Monday Music News May14

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JACK WHITE, whose first solo album, Blunderbuss, dropped this past April, recently met up with astronaut Buzz Aldrin for a magazine interview, and told Aldrin that he (White) is working on a “secret project” to get one of his songs to be the first vinyl record played in outer space. White’s concept? To launch a balloon that carries a record player, and to figure out how to drop the needle once the balloon leaves the stratosphere. Ooh-kay. White will be travelling to the UK next month for a round of live shows in support of Blunderbuss, presumably not by rocket ship.

ADELE has filmed an hour-long NBC TV interview special, called Adele Live in London with Matt Lauer, that will air in the U.S. on June 5. Serving as the singer’s first real foray back into the spotlight following her successful throat surgery, the show will of course feature a colourful chat with Lauer, complete with anecdotes on behind-the-scenes at the Grammy Awards, some of Adele’s musical pals, and her recent jaunt through the tourist district in London in which she remained unrecognised because she was wearing pyjamas. It will also include several performances from Adele’s critically and fan-acclaimed Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD.

ALANIS MORISSETTE has been mostly quiet on the music front (and no, that’s not yet another incorrect use of irony) for the past four or five years in spite of her older songs still tracking regular airplay on pop radio. But she’s now set to return on August 28 with a new studio album that she’s dubbed Havoc and Bright Lights. Said to be a “current snapshot of the singer-songwriter’s introspections” (according to Morissette herself), the album will be prefaced to stores by its first single, “Guardian,” which will be available on iTunes this week.

PYXIS POINTS | Keane have just hit number one on the album chart, making Strangeland their fifth number one album in a row, second only to The Beatles, who hit the top with their first seven albums | Blur, celebrating their 21st anniversary as a band this summer, are set to embark on a major re-release project that will include their entire back catalogue of albums, plus a huge 21-disc box set | In other Blur news, they’ll be warming up for their Hyde Park summer gig with a quartet of just-announced gigs in England (Margate, Wolverhampton (two shows), and Plymouth) | More bands have been added to this year’s Reading and Leeds fests, including Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Bombay Bicycle Club | In other festival news, this time stateside, Lollapalooza has confirmed a deal to keep the giant music event in Chicago’s Grant Park through the year 2021 | And the 2012 Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle, which takes place on Labor Day weekend, will welcome The Jayhawks, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, M83, and the aforementioned Keane to its stages.   – Kristi Kates