Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter (6-15-09)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Morning Newsletter (6-15-09)

Epic. Fail. At the Tony Awards after Poison finished their guitar-wanking set singer Bret Michaels walked head-first into a lowering backdrop. The reality star and hair-club-for-men member took a definitive face-plant and broke his nose. José laughs at his misfortune.

The record label Warp Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a commemorative box set. The set will include five CDs, five 10" records, and a 192-page book. The packaging is complete but they have yet to release a definitive track listing. José is expecting some Aphex twin b-sides.

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is running for office again. This time his sights are set on the desk of the county clerk of Wahkiakum County, WA. Novoselic, has spent much of his post-Nirvana career meaningfully in local politics. Presently he lists his party affiliation as the non-partisan organization “Grange.” Nice beard dude.

Portland band Nurses have signed with record label Dead Oceans. Their first release on the label, Apple's Acre is scheduled for August 4th. Dead Oceans has posted an MP3 here.

Clear Channel and Front Line Management are trying to attract listeners to internet radio thru celebrity branding. The platform is called Artist Personal Experience (a.p.e.) radio. The program will launches this July. Participating artists include the Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Weezer. Aguilera's playlist will include songs from Santigold, Black Sabbath and Etta James. Weezers will include Will Smith, Lawrence Welk, and Stryper.

Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson got tapped to give the keynote speech at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement. On Friday Delson was came into sub for actor James Franco, who bowed out at the last minute. Delson is an actual UCLA graduate so the invite isn’t random. He graduated in 1999 with a BA in Communications.

Collective Soul is releasing it’s first album in three years. The album Rabbit is coming out on Roadrunner on August 25. It was recorded at vocalist Ed Roland’s Lake House studio. José had to look that up because they haven’t sold a platinum record in a decade.

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