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Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: March 13-19

Friday, March 13:

-- Tom Waits to star in Hughes brothers' bizarro western

"The quixotic junkyard crooner will not only star in the upcoming Hughes brothers film The Book of Eli, but is at work once more with his wife Kathleen Brenan on a new body of songs to be recorded this summer."

Monday, March 16:

-- Reznor v. Cornell: The fight of 1996

"With NIN's future still uncertain, Reznor seems to have enough time on his hands to call out Chris Cornell on his upcoming album Scream, produced by Timbaland and featuring enough clubby crooning to make Kanye West reach for his copyright infringement manual."

-- Magic Castles announce new album

"A journey of the mind-- Magic Castles tune in, turn on, drop album."

-- New Vampire Hands songs appear online

"As Vampire Hands gear up for their cross-country tour with noise punker darling WAVVES, the local four-piece has posted two songs from their forthcoming full length Hannah in the Mansion on their Myspace page."

-- Bob Dylan releases title for new album

-- Mischke Mix: Monday, March 16

"Something tells me Mischke found a new favorite band: on today's show, he played three separate tracks from Terry Walsh of Terry Walsh and the 2 a.m.'s new band St. Dominic's Trio."

Tuesday, March 17:

-- Black Lips give a death rattle at the Turf

"Even the bar is shaking. The floor is throbbing as if one misplaced pounce would cause it to collapse and the packed house to fall to their deaths. The best part is, no one would notice."

Wednesday, March 18:

-- SXSW: Heartless Bastards just kicked my ass

"Heartless Bastards' lead singer Erika Wennerstrom sings with the cool intensity of '80s rock pioneers like Chrissie Hynde and Linda Perry, and it coalesces perfectly with the slow-burning punk music pumped out by her three bandmates."

Thursday, March 19:

-- Living Arrangements premiers tonight at the Uptown Theater

"Directed by local filmmaker Sam Thompson and starring Joe Noreen (of local band Auspice), this smartly executed local film is a pro job of immense accomplishment, and there's virtually no better way to give your support to a local industry that, while burgeoning, badly needs some face time with its public."

-- SXSW: Janelle Monae, Black Diamond Heavies, and more

-- SXSW: Hold Steady live video

From the City Pages:

-- The Danforths' Amphibian showcases the band's experiments with answering-machine tapes and microcassette recorders

"It's an unusual concept in these iPod-heavy times, but the Danforths have created an album that is best enjoyed when played from beginning to end in one sitting, preferably on headphones, alone, in a quiet room."

-- Are Baby Guts and Solid Gold the Twin Cities' ticket into the national spotlight?

"We examine the possibility in light of the modern, fractured music industry."

-- The Songs We Can't Escape: Depeche Mode, Marcia Bassett and Carlos Giffoni, Kim Ki O, Mark McGuire & Nino Bless.

Slideshows:

-- Har Mar Superstar thrills at His Mischief CD release party

-- Tricky at the Fine Line

-- Matthew Dear at the VIP Room

-- Black Lips swagger and thrash at the Turf Club

-- South By Southwest, Day One

-- South by Southwest: Live at the Red Eyed Fly and Stubb's BBQ

Next Week's New Releases (March 17):

-- 1990's Kicks [Rough Trade]

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-- Dan Deacon Bromst [Carpark]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- The Decemberists Hazards of Love [Capitol]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- Peter Doherty Grace/Wastelands [Astralwerks]

(Twitter) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

Peter Doherty "Last of the English Roses" (video)

-- Fever Ray Fever Ray [Mute]

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Fever Ray "If I Had a Heart" (video)

Fever Ray "When I Grow Up" (video)

-- KMFDM Blitz [Metropolis Records]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- Mastodon Crack the Skye [Reprise]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- Röyksopp Junior [Astralwerks]

(Official) (Wikipedia)

Röyksopp "Happy Up Here" (video)