Labor Day weekend is officially upon us, which signifies the end of summer and, for many, the impending return to the daily grind. So while you’re gearing up for a string of crazy parties or the last few free outdoor concerts, keep in mind that as fall approaches things can only get more interesting from here in the music world. Yes, festival season is pretty much finished, but there’s plenty to look forward to. Forthcoming tours, new albums, festival rumors (we’re already predicting Coachella headliners, remember?), and a host of other exciting information will undoubtedly keep things interesting. And we’ll be here to keep you up to speed.
Enjoy the recap. As always, stay tuned…
— Paste Magazine folded.
— Apple will premier a new, Myspace-esque website called “Ping.”
— T.I. was taken into custody (again) for drug possession.
— Kings of Leon teased us with details of their forthcoming LP Come Around Sundown.
— Guns N’ Roses declared “war.”
— The 2010 installment of the CMJ Music Marathon announced its initial bill.
— They weren’t kidding after all. Listen to the Kanye West/Raekwon-helmed Justin Bieber remix.
— Lil Wayne revealed that he will release the highly anticipated followup to Tha Carter III the day his prison sentence ends.
— Arcade Fire put out a groundbreaking new video.
— Maybe Cee-Lo‘s video for his single “Fuck You” isn’t as technoglogically advanced as Arcade Fire’s latest clip, but it sure is entertaining. Watch it right now.
— Feist is busy making the follow-up to The Reminder.
— And speaking of long-awaited followups, D’Angelo‘s new album is in the works.
— Oh, and while we’re still on the subject, Lauryn Hill is reportedly recording her first album in over a decade.
— But wait, there’s more! Aphex Twin is also working on a new album.
— Here’s a new track from Coldplay.
— DC institution 9:30 Club announced its new record label, along with its first signee.
— Radiohead offered fans a free DVD of one of their shows last summer exclusively via download.
— Jay-Z and Eminem played the first of four co-headlining gigs. It was epic.
— Had enough of “Alejandro” and “Telephone”? Lady Gaga premiered her latest single live this week.
— A UK-based company called And Vinyly…um, even I don’t know what to make of this. Just read it.
— Speaking of vinyl, Queens of the Stone Age announce the re-release of their self-titled debut.
— Glastonbury tickets go on sale next month.
— Phil Cosores gave us the scoop on of Montreal‘s False Priest.
— Daniel Kohn shared his thoughts on Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream.
— Eric Vilas-Boas reviewed Phil Selway‘s solo debut.
— Philip Roffman sat down with Romy Madley Croft of The xx for a brief chat.
— Pretty Lights took a few minutes of his busy weekend to talk with Derek Staples.
— Philip Cosores covered the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
— Len Comaratta examined band names in the latest edition of Audio Archaeology.
— Here’s the latest edition of our Friday Mixtape.