Sad news to report, pioneering punk Ari Up of The Slits past away this week from cancer. Up was only 48. The news came on Thursday when her step-father, former Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten broke the news on his site. Her band mate, bassist Tessa Pollitt told NME that "Ari didn’t want me or the rest of the group to tell anyone that she was ill. We didn’t realise how ill she was. Out of respect for the family I don't really want to talk about it. It was cancer, that’s all I’ll say."
U2 are reportedly working with producer Danger Mouse for one of their upcoming releases. For their "club" sounding record, they will be working with the Gnarles Barkley beat maker.
Since late night TV host Conan O'Brien will be starting his new show, Conan next month on TBS, he has enlisted some heavy hitters as guests. For starters, Conan is getting his longtime friend and musical mastermind Jack White to sit down and chat for his first show. Also on the debut week, Conan will be enlisting Soundgarden to perform, this will be Soundgarden's first TV appearance in over 15 years!
Trent Reznor has been battling TVT records, his former label, for years for the right and releases of Nine Inch Nails 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine. After fighting for so long, Trent got what he wanted, Pretty Hate Machine is being reissued with new mixes and hails to be a greater listening experience. Trent wrote on NIN.com: "It’s been an interesting trip watching the fate of this record float from one set of hands to another (a long and depressing story) but it’s finally wound up in friendly territory, allowing us to polish it up a bit and present it to you now. We had fun revisiting this old friend, hope you enjoy." Pretty Hate Machine the reissue arrives on November 22.