Speaking to NME at the NME Awards in Austin, Texas, last night, Johnny Marr confirmed he will release a new album in September.
Joseph Arthur will release Lou: The Songs of Lou Reed, a 13-song cover album of Reed tracks in May.
Oasis are reissuing their first three albums this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, Definitely Maybe, the band will also be releasing a reprint of their limited edition demo cassette. Each album reissue will be a deluxe series that contains the remastered albums, demos, live cuts, B-sides, and more. The first reissue arrives in May.
Speaking of Oasis, Noel Gallagher apparently is working on a new record that is in the spirit of Definitely Maybe. Longterm Gallagher associate, Mark Coyle, told NME,"Noel's new album is fucking great. It reminds me in some respects of the spirit of 'Definitely Maybe', because it’s so obviously exciting. That boy is from a different planet, and even the fans won't believe how utterly amazing it is." No word as to when the record will be released.
Now, speaking of Noel Gallagher (we are doing three degrees of Oasis here) Damon Albarn told NME at NME Awards and said he would love to work with Noel Gallagher. Albarn also spoke on the future of Blur, saying, "Just because you record 15 ideas doesn't mean that you've got an album."
LCD Soundsystem will release their final concert from Madison Square Garden in 2011, as a 5LP box set, as well as a digital and CD release this spring.
Portishead's Adrien Utley spoke to The Quietus about the possibilities of a new record, and rejoice fans, we said some good news! Utley said, "We're clearing our schedules so we can get on with it, otherwise it will be another ten years." No word a release, but this is a great start!
Talib Kweli is working with 9th Wonder on a joint album. In a radio interview with 106 KMEL, Kweli said, “I don’t know what the title of it is, but tentatively the crew name is B.A.D. (Build And Destroy) Gang.”
Black Thought of The Roots spoke to XXL about the iconic hip-hop groups new album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Thought said, "It’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the Hip Hop community, but in the community. I think right now it’s at maybe 34 minutes; there may be one or two musical things added on to the record that I know is the record at this point. But I don’t think it will be any longer than 36 or 37 minutes in its entirety. It’s short enough to digest, but it’s gonna be dense.” The album arrives this spring.