Monday Music News Dec03

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BRIAN ENO, super-producer (see: Coldplay, Talking Heads, Massive Attack) and musician-in-his-own-right, is dropping a brand new solo album that will be his first since his critically-acclaimed 2005 set, Another Day on Earth. Inspired, Eno says, by the artwork in the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy, the album, dubbed Lux, was released as a regular CD a couple of weeks ago, and will hit stores as a vinyl record on December 11.

LOCAL NATIVES are prepping their own new album for release, although this one’s only their second – produced by the band themselves, along with a little assistance from The National’s Aaron Dessner as co-producer, the set was recorded in Montreal, Canada and Brooklyn, NY, and is said to be heavier than the band’s first album. Eleven new tunes in all are included, with “Breakers” as the first single – look for Local Natives’ Hummingbird in-stores and media outlets in January.

THE REPLACEMENTS are the subject of a new DVD that will backtrack the band’s story via a plethora of dedicated Replacements fans, including ‘famous’ fans like Tommy Ramone, The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, among others. Music journalists and ‘regular’ fans are included too, all relating their experiences watching The ‘Mats play live and listening to their music as they helped put Minneapolis on the musical map. The DVD, titled Color Me Obsessed (a clever turn, of course, on The Replacements’ song “Color Me Impressed”), is in stores now.

PYXIS POINTS | The Killers have added two Irish dates to their tour schedule, hitting the Emerald Isle in February | Foals are arriving in the UK for a lineup of shows this week and beyond, including stops in Doncaster (12/2) and Gloucester (12/4) | The Evens have a new album out now, their first since 2006, and they’ve titled it The Odds | The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman and Here We Go Magic’s Jen Turner have teamed up for a side project that they’ve dubbed Exclamation Pony | The Pogues will be celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band with a single show at London’s O2 Arena on December 20 | and Australian dance-rockers Gold Fields are getting ready to drop their debut full-length album, Black Sun this upcoming January.  – Kristi Kates