Monday Music News Oct07

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monday music news 2013 10.7

JAMES BLUNT is set to drop his fourth album, Moon Landing, on November 5, as produced by Beck/Moby cohort Tom Rothrock, who also helmed Blunt’s hit debut release, Back to Bedlam. You may already have caught a listen of the set’s first single, “Bonfire Heart,” part of what Blunt says is a “much more personal” set of songs that focuses on more romantic and thoughtful matters. The album will be available as a standard CD (11 tracks), a deluxe 14-track edition, and a deluxe box set that will include a bonus DVD, lyric book, and special photos from the making of the album, with the first five hundred editions signed by Blunt himself.

CBGB is the subject of both a new film (starring Alan Rickman as CBGB punk club owner/manager Hilly Kristal) and, of course, an accompanying movie soundtrack, which includes plenty of songs that helped make the punk movement… well, a movement. You’ll get tracks from bands that actually made the scene at CBGB, such as Talking Heads (“Life During Wartime”), Television (“Careful”), The Velvet Underground (“I Can’t Stand It”) The Ramones, The Police, and of course Blondie (“Sunday Girl”) – the soundtrack will hit outlets on October 8.

ARCADE FIRE, Blur, Major Lazer, The Lumineers, Mudhoney, Portugal. The Man, Toro Y Moi, and Pez are among the acts set for the next Big Day Out traveling music fest in Australia, planning well ahead with the event’s start date set for January 17, 2014 and running through January 27 in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth.

PYXIS POINTS | Elbow may possibly, maybe, perhaps, be working on a new album, if the “special announcement” on their website is any indication | Star Trek captain-slash-quirky-musician William Shatner has just relesaed an art-rock-meets-poetry album titled Ponder the Mystery | Lollapalooza is on its way to South America again in 2014, with one of their rilly big festival shows being scheduled for Buenos Aires, Argentina | and Justin Vernon’s side project, Volcano Choir, may soon become his main project, as he’s reportedly put Bon Iver on the “back burner” for the time being.  – Kristi Kates