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monday music news 2013 7.8

BEASTIE BOYS Mike D and Ad-Rock (Adam “MCA” Yauch, sadly, passed away last year), have signed with Spiegel and Grau Publishing to put together a Beastie Boys memoir book. But it won’t be the typical read that you might expect – it’s set to be edited by a veteran hip-hop journalists, and will have contributions from other writers, as well as plenty of visuals, as the Beasties say they want the book to be more of a “multidimensional” experience, something very fitting of the group’s accomplished, groundbreaking, and experimental career to date.

ALT-J’s autumn headlining tour is all booked and ready to go, with the band heading out to the U.S. and Canada for stops in Indianapolis, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and more – the shows will run from August 29 to September 29, with the tour wrapping in Dallas and more dates expected to be added along the way.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN just dropped a special collection of rare tracks called The Third Eye Center, with the set including a plethora of secondary cuts and B-sides from the band’s studio sessions for their last three albums (2010’s Write About Love, 2006’s The Life Pursuit, and 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress.) Among the tunes and remixes on the album are “Love on the March,” “The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House,” a Richard X remix of “I Didn’t See It Coming,” and “Blue Eyes of a Millionaire, plus one brand new bonus Belle and Sebastian song, “Your Cover’s Blown.”

PYXIS POINTS | The Hold Steady are picking tracks for what will be their next album, which is anticipated before the end of the year | The Beatles’ famed Help film is out now on Blu-Ray, with tons of extra gear including theatrical trailers, radio commercials, and a 30-minute doc on the making of the movie | The 2013 Austin City Limits fest has snagged two weekends for this year’s event, October 4-6 and October 11-13, and will welcome sets from Muse, Kings of Leon, Wilco, and Phoenix, among others | MTV’s sorta-but-not-really-relevant MTV Video Awards will take place August 25 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre | Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour have each won the 2013 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s top musical honour | and Scottish indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand will drop their first studio album in four years, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on August 27.  – Kristi Kates