Monday Music News Aug26

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monday music news 2013 8.26

DAFT PUNK are still churning out more product – but this time it’s not music. The electronica duo have teamed up with Bandai and SH Figuarts to unveil their own line of Daft Punk action figures, so you can act out your own club DJ setup complete with “meticulous attention to detail” that of course focuses on Daft Punk’s signature shiny metallic helmets and not one, not two, but seven sets of interchangable arms for “dynamic posing” (what, other than ‘dynamic,’ would you expect from Daft Punk, of course?)

RADIOHEAD are the subject of a rare demo cassette from 1986 that’s set to be sold at auction this September – the cassette features six songs that have, remarkably, never appeared on any Radiohead albums (“Girl (in the Purple Dress),” “Everybody Knows,” “Mountains (on the Move),” “Lemming Trail,” “Fragile Friend,” and “Lock the Door”), plus a trio of additional remixes. While several of the tracks have randomly appeared online in recent years as examples of the time back when Radiohead was known as a band called On a Friday, the cassette itself is from an old friend of the band, and is expected to go into auction at over $1500.00 US.

DAN WILSON, former Semisonic-frontman-turned-solo artist, has a plethora of talents in addition to his singing/guitar work, which include songwriting for other fellow musicians (The Dixie Chicks, Adele, Rivers Cuomo, Taylor Swift, and Jason Mraz among them), calligraphy (yes, you read that correctly), and drawing. He’s just started a cool little Tumblr blog to share some of his sketching skills, and you can check it out over at http://danwilsonsketchbook.tumblr.com…

PYXIS POINTS | Paul McCartney is working on another new studio album with producer Ethan Johns, and has already tracked a few songs at Abbey Road Studio | Poet John Cooper Clarke – a frequent collaborator with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, and Elvis Costello – has been awarded an honorary doctorate of the arts degree from the University of Salford in the UK | Twenty One Pilots will kick off a North American tour on October 17 in Nashville | Neko Case’s new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, is set for release on September 3, complete with a guest spot from M. Ward | Annie has just released a new EP, produced by Richard X, and she’s dubbed the disc A&R | And Coldplay’s song “Atlas” from the soundtrack of the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is available this week on iTunes and other digital retailers; the movie will be in theatres November 22.  – Kristi Kates