Thursday Morning Music News: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes nominations, Roberta Flack covers the Beatles and a pig flies over London

Tom Waits

Bob Dylan is in lukewarm water again over questions of plagiarism — this time for his paintings.

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band are contemplating music after Clarence.

Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, Eric B. and Rakim, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are all part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees for 2011.

NPR is streaming new releases by Ryan Adams, Zola Jesus, Wilco and DJ Shadow.

Hear “Metals,” the new album by Feist.

Roberta Flack returns with an album of Beatles covers.

Hear “Back in the Crowd,” another song from the forthcoming Tom Waits album.

James Brown may get the bio pic, tribute album and museum he deserves.

Roger Waters joins Foo Fighters on Fallon. Watch.

Jesse Winchester’s fight against cancer takes a turn for the better.

The KDHX Blog, Dr. Jeff of the Big Bang! and Rob Levy of Juxtaposition are all winners in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011. And 88.1 KDHX won the Reader’s Choice for Best Radio Station.

RIP Johnny Wright, husband to Kitty Wells, and country pioneer.

Robert Whitaker, the photographer who shot the notorious “Butcher” album cover for the Beatles, has died.

Facebook and Spotify: A match made to annoy a lot of people.

A pig flies over London. That can only mean the Pink Floyd remasters are ready.

Billboard takes a look back at 31 chart milestones for R.E.M.’s 31-year career.

Norah Jones’ side project, the Little Willies, readies album of country songs.

Paste tallies 25 one-hit wonders from the ’90s.

Berkeley indie Absolutely Kosher closes up shop.

Thursday Morning Music News: William Shatner rocks with Zakk Wylde, Florence and the Machine rev up new album and RIP to Wade Mainer and DJ Mehdi

DJ Mehdi

What was Ray Charles like in concert in 1961? Soon, the world will know.

David Lynch is releasing a rather predictably weird “modern blues” album.

As any A&R guy will tell you, ballads don’t sell — Adele’s “Someone Like You” being the notable exception.

The Onion AV Club talks to Nick Lowe about some of his best-known songs.

The Rolling Stones are giving “Some Girls” the “Exile on Main St.” reissue treatment.

Old-time music legend, Wade Mainer, has passed away at the age of 104.

Graham Nash is compiling a big, really big, Stephen Stills box set.

Twenty-four Bit is streaming the forthcoming Jens Lekman EP, “An Argument With Myself.”

Pay-to-play music sharing site MOG has a new free level.

William Shatner has truly found the final frontier: A cover of “Iron Man” with good buddy Zakk Wylde.

Warner Bros. / Reprise is purging its promotions department.

On what would have been his 100th birthday, NPR looks back at the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

Stream the new album by Ladytron, “Gravity the Seducer.”

French electro DJ and producer DJ Mehdi has died after falling through a glass veranda in Paris.

Pitchfork has details on the new Florence and the Machine album.

Watch Taylor Swift cover — wait for it — Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.”

Billboard reports on “capture culture,” the revolution in music apps and music collecting.

Kanye West + puppets + MC Rhymefest + Kim Kardashian = Gold standard fail. But watch the hilarious video anyway.

Patti Smith, Jack White and Depeche Mode will be featured on an “Achtung Baby” covers album.

RIP Richard Hamilton, father of pop art and designer of the Beatles’ “White Album.”

Thursday Morning Music News: Gary Numan resurfaces, Willie Nelson covers Coldplay and PJ Harvey gets a Mercury Prize encore

PJ Harvey / Seamus Murphy

RIP Laurie McAllister, bassist for the Runaways.

For a second time, PJ Harvey has won the Mercury Prize.

Phish is doing another reunion show. This would not really be news save that the band is doing it for a good cause: Its flood-ravaged home state of Vermont.

Nice try, Madge, but there’s more than one “material girl” in the world. We wish you better luck on your new album.

Band of Horses appeared on Conan. Watch.

Concert announcements for St. Louis include dates for Das Racist and Ume at the Firebird, Owl City at the Pageant and the Bottle Rockets at the Sheldon.

“Dead Son Rising” is the name of Gary Numan’s new album. Details.

KDHX welcomes Bon Iver and Kathleen Edwards to the Pageant on Sunday (it’s sold out, so check out our ticket contest). Coincidently, the latter has released a new song featuring the former.

If you missed the fine documentary on A Tribe Called Quest in theatres this summer, you’re in luck. The DVD is due out in October.

Flavorpill takes a look at the “witch house” genre. Yeah, we didn’t know what it was either.

Clear Channel thinks it has a “Pandora killer.”

The Stooges postpone tour after Iggy Pop breaks his foot.

Wild Flag is a new band featuring Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, with Helium’s Mary Timony and the Minders’ Rebecca Cole. Watch a video for the single “Romance.” Best lunch break ever.

Southwest Airlines is not down with pants on the ground. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was booted from a plane for wearing saggy pants.

Willie Nelson is not down with factory farming, so naturally he has covered Coldplay for Chipotle.

Watch Thurston Moore on Letterman.

Last week we reported on the Lou Reed and Metallica album. Check out the track list but fair warning about the not-safe-for-kids cover art.

Stream “Lucky Now,” the new single by Ryan Adams.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy announces new album, “Wolfroy Goes to Town.”

NPR is streaming new albums in a sick fashion. Blind Pilot, St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy and Neon Indian are all available for preview.

Sting is turning 60 and throwing himself a party. The concert will feature Lady Gaga, Robert Downey, Jr. and Bruce Springsteen.

“Americana” is now legitimate. At least Merriam-Webster thinks so.

Thursday Morning Music News: Riots burn indie labels, Conan covers Radiohead and She & Him get festive

She & Him by Autumn de Wilde / Autumn de Wilde

Remember that U2 concert at Busch Stadium? So do Bono’s accountants. The show grossed $4,423,395. This is not a typo.

The Shins debut new song and new lineup. Watch.

The London riots have been catastrophic. The Sony/PIAS warehouse was consumed in flames, with the Beggars Group, Sub Pop and Thrill Jockey, among others, suffering potentially devastating losses.

Filter has an interview with the War on Drugs.

Marshall Grant, bassist for Johnny Cash’s band the Tennessee Two, has passed away at the age of 83.

Like the National? Like sock puppets even more? Have we got a video for you.

NPR is streaming the new Beirut album.

For Adele, having the hottest album in a decade isn’t enough. The country market awaits.

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival will feature Robert Plant, Bright Eyes, Bob Mould, Broken Social Scene and, um, MC Hammer.

Lollapalooza is headed to Brazil.

She & Him are recording a holiday album. Will Starbucks carry Christmas cookies baked by Zooey Deschanel?

Jens Lekman has an argument with himself. Hear it.

RIP Conrad Schnitzler of Tangerine Dream.

Some indie labels are not happy with Spotify. The feeling is mutual.

To hype celebrate their joint tour, Dawes and Biltzen Trapper are offering up a free, joint EP.

St. Louis music collective, Tower Groove Records, is having a carnival. See the sweet lineup.

Waffle House takes on rapper J.R. Bricks.

Conan O’Brien and Edward Sharpe cover Radiohead’s Creep. Watch.

Dust-to-Digital announces a set of unreleased John Fahey recordings.

Spin asks: Is the new Jay-Z and Kanye West album too big to fail?

The British phone hacking scandal has now spread to Paul McCartney and ex-wife Heather Mills.

The artwork for M83′s new record, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” is sort of creepy. The album’s first free download, “Midnight City,” is not.

The Zombies are readying a 50th anniversary world tour. Alas, the Midwest isn’t getting much love.

Thursday Morning Music News: Spotify launches in US, Sly Stone comes back and Willie Nelson’s plea deal goes up in smoke

Sly Stone

Sly Stone hasn’t made an album in 30 years. That’s about to change.

Spotify partners with Virgin Media and launches in the U.S. In other news, say goodbye to your unlimited Verizon data plan.

Catholic hipsters get psyched as indie pop band Girls prep new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

With artists like Kanye West, Usher, Jill Scott and many more, the Essence Music Festival draws over 400,000 in New Orleans.

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Adele lead music sales so far this year.

Tori Amos gets ready to tour North America and Okkervil River has further fall concert run details.

Cleveland rock critic Jane Scott has passed away at the age of 92.

The 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival looks killer.

Bon Iver debuts at #2 on the Billboard album charts.

The mariachis of Los Angeles are forming a union.

The Pixies are teaming up with Surfer Blood for a tour of the “lost cities.”

You knew it was just a matter of time but Noel Gallagher is going solo.

We didn’t make it to the Glastonbury Festival. Mumford and Sons did, and even played for a campfire. Watch.

Radiohead has its sights set on China. Something about a billion free downloads has a nice ring to it.

SuperHeavy is a supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and film composer A.R. Rahman.

The shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize is out. Arcade Fire and Destroyer lead the field.

The Jesus and Mary Chain is reissuing everything. Throbbing Gristle follows suit.

July has been very kind to St. Louis concertgoers. Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, F*cked Up and Florence + the Machine have all hit town this month. Read the KDHX reviews.

Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. II will feature Eddie Vedder, Jeff Tweedy and Josh Homme. Details.

An exceedingly uncool judge has decided to make an example of Willie Nelson.

Halfway home: The 88.1 KDHX midyear lists

Some would say it’s too soon to look back at the year in music, but for me, it’s never to soon to reflect on the stacks of CDs and gigs of MP3s that have already inundated the storage space I call home.

So, with great pleasure, I present to you the first annual 88.1 KDHX midyear review of new music. Special thanks to Nick Acquisto, Nico Leone, Kat Touschner and all the KDHX DJs and staff members who helped pull this off.

Midyear 2011: 88.1 KDHX DJ top 10 albums

Midyear 2011: 88.1 KDHX top album spins, national and local

Enjoy, and here’s to even more great new music in the months ahead!

Thursday Morning Music News: Sarah Palin disses Common, Google Music Beta launches and My Morning Jacket and Josh Ritter return to St. Louis

Josh Ritter by Dean Chalkley / Dean Chalkley

Breaking: The GOP doesn’t get rap — especially when delivered by Common at the White House.

Farm Aid will be in Kansas this year.

Speakers in Code and 88.1 KDHX welcome Josh Ritter to Off Broadway on July 22.

My Morning Jacket announce tour dates, including a stop in St. Louis at the Pageant on August 2.

In further MMJ news: I’m Not There director Todd Haynes turns his attention to the band for a concert film.

Google Music Beta launched while cloud rumors swirl.

But who needs the cloud when you have the Library of Congress National Jukebox?

Music Hack Day comes to a close. Billboard has a roundup.

A to Z reports on trouble with the fuzz for So Many Dynamos and Cherokee Street during Cinco de Mayo.

Popmatters has an interview with Bruce Cockburn.

The latest announcement from record mogul in-the-making Jack White: Ted Leo is set to cut a live to tape EP for Third Man Records.

Mayer Hawthorne releases a free EP of covers, including ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky.”

Coachella, Big 4 and Stagecoach festivals post record-breaking numbers.

R.I.P Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood’s obsession and songwriter for Elvis Presley.

Lada Gaga will release new songs on silly Facebook app Farmville. We can’t tell if this is a hoax or not.

John Walker of 1960s pop group the Walker Brothers succumbed to liver cancer. He was 67.

Consequence of Sound has more details on the Buddy Holly tribute album including a link to KCRW’s stream of Modest Mouse covering “That’ll Be the Day.”

R.E.M. will reissue one of its best albums, Life’s Rich Pageant, with lots of bonus stuff, on July 12.

Billy Corgan to the world: Don’t even think about the Smashing Pumpkins getting back together.

Filter lists its top five most anticipated summer festivals (outside of North America).

Pomplamoose covers Angry Birds.

The War on Drugs is readying a new album, Slave Ambient, due out August 16.

Watch Jakob Dylan perform “I Shot the Sheriff” with the Roots on Fallon.

You know that Led Zeppelin concert shirt you’ve talked about selling on eBay? It’s worth more than you think.

Midwest Mayhem, the spring blowout presented by 88.1 KDHX, happens tonight at the City Museum. Do. not. miss. it.

33 albums to look forward to in 2011

Best Forthcoming Albums of 2011

Scanning the new release resources, I’m starting to feel faint. Could there really be a dB’s album in 2011? Will the Wrens stop teasing us? Will Amy Winehouse’s comeback really be a comeback? Time will tell and time is moving fast.

There are tons of forthcoming albums I’m excited to hear. I’ve had a chance to spin/stream a few (The Decemberists may have finally won me over), and for my money (OK, technically I got a promo copy), Abigail Washburn’s City of Refuge is the best record I’ve heard so far. Yes, I know the year is less than 2 weeks old.

Here are some more albums I’m very much looking forward to in 2011. March, as usual, is a big month. What do you have on your radar?

Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues, Rounder 1/18
The Decemberists, King Is Dead, Capitol 1/18
Destroyer, Kaputt, Merge 1/25

Hot Club of Cowtown, What Makes Bob Holler, Proper American 2/1
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tell Me, Nonesuch 2/8
Teddy Thompson, Bella, Verve 2/8
Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO, Lost Highway 2/15
DeVotchKa, 100 Lovers, Anti- 2/15
Drive-By Truckers, Go-Go Boots, New West 2/15
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake, Vagrant 2/15
The Low Anthem, Smart Flesh, Nonesuch 2/22

Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort, True North, 3/1
Middle Brother (featuring members of Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit), S/T, Partisan 3/1
Ron Sexsmith, Long Player Late Bloomer, Ronboy Rhymes 3/1
Lucinda Williams, Blessed, Lost Highway 3/1
Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels, Dramatico (UK) 3/8
R.E.M. Collapse Into Now, WB 3/8
Cornershop, Cornershop & the Double ‘O’ Groove Of, Ample Play, 3/15
Keren Ann, 101, Bluenote 3/22
Ray Davies, See My Friends, Decca 3/22
Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin’, Columbia 3/22
Mountain Goats, All Eternals Deck, Merge 3/29

Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship, Fantasy 4/12
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Here We Rest, Lightning Rod 4/12
Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What, Hear Music 4/12

Rodney Crowell, TBA, Yep Roc May
the dB’s, TBA
Kathleen Edwards, TBA
Fleet Foxes, TBA, Sub Pop
My Morning Jacket, TBA, May
Amy Winehouse, TBA Island
The Wrens, TBA Absolutely Kosher
Betty Wright TBA, S-Curve

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