...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will hit the road with Surfer Blood this spring. Trail Of Dead will be out in support of their Tao Of The Dead album, which will be released Feb. 8. Hopefully their fans won't start chanting "no more new stuff" like they did last time. Pitchfork
Tenacious D are working on a new album, which should be out sometime in late 2011. Apparently it will contain songs about "love," "sex" and "food." We think Jack Black should write a song about the three-wolf moon shirt he now owns. Spinner
Public Enemy's Chuck D sounds off on the state of hip-hop. A long read, but a good one. AllHipHop
Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintops singer Stephen McBean plays a character named Ivan in a new Canadian indie film called Everything Louder Than Everything Else, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival late last year. Bend Sinister's Ben Moxon also appears in the flick. Check out the trailer below.
The Foo Fighters want you to direct a video for a single from their upcoming album! Eleven people will get the opportunity to do so. NME
HMV is going to close 60 stores in the U.K. over the next year because of poor album sales. Is it because things are selling better online? No, album sales in the U.K., like everywhere else, are just shitty in general. BBC News
A pic of Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth got more votes than any other image in an online poll featuring photographs of "Suffolk Icons," but organizers will not allow him to be a finalist in the poll because he's "inappropriate." We'd hate to see what the people running this poll would think of the 100 other death metal bands that are way, way more extreme than Cradle. They'd probably shit their pants. NME
Lest you think Liam and Noel Gallagher have put their issues behind them, Liam has attacked his brother in an interview this week, calling him a "fucker" and saying he's heard half of Noel's solo album, which is apparently crap, too. NME
Paramore's Hayley Williams has responded to Josh Farro's exit statement, in which they claimed the band was "manufactured." Surprise! Williams says they're not and Farro's comments "hurt" her. MTV News
The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture says the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2006's First Impressions Of Earth should be out in March. It's apparently a return to their "classic sound," which basically means it will be another Is This It and everyone will criticize it for sounding exactly the same as the band's previous work. BBC Radio 1
No Doubt started recording their first album since 2001's Rock Steady on Monday. Twitter
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's solo album is out Feb. 22. It's called Give The Drummer Some and features guest appearances from Slipknot's Corey Taylor, B.O.B., Slash, Tom Morello, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. NME
Former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson will release his first album since 1998, How To Become Clairvoyant, on March 29. Tom Morello and Trent Reznor make appearances on it.
If you've never seen an eight-track before, now you have the opportunity to see 3,000 of them in 700 square feet. The world's only eight-track museum opened on Christmas Day in Dallas. Pegasus News
Emm Gryner, Grapes Of Wrath's Kein Kane and Royal Wood are among those who've recorded covers of Nick Drake songs as a tribute to the late great folk singer/songwriter. CBC Radio 2
Portishead and Arcade Fire will probably co-headline a tour this year, or so says Portishead's Geoff Barrow. No dates have been announced yet, but we'll keep you posted. Twitter
Broken Social Scene have announced some U.S. dates that'll take place later this month and in February. Will they ever stop touring? The answer is "not right now." MySpace
Akron/Family will bring their weird selves to your city from February to April in support of S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT, which comes out Feb. 8. Pitchfork
Will Oldham is not so sure Bill Gates does charity for the right reasons. Here is why he thinks Gates is charitable: "I want to eradicate cholera, so I can get another motherfucker to buy my computer." Fogged Clarity
The Get Up Kids have released another tune from their upcoming There Are Rules album, which comes out Jan. 25. You can get "Shatter Your Lungs" for free here.
Patrick Watson's written a musical tribute to late Montreal musician Lhasa. It's called "Snow Day For Lhasa," and you can hear it here. The tune's a collaboration with instrumental group Esmerine. Lhasa passed away last year.
Hamilton, Ont. metalcore band Threat Signal have picked up two new members. The band have been working on a new album, which they should start recording in the spring. Blabbermouth
Canadian radio hosts pick Canadian artists to watch in 2011. National Post
Mick Karn, bassist for '80s synth-poppers Japan, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 52. BBC News
Meanwhile, Steeler's Wheel singer Gerry Rafferty died yesterday as well. He was 63. You know him as the guy who wrote "Stuck In The Middle" and "Baker's Street." Without him, it's arguable Quentin Tarantino would never have been able to make this scene:
CHARTattack contributor Barry Taylor will host an event on Jan. 15 at Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe in support of Shred4Cancer, which will support the SickKids Foundation. Amplitusion founder James Sheehan, who founded Shred4Cancer, will shave his head on stage for the cause. Tickets are on sale now and are $10 in advance at Halcyon Records and are the same price at the door the day of.