Monday Music News Nov12

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INTERPOL just reissued a 10th anniversary deluxe edition of their debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights, through their Matador Records label. Completely remastered and available both on CD or vinyl (each with an accompanying DVD), all eleven of the original tracks are here, but this time around you’ll also snag a special book of previously-unpublished photos, B-sides and demo tracks. The DVD also includes three of Interpol’s music videos, plus live performance footage from two concerts, one from NYC and one from L.A.

PAUL MCCARTNEY is thankfully not showing any signs of slowing down, nor devolving into the casino-concert circuit of some of his contemporaries (we’re looking at you, Ringo Starr and Rod Stewart.) Instead, His Agelessness is currently working on a new album on which he’ll be collaborating with producer Ethan Johns and production guru Mark Ronson, in a combo of sounds that’s said to mix “classic McCartney” with a fantastic modern edginess. Standout so far is said to be the sharply-mixed and emotional “Hosanna,” which brings a clean edge to McCartney singing accompanied by nothing more than an acoustic guitar.

MUSE recently explained their newest tour props and stage setup to the press, which they first revealed at their latest tour stops in Europe. Heavy on pyramid shapes, frontman Matthew Bellamy said that the upside-down pyramid (called in this particular stage lineup the Tornado/Pyramid Reveal) is a symbolic gesture that “turns the power structures of the world, from every walk of life, upside down.” Aliens and kung-fu are also said to be part of the overall design. Ooh-kay. We’ll leave the jury out on all of that for now, and just focus on Muse’s incredibly strong tracks from the new album they’re touring behind, 2012’s The 2nd Law.

PYXIS POINTS | Elbow have begun work on their sixth studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to their new-ish Dead in the Boot rarities and B-sides collection | Saint Etienne continue their tour dates this month with added European shows in Madrid Spain (11.15), York England (12.10), and Edinburgh Scotland (12.11), with Scritti Politti along as opening act | Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest will be taking over the city’s Grant Park again next year from August 2-4 | Bruno Mars will be releasing his newest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, on December 11 | Gary Lightbody is dueting with crossover artist Taylor Swift on the latter’s new album Red – the track is called “The Last Time” | and the word on the streets – uh, desert – say that the Coachella Festival want The Smiths to perform so much next year that they’ve offered to serve only vegetarian food at the event. – Kristi Kates