Monday Music News Apr09

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MTV UNPLUGGED, the series that literally unplugs bands and has them present their songs in a (mostly) acoustic format, is set to return to the sorta-Music-Television channel, although the Unplugged show itself is now set to be divided between MTV, VH1, and CMT airings. The 2012 season of the program will feature Florence and the Machine for Unplugged’s first airing of the year on April 8, with The Civil Wars set to debut on the VH1 version of the show later this spring. Additional Unplugged acts for 2012 will be announced shortly – and in the meantime, you can watch previous Unplugged sets by the likes of Adele, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, and The Script.

TALKING HEADS are offering up their new Chronology DVD, a terrific addition to the collection of any Talking Heads or David Byrne fan. The disc includes a ton of Talking Heads performances, from their early shows at NYC’s CBGB to appearances in the UK (The Old Grey Whistle Test) and the U.S. (Saturday Night Live, David Letterman.) A selection of live festival performances are included in the collection too, from their landmark set at the Montreux Festival to a superb rendition of the band’s “Life During Wartime” from their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

EDWARD SHARPE and the Magnetic Zeroes will drop their latest album, Here, on May 29 of this year – which would be enough of a treat for Sharpe fans. But they’ve just announced that they’ll also be releasing a second full-length album by the end of the year, due to the fact that they wrote too many songs to put on one disc. Four years since the band’s last album meant that they “had a lot to say,” according to to the band’s Alex Ebert; so they allowed the songs to form two separate albums, with the release date for the second set TBA.

PYXIS POINTS | August 18-19 are the dates set for this year’s Summer Sonic Fest in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, which will feature sets from Death Cab for Cutie, The Cardigans, and Sigur Ros, among others | The Smashing Pumpkins have set June 19 as the release date for their next album, Oceania, the latest segment of their 44-song planned work Teargarden by Kaleidyscope | Toronto folk-popsters Great Lake Swimmers’ new album, New Wild Everywhere, is set to hit music outlets on April 3 | Daft Punk are still working on new tracks with producer Nile Rodgers, although an earlier-projected June 2012 release date is reportedly no longer on the schedule | Soul Asylum are planning to release both their newest studio album, Delayed Reaction, and a second album of punk covers some time this year | And Fleet Foxes side project Poor Moon will be playing some live shows this month, including stops in Toronto (4.6), NYC (4.11), Boston (4.13), and Philadelphia (4.15) – Kristi Kates