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monday music news 2013 9.2

DAMON ALBARN and Flea last worked together on their Rocketjuice and the Moon side project. Now, the unlikely pair are back again, and they’re welcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos along for the musical ride, specifically for a new charity single. Dubbed “Latest Style,” the track is on sale as an exclusive single via the UK’s Independent Label Market – but you’ll have to move fast, because the pressing is limited and they might already be gone (eBay, anyone?) Additional charity singles will be released from Beth Orton, Tim Burgess, Django Django, and Editors, among others – all proceeds will benefit Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

DELTRON 3030 – aka Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan “The Automator,” and DJ Kid Koala – are back with a brand new theatrical power-electro-hip-hop album called Deltron 3030: Event II, and it’s chock full of more great Deltron tracks plus nifty guest appearances from the likes of Damon Albarn (“What Is This Loneliness”), Jamie Cullum (“Do You Remember”), and The Lonely Island (“Back in the Day”), among others.

EDWARD SHARPE and the Magnetic Zeroes team up with nine newbie bands on a new album called Beatles Reimagined, which was put together in honor of the 50th anniversary of Beatles tracks from 1963-1964. It’s not your usual covers album, per se, but more reinterpretations of Beatles songs in different genres, from the alt-folk of Sharpe and Crew (“I Saw Her Standing There”) to the downtempo of Feverbody (“Misery”) to the more acoustic sounds of The Well Pennies (“All My Loving.”) The album will hit outlets on October 1.

PYXIS POINTS | Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are teaming up for a 12-date North American tour that will kick off on October 3 in Portland, Oregon | A 14-minute documentary about The Postal Service called Some Idealistic Future is now online, courtesy of director Justin Mitchell | Jack White’s Third Man Records label is set to reissue The White Stripes’ fourth album, Elephant, on vinyl | Next year’s Bonnaroo fest has chosen its dates, and will return to Manchester, Tennessee June 12-15 2014 | Maroon 5 are in the early stages of songwriting for what will potentially be their next album | And Mono are heading to America with their post-rock wall of noise for a North American tour that will begin in late November, coinciding with some recording that the band will also be doing in the U.S.   – Kristi Kates