Nova Scotia’s Juno Award-nominated rapper Classified will release his Hand Shakes And Middle Fingers album on March 22 through Sony. He’s also announced a tour for O-O-O Canada that’ll take place in March and April. —classifiedofficial.com
The Toronto Star takes a look at the decline of the turntable.
DJ Kool Herc, who basically founded hip-hop, is in hospital with a mystery medical condition… and doesn’t have health insurance. Today another douchebag judge in the U.S. said health care reform is unconstitutional. Seeing as we think it’s lame that people can’t afford to treat medical problems they may have and DJ Kool Herc is a legend, we’d like to direct your attention to this address (provided by DJ Premiere, so it’s legit) where you can send donations to help him pay his bills.
Hopefully this is true and not another false alarm: BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson says the new Radiohead album is “done, I believe.” Richard Dawkins would probably say just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true, but… —Consequence Of Sound
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor may be joining Velvet Revolver. May. May. Why haven’t Velvet Revolver learned at this point that it’s really just time to stop? —Billboard
Hipsters, have a listen to Bright Eyes‘ latest album, The People’s Key, over at NPR, and then argue which Conor Oberst album is the best.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo will release his third installment of his Alone solo series, which will feature outtakes from the Pinkerton era, in March. Hopefully because the name “Pinkerton” is connected with it, it’ll actually be good. —Pitchfork
Australia’s Architecture In Helsinki — they basically have nothing to do with Helsinki except their name and having played there in the past — will release their new Moment Bends album on April 11. It was recorded in their studio space, Buckingham Palace, which also has nothing in common with the Queen Of Britain’s home except its name.
If you thought all those New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys tours were bad, this one’s potentially even worse: Aqua are releasing a new album this summer… and they’re touring. —Bubblegum Dancer
Vincent Moon, who created the popular Take Away Show series and directed 2009 Arcade Fire documentary Miroir Noir, is now an Arcade Fire hater. “They’re not good people…” he says. “The way they deal with their business is really disgusting for me.” —Eye Weekly
Three Days Grace have just announced a bunch of North American dates in March and April. They’ll be out in support of 2009′s Life Starts Now. —threedaysgrace.com
Here’s a bummer for teenage girls everywhere: Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has torn his bicep, has to have surgery and can’t go out on the road for three months, so the band have postponed some tour dates. No, we don’t think he tore it while angrily tweeting http://www.chartattack.com/features/2011/jan/26/glee-vs-kings-of-leon about Glee‘s Ryan Murphy last week. —MTV News