some unreleased tracks. The pair, who deny any wrong-doing, face court in January 2013 having been charged under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
Check out this 8-bit version of The Smiths' This Charming Man. If only this had soundtracked Sonic The Hedgehog and co...
Fancy owning some of Kurt Cobain's graffiti? Well it could be yours, though you'd have to by the Melvins' old tour van first, which is currently on sale via eBay. The Nirvana man's doodles of Kiss feature on the side.
See popstars are just like us, Skrillex has admitted he kicked his relationship off with Ellie Goulding with a bit of computer dating. "I sent her an e-mail, like, I'm Skrillex. I don't know if you know who I am, but I love your shit. We started texting and talking on the phone," he explained. "Just randomly, when she was in New York, she flew out to Memphis for a couple of days to see me,. I love her. She's my fucking girl." Aww.
Cass McCombs has written a song about Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. The song is set for release on limited edition seven-inch on 7 March. Listen to the track as well as two album tracks in a live session at NPR.org.
Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington has written a children's book. Yes, you read that right.
Check out King Charles' "songs for love, lust and beating hearts" playlist.
Lady Gaga has lifted the lid on the reasoning behind her new charity, the Born This Way Foundation. "Now that I am where I am in my career, I suppose I've grown up quite a bit, and I thought it wonderful time in my life and my mother's life to really join forces and do what my mother and I do best," she said.
Miley Cyrus has upset Christian fans by tweeting a picture of a physicist including the quote, "forget Jesus."
Beck, James Murphy, No Age, Devendra Banhart, Lucky Dragons and more have contributed to a new recording of 1934 song I Only Have Eyes For You for a new multimedia art project at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Watch the video for new Odd Future track NY (Ned Flander).
HEALTH have composed new music for the forthcoming Max Payne 3 video game slated for release on 18 May.
Today's Track Of The Day is the 12 minute version of Gorillaz, Andre 3000 & James Murphy's collaboration, Do Ya Thing
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 06/03/2012
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