Monday Music News Feb27

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LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who’s been diversifying from his music with a range of projects that have included an appearance as an actor in the new film The Comedy, is taking on yet another venture by prepping to launch his own line of espresso. Citing the influence of his girlfriend, who got him a coffee-roasting training course for his birthday, he says he’s still ‘in negotiations’ for the caffeinated product, but that the coffee brand will likely originate from London and that its outlet will be announced soon. No word yet on what new musical projects Murphy will be taking on now that LCD Soundsystem – who played their final show as a band last year around this time – are no longer.

The Gaslight Anthem have retreated to their Tennessee recording studio and have begun work on the follow-up album to their 2010 release, American Slang, according to singer Brian Fallon. Ten songs to date have reportedly been demoed for what will be the band’s fourth collection of tunes, with the band having a goal of 25 songs to pick from for the new set. Fallon also says that the newer tracks are more ‘aggressive and personal’ than previous Gaslight Anthem releases. As if that wasn’t enough to keep Fallon busy, he’s also planning out a second album for his even more experimental side project, The Horrible Crowes, on which he musically collaborates with The Gaslight Anthem’s equally talented guitar tech, Ian Perkins.

Pulp bandmate-slash-solo artist Richard Hawley’s newest album, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, is now set for a May 7 release on Parlophone Records, and will serve as the sequel to Hawley’s 2009 effort, Truelove’s Gutter. Hawley’s set to play a one-night show in London in commemoration of the album’s release, and he’ll also headline the No Direction Home Festival in Nottinghamshire alongside The Low Anthem, Gruff Rhys, and Andrew Bird, among others. Those impatient to hear new Hawley sounds can check out the Arctic Monkeys’ B-Side, “You and I,” on which the Monkeys and Hawley collaborate.

PYXIS POINTS | Here We Go Magic are currently working on a brand new album that they’ve already titled A Different Ship, with the new set due out on May 8 to preface the band’s appearance at the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 27 | The BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend is set to take place June 23-24 this year, with performances from David Guetta, Jack White, Deadmau5, and Magnetic Man, among others | Saint Etienne are releasing their first new track since 2005 – visit their official website at to get an early listen of “Tonight” before it hits radio on March 5 | Bradford Cox’s will be taking his Atlas Sound Parallax album on the road for a series of tour dates next month that will include stops in Minneapolis (3.2), Chicago (3.3), Toronto (3.6), and Montreal (3.7) | Maps & Atlases will be returning with their latest album, Beware and Be Grateful, on April 17 on Barsuk Records | and Scottish post-rockers Mogwai will be touring the U.S. this year, after having to cancel last year due to pesky visa issues – Kristi Kates