Biffy Clyro explain why they're making it a double, Who for Olympic gig, Daft Punk score Lindsay Lohan film, hear a new Radiohead song, new Pet Shop Boys LP... Daily Hot List
Tuesday, 12 June
Biffy Clyro say they're so fed up with people releasing one-off tracks that they've made their next album a double. "[Stand alone releases are] cool but sometimes you're left with not very much to get your teeth into," said bassist James Johnston, explaining why their next record, out later this year will come in two parts: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones. "People are paying more and more money for music so we think this is a nice way to pay back the fans for their dedication and support over the years. We're thrilled to have the chance to do it. It's been a while since the last record so we're really dying to get it out."
It's claimed that The Who, Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sande will play the London Olympics' closing ceremony. It's also suggested that The Sex Pistols turned the gig down.
Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter has scored the music for a surfing film starring Lindsay Lohan, First point, although it's a clip with a difference according to the director who declared: "It's not fashion photography, it's not mainstream film". A hint of the Daft Punk man's music can be heard in the teaser clip below.
Cat Power's Chan Marshall explained the long gap between her last album and the forthcoming Sun, which is out later this year, was down to her attempts to have a normal life via a long term, serious relationship, which has since ended. "I was trying to grow my personal life in a way that I never did before," she explained. "So now that relationship is over and it's come full circle ... There's a great loss personally in my life right now, but there's also a gift in that I'm lucky I finished this album."
It seems Lady Gaga has found a novel way to avoid getting concussion again after she was recently hit on head during a gig in New Zealand, a hat made of cockroaches... You couldn't make it up... or perhaps someone did.
Green Day will release their triology of new albums - one for each member of the group - ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!' in stages. The first one is out on 24 September, the second 12 November and the final one 14 January.
Watch Rufus Wainwright covering his favourite music ever... chewing gum jingles for Funny Or Die.
Hot signing of 2012, rapper Azealia Banks has declared she is no longer a rapper... "No longer wishing to be a rapper," she explained. "I never was.... and as soon as I started paying attention to bulls--- urban media, I started getting myself in trouble. From now on I'm a vocalist, and will not be associating myself with the rap game... or whatever the f--- that means."
Forget actual football teams playing each other, The Guardian are staging a championship of football songs. First up a garage rock rarity (QPR) versus a pub classic (West Ham). Vote now...
Here's a list of some of the stranger pieces of merch released in the name of Jack White.
Watch Radiohead performing new song Full Stop in Chicago on Sunday night (via Pitchfork.com).
Want to know what this year's Download Festival was like in just 150 words, well it was exactly like this...
Listen to Graham Coxon discussing some of his favourite ever gigs.
Rodriguez documentary Searching For Sugar Man will be screened as part of documentary festival DocHouse. The film will be shown on 1 July at the Tricycle Cinema in London as part of a series of South African films which also includes Paul Simon's new Graceland doc Under African Skies. In the meantime read our new Q&a with Rodriguez for the inside story on the US songwriter's unlikely fame in South Africa.
Pet Shop Boys will release their new album Elysium in September. Watch a video for a track from the album, Invisible, now.
Animal Collective will kick of a short UK tour on 4 November at London's Roundhouse.
Singer Erykah Badu has publicly stated that she feels "disgusted" and "violated" by a Flaming Lips music video that shows her and her sister naked. The band had invited the Grammy-winning soul singer to appear in the clip for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - which she sung on the latest album - requesting that she and her sister sit in a bath full of blood, glitter and creamy liquid for the video. However the band apologised when Badu publicly opposed the video, stating that she had not seen the final edit and branding the clip a "tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video". Responding since, frontman Wayne Coyne has suggested his band aren't entirely to blame: "She is a controversial entity in the world. So everything that she does has an element of her doing art. This video to me is not controversial, it's wonderful and I think Erykah knew she could play into it if we made a video that could be perceived as derogatory. Otherwise I don't think she'd be interested in it. I think [her reaction] is still in the realm of a creation of controversy."
The Futureheads, Sleigh Bells, Feeder, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Toy and more have joined the line-up for the Reading And Leeds Festivals. The acts will play the events' Festival Republic stage.
Finally, a town in the US is considering imposing a real life swear box on anyone who curses loudly... will that apply to music? If so if you live in Middleborough, Massachusetts, it's probably worth binning any copies you have of Guns'N'Roses Get In The Ring right now...
Today's Track Of The Day is Nick Waterhouse with I Can Only Give You Everything
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 12/06/2012
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