Friday, June 01, 2007

News: Glasto line-up, Sufjan Stevens, Jack White


The full line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival has been revealed in today's Guardian newspaper, filling in all the gaps behind confirmed headliners Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and The Who. Apart from a shocking scheduling pile-up on friday night - when Tunetourist favourites Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, Hot Chip, Spiritualized and Trentmoller all take to the stage at the same time - you should be able to compile an achievable wishlist of fine music across the three days. Our ones to watch include Bat For Lashes, The Klaxons (playing an electronic set in the dance tent on friday night), Super Furry Animals (who will preview material from their new album, "Hey Venus") and Tony Benn, whose Sunday afternoon talk is always a stirring proposition. Look out for live reports from Glastonbury on this page when the festival kicks off on June 22.


Just when you think you've got a handle on prodigiously gifted Michigan songsmith Sufjan Stevens, he goes and confounds all expectations. Seemingly the first fruit to emerge from Sufjan's studio since the mighty "Illinoise" LP, a new track has been unleashed, called "In The Words Of The Governor", which kicks his usual orchestral chamber pop into touch with a blast of wonky garage rock. The track will appear on a CD cover mount for Believer magazine and sounds more like a Pavement outtake than Sufjan. Listen to it here.

A hapless DJ on Chicago's Q101 radio station faced the full wrath of Jack White when she played a pre-release copy of The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" in full on her show this week, leading to poor quality audio rips doing the rounds on the internet. DJ Electra was called up by Jack White and given a stern talking to as soon as he discovered the source of the leak. In a web post explaining herself, the DJ wrote: "At 4PM today, Jack White called Q101's main offices from Spain, where they're touring, looking specifically for me, to yell at ME for leaking the album... I felt like I was going to throw up. Weirdest, most surreal conversation of my life." Let that be a warning to you: if you ‘jack’ Jack, prepare to explain yourself to the man himself.

Finally, passengers on Virgin Trains routes between London and Manchester may find themselves traveling on specially designed carriages customised by Damon Albarn collaborator and Gorillaz-creator, Jamie Hewlett. The trains feature graffiti-style set designs from Albarn and Hewlitt’s opera project, “Monkey: Jouney To The West” which opens at the Manchester International Festival on June 28.

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