Thursday Morning Music News: Pablo Dylan raps, the Roots record and Bill Morrissey, Dan Peek and Amy Winehouse pass away.
Indie record labels Saddle Creek and Fool’s Gold have opened brick and mortar stores. This is not why Borders folded.
The best tributes to Amy Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 on July 23, were by Randall Roberts, Bill Wyman and M.I.A. The latter, composed hers in the form of a song, “27″ (and did so back in December), currently at over 270K plays on SoundCloud.
The Guardian reports on the last days of the late neo-soul artist.
In the studio to record a followup to “Rock Steady,” No Doubt has enlisted Diplo and Major Lazer.
It’s been four years since Feist released “The Reminder.” Her followup will be called “Metals.”
Bill Morrissey, longtime friend of and collaborator with Greg Brown, and a master of American folk music, died at the age of 59.
Dan Peek, founding member of the band America, passed away at the age of 60 at his home in Farmington, Mo.
If you’re expecting a new addition to your family, think twice before social networking photos of the bundle of joy au naturel. Facebook recently banned (and then unbanned) the cover to Nirvana’s “Nevermind.”
Get more “Nevermind” 20th anniversary reissue crack at Spin.
Superb Peruvian singer Susana Baca has become her homeland’s first black government minister.
Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released the solo album “Alexander” earlier this year. Download a track from it, featuring the RZA.
Pablo Dylan, grandson to Bob, has launched his rap career.
Some excellent Live at KDHX sessions this week. Yellowbirds, So Many Dynamos, Mountain Man, Magic City and Scattered Trees all hit the Magnolia Avenue Studios. Explore and listen.
A to Z has the week in St. Louis concert announcements. Notable dates include Garage A Trois, Mates of States and Yuck.
The Roots’ 13th album will be called “Undun.” Recording commences.
You may not have noticed but Spotify has added a “personalized” artist radio button.
Consequence of Sound has details on the “Pearl Jam Twenty” book, flick and soundtrack.
Stereogum has released a tribute album to the Strokes’ “Is This It.” The download is gratis.
The last time Cee Lo Green was in St. Louis he brought members of Goodie Mob with him. Now a reunion album, “We Sell Drugs Too,” is set for a fall release.
A.V. Club has now become a festival. This is not an Onion headline. Or maybe it is.
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy is getting into the kiddie market — with an adventure book. Get ready for bedtime and read a few chapters.
Turntable.fm has legs. The music sharing and streaming site is now licensed by ASCAP.
Under the Radar has a stream of star-spangled benefit album “Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two.”
There will be another, yes another, box set with unreleased recordings by Hank Williams.