Tenacious D, the comedic hard rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, have announced a new forthcoming animated YouTube series and accompanying album debuting this fall, both titled Post-Apocalypto. The series is a six-episode show hand-drawn by Jack Black with every character voiced by either Black or Kyle Gass. Each episode will feature new music from the accompanying album. The first episode is set to premiere on September 28 on the Tenacious D YouTube page. The final episode will air on November 2, coinciding with the release of Post-Apocalypto – THE ALBUM, which features Dave Grohl on drums and is produced by John Spiker.
Thom Yorke announced that a double album of his soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of Suspiria would be released on October 26 by XL Recordings. Today, the Radiohead singer and songwriter has announced a series of “album playback” parties for the album in London, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, and Tokyo. All events are scheduled to take place next week. Attendees will be chosen at random and contacted before the end of the day on Friday of this week.
R.E.M. has announced a new career-spanning R.E.M. at the BBC box set. Available in digital, 2-CD, 2-LP and a Super Deluxe 8-CD/1-DVD box set editions, the collection assembles the band’s sessions for BBC Radio and with legendary DJ John Peel. The performances included are pulled from both live concert broadcasts and in-studio sessions. You can order either the 2-disc abridged live album or the full set here.
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe says that he’s leaving the toxic world of Instagram and possibly social media in general. In a new interview with BBC Newsnight, Stipe discussed his social media habits, announcing his plans to officially leave the platform once and for all later this week.
The Foo Fighters have postponed two Canadian dates on their Concrete and Gold tour after Dave Grohl lost his voice. According to an announcement made on the band’s Facebook page, the shows will be moved to late October. Per the band’s statement, Grohl is currently on vocal rest, commenting “Grohl was referring to an incident over the weekend where the U2 singer had to cut a concert in Berlin short after abruptly losing his voice. He later assured fans that after receiving medical care, he’ll “be back to full voice for the rest of the tour.” Foo Fighters plan on resuming their tour in Vancouver later this week.
Before he became the frontman for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl got his first taste of fame as the drummer of Nirvana alongside songwriter Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Noveselic. During a show last night in Seattle, Grohl brought out Novoselic to perform a classic Nirvana cover. After Novoselic’s new band Giants In The Trees opened the show, Foo Fighters went on to perform Nirvana’s famous cover of the Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” with help from Novoselic. On Twitter before the show, Novoselic wrote, “Looking forward to @InGiants opening for @FooFighters this Saturday. It has been my lifelong dream to meet Dan Grohl and Paul Smear.”
Vampire Weekend have been at work on their fourth LP for what feels like quite some time, but the band has now confirmed that the new album “is done,” as NME reports. Vampire Weekend has been playing new songs from the release at a number of festivals dates this summer, with one fan on Reddit calling the songs “slick,” “sexy,” “very cool,” and “def good.” At the beginning of August, the band said on stage that they were in the process of mastering the new LP. Their last album Modern Vampires of the City was released in 2013.
Earlier this week, Mastodon canceled their fall North American tour with Dinosaur Jr. “due to a critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family,” but things are looking up for fans of the latter band. Now Dinosaur Jr. has announced a series of intimate makeup shows without Mastodon that will take place this fall instead of the tour. The tour kicks off this September 10, with a show at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, IA. See the full list of dates below, with shows in Toronto, Jersey City, and Washington DC.
A new David Bowie-themed cocktail bar is coming to London this fall. As NME points out, the bar—which will be called Ziggy’s in honor of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona—is opening at the Hotel Café Royal, which many fans will recognize as the place where Bowie officially retired the alter-ego at his “Last Supper” party in 1973. The bar will offer a variety of Bowie-themed cocktails with names like “Tigers on Vaseline,” “Darkness and Disgrace,” and “Lady Stardust,” all of which of course come from Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and its lyrics. Ziggy’s opens September 20 at the Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street near London’s Piccadilly Circus.
Lana Del Rey has decided to postpone her appearance in Tel Aviv, where she was scheduled to perform at Meteor Festival, writing on Twitter that she feels it’s important for her to perform in both Palestine and Israel. Lana is simply the latest artist to have a concert in the country called off. Earlier this year, Lorde canceled a show in Tel Aviv, saying that she “did a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.” (In the aftermath of that cancellation, an Israeli legal rights group sued two writers from New Zealand who it said inspired Lorde to cancel the show.)
Paul McCartney has announced a short run of United States tour dates, set to take place in May and June of 2019. The five shows, which are being added onto his “Freshen Up” world tour, will take place in Raleigh, Lexington, Madison, Moline, Ill., and Greenville S.C. Next month, McCartney will also be in North America for a string of Canadian dates, and will travel to the States for two shows at Austin City Limits on October 5 and 12. He will set off on a tour of Japan and Europe which lasts until mid-December. Paul McCartney’s seventeenth solo LP, Egypt Station, is out on September 7.
The Cranberries have announced a new 25th anniversary reissue of their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? The expanded reissue comes with digital and physical editions of the album remastered on 180-gram vinyl, which arrive as part of a box set including as session outtakes, B-sides and numerous rarities, early demos, and live radio bootlegs. Earlier this year, the band announced plans to reissue the album in 2019. Vocalist Dolores O’Riordan passed away this January, but the commemorative box set was in the works before her death, and the band has also said that they plan to release music from the album they were working on leading up to O’Riordan’s death. The Cranberries’ Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? reissue box set arrives this October 19.
Dolores O’Riordan, a lead singer of The Cranberries, died in January at the age of 46. Now, the BBC has reported the testimony given at the inquest into her death. According to the coroner’s report, O’Riordan’s death has been ruled a “tragic accident,” the result of drowning after heavy drinking. She reportedly passed away submerged in a bathtub at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel. According to the court hearing, five small empty bottles of alcohol and a bottle of champagne were found in O’Riordan’s room, along with several bottles of prescription drugs. Only standard amounts of the drugs were found in her system, but O’Riordan’s blood alcohol level at the time of her death was over four times the legal limit for driving. Following her death, it was revealed that O’Riordan had completed vocals for a new Cranberries album shortly before her death. In a statement, the band announced that it would be releasing the LP posthumously.
Post Malone refuses to die. Just two weeks and change after this bearded mystic survived near-catastrophe when his private jet blew two landing gear tires during takeoff, Post has skirted oblivion once again. Last night in West Hollywood, he was in a serious car accident that left his Rolls Royce Wraith very busted up but his earthly body unscathed. According to the Blast, no one was charged or ticketed in the accident, which happened between Post’s Rolls and a Kia near Santa Monica Blvd. There were reportedly no drugs or alcohol involved on either side, and Post himself seems clear and lucid in a paparazzi video where he stated “You can’t fuckin’ kill me, motherfuckers,”
Blink-182 have announced a cancellation of an upcoming mini-tour due to ongoing health issues being suffered by drummer Travis Barker. In a statement posted to Twitter, the band said that doctors supervising Barker, who has been experiencing blood clots in both arms, though he would be okay to play come the fall but decided not to clear him after a recent check-up. The tour was scheduled to run from Sept. 8 through Sept. 21, beginning in Lemoore, Calif. and ending in Atlantic City, N.J. It was centered around this year’s edition of Riot Fest in Chicago, which Blink was scheduled to headline.
Following up his most recent solo album Freedom’s Goblin, a barely six-week-old record by Ty Segall & White Fence, and a still forthcoming album from his band GØGGS, Ty Segall has announced his fourth album-length project of 2018. This one is a covers collection titled Fudge Sandwich, with dank and/or rank themed cover artwork and press photo. Fudge Sandwich is out October 26 from In the Red Records, and Segall is also on tour solo and with White Fence this fall.